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Vodafone welcomes EU Commission's revision of EU telecoms framework 14 September 2016, 14:34 CET
Vodafone welcomes the review of the EU telecoms framework resulting in today’s proposal for a new European Electronic Communications Code and the Commission’s Communication on its vision for the European Gigabit Society.

A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all 12 September 2016, 17:25 CET
Common statement by 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions

BEREC publishes the guidelines on net neutrality 30 August 2016, 22:45 CET
The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has today published its Guidelines to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) on the implementation of the new net neutrality.

China MES: EU Industry expresses cautious relief in reaction to European Commission announcement 20 July 2016, 23:05 CET
European industry greeted today’s announcement of Commissioners that the EU will not grant China MES - and that the EU would apply a new non-standard methodology for dealing with anti-dumping calculations for imports from China - with cautious relief.

New charges against Google 14 July 2016, 22:11 CET
European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has taken an important step towards prohibiting Google from illegally damaging competition, innovation and consumer choice by issuing two additional Statements of Objections, on search and advertising.

China's industrial overcapacity is destroying key European industries 14 July 2016, 19:47 CET
Following the EU-China Summit in Beijing on 12 – 13 July, AEGIS Europe, a grouping of nearly 30 European manufacturing associations, says that European leaders must not let down European industry and its workers by giving into China on Market Economy Status (MES). 'Concessions' on steel dumping are not justification for the granting of the much-coveted status.

Privacy Shield: Privacy sham 12 July 2016, 16:52 CET
Today, on 12 July 2016, the European Commission adopted the so-called "Privacy Shield", a special arrangement that allows the transfer of personal data from the EU to the United States. The Privacy Shield replaces the former Safe Harbor agreement, which used to serve the same purpose, before being annulled by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in October 2015.

European industry calls on EU to prove its backbone towards China 11 July 2016, 23:20 CET
Ahead of the EU China Summit in Beijing on 12 – 13 July, AEGIS Europe, an alliance of more than 30 European manufacturing associations, calls on European Commission President Juncker and President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to take a clear position against Chinese dumping, overcapacity and illegal subsidies.

Europe's Dark Cloud: How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick 07 July 2016, 15:34 CET
Coal pollution and its health impacts travel far beyond borders, and a full coal phase-out in the EU would bring enormous benefits for all citizens across the continent. That is according to a new report published today by Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, WWF European Policy Office and Sandbag.

EU Nature Directives are 'Fit for Purpose', concludes European Commission expert study 05 July 2016, 21:50 CET
"This evaluation concludes that the Nature Directives are fit for purpose, and clearly demonstrate EU added value" confirms the expert study that WWF received today by the European Commission as a result of an official access to document request.

European Patients' Forum Verdict on New Medical Devices Regulation 28 June 2016, 17:12 CET
The European Patients' Forum acknowledges the improved measures regarding some safety concerns. However, we deeply regret the lack of mandatory patients’ involvement.

EU Deal Only Covers a Fraction of Conflict Minerals 20 June 2016, 23:43 CET
In a new report, Swedwatch presents the practical implications of existing regulations on conflict minerals and concludes that EU negotiations have failed to address key issues related to the trade in illicit conflict minerals.

EU Environment Ministers recognize need for a bold reform of the EU carbon market 20 June 2016, 23:30 CET
Key EU Environment Ministers discussing the reform of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) after 2020 today acknowledged that the Paris Agreement created new conditions for this process, and called for ensuring that a review of the level of ambition in the ETS takes place in the near future.

EU states commit to ending wildlife crime, but critical measures missing 20 June 2016, 23:27 CET
EU Environment Ministers endorsed Monday an ambitious EU Action Plan to boost the region’s collective efforts to end wildlife trafficking, but the absence of some key commitments could weaken its overall impact and effectiveness.

European Commission launches infringement case against Polish government for logging in Bialowieza Forest 16 June 2016, 16:07 CET
Today, the European Commission announced the start of an infringement procedure against Poland relating to plans that would see an increase in logging in the Bialowieza Forest – one of Europe’s largest expanses of primeval forest, and a Natura 2000 and World Heritage site.

Poor air quality and climate change greatest threats to human health in pan-European region: UN report 09 June 2016, 20:05 CET
Poor air quality, climate change, unhealthy lifestyles and the disconnection between people and the environment are increasingly affecting human health in the region, finds the latest Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) assessment for the pan-European region, prepared by the UN Environment Programme and the UN Economic Commission for Europe with support from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Public funding for energy efficiency picking up 09 June 2016, 20:00 CET
New research by Ecofys reports that the total public funding for energy efficiency in the EU grew from about €6 billion in 2012 - when the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) was approved, to about EUR 7.1 billion in 2014. This trend, which can also be observed in Central and Eastern Europe, is encouraging, but a lot still needs to be done to break down barriers to energy efficiency investments.

Embarrassing failure by Juncker Commission leads Dutch Presidency to cancel high-level Nature Conference in Amsterdam 08 June 2016, 23:06 CET
In a highly unusual move, the Dutch presidency today cancelled its much anticipated and politically charged Ministerial Conference on ‘Future-proof Nature Policy’, which was to be held at the end of June in Amsterdam to discuss the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives. However, since the Working Document on outcomes of the REFIT exercise will not be published on time by the European Commission, it was decided to cancel the event.

WWF: Major international agreement to fight illegal fishing supports EU efforts 05 June 2016, 15:03 CET
WWF welcomes the entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) today as a huge step in the global fight to eliminate illegal fishing. The Agreement is the first binding international treaty specifically aimed at preventing illegally caught fish from entering ports around the world, by reducing the number of ports where these products can be unloaded and making it harder for illegal fishing operations to do business. The more countries that join the Agreement and effectively implement it, the better the chances of keeping illegal products out of global markets.

European Parliament confirms inadequacy of "Privacy Shield" 31 May 2016, 11:37 CET
The European Parliament has adopted a Resolution on the "Privacy Shield". This is the new agreement to permit data to be transferred from the EU to the USA. The previous agreement - "Safe Harbour" - was overturned by the European Court of Justice in October 2015.

European Patients' Forum welcomes the agreement, but more details are needed 26 May 2016, 21:11 CET
The European Patients' Forum welcomes the deal reached yesterday between the Council and the European Parliament on medical devices. However, more information on reprocessing and patient involvement is required.

Council and European Parliament reached political agreement on the medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices regulations 26 May 2016, 21:08 CET
Following the May 25th trilogue meeting, MedTech Europe, the alliance of Eucomed and EDMA, are pleased to hear that a political agreement has been reached on the new regulations.

Obesity needs urgent action warns research organisation 19 May 2016, 21:28 CET
The leading organisation responsible for research into obesity in Europe has warned that unless something is quickly done to tackle the region’s rising obesity epidemic, it is going to have a devastating effect on healthcare costs and productivity.

Tobacco Companies' Legal Challenge to Standardised Tobacco Packaging Fails: Other Countries to Follow UK Lead 19 May 2016, 21:22 CET
The tobacco industry’s High Court challenge to the Regulations on standardised ("plain") tobacco packaging met with a humiliating defeat today. The landmark judgement in the case will help other countries looking to introduce the policy: France and the Republic of Ireland have already passed legislation and other countries are expected to follow soon, including Canada, Hungary, Norway and Slovenia.

New EU rules on nicotine strength not a problem for most vapers 16 May 2016, 22:55 CET
Use of electronic cigarettes continues to rise with 2.8 million current e-cigarette users in 2016, up from only 700,000 in 2012 when it was first measured by ASH. And new EU rules on electronic cigarettes need not cause problems for most vapers according to new research published by ASH today.

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