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Setting the facts straight

Setting the facts straight

Setting the facts straight

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May 16 2014

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Media reports that under EU plans, every new car sold in UK will have a 'black box' device designed to track drivers' movements which could be used by police are not true.
eCall: Time saved = lives saved: However, the Commission has proposed an eCall device equipped with a dormant SIM-card which is only activated in case the vehicle has a serious accident. Its purpose is to bring rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision.

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Jan 27 2014

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Some campaigners and media reports have clearly misunderstood what the Commission proposal to create the 'truck of the future' does — and what it does not do.

What it does is to allow vehicle manufacturers to design a new, more streamlined cab for lorries and to attach aerodynamic wings at the back of trailers. These will cut fuel consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases by between 7–10%.

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Nov 11 2013

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Critics of Commission expert groups betray a complete misunderstanding of what Commission expert groups are for. Expert groups are not 'mini parliaments' where the Commission listens to different points of view. That kind of consultation is done on an ongoing basis through our public consultations with stakeholders, NGOs and other interested parties.

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Nov 05 2013

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Vacuum cleaners will use less energy for the same performance - how much dust they pick up. This will help consumers to save money and make Europe as a whole use less energy.

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Oct 31 2013

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Contrary to the article in EurActiv published on 29 October 2013, and replicated in numerous other media, the Commission will not "regulate flushing of toilets and urinals".

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Oct 11 2013

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Almost every week, an article appears somewhere in the media suggesting that the Commission fails to prevent conflicts of interest by allowing senior officials to depart for other jobs. Rarely do critics bother to check the facts. In fact, the Commission has some of the strictest rules in the world in this area, in line with OECD recommendations*, whereas many other public administrations have weak rules or no rules at all.

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Sep 13 2013

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Contrary to media reports, the European Commission President Barroso does not suggest that calling for a change in the balance between European and national competencies would mean war. This is, to put it mildly, a highly creative interpretation.

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Sep 04 2013

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Recent reports in the press have suggested that the EU intends to bring forward “formal proposals this autumn” to introduce automatic speed controls -known as “Intelligent Speed Adaptation” or ISA, into cars. This is quite simply not true and the Commission had made this very clear to the journalists concerned prior to publication.

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Aug 02 2013

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Water pipe installation, made available by creative commons license, US national archives

It has been fascinating to read claims in German newspapers that the EU is proposing to put hygiene and safety at risk by forcing water companies to thread broadband cables through their existing pipes.

This claim is gross misinterpretation of the European Commission's 27 March 2013 proposals to deliver high speed broadband connectivity to all Europeans and to reduce the infrastructure costs. In fact, no Commissioner or spokesperson of the European Commission was contacted to verify these claims before publication in several German newspapers.

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Jul 23 2013

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Contrary to media reports, the European Commission has no plans to encourage state aid for nuclear power or to make it easier for Member States to grant such aid. There are currently no specific guidelines on state aid in the energy sector, only guidelines on state aid for environmental protection. The fact that there are no specific guidelines in the energy sector does not mean that any state aid to the energy sector which is not covered by the provisions of the environmental guidelines is currently prohibited in the EU. Rather it means that this aid is assessed by the Commission under the general Treaty rules on state aid.

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