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Coops under threat in EU

Improving customer services through better regulation

A multilateral agreement on regular bus and coach lines in Europe and beyond will facilitate international regular travel operations and harmonise quality standards, which will benefit customers.

ICT choice abounds - association urges EC to dismiss BECTA and other related complaints

Brussels, 14 May, 2008
CompTIA remains concerned about the British Educational Communications Technology Agency's (Becta) recent complaint against Microsoft, lodged earlier this week at the European Commission.

Bearing striking similarities to complaints made by the software company’s direct competitors, it misses one essential point - that is, the working ICT marketplace fosters immense choice and solutions, which boost the overall interoperability and widespread use of competing ICT products and services.

Reduced VAT Rate for Television Services Supports Innovation and Benefits European Consumers

In response to the public consultation on the review of existing legislation on reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) rates, commercial broadcasters call on the European Commission to maintain the reduced rate for television broadcasting services as currently applied.

Today’s EOS launch: a concrete step towards building a consistent security market in Europe

Brussels – (14 May 2008) – Fragmentation in the European market for security is undermining the capabilities of governments and the private sector to provide citizens with the protection they deserve and to allow business continuity for the economy. This is one of the key messages that emerged today at the conference which marked the launch of the European Organisation for Security - EOS - a private sector initiative of leading European companies open to all European private security stakeholders.

Improving taxi services for customers with disabilities

IRU Taxi Group commits to improve services to customers with disabilities by adopting dedicated guidelines for taxi drivers.
The IRU Group “Taxis and Hire Cars with a Driver” today approved a dedicated toolkit containing guidelines for taxi drivers on how to best serve customers with disabilities.

GUE/NGL voices its opposition to the return directive and EU hypocrisy on immigration

"We will be participating in today's demonstration in Brussels against the return directive and supporting those NGOs who have designated it the 'outrageous directive,'" said Francis Wurtz, President of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group in the European Parliament, and Giusto Catania, Vice-President of the EP Justice and Home Affairs Committee, speaking during a press conference to launch the latest GUE/NGL publication "Towards a Europe of mixed identities: our proposals to counter EU hypocrisies on migration"* in the European Parliament today.

GUE/NGL voices its opposition to the return directive and EU hypocrisy on immigration

"We will be participating in today's demonstration in Brussels against the return directive and supporting those NGOs who have designated it the 'outrageous directive,'" said Francis Wurtz, President of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group in the European Parliament, and Giusto Catania, Vice-President of the EP Justice and Home Affairs Committee, speaking during a press conference to launch the latest GUE/NGL publication "Towards a Europe of mixed identities: our proposals to counter EU hypocrisies on migration"* in the European Parliament today.

New Ethanol REACH Association Launched

In response to the legal obligation to register ethanol under the EU’s REACH regulation, leading ethanol manufacturers in Europe have come together to set up the Ethanol REACH Association to enable joint submissions of high-quality dossiers. A joint submission of a ‘fit for purpose’ dossier is required wherever possible under REACH. It is also highly desirable to produce a dossier that is of sufficient quality that it would pass the scrutiny of the competent authorities should the dossier be subject to evaluation.

The 2008 Review of EU Telecoms Rules: An opportunity for next generation broadband networks

Brussels – With one million fibre-to-the-home subscribers compared to almost three in the US and
eleven in Asia, Europe needs a clear strategy to catch up in the deployment of next generation access
networks. Necessary investments to upgrade broadband networks across the EU are estimated to cost
up to 300 billion €.

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