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COFACE, the organisation representing families in Europe, has launched a new #ToysAndDiversity campaign which aims to analyse the representation of children in the media and in toy catalogues. On the basis of a study entitled ‘Toys Catalogues ...

The EU-funded Better Internet for Kids programme has released a mapping of the different age thresholds for parental consent proposed and or adopted at national level in preparation for the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ...

A study conducted by academics from the Radboud University (the Netherlands) and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain) and published in the Journal Appetite shows that on-screen messages warning children of the commercial intent of advergames are i...

Privacy groups in the EU and the US have launched a campaign and started filing complaints to relevant national authorities against internet-connected dolls, which they believe violate children’s privacy. The combined advocacy effort was trigge...

On 26 October, BEUC, the European Consumer association, launched a new campaign called: “Food Marketing to Children: Game Over?”, which seeks to highlight the perceived inadequacies of the voluntary EU Pledge on food and beverage advertis...

A coalition of 39 NGOs working on health issues, such as the European Public Health Alliance or Eurochild, sent a letter to the European Parliament calling for the current revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) to restrict marke...

On 29 July, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) released a report in which it claims that the food industry is "derailing effective sugar regulation in the EU", including through fighting off restrictions on the promotion of high-sugar food to ch...

In response to a call from the two parliamentary rapporteurs in charge of the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) submitted on 19 July a series of amendments to the ...

A study prepared on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology reviewed policies in place in 29 countries (all EU Member-States excluding Croatia, as well as Norway and Iceland)...

In a new press release, BEUC - the umbrella body for EU member states' national consumer groups – urges member states and EU Pledge signatories to endorse the nutrient profile model developed by the Europe Regional Office of the World Health Or...

On 19 February, the 21 signatories of the EU Pledge initiative released their 2014 monitoring report which reveals that compared with 2005, children are exposed to 52% less advertising for products not meeting specific nutrition criteria across all T...

On 19 February, the WHO Regional office for Europe launched its nutrient profiling model aimed at policy-makers across the WHO Europe Region willing to regulate food advertising to children. The model determines whether a food product may or may not...

Last month, Italian non-attached Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Mara Bizzotto tabled a motion for resolution on the spread of ‘grooming’ and protecting minors who use social network sites. The motion for resolution urges th...

On 2 September, research network EU Kids Online released a report with recommendations to improve children’s online safety. The report highlights that self-regulation, with oversight by governmental bodies and the EC, remains the primary means ...

As part of the European Commission's efforts to help reduce childhood obesity, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published the first comprehensive report mapping school food policies in Europe. The report finds that voluntary or mandatory restricti...

On 26 June, EU Kids Online, a research network focusing on children’s safety on the Internet, presented the findings of its latest research project at a meeting of the CEO coalition. The organisation’s representative, Sonia Livingstone, p...

In a set of Council Conclusions on Nutrition and Physical Activity on 20 June, EU Health Ministers call for further action to “reduce the exposure of children to advertising, marketing and promotion of foods high in saturate...

In a position paper released in May, BEUC - the umbrella body for EU member states' national consumer groups - states that ongoing talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should be used to question uneve...

Estonian First Lady Evelin Ilves, on a working visit to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) European headquarters in Copenhagen, agreed to become spokesperson on non-communicable diseases. With her training as a doctor, Mrs Ilves has a stron...

New data released today shows that the 20 signatories of the EU Pledge initiative have significantly changed the way they advertise products to children on TV since 2005 in the EU. Overall, children are exposed to 31% less ads for EU pledge products ...

On 26 February, the EU Greek Presidency endorsed an EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity during a Conference on Health and Physical Activity taking place in Athens. The Action Plan, which aims to halt the rise in overweight and obesity in children and...

On 21 October, members of the European Parliament (EP)'s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) adopted with 49 votes in favour, 1 against and 3 abstentions an amended version of Commission’s Proposal for a Data Protectio...

Children using cloud computing technologies at school are at risk of being tracked and profiled for online advertising purposes, according to a report by privacy campaign group ‘SafeGov.org’. The study, released on 24 September, fou...

On 17 September, in light of the ongoing sixty-third session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (16-19 September), a group of European public health NGOs* released a statement backing statutory restrictions on the marketing of ‘unhealthy&...

An article published in the European Law Review (“Time to Seize the (Red) Bull by the Horns: The European Union’s Failure to Protect Children from Alcohol and Unhealthy Food Marketing”) criticizes heavily the EU legislative framewor...

On 17 June, a group of European public health community organisations* sent a letter to Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, lending their support to the draft WHO Europe Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2014-2020 which highlights the fai...

On 18 June, WHO Europe released a report entitled the “Marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children: update 2012–2013”, in which it urges policy-makers to tighten restrictions on the marketing of food and beverages hig...

