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EBF statement on European Deposit Insurance Scheme proposal 26 November 2015, 22:14 CET
While European banks support the completion of the Banking Union with the creation of a single European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS) as its third and final pillar, the process and pace for the introduction of this scheme is surprising given the EU’s Better Regulation initiative. The EDIS proposal requires careful examination.

Business and NGOs join forces for an ambitious climate agreement 26 November 2015, 22:06 CET
In a joint statement published on 25 November, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and EUROCHAMBRES, representing 44 million European citizens and 20 million businesses, call on the EU to put every effort in the climate negotiations in Paris and ensure the adoption of a comprehensive, inclusive and ambitious climate agreement.

UEAPME calls on EC to not follow EP report on Health and Safety 26 November 2015, 22:02 CET
UEAPME asks the Commission not to follow the EP’s recommendation for new legal actions, particularly in the field of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and harassment and violence at work. The costs of legislation on MSD would be borne mainly by SMEs and micro-companies. On harassment and violence, the EU social partners are implementing their autonomous agreement, which should be respected. It is more important to tackle the real causes and provide SMEs with supportive tools than to add to their burden.

European automobile industry contributes to COP21 climate discussions 26 November 2015, 21:56 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has issued its position on how to address the challenges of climate change ahead of the COP21 climate conference, which will be starting in Paris next week.

EU Energy Ministers recognise the importance of governance 26 November 2015, 18:29 CET
The Energy Council issued conclusions which emphasise the importance of governance for the 2030 climate and energy framework, but which leave a lot left to be done.

Car emission test rigging: Volkswagen urged to step up its game 24 November 2015, 16:47 CET
Two months ago, US authorities announced that Volkswagen Group cars were equipped with defeat software allowing it to cheat on air pollutant emission tests. Following this statement, Volkswagen had to admit that more than 11 million cars were affected globally. Early November, VW also conceded that 800,000 cars had incorrect CO2 levels.

EU needs stronger policy for small and medium sized enterprises 18 November 2015, 23:56 CET
Ahead of the European SME Assembly in Luxembourg on19-20th November, UEAPME and BUSINESSEUROPE publish a video message and a joint statement calling for a renewed and strengthened EU policy for craft and SMEs.

First World Antibiotic Awareness Week takes place amid growing concerns about global rise in drug-resistant infections, impact of pharmaceutical pollution 18 November 2015, 11:26 CET
The annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is taking place today as part of the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week, reflecting growing global concern about antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the need to take urgent and concerted action to tackle the increasing incidence of antibiotic-resistant infections around the globe.

One year gone, but a long road ahead for EU energy union 17 November 2015, 23:27 CET
Greenpeace analysis ahead of Commission’s first state of the energy union speech

The human cost of cheap bananas 12 November 2015, 13:02 CET
New report shows how increasing market power and Unfair Trading Practices of European supermarkets affect banana small farmers and plantation workers

EU whitewash on cancer risk from world's most used weedkiller 12 November 2015, 12:49 CET
Overreliance on unpublished industry studies leads EU food agency to recommend glyphosate approval

Europe rejects GM crops as new report highlights 20 years of failures 05 November 2015, 13:40 CET
By the end of today, all 19 government requests for bans of GM crop cultivation are expected to go unchallenged by biotech companies, paving the way for two thirds of the EU’s farmland and population to remain GM-free. The growing opposition to GM crops coincides with a new Greenpeace report reviewing evidence of GM environmental risks, market failures, and increased pesticide use.

Diesel cars could be allowed to pollute more than double the legal limit following European deal 28 October 2015, 21:36 CET
Diesel cars could be allowed to emit more than twice as much as agreed limits for toxic air pollutants as a result of a new deal on emissions testing agreed by European government representatives meeting in Brussels today. The deal comes in the midst of a global diesel emissions scandal after German carmaker Volkswagen was found to be cheating air pollution testing.

