NEWSCountry-of-origin labelling will be required for fresh, chilled or frozen meat but not for ready-made meals.
From April 2015 European consumers will see labels on pork,
sheep, goat and poultry indicating where the animal was
reared and slaughtered.
Member state representatives approved the European Commission proposal to extend country-of-origin labelling at a meeting yesterday (5 December). Currently such labelling is only [...] Read more
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Special report: Data protection
Published Thursday, 14 November 2013
The EU is trying to update rules on data protection rules in the face of technological change and revelations about US spying.
The EU is trying to update rules on data protection in the face of rapid technological progress and revelations about US spying
Technology touches almost every aspect of our lives, and that puts pressure on the EU's planned changes to data-protection rules
Technology companies are trying to distance themselves from the US snooping scandal
Customers are being asked to hand over more and more personal information, but there are dangers for firms that go too far
How far is the EU's vision of data protection compatible with the global economy?
MEPs and member states have different timescales when it comes to reform of data rules
There are widely differing estimates about the economic benefits – if any – of a new EU data-protection regime
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