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Article – Disinformation: how to recognise and tackle Covid-19 myths

What is the EU doing to tackle disinformation? To support factual and reliable information, there is a joint EU page about Europe’s response to the virus, which will soon include special information to correct common myths linked to the outbreak. In addition, experts and politicians from the EU and its member states regularly hold video conferences to discuss disinformation and share methods to inform people about the risks, and how to address them. There is also pressure on online platforms to take action against online…

EUIPO’s Academy Tuesday webinars: April 2020

March 30, 2020 Learning EUIPO’s Academy Tuesday webinars: April 2020 To access the webinars and check next month’s programme, please consult our Academy's event calendar. Times are approximate and subject to change. Open to all, each webinar lasts approximately 30 to 60 minutes and a live chat with the speakers will be made available. DATE TITLE LEVEL TIME 07/04/2020 Decisions of the trimester of the GC and the CJEU (English) Advanced 10:00 – 11:00 21/04/2020 Cancellation: The basics on invalidity and…

COVID-19: MEPs call for a more unified EU response

Prior to a crucial urgency vote on the first batch of measures proposed by the Commission to help members states tackle the pandemic in an efficient and coordinated way, MEPs called for EU countries to collaborate and to keep internal borders open to allow medical equipment and goods to be delivered. Respecting strict sanitary precautions, lead MEPs from all political groups gathered in a special session in the Brussels chamber on Thursday, with others following the debate from home. Thanks to special procedures put in…

Visual search for TMview extended to Poland

March 26, 2020 European Trade Mark and Design Network Visual search for TMview extended to Poland TMview’s visual search facility, which allows users to search for trade mark images in the world’s largest online trade mark database continues to grow. The Polish Patent Office made its trade mark images available to the visual search tool in TMview on 23 March 2020. The visual search facility, implemented on a pilot basis in 2017, enables to search for trade marks using images, further enriching TMview as a whole. This…

External audit 2020: conformity with the highest standards

March 26, 2020 About the EUIPO External audit 2020: conformity with the highest standards The EUIPO has successfully passed the external audit of its six certified management systems. This year’s external audit concluded with the renewal of the EUIPO’s environmental certification (EMAS). The auditors also confirmed that the E IPO’s processes remain in full alignment with international standards in the field of quality (ISO 9001), information security (ISO 27001), complaints management (ISO 10002), occupational health and…

With Millions Days Away From Losing Health Insurance, Legislative Package Still Leaves the Health Needs of Most Americans in Dire Straits

Senate Democrats Hold the Line on Corporate Welfare, Improve Focus on Workers Statement from UNITE HERE International President D. Taylor: At the end of March, millions of laid off Americans will start losing their employer-provided health insurance, but the two trillion-dollar COVID-19 response does virtually nothing to provide an emergency healthcare backstop to every worker who needs it in this country. Those laid off will not have employer covered health care. The exchanges offer high deductible plans that make…

Air pollution goes down as Europe takes hard measures to combat coronavirus

The EEA has received many questions about the impacts of the stark measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on air quality in Europe. The EEA’s data show an accurate picture of the drop in air pollution, especially due to reduced traffic in cities. However, addressing long-term air quality problems requires ambitious policies and forward-looking investments. As such, the current crisis and its multiple impacts on our society work against what we are trying to achieve, which is a just and well-managed…

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