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Digital Economy and Society Index highlights enabling role of Internet Sector in European economy 26 February 2015, 17:34 CET
The European Internet Service Providers Association (EuroISPA) has welcomed the results of the European Commission’s Digital Economy and Society Index, a study which further highlights the enabling role of the Internet sector across many areas of the European economy.

UK companies file more European patents in 2014 26 February 2015, 16:12 CET
Patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 3.1% in 2014, hitting a new record high of over 274 000. Companies from the UK filed 6 823 patents at the EPO last year (2013: 6 510): with +4.8% the highest growth rate for the UK since 2011, and well above the 1.2% average increase of the 38 EPO member states.

Auto industry reacts to Energy Union package 26 February 2015, 13:03 CET
Following the publication of the European Commission's Energy Union proposal, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) re-stated its commitment to contributing its fair share towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions, namely through more fuel-efficient technology and continuing investments into alternative powertrains.

SMEs have mixed feelings on Energy Union Strategy 25 February 2015, 23:16 CET
UEAPME, the European Craft and SME organisation, welcomes the Strategy for the Energy Union but warns of the minor focus on the non-ETS sectors, which are predominantly SME-based.

Data to Drive Change at the Top Among European Enterprises 25 February 2015, 23:13 CET
Data and the ways in which it can be rendered useful for enterprise purposes looks set to drive change at top levels of organisations across Europe if current trends continue.

Commission releases garbled energy union plan: Greenpeace 25 February 2015, 18:46 CET
The European Commission has released a patchwork of policies as its plan for a European energy union, said Greenpeace.

Energy Union: old wine in new bottles? 25 February 2015, 18:46 CET
EUROCHAMBRES has mixed feelings about the Energy Union package, published by the European Commission today.

EU Non-Recognition Policies Need Consistency 25 February 2015, 18:40 CET
The EU import ban under its policy of non-recognition of illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol begs the question why such non-recognition policies are not applied in the case of trade with settlements located in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In this case, international law even mandates non-recognition, including a prohibition on trade.

Capital Market Union can make a difference, but will not solve all SME finance problems 25 February 2015, 18:40 CET
UEAPME, the European Craft and SME organisation, has welcomed the publication of a green paper on the Capital Market Union. Indeed, better functioning capital markets in the European Union would be an important contribution to improve access to finance for SMEs in Europe.

New legislation For UK SME Bank Declines Takes Larger Step Forward 25 February 2015, 18:39 CET
In the 2014 Budget, the Government announced plans to match small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that have been rejected for finance by the major banks to alternative finance providers. The plans now form part of new legislation in the Small Business & Enterprise Bill that is currently going through parliament with cross-party support.

Capital Markets Union: Commission ticks the right boxes 25 February 2015, 18:33 CET
EUROCHAMBRES welcomes the comprehensive approach of today’s European Commission green paper on Capital Markets Union. Fragmented European rules for investors are major obstacles to a more favourable investment and economic climate in Europe. These barriers – largely regulatory – to acquiring financing and to investing seem to have been acknowledged by policy makers at last, but Chambers highlight that non-regulatory barriers must be tackled in parallel.

EUROCHAMBRES Economic Survey: businesses cautiously optimistic for 2015 25 February 2015, 18:32 CET
2015 is set to be a better year for business across much of Europe than 2014, but entrepreneurs still highlight low domestic demand and unfavourable general economic conditions as major challenges ahead. Meanwhile, geopolitical tensions in some of the EU’s neighbouring countries, as well as contracting global growth prospects, are holding back export projections.

Investment Plan for Europe: leveraging private investment is the right approach 25 February 2015, 18:32 CET
EUROCHAMBRES praises the focus on leveraging private investment that underpins the European Commission’s new Investment Plan for Europe. This is as an important signal to administrations across the EU on how to optimise the impact of constrained public budgets.

