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Social rights and entrepreneurial rights must go hand in hand 20 October 2016, 15:31 CET
EUROCHAMBRES and its Network of European Chambers has endorsed a proposal for a European Pillar of Entrepreneurial Rights, challenging the Commission and other policy makers to match the forthcoming Pillar of Social Rights initiative with the parallel pursuit of a more business-friendly climate.

Robust EU trade defence system is fundamental to the future of industrial manufacturing in Europe 20 October 2016, 14:18 CET
AEGIS Europe response to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council: ‘Towards a robust trade policy for the EU in the interest of jobs and growth’

EU common challenges will not be solved without SMEs 20 October 2016, 13:52 CET
Today, at the Tripartite Social Summit, the European Social Partners met with the Presidents of European Council and Commission, as well as with the Troika of Head of States, to discuss the current EU common challenges: growth, jobs and fairness.

Look up from your smartphone and make eye contact! 19 October 2016, 19:09 CET

TECHnically speaking, France is the ‘crème de la crème’ 19 October 2016, 13:09 CET
France will have a strong presence at this year’s Web Summit, Europe’s largest tech event taking place in Lisbon from 7th to 10th November 2016. 15 innovative French startups will be exhibiting on the Business France French Pavillion. You could call them the ‘crème de la crème’ of the current French tech scene as they were carefully selected to take part by a panel of expert judges, amid stiff competition.

UK at risk of Brexit brain drain, warns ACCA 18 October 2016, 13:57 CET
With the UK government seemingly committed to sacrificing freedom of movement in pursuit of a 'hard' Brexit, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has warned that the country could face a 'brain drain' of top professionals.

It’s still full steam ahead for French Rail at InnoTrans 2016 14 October 2016, 12:38 CET
Business France, the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is organising France’s iconic pavilion at the InnoTrans Fair, an international trade show for the rail industry.

EP Industry Committee's ETS vote to benefit Europe's biggest polluters 13 October 2016, 13:33 CET
With their vote today on the reform of the EU ETS for the period 2021-2030, the members of the the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee voted for measures that will benefit Europe's biggest polluters, thereby failing to support Europe's innovative clean tech sector.

Finance ministers continue to be a weak link in tackling climate change 11 October 2016, 23:44 CET
Finance ministers met today in Luxembourg to discuss climate finance, just one month ahead of the next international climate summit COP22 in Marrakech. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the re-iteration by finance ministers to continue to provide public finance to tackle both the causes and impacts of climate change. But despite the rehashed pledge, EU Member States must provide much more clarity on how support for international climate action will be scaled up.

SMEs recovering across Europe, but negative impact from Brexit 11 October 2016, 19:17 CET
The SME Business Climate Index reaches 75.5, reflecting a stable and positive situation for European SMEs. The trends in North and South Europe are similar. In the North, the countries dependent on the UK's economy have been negatively affected by the Brexit, while in the South, the negative but improving Greek situation and the complex economic and political situation in Italy have slowed down the recovery.

Updated CETA declaration shows contempt for EU citizens and parliaments - Greenpeace 11 October 2016, 18:29 CET
An updated version of the EU and Canada's joint declaration on CETA fails to address fundamental problems with the trade deal, as the revision only concerns three minor changes, Greenpeace has said.

Facebook is the privacy villain of the year 06 October 2016, 23:09 CET
On 6 October, the Belgian Big Brother Awards took place in Brussels. The negative prize for the worst privacy abuser was unanimously granted to Facebook by the professional jury. The public confirmed Facebook's title as the ultimate privacy villain of the year - a big majority of the votes went to the social network that is successfully harvesting and generating personal data from people all around the world.

Weak global agreement on aviation and climate change means the EU must strengthen its aviation carbon market 06 October 2016, 18:52 CET
Today, the first ever global agreement on aviation and climate change was decided upon in Montreal. The impressive achievement in forging an agreement between 191 nations should not overshadow the fact that aviation emissions remain effectively uncapped.

Leaked EU-Canada joint declaration has legal weight of a holiday brochure, Greenpeace 06 October 2016, 18:08 CET
Greenpeace has slammed a joint EU-Canadian declaration meant to reassure critics of a controversial trade deal between the two blocs. Greenpeace described the document as a PR exercise devoid of any legal content.

ESBA Calls for a Stronger, Standardised SME Test 05 October 2016, 23:22 CET
Today (5 October), the European Commission, national governments and European business representatives met in Brussels to discuss the current state of the SME test, the test that should determine the effects of legislative proposals on small businesses.

Paris Agreement threshold for entering into force reached 05 October 2016, 22:40 CET
The EU's decision to fast-track the ratification of the Paris Agreement without all Members States having formally joined has helped ensure its early entry into force. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcome this historic achievement by the global community, and urges EU leaders to immediately turn their attention to the necessary steps that now need to be taken to live up to the objectives of the agreement.

Paris Agreement: After taking ratification hurdle, EU will face enforcement test 04 October 2016, 20:44 CET
The EU is on the finishing line to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement after the European Parliament gave the green light to the European Council’s vote tomorrow. Ultimately, fast ratification will ensure that the EU can present its ratification documents to the UN by Friday.

Financing a major gas project in a challenging climate 03 October 2016, 19:08 CET
The 3rd annual Project Financing in Oil and Gas conference will be returning to London on 21 – 22 November 2016.

Shortening the deadline for label replacement is completely irresponsible 29 September 2016, 22:10 CET
In a joint letter to the Slovak Presidency of the Council, regarding the revision of the Energy Efficiency Labelling Regulation, UEAPME, EuroCommerce and Independent Retail Europe spoke up against the Ministers for Energy’s decision to shorten of the timeframe for label replacement.

Commission to seek approval for three GM maizes 29 September 2016, 19:39 CET
In the coming weeks, the European Commission and a handful of EU governments will seek to authorise the cultivation of two GM maize varieties (DuPont Pioneer’s 1507 and Syngenta’s Bt11), and to renew the licence for another maize (Monsanto’s maize MON810), the only GM crop currently grown in the EU.

Formal complaint on Barroso, Kroes, De Gucht revolving door cases 29 September 2016, 19:35 CET
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) today launched a complaint to European Comission President Juncker about his handling of the revolving door moves of several former commissioners.

Greenwashing looms as VW appoints ex-EU Climate Commissioner Hedegaard 29 September 2016, 15:25 CET
In an attempt to fix its public image, Dieselgate-shaken Volkswagen has named former EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard as a member of its new 'Sustainability Council'.

European Food Safety Authority and EU Commission suspected of abusing their power to bolster their position at the EU Court of Justice 29 September 2016, 15:20 CET
European Food Safety Authority and EU Commission suspected of abusing their power to bolster their position at the EU Court of Justice

Tiny steps forward insufficient to regain public trust 28 September 2016, 22:14 CET
The European Commission has today published its proposal for a new inter-institutional agreement on the lobby transparency register, and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) makes the following reaction:

New EU lobby transparency proposal lacks bite and political determination, say campaigners 28 September 2016, 22:07 CET
Following this summer’s public consultation on an overhaul of the EU transparency register, the European Commission today published its proposal for a mandatory scheme.