he European Consumer Centre Malta. “Within the international, European and national legislations, one can find various definitions for counterfeit products. The EU Regulation (EC) No 608/2013, defines counterfeit products as goods that are the subject of an act infringing the trademark without the authorisation to use such trademark, goods that are the subject of an act infringing a geographical indication in the Member State where the products are found and goods with any packaging or labelling that are subject of an act infringing a trademark or a geographical indication. When buying counterfeit products, the consumer would be exposed to certain risks, linked mostly with health, safety, the environment and unfair competition. For example counterfeited cosmetics and perfumes that are often sold online may be considered as high-risk products and can be the reason behind many health issues such as allergies. Medicines are also one of the products most counterfeited. In order to … [Read more...] about Counterfeit products: What are they? What are our rights?
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By Rashid Shirinov Baku hosted two presentations of high quality European food products by Greek Delcof, Cypriot New Sevegep, Romanian Legume FructeBuzau and Agricultural Unions of Greek Naoussa, Rodochoriou and Zagor on May 16. The events were a part of Pandora and Fruit Life projects, co-funded by the EU. The former project is aimed at promotion of Greek, Romanian and Cypriot fruit compotes, juices, marmalades, olive oil, canned tomatoes and pickles, while the latter envisages expansion of Greek fresh fruits export, such as cherries, peaches and apples. The events were aimed at informing professionals of the food market in Azerbaijan in order to maximize information about the products. Managers of local super-markets and hypermarkets, importers, distributors, wholesalers, chefs of restaurants, representatives of foreign diplomatic missions and journalists attended the events. The key speakers noted that fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and … [Read more...] about EU eyes food products export to Azerbaijan
European trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström said on April 23 that a landmark preliminary agreement reached between the EU and Mexico and is to be finalised later this year is a “powerful signal for the whole world,” including the isolationist policies of US President Donald J. Trump. Malmström added as protectionism continues to increase in certain parts of the world, “many of us believe that good trade agreements can be made for the benefit of consumers and companies.” A broader, modernised EU-Mexico Global Agreement will “deepen and broaden the scope of an existing trade agreement signed in 1997” according to Malmström. Mexico is the bloc’s second largest trading partner in Latin America. EU-Mexico trade amounted to €62 billion for goods in 2017 and €15 billion for services in 2016. The EU exports of goods to Mexico were worth €38 billion last year, with further €10 … [Read more...] about EU-Mexico trade agreement a signal for the rest of the world, says Malmström
The level of cadmium in fertiliser production has triggered an intense debate in the EU as analysts fear the bloc could end up entirely dependent on Russia, with dangerous effects for the EU and its farmers. As part of the EU Circular Economy Package, the European Commission presented in March 2016 new rules on organic and waste-based fertilisers in the EU with an objective to boost the use of recycled materials in fertiliser production. The EU executive also aims to introduce harmonised rules on fertiliser production, including limits on contaminants such as cadmium. However, the final limit of cadmium has sparked an intense debate in trilogue meetings between the Commission, Parliament and member states. The Commission proposed a limit of 60mg/kg for three years after the rules take effect, then down to 40mg/kg after nine years and 20mg/kg after 12 years. The European Parliament has suggested a final limit of 20mg/kg after 12 years while the EU Council’s initial position is a … [Read more...] about The ‘cadmium war’: EU in the midst of a geopolitical arm-wrestle
Finnish Minister of Health and Social Services Susanna Huovinen said that menthol cigarettes are extremely popular in Finland and research has proven that they lower the threshold for children to start smoking. Around 70 per cent of smokers begin before reaching 18. A quarter of cigarettes sold in the Scandinavian country are menthol. The new ban, which is not likely to come into force for another year, would also prohibit the sale of flavored snuff.Health ministers in the EU agreed to ease tougher restrictions on tobacco that were initially planned to appease opposition from some governments. However, the new blueprint was decided even though the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria were against them. The ministers rejected the European Commission’s proposal to ban slim cigarettes, but advised that they use normal-sized packets so that their appeal is reduced. They also supported plans for bigger health warnings to be displayed on cigarette packs. The EU estimates that … [Read more...] about Finland supports EU flavored tobacco product ban