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Banks question impact of new regulation on interchange fees 18 December 2014, 18:28 CET
The European Banking Federation takes note of the agreement on the Interchange Fees Regulation reached by European legislators on Wednesday.

Transport Next Generation drives SITL 2015 to next level 18 December 2014, 18:27 CET

2015 Commission Work Programme: nice packaging, but content still to be discovered 18 December 2014, 18:27 CET
EUROCHAMBRES considers that the 2015 Commission Work Programme published today ticks many of the right boxes for the business community. New proposals on the Internal Market, the Digital Single Market, Capital Markets Union, Trade & Investment, Energy Union and Labour Mobility, as well as the promise of a revised Inter-institutional Better Lawmaking deal stand out as potentially beneficial. However, until further details are available on the specific content of the many laudable packages, it is hard to gauge how much substance the work programme will add to the positive jobs and growth rhetoric of the new Commission.

Downward trend in bank robberies continues 18 December 2014, 18:26 CET
The number of bank robberies in Europe continues to decline according to data collected by the European Banking Federation.

EU fisheries ministers fail to end overfishing: Greenpeace 17 December 2014, 17:35 CET
Commenting on the outcome of the fisheries Council today, Greenpeace EU fisheries policy director Saskia Richartz said: "It is unacceptable that many of the fishing quotas agreed today fail to end overfishing. Ministers gave no justification for postponing action to recover fish stocks, despite new laws requiring that any delay is justified with appropriate evidence."

EU adopts better and more effective rules to fight money laundering 17 December 2014, 17:31 CET
The European Banking Federation welcomes the endorsement by the European Union legislators of new rules that will provide banks with better and more effective tools in the fight against money laundering. The agreement on the fourth Anti-Money Laundering directive, known as AMLD-IV, was reached earlier this week in Strasbourg.

Ruling on PETA complaint a victory for animals used in EU chemical tests 17 December 2014, 17:28 CET
Official Finds European Agency Overseeing Chemical Testing on Animals Is Failing to Minimise Animal Use; As Many As 100,000 Animals Killed Who Could Have Been Spared

European banks: EC misses opportunity to support capital markets and growth 17 December 2014, 17:27 CET
The European Banking Federation notes with disappointment the decision by the European Commission not to withdraw the Barnier proposal for structural reform of the EU banking sector. The Bank Structural Reform (BSR) proposal to mandate a split of Europe’s biggest banks may have undesirable consequences for capital markets and the economy.

EBF calls on trilogue to safeguard security and user convenience in payments 17 December 2014, 16:08 CET
While the European Banking Federation wholeheartedly supports innovation in payments, the European Union trilogue negotiations on the revision of the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) that will start in January will need to safeguard the state-of-the-art payment security and user convenience that currently exist in the European market.

New money, old ideas: How EU spending plans for central and eastern Europe are selling short a greener future 11 December 2014, 11:13 CET
Central and Eastern European EUR 350 billion allocation from the EU budget on dirty energy projects, polluting forms of transport and incinerators, according to a comprehensive analysis of draft government spending plans published today by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe.

EU puts food information on the menu from this Saturday 11 December 2014, 11:04 CET
A new mandatory food labelling system will land on supermarket shelves and restaurants across the EU from December 13th.

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new IRIS Special report 09 December 2014, 23:30 CET
Who’s afraid of the big bad data? New forms of audiovisual commercial communications in a converged audiovisual sector

You can BETT on French companies in London 2015 08 December 2014, 10:56 CET

MEPs reject weak proposal for polluting transport fuels - Friends of the Earth comment 04 December 2014, 23:14 CET
Today members of the European Parliament’s environment committee rejected a weak proposal for the implementation of crucial EU climate legislation for reducing emissions from transport fuels.

New EU law grants countries right to ban GM crops but leaves them exposed to industry attacks 04 December 2014, 13:41 CET
At the end of a late-night round of negotiations in Brussels, national governments agreed on a new EU law to provide countries the right to ban GM crops in their territory.

EBF speaks out against Banking Structural Reform in European Parliament today 02 December 2014, 15:07 CET
Graziano Crema, Head of Regulation Corporate and Investment Banking, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), who is a member of the European Banking Federation’s Expert Group on Banking Structural Reform, will be addressing members of the European Parliament in a public hearing on Bank Structural Reform this afternoon (16.30 – 18:30) in Brussels.

EUROCHAMBRES Economic Survey: businesses cautiously optimistic for 2015 01 December 2014, 17:57 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.

EU roaming & Net Neutrality in Telecoms Council 27 November 2014, 17:48 CET
This afternoon the European Council discussed the final stages of the EU Telecoms Single Market law - which has already passed through Commission and Parliament - and will have profound consequences for Europe’s consumers and businesses on: Roaming costs for mobile device use in Europe (banned by December 2015); Net Neutrality – the principle of an open internet where data is treated equally, blocking of specific apps/services is banned and the emergence of a '2 tiered' internet wherein consumers pay more for higher bandwidth content is prevented.

EBF underlines need to match EFSI funds with stable economic framework 27 November 2014, 12:45 CET
The European Banking Federation sees the creation of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) as a first important step towards a European Union agenda that is more focused on growth and jobs.

Investment Plan for Europe: leveraging private investment is the right approach 26 November 2014, 12:54 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.

Small steps towards transparency welcome but much more needed for the public to understand secret trade deal 26 November 2014, 12:51 CET
Friends of the Earth Europe have cautiously welcomed moves announced by the European Commission to increase the transparency of the ongoing EU-US trade negotiations. While the new rules are a positive step, they fall short of providing full transparency and openness to allow a proper public debate on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

eCall based on 112 in Europe - HeERO 2 Project Final Event 26 November 2014, 12:24 CET
From the 27th to the 28th November 2014, the final HeERO International Conference will take place in Madrid, Spain. It will highlight the final outcomes, impact and results of the HeERO 2 project. Each pilot site will share its experiences and participants will have the opportunity to see eCall demonstration.

Pope Francis speaks out on human rights and care for creation when addressing European Parliament 25 November 2014, 18:01 CET
The alliance of Catholic development agencies, CIDSE, welcomes the address of Pope Francis to the European Parliament today, November 25, 2014. Continuing on his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium, CIDSE sees in the Pope’s message a challenge to current consumerism and models of economy.

A business-friendly environment for construction SMEs: what is the contribution of the new European Parliament? 25 November 2014, 17:32 CET
Small and medium-sized construction businesses believe there is much at stake in the next European legislative term. Five years of economic slowdown harshly damaged small builders, but the housing sector has big potential for the European economy. Today the European Builders Confederation organised a business breakfast to present the new MEPs with its roadmap on how to contribute to sustainable economic growth in Europe and overcome the crisis in the sector, as set out in the EBC Manifesto. More than ten MEPs, representatives from DG Enterprise and other associations participated in the breakfast and contributed to the debate.

Deco Party UK extends the invitation with launch of website for UK/Ireland 25 November 2014, 17:09 CET