EU’s Rapid Alert System (RAPEX) instrumental in ensuring increasing number of unsafe products are removed from the market. Within an increasingly consumer-driven society, where the single market allows free movement of goods, RAPEX helps to stop dangerous products, from reaching the buying public in 30 European countries. Through the system, national authorities notify the Commission of products which present a serious risk, such as electric shocks, choking and burns, to consumers. RAPEX immediately launches a process to inform and warn authorities in other countries where the product is sold so that they can take immediate appropriate action.
TERM is an annual report on how transport across Europe is affecting our environment and about what we can do about it. It is what data tells us about the situation because it is based on measurements of emissions, air quality, noise and so on across Europe. And then it is the longest running report series of its kind in the World.
Dangerous objects: Rapex Report 2007 RAPEX is getting better and better at detecting dangerous toys. Meglena Kuneva, Member of the EC in charge of Consumer Protection, will present on 17/04/2008 the conclusions of the 2007 RAPEX Report. The Commissioner will outline the work undertaken on product safety - with the toy industry, international partners (China and the USA) and Member State surveillance authorities – and set out in more detail the outstanding initiatives foreseen in 2008. There were 1.355 alerts for dangerous consumer products in 2007 compared with 926 in 2006. The results from the 2007 RAPEX Report show the increasing effectiveness of this European Rapid Alert System, which was established by the Commissioner as a tool against consumer goods posing a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers and covers toys, childcare articles and household appliances. This infoclip includes: - toys and objects which have been removed from the market because they are too dangerous.
Encouraging combined road and rail transport in the EU.
Europe's roads are saturated, and the problem is getting worse across the continent. One of the main reasons is the huge quantity of goods carried by trucks, yet road freight volumes keep rising. It's estimated that the quantity of goods carried by road will increase by 20 Billion tonne-kilometres a year between now and 2013. The EU's Marco Polo II programme wants to buck this trend, and is already ensuring that over 42 billion tonne-kilometers will be shifted from the road to alternative forms of transport. This would be the equivalent of half a billion trucks per year travelling between Paris and Berlin, and in turn could mean environmental, social and economic benefits for Europe worth nearly a billion euros. The change would be made by shifting freight away from roads to other forms of transport like maritime shipping, inland waterways and railways. This film features projects that aim to transfer freight from road to rail transport, but also illustrates how the programme works as a whole.