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Tenderio gives SMEs access to billions in public funding 29 May 2017, 14:12 CET
Following a €250,000 EU investment, a sophisticated tender platform called Tenderio will deliver huge opportunities for European SMEs, opening up the chance for them to bid for millions of Euros worth of public funding.

European Parliament fires up Europe's energy transition 23 May 2017, 22:56 CET
European Parliament proposals to increase the EU's share of renewable energy to a minimum of 35 per cent, and to set binding targets for each EU country, are a step in the right direction, said Greenpeace.

For successful future of Europe SMEs need better framework conditions 23 May 2017, 22:43 CET
The Commission’s proposals to further develop the Internal Market and support Start-ups, the improvement of the framework conditions for SMEs, and the White Paper on the future of Europe were at the centre of a meeting between UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller and Internal Market Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska today in Vienna.

Advocate General’s welcome confirmation of retail as a service 19 May 2017, 17:55 CET
EuroCommerce welcomed the Advocate-General’s opinion today in the Visser case (C-31/16), that retail should be considered a service within the meaning of the Services Directive.

EU could retake climate leadership under new EP plan to boost renewables, Greenpeace 17 May 2017, 23:52 CET
A new plan by key members of the European Parliament would help the EU retake global leadership on climate change, just as the US dithers on its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, said Greenpeace.

EU court ruling on Singapore trade deal is victory for democracy, Greenpeace 16 May 2017, 15:37 CET
The European Court of Justice ruled today that the European Commission cannot conclude trade deals without the approval of EU national parliaments, when they contain investment dispute systems that supersede national courts.

UK Cider only has to have 35% apples in it? 16 May 2017, 14:16 CET
100% apple, new premium French cider brand 6Somewhere launches in almost 500 Tesco stores

Higher vocational qualifications to meet the skills needs of SMEs 16 May 2017, 13:08 CET
In the context of the Erasmus+ project QA HiVETnet, UEAPME organised a European conference "Qualifications We Need, Quality We Want".

Juncker investment plan: MEPs fail to improve Commission's proposal on climate change 15 May 2017, 23:50 CET
In a vote today, Members of the European Parliament failed to improve the European Commission's climate proposal in the Juncker investment plan, by rejecting opportunities for an energy efficiency spending target and for ending fossil fuel support.

AEGIS Europe calls for the EU to strengthen Trade Defence 15 May 2017, 13:52 CET
The alliance of 30 European manufacturing associations, AEGIS Europe, has expressed its regret at news of the insolvency of the EU’s largest solar manufacturer, SolarWorld.

Women with low skills have fewer opportunities in the EU labour market 11 May 2017, 16:14 CET
Today's job market is constantly increasing requirements on competencies across all sectors. This poses a major challenge for the 64 million women and men with low levels of education in Member States. They are more often unemployed or completely out of the labour market, compared to people with middle and high levels of education. Women with low qualifications find it especially hard to access jobs with decent pay. Only 42 % of low qualified women are employed and almost half of these work in a precarious job. These are some of the findings from a new study on gender, skills and precarious work from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) out today.

Bremain in Spain Comments on Party Manifestos 11 May 2017, 13:00 CET
Sue Wilson of Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain, passes comment on the political parties' manifestos for the General Election on 8 June and the impact on guaranteeing citizens' rights.

Data from the Latvian Insolvency Register are now available in e-Justice portal 10 May 2017, 23:56 CET
Data from the Latvian Insolvency Register are now available to everyone in the EU Member States free of charge in all languages of the EU via the European e-Justice portal.

SMEs React to DSM Mid-Term Review 10 May 2017, 22:37 CET
On the 10th of May 2017, the Commission published its Mid-term Review on the Digital Single Market (DSM). ESBA welcomes this and sees the mid-term review as an opportunity to offer additional SME-relevant input and bring the needs of SMEs to the foreground.

Word on Cheshire Street, bow ties are back 10 May 2017, 22:18 CET
Bow ties are back! That’s the word on Cheshire Street, London where French bow tie specialists, Le Colonel Moutarde have opened their first store in the UK.

Testbiotech files legal case against the EU authorisation of 'toxic soybeans' produced by Bayer & Monsanto 05 May 2017, 11:13 CET
Testbiotech has filed a case at the General Court of the EU against authorisation for the import of genetically soybeans produced by Bayer and Monsanto.

Maltese presidency proposes slowing down delivery of energy savings 04 May 2017, 15:27 CET
The Coalition for Energy Savings understands that Malta, who holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, is maintaining its proposal to weaken the energy savings objective in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), despite the opposition of a block of Member States.

Over 250,000 Europeans call on EU Commission to radically reform EU agriculture 03 May 2017, 23:35 CET
Today a clear and strong message reached the European Commission: the EU’s agricultural policy needs to be radically changed. This is what 258,708 citizens and 600 civil society organisations and businesses have told the Commission in the largest EU public consultation on agricultural policy, which closed yesterday (2 May)

Retailers press for smart policy to help tackling food waste 03 May 2017, 22:59 CET
Speaking at a debate today organised by MEP Angelique Delahaye (FR, EPP) ahead of the European Parliament vote on more ambitious action on food waste, Lettemieke Mulder, Director Sustainability & Product Policy at EuroCommerce, said:

Single Market Compliance package: good concept undermined by flaws in approach 02 May 2017, 23:15 CET
EUROCHAMBRES supports several measures announced in today’s European Commission new Compliance package, but expresses doubts about the overall effectiveness of the initiative in addressing the barriers that businesses encounter in the single market. Of the two main elements in the package, the Single Digital Gateway is welcomed but does not go far enough, while the Single Market Information Tool goes too far and in the wrong direction.

Brexit should not undermine automotive competitiveness, manufacturers and suppliers warn 27 April 2017, 23:54 CET
Ahead of the EU-Brexit summit this weekend, European automobile manufacturers and suppliers today sounded the alarm over the potential damage that Brexit could do to the competitiveness of their industry, which represents 6.5% of EU’s GDP and provides employment to some 12.2 million Europeans across the continent.

ESBA Press Release: Work-life balance off balance 27 April 2017, 23:41 CET
On 26 April 2017, the European Commission published the European Pillar of Social Rights Package.

WWF: More money needed for effective action on nature 27 April 2017, 23:33 CET
WWF welcomes the "EU Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy" published today by the European Commission.

Pillar of Social rights - no solution for more growth and employment 27 April 2017, 23:26 CET
Commenting today on the Commission’s proposals for a Pillar of Social Rights, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Launch of LCI's Touch range: functional 'Clean Label' ingredients for bakery products 26 April 2017, 15:44 CET
Ingredient transparency and the use of natural products are of increasing importance in the bread-making industry.