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Banks invested over EUR 18 bn in software in 2016 02 November 2017, 18:07 CET
Survey results released by the European Banking Federation shows that European banks last year invested more than €18 billion in software, despite being forced to accept prudential rules that require software investments to be treated as costs instead of an investment.

Challenge to EU leaders: Time to move Europe Beyond Coal 02 November 2017, 17:54 CET
Health, environment and climate groups are calling on the European Union to hasten the move away from coal and other fossil fuels and towards clean renewable energy. As ‘Europe Beyond Coal’ launches, Brussels-based groups have set the EU five challenges to help Europe become coal-free by 2030.

Agenda has been released for 2018's Future Soldier Technology Conference and Focus Day 01 November 2017, 15:37 CET
SMi Reports: Senior Military confirmed to present at 2018's Future Soldier Technology Conference and Focus Day

Airborne Technologies GmbH: SMi's Latest sponsor for Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology 2018 31 October 2017, 18:27 CET
SMi reports: SMi’s latest sponsor for Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology 2018 is Airborne Technologies GmbH

No new approvals for genetically engineered soybeans sprayed with glyphosate! 27 October 2017, 11:50 CET
After the vote on glyphosate was postponed again, Testbiotech is demanding that all approvals for genetically engineered soybeans sprayed with glyphosate are stopped.

MEPs ignore the science to allow subsidies to bad bioenergy 26 October 2017, 00:23 CET
The European Parliament's Environment Committee voted Monday in favour of continued subsidies to burning trees and stumps for energy, in a defeat for science, the climate and forests - and the EU’s reputation on climate change.

Growing number of EU governments oppose re-approval of glyphosate 25 October 2017, 14:04 CET
Amid mounting political and public opposition to glyphosate - a controversial and widely used weedkiller - representatives of European governments have again rejected the Commission’s proposal to grant glyphosate a new licence. A final vote has been postponed to November.

Businesses, investors, civil society launch call for strong EU 2050 climate strategies 23 October 2017, 14:06 CET
Over 30 groups including business, civil society, investors and trade unions have today launched a joint statement in support of strong 2050 climate strategies.

Commissioner Andriukaitis confronted with demands of over one million Europeans to ban glyphosate 23 October 2017, 14:03 CET
Two days before EU members states are expected to vote on whether to renew the licence for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate, representatives of the Stop Glyphosate European Citizens’ Initiative have met the European commissioner for health and food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.

SMi's 16th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum returns to Amsterdam this November 23 October 2017, 13:30 CET
SMi reports: SMi's 16th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum will return to Rome this November to discuss key drivers surrounding infrastructure financing, funding opportunities and future risks.

SME Climate Index attains a pre-crisis level with 80.2 points 20 October 2017, 12:13 CET
At the Tripartite Social Summit, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller presented the latest SME Barometer to the leaders of the European Institutions.

SMEs cast doubts on the consequences of 'SMIT' 20 October 2017, 12:10 CET
UEAPME is critical of the proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market Information Tool as it is unclear what the consequences will be for SMEs and there is a lack of crucial safeguards. Therefore, UEAPME asks for more detail on what is meant by "measures of last resort" and insists that the procedure remain voluntary for the enterprises. Furthermore, SMEs should be clearly exempt from the scope of the Regulation.

Retailers and wholesalers call for small companies to get a chance to build the European economy 19 October 2017, 22:48 CET
SMEs make up the bulk of companies in Europe. Over 90% companies in retail and wholesale; are microbusinesses. The same applies to the hospitality industry.

Euro-parliamentarians say a clear "no" to the anti-privacy lobby 19 October 2017, 18:39 CET
Today, on 19 October, the European Parliament Committee on on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted on the proposed e-Privacy Regulation. The Committee voted in favour of measures defending privacy, security and competition for phone and internet services.

New research reveals alarming security flaws in smartwatches for children 19 October 2017, 00:12 CET
Children smartwatches, on sale in many European countries, pose massive security risks. Research published today by Forbrukerrådet, the Norwegian member organisation of BEUC, has revealed that strangers can seize control of the tested watches and use them to track and eavesdrop on children.

Future of Europe: SMEs want Scenario for Growth, Jobs and Stability 19 October 2017, 00:01 CET
At the Tripartite Social Summit on shaping Europe’s future, and following the commitment to contribute to the debate, President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller put forward UEAPME priorities for the Future of Europe.

ERASMUS+ Confronting Wicked Problems: Final Report available 17 October 2017, 23:40 CET
In the summer of 2014, the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE), the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and several universities were awarded an Erasmus+ Project titled "Confronting Wicked Problems: Adapting Architectural Education to the New Situation in Europe".

Posting of Workers Directive: Construction SMEs need a level-playing field 17 October 2017, 23:33 CET
The European Builders Confederation (EBC) welcomes yesterday's approval of the report on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive by the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee with 32 votes in favour, 8 against and 13 abstentions.

French Navy confirmed for Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology 2018 17 October 2017, 23:12 CET
SMi Reports: Captain Sacha Bailly, Officer in Charge of Protection and Safeguarding Capability Plans and Programs for the French Navy, will be joining Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology this January to discuss "Optimising French Naval Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities through the Introduction of Advanced Technologies".

EU guidelines on food donation helpful to reducing food waste 17 October 2017, 23:02 CET
The European Commission adopted yesterday on the World Food Day, EU guidelines on food donation. Retailers and wholesalers welcome these guidelines as supporting efforts to recover and redistribute food to those in need, thereby helping to prevent food waste and fight food poverty in the EU. Retailers and wholesalers work hard to prevent food waste from happening in the first place, but if there is a need for food surplus redistribution, food donation needs to happen and made easier.

Bremain in Spain comments on Round 5 of the Brexit negotiations 17 October 2017, 00:10 CET
Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, an organisation campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain, gives her opinions on the latest round of Brexit talks.

Opposition to Monsanto bio-piracy patent on soybeans rejected 12 October 2017, 14:11 CET
The European Patent Office (EPO) rejected on 11 October the opposition filed by 'No Patents on Seeds!' against the Monsanto patent EP 2134870.

"Initial Findings from the European Union's HTLF on European Financing Policy in the Social Infrastructure Sectors" to be discussed at SMi's Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2017 12 October 2017, 00:22 CET
SMi reports: Helmut von Glasenapp, Secretary-General of the European Long-Term Investors Association will be joining the Benelux Infrastructure Forum this November to discuss European Financing Policy in the Social Infrastructure Sectors

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Remaining flaws could be detrimental to construction SMEs 11 October 2017, 15:55 CET
Today's ITRE Committee vote on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is a step in the right direction, but the European Builders Confederation (EBC) expresses concerns about the impact of some articles of the report.

MEPs unite behind more energy efficient buildings law 11 October 2017, 15:50 CET
MEPs from across the political spectrum got behind an ambitious revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) this morning.