On 28 March, NGO the European Heart Network (EHN) published a report entitled: "Reducing children's exposure to marketing of foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar: what would be the best nutrient profile model?”. Following an ass...

An Opinion on apps available for smart mobile devices released in March 2013 by the Article 29 Working Party, a European advisory body on data protection and privacy, says that data controllers should not process children's data for behavioural adver...

“In their own words: What bothers Children online?” is the result of a survey carried out by EU Kids Online of 9,636 children aged 9 to 16 years old in 25 European countries, giving their views on their concerns online. Among a total of 1...

On 21 February, the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education adopted an own-initiative report on “the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive” welcoming advertising self-regulation as a complement to regul...

On 7 February, the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG), a consultative body of the European Commission adopted an Opinion in which it calls for EU comprehensive policies covering all forms of marketing and advertising of “less healthy f...

Speaking at a public conference on 31 January, Robert Madelin, Director General of the European Commission Directorate in charge of the digital agenda (DG Connect), said that the European Commission did not believe censorship was an effective way to ...

The European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report prepared by MEP Silvia Costa, an Italian member of the Socialist group, on the ‘Protection of children in the digital world’ during its plenary session on 20 November. The opinion w...

On 14 November, during a meeting of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) announced the adoption by EU Pledge signatories of common nutritional criteria for food and beverages adve...

The EU-funded “EATWELL project” released on 8 November found that 60% of respondents to a survey carried among over 3000 EU citizens favour a ban on advertising “junk food” aimed at children. The EATWELL research was carried ...

On 9 October, the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education adopted an own-initiative report on "Protecting children in the digital world" which calls for improved controls over children’s privacy when using mobile phones, ...

In report released on 27 September by IASO (the International Association for the Study of Obesity) entitled “A Junk‐Free Childhood 2012: Marketing foods and beverages to children in Europe”, author Tim Lobstein criticizes the leeway le...

On 18 September, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted in its plenary session a non-binding opinion on “Advertising for young people and children”. The opinion, put together by EESC Member Jorge Pegado Liz, was adopted...

In an official opinion published on 31 July, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) considers “unacceptable” that the threshold for children’s parental consent is set at 13 years old in the Commission’s pr...

A press release published on 24 July in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology by the European Society of Cardiologists (ESC) argues that measures including a marketing ban of “junk food” could reduce unnecessary deaths from cardio...

In a draft report released on 29 June by the European Parliament, Polish Conservative member of the European Parliament Joanna Skrzydlewska, member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), calls for action to stop the early sexu...

Conservative Polish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Joanna Katarzyna Skrzydlewska is currently preparing a draft report on the sexualisation of girls. The own-initiative draft report will be published in the next few months in the Women&rsquo...

The first results of a multi-country research project called “ToyBox” released on 6 April call for a new approach to prevent obesity which is hitting record levels among European pre-schoolers, with more than one in four children overweig...

The European Parliament (EP) recently published a draft report on “vulnerable consumers” deploring the advertising of food high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to children and young people. The draft report was prepared by Spanish Socialis...

On 25 January, the European Commission published a long-awaited proposal to review the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The proposal presented by Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding imposes mandatory parental consent for the collection of any data fro...

On 28 November, members of the “EU Pledge” published the results of their annual monitoring exercise and announced the adoption of stronger commitments regarding food and beverage advertising to children. McDonald's also publicly signed u...

European coalition of public health NGOs European Heart Network (EHN) published on 23 November a report calling for tougher regulation of the food industry to tackle Europe’s health crisis. The report, drafted by scientists and nutrition expert...

On 15 November, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a non-binding resolution on “A new strategy for Consumer Policy” calling for consumers, especially children, to be protected from misleading advertising. Importantly, a paragraph propos...

On 17 October, the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted a draft report on “a new strategy for Consumer Policy”, with 23 votes in favour, 0 against and 10 abstentions. A paragraph calling fo...

On 30 September, the European Commission published the second part of its report on the implementation of the "Safer Social Networking Principles”, an agreement signed in 2009 between the European Commission and 21 social networking sites to gu...

On 19 July, the European Parliament (EP) published a draft report on “on a new strategy for Consumer Policy” which calls, among other things, for a “ban on TV advertising and direct advertising aimed at children under the age of 12&...

The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) has published a briefing paper entitled “A junk free childhood: Responsible standards for marketing foods and beverages to children”, as part of the StanMark Project, an EU fun...

On 21 June, the European Commission published a report on the implementation of the "Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU. The report summarizes the findings of a test carried out on 14 social networking websites (SNS)* between December 2010...

On 18 March, EU Kids Online published results of a survey revealing that 77% of European children have a profile on a social networking website, while one in five under 13 manage to circumvent Facebook’s age restriction. Some 77% of children 1...