For peace of mind, some parents want to be able to be in contact with their children and keep track of their whereabouts at all times. The now popular smartwatches are wearable mobile phones that use the internet and GPS to allow real-time tracking of children and communication with them. But what if, instead of keeping your children safe, you are placing their safety at risk?

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For all too long, ANEC has been pressing for regulatory action, underpinned by standards, to increase the access of consumers of all ages and abilities to everyday products and services. We welcome yesterday’s vote of the European Parliament in favour of more accessibility in Europe.

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From this month, European consumers will benefit from more accurate information on vehicle fuel consumption and emissions, thanks to the entry into force of a new standard testing procedure (i.e. Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure, or WLTP).

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ANEC welcomes adoption of the revised European standard EN 15914:2017 ‘Cycles - Electrically power assisted cycles - EPAC Bicycles (EPACs)’ by CEN (the European Committee for Standardization) which should see safer and more reliable EPACs on the roads.

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Today, as part of an initiative of the Maltese Presidency of the Council, and the European Commission, European transport ministers signed the Valetta Declaration  on road safety during a High-Level Ministerial Conference held in Malta.

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For all too long, ANEC has been pressing for regulatory action underpinned by standards to increase the access of consumers of all ages and abilities to everyday products and services. We welcomed the European Commission proposal for a European Accessibility Act (COM(2015) 615final), adopted on 2 December 2015, as it aimed to improve the functioning of the EU internal market for accessible products and services by removing barriers created by divergent laws.

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Services are one of the main drivers of the European economy and account for around 70 percent of GDP. Standards can ensure the quality of services, but only if they exist and are used. Today, ANEC publishes a report on the use of service standards by authorities as a tool in market surveillance.

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