Brussels Daily
23 Mar 2015


Brussels Daily

Commissioner Vĕra Jourová presents the 2014 results of the European Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Dangerous Products

Commenting on today’s presentation of the 2014 results of the European Rapid Alert System for Dangerous Products, Commissioner Jourová said: “Every product in Europe needs to be safe for our citizens. Products that can cause harm have to be removed from the market as quickly as possible. This is the reason why we have created the Rapid Alert System, which has proven to be a very practical example of EU cooperation to the benefit of our citizens”. The 2014 figures show that nearly 2500 dangerous products, ranging from toys to motor vehicles, were either stopped before they entered the EU or removed from the market. The website of the Rapid Alert System attracted nearly 2 million visits in 2014, and new search tools allow consumers and businesses to better inform themselves about the detection of dangerous products and product recalls. You’ll find more information in the press release and the Q&A.

The Commission and the European Investment Bank facilitate access to credit for farmers

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have today presented a model financial instrument aimed at easing access to finance for agricultural producers, including young farmers. This is the first new product developed in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation in agriculture and rural development within the EU, signed in July 2014. Speaking at the event, Commissioner Hogan said: “Financial instruments can help us to get even more value out of rural development policy, the second pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy. By getting credit flowing more freely, they can turn one euro of public money into two euros, three euros or even more of secured loans to help our farmers, particularly young farmers, and other rural entrepreneurs create growth and jobs. The joint work by the Commission and the EIB, set out in detail today, marks a huge step forward towards making that happen.” Commissioner Hogan invited Member States to set up financial instruments in their rural development programmes in order to benefit from the opportunities provided. Read the press release.

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