European Parliament demands car testing overhaul 27 October 2015, 18:36 CET
On the back of the recent revelations that Volkswagen gamed US emission tests and installed so-called defeat devices in millions of cars globally, Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of a raft of measures that would better protect consumers from misleading performance claims of car makers.

Greenpeace files Ombudsman complaint about Commission GM food and feed opt-out plan 27 October 2015, 18:26 CET
Greenpeace has filed a complaint to the European Ombudsman regarding the Commission’s failure to disclose policy options considered as part of its plan to give countries the right to opt out of GM crops authorised in the EU for use as food and animal feed.

The end of roaming - still a distant promise 27 October 2015, 18:20 CET
The 27 October vote in the European Parliament puts the final touch on an EU-wide ban on roaming charges, and enshrines the right of EU citizens to an open and neutral internet. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), a long-standing advocate for both issues, regrets that the final deal contains significant loopholes and uncertainties.

Syngenta granted patent on pepper for use as food 22 October 2015, 22:57 CET
The European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich has granted the Swiss seed giant, Syngenta, a patent on pepper and its use "as fresh produce, as fresh cut produce, or for processing such as, for example, canning" (EP 2 166 833 B1). The patent also covers the plants, their cultivation, harvesting and seeds. The plants have been developed to produce pepper without seeds and are derived from conventional breeding using existing biodiversity. There was no genetic engineering involved in the process.

Ailing Baltic cod caught in political vortex 22 October 2015, 12:10 CET
EU fisheries ministers meet today to agree 2016 quotas for stocks in the Baltic Sea. With Baltic cod stocks in a worrying state, there is no room for complacency: ministers must set sustainable fishing limits for all stocks, not least cod, and allocate the lion’s share of the quotas to low-impact fishermen.

Karry showcases at Web Summit 2015 the innovative travel app that lets you make friends on your travels… before you’ve even left! 19 October 2015, 12:01 CET
French start-up Karry’s disruptive app, developed for iOS and Android systems, allows its users to access a community of travellers going to the same place at the same time as them. Karry is intuitive as it satisfies people’s natural desire to meet others and develop new relationships when they are travelling around the world.

EU Parliament vote on health and safety at work: SMEs deeply concerned 14 October 2015, 23:39 CET
On 13 October, the European Parliament’s Employment Committee voted in favour of new legislations as part of the Christensen report on the EU Strategic Framework on Health and safety at Work 2014-2020.

Auto industry calls for a balanced real driving emissions proposal 14 October 2015, 23:24 CET
Following the 6 October meeting of the European Commission's regulatory committee (TCMV) with the member states, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) understands that the European Commission has come forward with a proposal for some of the essential elements needed for legislation on real driving emissions (RDE). The automobile industry agrees with the need for emissions to more closely reflect real-world conditions, and has been calling for proposals for years.

Improved payments law: down with surcharges, up with safety! 13 October 2015, 23:17 CET
With today’s vote in the European Parliament, the final hurdle to an upgraded EU payment services law that aims to make payment transactions safer and terminate card surcharges has been cleared.

Exclusive Interview with Ian Conlon from the European Commission 13 October 2015, 23:17 CET
We recently caught up with Ian Conlon, Financial Instruments Team, Unit B4, DG MOVE, European Commission.

EcoVadis and TfS Extend Partnership Aiming to Drive Sustainable Supply Chain in the Chemical Industry Worldwide 13 October 2015, 17:58 CET
EcoVadis, the first collaborative platform providing sustainability performance ratings and improvement tools for supply chains, and Together for Sustainability (TfS), the chemical industry sustainability initiative, announce the renewal of their partnership to further advance sustainable practices in the supply chains of the chemical industry.

Burgess Marine banks on Port of Cherbourg to grow its business as it signs synchrolift usage agreement with Ports of Normandy Authority 09 October 2015, 19:14 CET
Burgess Marine, the UK's largest independent ship repairer, and the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) have signed a priority usage agreement for the synchrolift located at the Port of Cherbourg in France for the period running from 29th September 2015 to 31st March 2016.