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EBF urges rethink of BSR after ECON vote does not deliver way forward 27 May 2015, 23:26 CET
The European Banking Federation, taking note of Tuesday night’s vote in the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON), remains deeply concerned over the EU Banking Structural Reform proposal (BSR) that seeks to break up the largest European banks.

Launch of the MEP Friends of the Liver Interest group to tackle a silent epidemic 27 May 2015, 23:10 CET
The MEP Friends of the Liver Interest Group was launched today at the European Parliament in Brussels in an event hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Dr Cristian-Silviu Buşoi (EPP, RO), calls on the European Parliament to use its significant powers raise awareness about liver disease and advocate for EU policies to ensure that all patients have access to the best treatments and medicines.

BUSINESS FRANCE showcases 12 companies from the information system security sector at Infosecurity Europe 2015 22 May 2015, 11:57 CET
BUSINESS FRANCE showcases 12 companies from the information system security sector at Infosecurity Europe 2015

EU 'Better Regulation' proposals - Friends of the Earth comment 20 May 2015, 22:40 CET
Reforms to the way the European Union decides legislation proposed today are a threat to environmental, health, safety and other standards that protect citizens, says Friends of the Earth Europe.

ESBA Press Release on Better Regulation 20 May 2015, 22:40 CET
Today, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans presented his Better Regulation Package. ESBA welcomes the Better Regulation Agenda drafted by First VP Timmermans and his team. ESBA has been pushing for Better Regulation to be taken more seriously for years. The Vice-President's recent efforts show commitment by the Commission to push the agenda forward. However, ESBA does have some remarks:

Drain on health services and lost work days could cost EUR 52 bn over ten years 20 May 2015, 22:24 CET
Weak coal pollution standards being considered by the EU could result in 71,000 preventable deaths across Europe, due to increased risk of stroke, heart disease, asthma and other illnesses associated with air pollution, according to a study commissioned by Greenpeace and the European Environmental Bureau. The additional drain on health services and the loss of over 23 million working days would cost taxpayers over €52 billion between 2020 and 2029.

France’s photovoltaic sector shines bright at INTERSOLAR 2015 from June 10th to 12th 2015 19 May 2015, 23:18 CET
 

Banks ready for pivotal role in new growth ecosystem under CMU 13 May 2015, 22:03 CET
The European Banking Federation, bringing together national banking associations from 32 countries, today submitted its response to the European Commission’s flagship consultation on Capital Markets Union (CMU), a project that can help unlock the latent growth potential of European capital markets and that may broaden the financing options for companies in the European single market.

All for industry, nothing for consumers? Standards in Digital Single Market 12 May 2015, 18:17 CET
Digital Technologies have a considerable impact on the lives of consumers, ranging from on-line shopping to e-government & e-voting. Although ANEC welcomes the focus on interoperability in the EC's initiative on the Digital Single Market (DSM) adopted on 6 May, we regret its integrated standards plan will not seek increased consumer protection across borders.

100 NGOs urge EU Commission to make lobby register legally binding 12 May 2015, 18:04 CET
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has urged European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans to take strong and urgent action to create a high-quality and legally-binding EU lobby transparency register in a letter sent to him today, signed by over one hundred non-governmental organisations and trade unions, and supported by the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity.

OECD joins European Parliament and Ministers in calling for new alcohol policies 12 May 2015, 15:41 CET
Today, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published its new report ‘Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy’, which analyses major trends in alcohol consumption in OECD countries. Following the statement on alcohol policy from EU Health Ministers and European Parliament’s resolution calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy on 21st and 29th April, pressure is mounting on the European Commission to take policy action on alcohol.

EU unveils Digital Single Market: Consumers must be central 06 May 2015, 16:22 CET
The EU‘s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy, a top priority of the Juncker Commission, has been published today.

Clock Ticking for UK Companies as Energy Use Compliance Deadline Approaches 01 May 2015, 22:02 CET
 

Spirits sector comments on Parliament Resolution on EU alcohol strategy 30 April 2015, 13:48 CET
spiritsEUROPE noted the adoption of the European Parliament Resolution on the Future EU Alcohol Strategy. In particular, the Parliament’s focus on tackling alcohol harm rather than on alcohol consumption per se is correct, and MEPs' emphasis on the contexts and patterns of alcohol consumption are also very welcome.

EBF 2015 Spring Economic Outlook: Springtime for Europe 30 April 2015, 13:41 CET
Forecast for Euro area GDP growth raised to 1.5% in 2015, 1.7% in 2016 - Bank economists see protracted period of low inflation ahead

European Parliament Resolution calls for new EU Alcohol Strategy 30 April 2015, 13:37 CET
The European Parliament adopted a Resolution on 29 April calling on the European Commission to present a new EU Alcohol Strategy to tackle health harm for 2016-2022.

Time to stop the cultivation of genetically engineered maize MON810 30 April 2015, 13:24 CET
As several documents from Monsanto, the EU Commission and European Food Safety Authority EFSA show, cultivation of genetically engineered maize MON810 does not comply with EU regulations.

eCall becomes a reality, but... 28 April 2015, 16:44 CET
The European Parliament adopted today in Strasbourg the legislation on eCall type approval requirements, giving the green light for the deployment of eCall services around the EU by 31 March 2018.

Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places 28 April 2015, 13:13 CET
Eleven places in the world - 10 of which are in the tropics - will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released today by WWF.

Europe must reconsider its policies to restore the competitiveness of its airline sector 23 April 2015, 22:45 CET
The International Air Carrier Association (IACA) notes with concern the antagonistic statements made by airlines in the debate around the Gulf carriers.

"Fight tax havens, start with the European Investment Bank", argues new report 23 April 2015, 22:40 CET
The European Investment Bank (EIB) was the first Development Financial Institution (DFI) to adopt a tax haven policy in 2009. However, more than five years on EIB money still runs via tax havens. A new report by Counter Balance and Re:Common* ‘Towards a Responsible Taxation Policy for the EIB’ which is launched today calls on the EU’s public bank to grasp the political momentum at EU level to prevent any public money from flowing through tax havens.

Juncker breaks promise to make EU GMO decisions more democratic 22 April 2015, 14:23 CET
The European Commission published today a proposal to amend rules on EU imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The proposed reform would still allow the Commission to authorise the import of GMOs even where a majority of national governments, the European Parliament and the public oppose them. The proposal does not affect authorisation procedures for the cultivation of GMOs.

CO2 emissions from cars continue on downward trend 16 April 2015, 17:08 CET
According to the figures published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) yesterday, in 2014 average new car emissions were 123.4g CO2/km compared to 186g CO2/km in 1995 - a 33.7% decrease over the period. This is the result of the long-term efforts of the automobile industry, which have been sustained both with and without legislation

European Commission objects to Google's unfair practices - Consumers should be misled no longer 15 April 2015, 13:47 CET
The European Consumer Organisation commends the European Commission’s ‘Statement of Objections’ today in its antitrust investigation of how Google Inc. calculates online search results - specifically its ‘Google Shopping’ service - and presents them to European users.

Entrepreneurs discuss Capital Markets Union with Commissioner Hill 15 April 2015, 00:21 CET
Led by EUROCHAMBRES President Richard Weber, a group of Belgian, Finnish, German, Italian and Swedish entrepreneurs met EU Commissioner Jonathan Hill on Monday evening to discuss policy measures to address the main challenges encountered by businesses at different stages in trying to secure equity investment.