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Flags at half-mast following terrorist attacks in Spain
Following the terrorist attacks which took place on 17 August in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani has issued a statement strongly condemning the attacks.  Flags are flying at half-mast to commemorate the dead and injured.

 Statement by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani
Simplifying energy labels for home appliances
Household appliances will be labelled with A to G ratings to indicate their energy consumption rather than with A+/A++/A+++. In June MEPs debated and voted on a deal concluded with the Council, enabling customers to have a simpler tool for choosing more efficient products to reduce energy consumption and their energy bills, thus encouraging manufacturers to innovate and invest in more energy-efficient products.

Customers should be able to see the first new labels with the new scale indications in shops at the earliest at the end of 2019.
Food waste
MEPs advocate efforts to halve food waste in the EU – 88 million tonnes per year - by 2030. They called on the Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and to dispel confusion about “best before” and “use by” labels.

Read more: Food waste: the problem in the EU in numbers [infographic]