Commission proposes to reduce the use of plastic bags The European Commission adopted a proposal that requires Member States to reduce their use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. Member States can choose the measures they find most appropriate, including charges, national reduction targets or a ban under certain conditions.
October 2013: Business and Consumer surveys The Economic Sentiment Indicator increased by 0.9 points in the euro area and by 1.1 points in the EU. The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area continued the upward trend that started in May 2013. It increased by 0.18 points to 0.01.