The international trade committee of the European Parliament has endorsed a proposal to ask the European Commission and the European Council for new regulations on origin labels for shoes, clothing and other products imported into the European Union. The committee asks European authorities to set new norms that would allow European citizens to make informed purchase decisions, as is the case in other countries that belong to the World Trade Organization. The new move comes from a request made by the Italian government and by three Italian members of the European Parliament, which had previously asked for the imposition of these norms. In spite of its request, the European Commission decided a few weeks ago to suspend the debate on this issue.