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EU lobby register: still failing to deliver real transparency 27 January 2015, 17:17 CET
New research published today shows that too many major lobby organisations, including financial lobbyists the City of London Corporation and Credit Suisse; major corporations such as Electrabel, Anglo American and General Motors; law firms such as Covington & Burling and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; and lobby consultancies, are not listed in the lobby transparency register despite being active in EU lobbying.

Insurance Europe: Proposed EU data protection rules could increase cost of insurance 27 January 2015, 17:13 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.

UEAPME Board asks Juncker Commission to work on Small Business Act review 27 January 2015, 17:09 CET
The Board of UEAPME - the European Craft and SME association - is seriously concerned with the lack of visibility and support the new Juncker Commission is giving Crafts and SME in Europe.

EU puts food information on the menu from this Saturday 27 January 2015, 14:23 CET
A new mandatory food labelling system will land on supermarket shelves and restaurants across the EU from December 13th.

UK supermarket price war hits smaller companies 27 January 2015, 14:21 CET
As the price war being waged by the UK’s major supermarkets continues, companies in two business sectors are being badly hit as a result. As might be expected, smaller food retailers, who are quite simply unable to sell their produce at a loss, are struggling to compete with the retail giants. But the supermarkets’ tactics are also affecting food and drink manufacturers who supply goods to large retailers. These manufacturers are in many cases finding that their profit margins are being reduced, or that the supermarkets are offering them less favourable payment terms, or both.

The key personal tax dates you need to know in 2015 23 January 2015, 17:56 CET
Although a new calendar year has just begun, we are already well into the current tax year and there are still some matters to address from the previous tax year too. Here are some key personal tax dates that you may need to know for 2015.

SERSA launches new versatile graphics cards for industry 23 January 2015, 15:16 CET
SERSA, a French-based company specializing in the design and development of global solutions for the industrial-electronics sector, has launched IHM Crystal-IN, a graphics card designed to enhance screen-graphic interfaces.

EBlink, a pioneer in wireless-fronthaul technology, will be present at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in March 2015, in Barcelona (Spain) 23 January 2015, 15:06 CET
EBlink, a pioneer in wireless-fronthaul technology, will be present at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in March 2015, in Barcelona (Spain). The company’s FrontLink™58 system represents a technological breakthrough. EBlink provides solutions that are complementary to fibre-based fronthaul and essential to Cloud RAN and 5G architectures.

Press statement on publication of Solvency II Delegated Acts 22 January 2015, 22:45 CET
The Solvency II Delegated Acts were published in the Official Journal on Saturday 17 January 2015, and entered into force on 18 January 2015.

European Parliament votes through new powers for governments to ban GM crops 13 January 2015, 16:20 CET
The European Parliament today voted to grant national governments new powers to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in their territories. Today’s decision by the European Parliament for the first time allows governments to ban entire categories of GM crops.

European banks take note of European Parliament report on bank separation 09 January 2015, 14:28 CET
The European Banking Federation and its members are carefully reviewing the draft report on the separation of European banks that was published this week by the Economic Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.

CJEU pulls brake on EU accession to the ECHR 05 January 2015, 18:34 CET
Academy of European Law conference to examine what next for EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights in Brussels on 26 January 2015.

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.

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.