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ESBA supports EPP group's new 'Red Tape Watch' 17 September 2014, 23:47 CET
Under the auspices of Markus Pieper MEP, the newly elected chairman of the SME circle, the European Peoples Party has set up a working group which will check the impact of regulation on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Particular attention will be given to avoiding excessive burdens on small companies, caused by over complicated regulation.

EBF Tax Conference to review G20 talks on Automatic Exchange 15 September 2014, 18:50 CET
The annual tax conference of the European Banking Federation this year will analyse progress on plans for an automatic exchange of information between tax authorities, as will be discussed next weekend by finance ministers and central bank governors of G20 countries.

UEAPME presents Crafts and SME priorities to nominated Commissioners 11 September 2014, 21:32 CET
EC President Jean-Claude Junker’s announcement of the new structured dossiers’ division for the entering members of the incoming European Commission marks the starting point of a new era of policy making at European level. Indeed, in order to lay the foundation for post-crisis growth and job creation, the new European Commission has to move from a defensive crisis fighting mode to an offensive approach, one driven by strong private investment.

EBF statement on financial transaction tax 09 September 2014, 12:47 CET
The European Banking Federation regrets to learn that some member states of the European Union envisage pushing forward with the European Commission proposal to introduce a financial transaction tax (FTT), making it clear that they still underestimate the economic impact of this initiative.

Vacuum cleaners become more energy-efficient 03 September 2014, 13:36 CET
As of yesterday, vacuum cleaners have to meet EU-wide energy and performance requirements. Consumers buying a vacuum cleaner will also receive labelling information on efficiency, energy use and performance. Stricter wattage requirements will reduce the energy use.

PELLENC ST installs another 23 waste-processing optical sorters in UK 01 September 2014, 16:00 CET
PELLENC Selective Technologies (PELLENC ST) of France, a manufacturer of optical sorting machines for the processing of waste, has announced that it will supply 23 optical sorters (on stream from 2015) to equip four new facilities in the UK. The specialist company, which has considerably strengthened its presence on the British market, will showcase its latest solutions at the RWM trade show, to be held in Birmingham (England) from 16 to 18 September 2014.

New EU logo and standards to help protect consumers privacy 29 August 2014, 13:34 CET
ANEC welcomes the adoption of European standards on the procedures and logo for the protection of consumers personal data when Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) chips are used1. "ANEC believes consumers should be informed of the presence of the RFID tag by a clearly understandable sign", said ANEC Secretary-General, Stephen Russell.

Networking Opportunity and Roundtable Discussion at Benelux Infrastructure Forum 27 August 2014, 13:17 CET
SMi is proud to invite you to attend the 13th annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum on the 24th and 25th of November in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

European Investment Bank to Discuss Project Finance at the 13th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum 11 August 2014, 14:53 CET
SMi Group is proud to have Michiel Engelarr, Senior Loan Officer at the European Investment Bank, giving a keynote address at the 13th annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum.

Commission scorecard shows Europe is still a market for illegal timber 31 July 2014, 12:13 CET
Four years after its adoption, the European law banning illegal timber (EUTR) is not yet fully implemented in nearly half of EU countries, according to a Commission assessment published yesterday.

Receive PPP Infrastructure Updates and Meet Key Players in the Benelux Infrastructure Community 25 July 2014, 17:22 CET
SMi Group is proud to announce the 13th edition of the very successful Benelux Infrastructure Forum. This event offers the unique opportunity to learn about financing structures and renewable PPP projects as well as the possibility to network with key decision makers at the forefront of Benelux’s infrastructure industry.

Learn how to Understand your Customer at the Big Data in Retail Financial Services Conference 24 July 2014, 17:34 CET
After an extremely successful launch, SMI are proud to present the 2nd Annual Big Data in Retail Financial Services Conference on the 27th November 2014 in London. This event will help business leaders make better sense of the real data they have, get to it quickly and make the right, cost-effective decisions.

Energy efficiency review: Chambers endorse focus on implementation 24 July 2014, 11:15 CET
EUROCHAMBRES welcomes the communication on Energy Efficiency published today and calls on the Commission to intensify its efforts to enforce existing legislation.

Fracking Brussels: A who's who of the EU shale gas lobby 24 July 2014, 10:39 CET
Oil companies and lobby groups in their pay have been engaged in an underground offensive in Brussels to prevent stricter safety regulations for shale gas, according to a new report released today.

ECA statement on Malaysia Airlines MH17 17 July 2014, 20:10 CET
Today the European pilots were shocked by the news that a Malaysian Commercial Aircraft was shot down over Ukraine by a surface to air missile.

ALTER-EU welcomes Juncker's commitment to a mandatory lobby register and proactive transparency 16 July 2014, 18:21 CET
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) welcomes Jean-Claude Juncker's commitment to a mandatory lobby register and to provide proactive transparency about EU decision-making, a promise made during his confirmation hearing as Commission President in the European parliament this morning. This should help to ensure that EU institutions are far more open and transparent in the way that they work.

EPHA calls on new Commission president to put people's needs first 15 July 2014, 19:52 CET
The European Parliament has confirmed Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. EPHA would like to congratulate Mr Juncker for the confirmation and urges him to commit his 2014-2019 mandate to the health and well-being of people living in Europe.

EBF reacts to EU Parliament President Schulz's call for more lending by banks 15 July 2014, 19:51 CET
During a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday the freshly re-elected European Parliament President Martin Schulz called on banks to improve lending policies.

TTIP group members urge Commission to drop business v state dispute resolution 14 July 2014, 15:40 CET
Following the end of the public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the EU-US free trade negotiations (known as TTIP), the European Environmental Bureau, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and Transport & Environment call on the Commission to exclude ISDS from TTIP and to publish all contributions. The EEB, EPHA and T&E are members of the EU’s TTIP advisory group representing civil society.

Commission Adopts New State Aid General Block Exemption Regulation 14 July 2014, 12:55 CET
On the 21st May 2014 the European Commission has adopted a revised General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) for state aid. The Regulation is part of the 'State Aid Modernisation' which, among other things, seeks to increase the flexibility given to Member States to grant state aid without prior notification and approval by the Commission, provided that certain conditions are met. The GBER sets out the categories of aid and the conditions under which aid measures can benefit from such an exemption.

EBF to host discussion on international accounting standards 08 July 2014, 00:26 CET
A panel event hosted by the European Banking Federation with accounting experts will discuss International Financial Reporting Standards on Tuesday. Under the title 'IFRS at Crossroads', the event will bring together about 100 participants from 16 countries at the EBF premises in Brussels.

A win for transparency: EPHA calls for TTIP negotiating documents to be opened to public scrutiny 04 July 2014, 18:17 CET
Yesterday the European Court of Justice ruled that access to documents relating to international activity would not be automatically exempt from EU transparency requirements. This decision opens the possibility for the European Commission to make public papers relating to the EU-US trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Payment During Vacation Leave Should Include Commission 04 July 2014, 18:10 CET

Abuse of Dominance - Seeking an Injunction 04 July 2014, 18:07 CET
The European Commission has confirmed that, while recourse to an injunction is generally a legitimate remedy for patent infringements, seeking an injunction may also constitute an abuse of dominance if (i) a holder of standard essential patents (SEPs) has given a commitment to licence of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND); and (ii) the potential licensee is willing to acquire a licence on FRAND.

Revised De Minimis Notice 04 July 2014, 17:56 CET
On 25 June 2014 the EU Commission revised its notice on agreements of minor importance which do not appreciably restrict competition under Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.