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      EU battery regulation for sustainability on the finish line (11/07/2022)

      New EU rules for more sustainable & ethical batteries are being introduced. As batteries become a strategic market (to power the rise of smart & mobile devices, as well as renewable energy & EVs), the European Parliament is implementing new rules to tackle related environmental, ethical & social issues. This update of the EU's battery directive is to ensure that batteries can be repurposed, remanufactured or recycled at the end of their life.

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      EPDT February 2022 issue (inc. Embedded & Mil/Aero features) now available online (03/02/2022)

      This month’s issue, now available in print or digital editions, contains features on Embedded technologies & Mil/Aero applications.

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      Editor’s comment: Strengthening Europe’s microelectronics ecosystem... (02/02/2022)

      Over the last two years, a perfect storm of factors – with the COVID-19 pandemic at its heart – has helped expose the peril, flaws & gaps in the global supply chains we have come to take for granted. And few sectors have felt this as keenly as electronics – with a global semiconductor shortage hitting it hard, and its ripple effect impacting the many other industries that now depend on microchips to deliver their products.

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      Editor’s comment: Industry 5.0 – Digital transformation post-COVID… (03/03/2021)

      Just 12 short months ago – almost to the day, as I write this in February 2021 – EPDT published its first coronavirus-related news story. Concerns about the virus escalated rapidly during the second half of January 2020, as more information emerged about the situation in China, the first cases were reported in Europe (on the 24th), and the WHO (World Health Organization) declared a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern) on 30th January.

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      Deep Tech EU: graphene, quantum, human brain & breakthrough battery research initiatives to be showcased at MWC (27/01/2020)

      From February 24 to 27 at Mobile World Congress 2020, Barcelona, Deep Tech EU will feature a 300sqm+ pavilion showcasing large-scale research initiatives of the European Commission. The Deep Tech EU space, supported by GSMA & the EU, will highlight the latest technologies developed by the Graphene Flagship, the Human Brain Project, the Quantum Flagship, as well as hosting the launch of the new Battery 2030+ initiative.

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      New RoHS Directive (23/07/2012)

      The new RoHS Directive 2001/65/EU (RoHS 2) entered into force on 21 July 2011 and requires Member States to transpose the provisions into their respective national laws by 2 January 2013.

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      WEEE statement by Commissioner Potocnik (23/01/2012)

      Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik (pictured) has welcomed the overwhelming support given by the European Parliament to an updated Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment.

    • MEPs flag potentially hazardous substances (07/06/2010)

      Some substances, including halogenated flame retardants and PVC, should undergo further assessments for safe use in electrical and electronic equipment, said Environment Committee MEPs.

    • European Inventor Award 2010 (08/03/2010)

      The nominees for the European Inventor Award 2010 include inventors of pioneering innovations in a range of fields, from the conservation of drinking water to the synthesis of football-shaped carbon molecules or ‘fullerenes’, and from cancer treatments to digital data encryption.

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      Digital economy can lift Europe out of crisis (04/08/2009)

      The European Commission's Digital Competitiveness report shows that Europe's digital sector has made strong progress since 2005. It claims that 56% of Europeans now regularly use the internet, 80% of them via a high-speed connection (compared to only one third in 2004), making Europe the world leader in broadband internet.

    • Is your CE mark still valid for EMC? (20/07/2009)

      With effect from today (20 July), products approved against the old EMC Directive (89/336/EEC) will no longer be valid. As a consequence, this will invalidate any CE marking that is affixed to products based on this directive.

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      Charger will have a positive environmental impact (30/06/2009)

      Incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is an inconvenience for users and also leads to unnecessary waste. Therefore, the European Commission requested industry to come forward with a voluntary commitment to solve this problem in order to avoid legislation.

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      REACH: Achievements and challenges (28/05/2009)

      Stavros Dimas, Member of the European Commission responsible for Environment, recently spoke at the Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2009.

    • Commission approves proposed acquisition (12/05/2009)

      The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of the hard disk drive business of Fujitsu Limited by Toshiba Corporation.

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      TV energy labels get mixed reception (07/05/2009)

      The new energy efficiency classes for household goods proposed by the European Commission could mislead consumers buying a new TV, said the European Parliament when it blocked the Commission's proposal to sub-divide the highest energy class A.

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      Revised RoHS directives proposed (08/12/2008)

      European Commission proposes revised laws on recycling and the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.