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European Union

The EU operates through a hybrid system of supranational independent institutions and intergovernmental decisions negotiated by the member states. The general political direction and priorities of the EU are defined by the European Council, though it lacks the power to pass laws. Decision-making procedures of the EU involve three main institutions: the European Parliament, which represents and is directly elected by EU citizens; the Council of the European Union, which represents individual member states; and the European Commission, which seeks to uphold the interests of the EU as a whole. 

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There are 104 Policies related to European Union in the S&L Database


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EU Leads in Phasing-Out Halogen Lamps, Promoting Cost Effective LED Alternatives

Europe took another step forward in embracing energy efficient lighting when the EU banned the sale of non-directional halogen lamps on September 1, 2018. This policy measure will facilitate consumers...


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Ensuring a Fair European Energy Label for Consumers

The STEP project was designed to help ensure the ongoing trust of consumers in the policy measures that promote energy-efficiency across Europe. The STEP project investigated the test standards of thr...