Political instability to hamper growth in 2015, global business says 25 February 2015, 18:32 CET
Increasing political and social instability - in regions ranging from Morocco to India - casts a shadow over growth expectations for 2015, according to a survey conducted among Members of the Global Chamber Platform (GCP). Businesses in Europe, Latin America and Russia are the most pessimistic.

Milan Job Summit: Chamber proposal to boost youth employment 25 February 2015, 18:32 CET
By the end of 2020, 50% of vocational education students should undertake an apprenticeship. Such a Flagship initiative on apprenticeships would boost youth employment according to EUROCHAMBRES’ Honorary President Christoph Leitl, speaking at today’s Job Summit of heads of state and employment ministers.

Basel III and Capital Requirements: not just about bonuses 25 February 2015, 18:30 CET
On the day of the plenary vote in the European Parliament on the Capital Requirements package (CRDIV-CRR), EUROCHAMBRES is relieved that an agreement has finally been reached and the negotiations are close to completion.

Argentina: respect the international rules of commerce 25 February 2015, 18:30 CET
Today, EUROCHAMBRES and BUSINESSEUROPE addressed a letter to the President of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, expressing their utmost concern over the recent adoption of trade restrictive measures and the sudden expropriation of YPF, owned by one of the largest European investors in Argentina.

C20 takes position on G20 issues 25 February 2015, 18:30 CET
Ahead of this week’s G20 Summit in Cannes, France, a group of Chambers belonging to the C20 group* [or the C20 group] calls for a coordinated global effort intended to put the world economy back on track of strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

EU-Canada Summit: Business welcomes end of CETA negotiations 25 February 2015, 18:29 CET
EUROCHAMBRES and EUCCAN - representing the European private sector in Europe and in Canada - applaud the end of negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) being celebrated during the EU-Canada Summit on 26 September. They now call for the legal revision process and ratification procedures on both sides to be undertaken as swiftly as possible.

Energy 2030 & European Industrial Renaissance: Unilateral climate action contradicts 20 pct industrial target 25 February 2015, 18:28 CET
EUROCHAMBRES is critical of the incoherence between the communications on industrial policy and energy 2030 presented today by the European Commission, arguing that they reveal a lack of governance and coordination between the administration’s services.

2015 Business France showcases 120 technology innovators at MWC 2015 05 February 2015, 23:17 CET
For the ninth consecutive year, Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of French businesses, is organising the French Tech pavilion at Mobile World Congress (MWC), the trade show for the mobile-telecoms sector taking place in Barcelona (Spain) from 2 to 5 March 2015. There will be 120 SMEs and start-ups on the French Tech pavilion – the largest national pavilion at MWC 2015.

ARELIS unveils hybrid lecoms/TV transmission station at MWC 2015 05 February 2015, 23:14 CET
ARELIS Group, together with its subsidiary, Thomson Broadcast, a global leader in transmission systems, will be present at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, in Barcelona (Spain). At the trade show, the company will unveil its new, green, hybrid telecoms/TV transmission station within the ZENITTHYS project, as well as a completely autonomous base station it has developed.

EU-US trade deal threatens food safety 05 February 2015, 22:51 CET
The trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU threatens public health, consumer rights and animal welfare standards, shows new analysis today by food and trade experts. The criticisms come as negotiators from both sides of the Atlantic meet behind closed doors in Brussels, Belgium this week to start writing new food safety rules for the trade deal and as hundreds of people demonstrated against the ‘Trojan Horse Treaty’.

EU peer-to-peer lending market well-placed to overcome challenges 04 February 2015, 18:09 CET
The peer-to-peer lending market has been growing rapidly for a number of years and that trend looks set to continue despite some considerable challenges to its progress across Europe.

Insurance Europe: Proposed EU data protection rules could increase cost of insurance 02 February 2015, 13:22 CET
The cost of insurance premiums in Europe could rise if the EU doesn’t make important changes to a set of data protection rules which it is currently considering, according to Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation.