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EBF supports EU Consumer Financial Services Plan 23 March 2017, 22:10 CET
The European Banking Federation wishes to express its support for the Consumer Financial Services Action Plan presented today by the European Commission.

Retailers seek certainty when implementing new rules for energy labels 23 March 2017, 20:29 CET
Retailers and wholesalers are pleased with the simplification of energy labelling rules agreed by the European Parliament and the Council, allowing consumers to make better purchasing choices. But they warned that inconsistent or too rigid application of the rules could cause confusion and uncertainty.

European Commission takes major step to ban three bee-harming pesticides Governments must close remaining loopholes 23 March 2017, 20:24 CET
The European Commission has proposed a ban of three neonicotinoid pesticides known to harm bees and other species, except for use in permanent greenhouses, according to a leaked document seen by the Guardian.

How safe is Europe's 'ultra-safe' aviation industry? 23 March 2017, 13:35 CET
Under this – slightly provocative – question Members of the European Parliament, researchers and pilots gathered on 22 March for a breakfast debate in the Parliament. Hosted by MEPs Agnes Jongerius (S&D) and Georges Bach (EPP) – they examined the key findings of the recent 'Safety Culture in European Aviation' study by the London School of Economics (LSE) and EUROCONTROL.

Nature secret weapon in fight for better health 22 March 2017, 00:30 CET
As the world marks the international day of forests, researchers find that failing to provide access to nature to deprived communities could entrench health inequality.

ESBA starts Subscriber Service for individual businesses 20 March 2017, 23:36 CET
As of 1 March, individual companies can become direct ESBA subscribers. We aim to bring together a great variety of businesses from across the EU to network, exchange best practices and to make their voice heard vis-à-vis EU policy. Below are the different options ESBA offers!

ESBA Board meeting hosted by Google 20 March 2017, 23:29 CET
On 3 February 2017, Google Brussels kindly hosted ESBA for its first Board meeting of the year.

European Commission's Insolvency proposal: good but needs more punch for MSMEs 20 March 2017, 23:23 CET
On 22 November 2016, the European Commission presented its proposal for a Directive on preventive restructuring frameworks, second chance and measures to increase the efficiency of restructuring, insolvency and discharge procedures and amending Directive 2012/30/EU.

How Brexit border debate could affect human trafficking into UK 16 March 2017, 19:11 CET
Recent government figures estimate that there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK today. A large majority of these people are trafficked in from abroad. And, as the government report shows, a significant proportion of this group, perhaps even most of them, are themselves EU citizens.

Call to stop patents on beer 16 March 2017, 19:05 CET
32 civil society organisations started Wednesday a public appeal to politicians and demand that effective prohibitions are put in place to stop the granting of patents on plants and animals derived from conventional breeding.

Brexit Breaking Point - 100,000s of UK pensioners could migrate back to UK 15 March 2017, 18:04 CET
Campaign groups championing the rights of British pensioners living in the EU fear that Brexit may force many hundreds of thousands to return to the UK, placing enormous strain on the UK's already overburdened health and social care services.

EU chemicals agency sweeps glyphosate cancer evidence under the carpet 15 March 2017, 17:46 CET
Following in the footsteps of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has dismissed scientific evidence showing that the controversial weedkiller glyphosate could cause cancer.

China divides the EU and U.S. with visions of unlimited dumping possibilities 13 March 2017, 16:42 CET
Applying a "divide et impera" strategy, China yesterday notified the WTO of a panel request against the EU with the aim to be treated as a market economy in anti-dumping procedures, a treatment which would essentially render those measures useless to counteract dumped imports from China.

French companies to exhibit in the ingredients, fragrances and testing zones at In-Cosmetics Europe 13 March 2017, 15:25 CET
France is an internationally recognised supplier of raw materials for the cosmetics industry. Certified for their quality and purity, these raw materials comply with the strictest regulations and respect social ethics.

Gender equality boosts economic growth 09 March 2017, 23:52 CET
If the EU stepped up its efforts to improve gender equality, more jobs would be created, GDP per capita would increase and society would be able to adjust better to the challenges related to the ageing population. These are the main results of a new study by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), launched on the occasion of international women’s day on 8 March 2017.

EU-China trade deficit massively unbalanced: EUR 175 billion 09 March 2017, 23:47 CET
Final figures from Eurostat show that the 2016 EU trade deficit with China remains severely unbalanced at almost €175 billion Euros. The 2016 EU trade deficit with China is almost on par with the record high of 2015 which equates to around seven million containers that arrive fully loaded in Europe and go back to China empty.

ECB cash injections for polluters must stop, 70 NGOs demand 08 March 2017, 23:20 CET
Ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly monetary policy meeting, 70 European civil society organisations call on the bank to stop aggravating climate change through its opaque ‘quantitative easing’ investments in polluting industries.

EU renews its climate diplomacy push 08 March 2017, 00:27 CET
EU foreign affairs ministers agreed today to put climate objectives at heart of EU security and foreign policies. CAN Europe welcomes the initiative and calls on EU diplomats to lead the fight to achieve deeper emission cuts to limit warming to below 1.5°C in line with the Paris Agreement.

Conflict of interest concerns blight glyphosate new safety assessment 07 March 2017, 23:43 CET
Potential conflicts of interest and transparency concerns hang over the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), as it prepares a crucial assessment of glyphosate, a controversial weedkiller which has been linked to cancer, warned Greenpeace.

Fitting out cabins, a major industrial challenge for French companies 07 March 2017, 16:00 CET
The fitting out of aircraft interiors is a growing sector. Forecasts predict that the market will increase from $16.8bn (around £13.4bn) in 2016 to more than $29bn (around £23bn) in 2021, with an average annual growth rate of around 11%.

Soybean 'Intacta' ruling: Appeal filed at the European Court of Justice 03 March 2017, 12:02 CET
Appellants seek clarity on fundamental legal questions regarding the risk assessment of genetically engineered plants

EU Industry Day: AEGIS Europe calls on policy-makers to stop further manufacturing job losses 01 March 2017, 19:59 CET
As the European Commission launches 'EU Industry Day' with an agenda focussed on supporting European industry, AEGIS Europe called on policy-makers to develop an action plan that delivers industrial jobs and growth.

Why UK Businesses Must Still Comply With EU Data Laws 01 March 2017, 18:11 CET
Even before negotiations with the EU have even begun, the spectre of a so-called 'hard Brexit' is impacting negatively on UK growth and the nations economic outlook.

EU countries propose limited reform of EU climate policy 28 February 2017, 23:57 CET
EU Environment Ministers meeting in Brussels today have reached an agreement on the revision of the Emission Trading System (ETS) for the next decade.

ETS reform vote will boost cement sector subsidy to EUR 3.5 billion by 2030 23 February 2017, 23:23 CET
Wednesday's (15th Feb) plenary vote on EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform saw the ENVI Committee's report pass with significantly reduced ambition.