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Retailers and wholesalers call for small companies to get a chance to build the European economy 19 October 2017, 22:48 CET
SMEs make up the bulk of companies in Europe. Over 90% companies in retail and wholesale; are microbusinesses. The same applies to the hospitality industry.

Euro-parliamentarians say a clear "no" to the anti-privacy lobby 19 October 2017, 18:39 CET
Today, on 19 October, the European Parliament Committee on on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted on the proposed e-Privacy Regulation. The Committee voted in favour of measures defending privacy, security and competition for phone and internet services.

New research reveals alarming security flaws in smartwatches for children 19 October 2017, 00:12 CET
Children smartwatches, on sale in many European countries, pose massive security risks. Research published today by Forbrukerrådet, the Norwegian member organisation of BEUC, has revealed that strangers can seize control of the tested watches and use them to track and eavesdrop on children.

Future of Europe: SMEs want Scenario for Growth, Jobs and Stability 19 October 2017, 00:01 CET
At the Tripartite Social Summit on shaping Europe’s future, and following the commitment to contribute to the debate, President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller put forward UEAPME priorities for the Future of Europe.

SME Climate Index attains a pre-crisis level with 80.2 points 18 October 2017, 13:17 CET
At the Tripartite Social Summit, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller presented the latest SME Barometer to the leaders of the European Institutions.

ERASMUS+ Confronting Wicked Problems: Final Report available 17 October 2017, 23:40 CET
In the summer of 2014, the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE), the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and several universities were awarded an Erasmus+ Project titled "Confronting Wicked Problems: Adapting Architectural Education to the New Situation in Europe".

Posting of Workers Directive: Construction SMEs need a level-playing field 17 October 2017, 23:33 CET
The European Builders Confederation (EBC) welcomes yesterday's approval of the report on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive by the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee with 32 votes in favour, 8 against and 13 abstentions.

French Navy confirmed for Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology 2018 17 October 2017, 23:12 CET
SMi Reports: Captain Sacha Bailly, Officer in Charge of Protection and Safeguarding Capability Plans and Programs for the French Navy, will be joining Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology this January to discuss "Optimising French Naval Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities through the Introduction of Advanced Technologies".

EU guidelines on food donation helpful to reducing food waste 17 October 2017, 23:02 CET
The European Commission adopted yesterday on the World Food Day, EU guidelines on food donation. Retailers and wholesalers welcome these guidelines as supporting efforts to recover and redistribute food to those in need, thereby helping to prevent food waste and fight food poverty in the EU. Retailers and wholesalers work hard to prevent food waste from happening in the first place, but if there is a need for food surplus redistribution, food donation needs to happen and made easier.

Bremain in Spain comments on Round 5 of the Brexit negotiations 17 October 2017, 00:10 CET
Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, an organisation campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain, gives her opinions on the latest round of Brexit talks.

Opposition to Monsanto bio-piracy patent on soybeans rejected 12 October 2017, 14:11 CET
The European Patent Office (EPO) rejected on 11 October the opposition filed by 'No Patents on Seeds!' against the Monsanto patent EP 2134870.

"Initial Findings from the European Union's HTLF on European Financing Policy in the Social Infrastructure Sectors" to be discussed at SMi's Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2017 12 October 2017, 00:22 CET
SMi reports: Helmut von Glasenapp, Secretary-General of the European Long-Term Investors Association will be joining the Benelux Infrastructure Forum this November to discuss European Financing Policy in the Social Infrastructure Sectors

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Remaining flaws could be detrimental to construction SMEs 11 October 2017, 15:55 CET
Today's ITRE Committee vote on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is a step in the right direction, but the European Builders Confederation (EBC) expresses concerns about the impact of some articles of the report.

MEPs unite behind more energy efficient buildings law 11 October 2017, 15:50 CET
MEPs from across the political spectrum got behind an ambitious revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) this morning.

Consumers and farmers disadvantaged if agriculture exempted from competition rules 10 October 2017, 17:34 CET
Speaking today, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren warned of the potential unforeseen consequences of pressure from the European Parliament in current trilogue negotiations on the draft Omnibus Regulation that would effectively exempt from EU competition rules possible concerted practices by producer organisations in charging identical prices or controlling quantities of produce.

British Medical Journal (BMJ) presents ground-breaking study at "Medicines: New Game, New Rules" session at Gastein 05 October 2017, 17:27 CET
The BMJ released this morning a new study titled "Availability of evidence on overall survival and quality of life benefits of cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency: A retrospective cohort study of drug approvals from 2009-2013".

SMEs welcome EU Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships 05 October 2017, 17:22 CET
UEAPME welcomes today's Commission proposal of a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships. Crafts and SMEs, as main providers of apprenticeship in Europe, support the proposal, which includes many of their requests with regard to the support that is needed, the demand-led approach, the time to be spent in the company, and their involvement in the governance of apprenticeship systems.

AEGIS Europe welcomes commitment to make new EU trade defence regime effective - the proof is in the pudding 05 October 2017, 00:37 CET
AEGIS Europe, an alliance of 30 industries, has welcomed an agreement between the European Parliament, Commission and Council on a new EU trade defence regime, during a final Trilogue held in Strasbourg yesterday.

Public Procurement Package: Construction SMEs need a better implementation of the Directive 05 October 2017, 00:33 CET
The European Builders Confederation (EBC) welcomes the new Commission’s package on Public Procurement that will give further guidance for a better implementation of Directive 2014/24/EU which is still within transposition into national law in most Member States. However, EBC is worried that the current implementation of Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement might exclude many SMEs from public tenders, because of the misuse of green and social criteria to evaluate offers in some Member States.

CIUS welcomes the End of the Sugar and Isoglucose Quota Regime as a step in the right direction 29 September 2017, 18:26 CET
CIUS, the European Sugar Users, welcomes the end to market-distorting sugar production quotas. They have for too long, hampered the competitiveness of the European sugar-using food and drink industries.

Agenda Released for Mobile Deployable Communications 2018 28 September 2017, 17:42 CET
SMi Reports: Senior Military confirmed to present at February’s Mobile Deployable Communications conference

Offshore Wind as an Exponentially Growing Sector in the Benelux Region 28 September 2017, 17:31 CET
SMi Reports: With offshore wind an exponentially growing sector in Benelux, the Benelux Infrastructure Forum, 2017, will be a platform for experts in this sector to discuss and learn about the latest developments in the market.

EBF Report: Towards a Green Finance framework 28 September 2017, 15:47 CET
Under the title 'Towards a Green Finance Framework,' the European Banking Federation today published a report that assesses the role of the banking sector in the context of the discussion on green finance.

Decline in diesel car sales offset by more demand for petrol; implications for climate targets 28 September 2017, 15:42 CET
Diesel's market share in the EU-15 fell from 50.2% to 46.3% of new car registrations in the first half of 2017. In absolute numbers, 152,323 less diesel cars were sold. This drop was offset by an increase in the sale of petrol vehicles. Auto makers caution that this shift to petrol engines with higher CO2 values will pose additional challenges to meeting future CO2 reduction targets.

Commission's position on tackling illegal content online is contradictory and dangerous for free speech 28 September 2017, 15:39 CET
Today, on 28 September, the European Commission published its long-awaited Communication "Tackling Illegal Content Online". This follows a leaked copy we previously analysed.