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AEGIS Europe supports Joint Declaration calling for an ambitious EU industrial strategy 17 February 2017, 17:59 CET
AEGIS Europe today added its support to the chorus of European industries, which have signed up to a “Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy,” sent to policy-makers across Europe.

Concerns raised over European Parliament robotics report 16 February 2017, 22:29 CET
Following the European Parliament’s plenary vote today to approve its legal affairs committee report on civil law rules on robotics, Nicolas Jeanmart, head of personal insurance, general insurance and macroeconomics at Insurance Europe, said:

European Parliament adopts proposals to strengthen EU 16 February 2017, 19:27 CET
The European Movement welcomes the adoption today of the report on 'Possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional setup of the European Union', which responds to the pressing challenges facing the EU and its citizens in a decisive way.

EU carbon market reform fails to rescue EU's climate credibility 16 February 2017, 00:39 CET
The European Parliament voted today on the reform of the EU Emission Trading System for the 2021-2030 period. MEPs took some positive steps to strengthen the carbon price signal. However they shied away from turning the EU ETS into a real climate protection instrument that helps the EU reduce carbon pollution in line with the Paris Agreement.

European Parliament takes a step away from the Paris Agreement 16 February 2017, 00:35 CET
Today the European Parliament voted to stop the EU Emissions Trading System from providing adequate signals for the transition to a prosperous low-carbon economy.

CETA: MEPs put European Parliament on the wrong side of history 15 February 2017, 19:17 CET
Support for the controversial EU-Canada trade and investment protection deal – known as CETA – puts the European Parliament on the wrong side of history, warned Greenpeace.

CETA is an unhealthy deal - lessons to be learnt for future EU trade policy 15 February 2017, 19:13 CET
The European Parliament in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rubber-stamped the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

ProWein 2017: More than 840 exhibitors on the French stand 15 February 2017, 13:37 CET
 

Cloned bulls and the implications of CETA 10 February 2017, 11:50 CET
Research conducted by Testbiotech has shown that cows and their offspring stemming from cloned bulls are registered in a professional breeders database in the UK. It is likely that a considerable number of animals stemming from clones have already entered the EU. At present, the EU has no labelling or registration requirements for these kinds of imports, which makes it almost impossible to identify breeding material stemming from cloned bulls. The research was commissioned by the Greens/EFA Group in the EU Parliament.

CETA hands legislative reins to lobbyists, new report shows 09 February 2017, 13:28 CET
The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will further empower corporate lobbyists by providing them with early, exclusive access to the legislative process, a report co-published by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) shows.

Regulators can play a key role in making Europe a leader in Tech again 08 February 2017, 23:42 CET
On 1 February 2017, BEREC held an expert workshop dedicated to the topic "Enabling the Internet of Things (IoT)" where approximately 100 experts and stakeholders discussed the regulatory implications and solutions that might be required to ensure a large-scale and sustainable IoT roll-out that delivers significant benefits to citizens and consumers across several industry sectors.

Launch of 'Business Beyond Borders' - a new EU B2B and C2C initiative to help SMEs expand their businesses abroad 08 February 2017, 22:52 CET
European SMEs can take advantage of new EU support to participate in a series of one-to-one m​eetings at international trade fairs to expand their businesses abroad.

Auto industry expects stable market in 2017 08 February 2017, 18:14 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) shared its market expectations and some of its key policy recommendations for the year ahead at a press conference today.

Environmental and health organisations launch European citizens' initiative to ban glyphosate 08 February 2017, 14:11 CET
Campaigners and activists met in Brussels and other European cities (Madrid, Rome, Berlin and Paris) today to launch a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) to ban glyphosate, reform the EU pesticide approval process, and set mandatory targets to reduce pesticide use in the EU. The goal is to collect at least one million signatures from Europeans and submit the petition before the Commission's next move to renew, withdraw or extend the EU licence of glyphosate.

EU energy plans won't meet Paris climate commitments 03 February 2017, 11:11 CET
Today the European Commission releases its report on the progress of the European Union's energy plans, the 'State of the Energy Union'. Greenpeace has criticised the EU's energy plans as inadequate to meet the challenge of climate change and the commitments made at the 2015 Paris climate conference.

Solvency II one year on: successfully implemented, but excessive conservativeness risks harming consumers, long-term investment and economy 01 February 2017, 17:31 CET
The many layers of conservativeness built into the design of Solvency II and its tendency to treat insurers like traders instead of long-term investors could harm consumers, long-term investment and the economy. As such, policy-makers need to take action to make the framework more reflective of reality, according to Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation.

Agreement on roaming wholesale caps detrimental to competition and end-users 01 February 2017, 17:19 CET
Yesterday evening, an agreement was reached between EU lawmakers and Member States on the level of caps for the wholesale roaming charges mobile network operators pay each other when their customers call, send texts or use their data in another EU member State.

Alternative fuel vehicle registrations: +1.2% in fourth quarter of 2016; +4.1% in 2016 01 February 2017, 17:15 CET
In the fourth quarter of 2016, demand for alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) in the EU increased only moderately (+1.2%), with registrations totalling 168,103 units.

EU's progress on energy transition too slow to meet Paris Agreement objectives 01 February 2017, 17:11 CET
The annual State of the Energy Union report published by the European Commission today shows that the transition of the European economy away from fossil fuels is under way, but its pace is far too slow to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Improving the EU financial instruments: AECM and UEAPME present their proposals for the EU mid-term review 26 January 2017, 18:04 CET
Today, on the occasion of the upcoming mid-term review of COSME and InnovFin, UEAPME, the European Association of Craft and SMEs, and AECM, the umbrella organisation of guarantee institutions in Europe, publish a joint position paper detailing their requests for improving the guarantee instrument.

MEPs unable to adjust CETA course as global trade doctrine crumbles, Greenpeace 26 January 2017, 15:49 CET
Members of the European Parliament's trade committee have endorsed a controversial EU-Canada trade and investment protection agreement (known as CETA), despite warnings that the deal could lead to a bonfire of environmental, health and social protection standards.

CETA gets INTA Committee's approval amidst concerns of legal uncertainty 26 January 2017, 15:45 CET
The European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) approved the draft recommendations suggesting giving consent to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

Retailers press for rules that help, not hinder tackling food waste 25 January 2017, 23:08 CET
Retailers and wholesalers today called on national governments and the EU to make it easier to reduce food waste and increase food donation.

European Patients' Forum Campaign on Access to Healthcare - #Access2030 18 January 2017, 13:25 CET
In critical times for the sustainability of people-centred health systems, the European Patients' Forum (EPF) is launching a major campaign on universal access to healthcare. A long standing priority for EPF and its membership, we need to shape an approach that works for all citizens and patients.

Fjellner letter is another senseless assault on EU manufacturing 18 January 2017, 13:19 CET
A recent letter of MEPs led by Swedish Liberal Christoph Fjellner is attracting a strong and well-deserved protest from European solar manufacturers. Milan Nitzschke, president of EU ProSun, a group representing about 30 manufacturing companies in Europe: "MEP Fjellner's request to allow Chinese dumping in the solar sector again is another senseless assault on companies which manufacture in the EU, invest in R&D and keep jobs in Europe."