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Consumers and farmers disadvantaged if agriculture exempted from competition rules 10 October 2017, 17:34 CET
Speaking today, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren warned of the potential unforeseen consequences of pressure from the European Parliament in current trilogue negotiations on the draft Omnibus Regulation that would effectively exempt from EU competition rules possible concerted practices by producer organisations in charging identical prices or controlling quantities of produce.

British Medical Journal (BMJ) presents ground-breaking study at "Medicines: New Game, New Rules" session at Gastein 05 October 2017, 17:27 CET
The BMJ released this morning a new study titled "Availability of evidence on overall survival and quality of life benefits of cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency: A retrospective cohort study of drug approvals from 2009-2013".

SMEs welcome EU Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships 05 October 2017, 17:22 CET
UEAPME welcomes today's Commission proposal of a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships. Crafts and SMEs, as main providers of apprenticeship in Europe, support the proposal, which includes many of their requests with regard to the support that is needed, the demand-led approach, the time to be spent in the company, and their involvement in the governance of apprenticeship systems.

AEGIS Europe welcomes commitment to make new EU trade defence regime effective - the proof is in the pudding 05 October 2017, 00:37 CET
AEGIS Europe, an alliance of 30 industries, has welcomed an agreement between the European Parliament, Commission and Council on a new EU trade defence regime, during a final Trilogue held in Strasbourg yesterday.

Public Procurement Package: Construction SMEs need a better implementation of the Directive 05 October 2017, 00:33 CET
The European Builders Confederation (EBC) welcomes the new Commission’s package on Public Procurement that will give further guidance for a better implementation of Directive 2014/24/EU which is still within transposition into national law in most Member States. However, EBC is worried that the current implementation of Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement might exclude many SMEs from public tenders, because of the misuse of green and social criteria to evaluate offers in some Member States.

CIUS welcomes the End of the Sugar and Isoglucose Quota Regime as a step in the right direction 29 September 2017, 18:26 CET
CIUS, the European Sugar Users, welcomes the end to market-distorting sugar production quotas. They have for too long, hampered the competitiveness of the European sugar-using food and drink industries.

Agenda Released for Mobile Deployable Communications 2018 28 September 2017, 17:42 CET
SMi Reports: Senior Military confirmed to present at February’s Mobile Deployable Communications conference

Offshore Wind as an Exponentially Growing Sector in the Benelux Region 28 September 2017, 17:31 CET
SMi Reports: With offshore wind an exponentially growing sector in Benelux, the Benelux Infrastructure Forum, 2017, will be a platform for experts in this sector to discuss and learn about the latest developments in the market.

EBF Report: Towards a Green Finance framework 28 September 2017, 15:47 CET
Under the title 'Towards a Green Finance Framework,' the European Banking Federation today published a report that assesses the role of the banking sector in the context of the discussion on green finance.

Decline in diesel car sales offset by more demand for petrol; implications for climate targets 28 September 2017, 15:42 CET
Diesel's market share in the EU-15 fell from 50.2% to 46.3% of new car registrations in the first half of 2017. In absolute numbers, 152,323 less diesel cars were sold. This drop was offset by an increase in the sale of petrol vehicles. Auto makers caution that this shift to petrol engines with higher CO2 values will pose additional challenges to meeting future CO2 reduction targets.

Commission's position on tackling illegal content online is contradictory and dangerous for free speech 28 September 2017, 15:39 CET
Today, on 28 September, the European Commission published its long-awaited Communication "Tackling Illegal Content Online". This follows a leaked copy we previously analysed.

NEW SURVEY: Nearly Two-Thirds of Brits Want to Keep EU Chemical Safety Standards After Brexit 28 September 2017, 15:34 CET
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of British citizens, including 62% of Leave voters - believe that there should be no reduction in regulatory standards that protect people and the environment from potentially harmful chemicals when the UK leaves the EU, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of SumOfUs and CHEM Trust by GQR Research.

Rule of law must not be sacrificed in fight against illegal content online 28 September 2017, 14:18 CET
EU lawmakers must not sacrifice the rule of law to advance the fight against illegal content online, EuroISPA warned today as the European Commission published its new guidelines on notice & action.

Eurelectric: Let's copy-paste Poland's coal strategy across Europe 25 September 2017, 17:02 CET
This morning, Eurelectric's long-awaited report was leaked to Politico. The report is written to fight against Commission proposals to restrict capacity payment subsidies to coal plants. This is not a surprise, it is Eurelectric's main sore point of the Commission’s whole Clean Energy Package. But report goes further: Eurelectric's vision of coal is so scary that it will surely give the Commission more confidence to progress with safeguards on capacity payments.

EC fintech consultation response: New technology, but same rules must apply 21 September 2017, 23:50 CET
Insurance Europe responded to the European Commission’s consultation on "Fintech: a more competitive and innovative European financial sector".

Online sellers should be legally required to take on the duties of "producer" under the WEEE directive 21 September 2017, 20:45 CET
On 13 September over 80 delegates from across 12 different countries met to discuss ways to tackle the growing number of online market places that fail to be WEEE compliant with the EEE regulations. This is referred to as freeriding. The introductory speaker Peter Börkey of the OECD presented initial findings suggesting that online freeriding could account for 5-10% of all sales.

EU lifts one key barrier for public investments in energy efficiency, easing adoption of ambitious 2030 targets and measures 20 September 2017, 17:58 CET
Yesterday, Eurostat published a guidance note on how to record Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts. The new guidance note clarifies and makes it easier for governments to invest in improving the energy efficiency of their buildings and infrastructure by using Energy Performance Contracts.

CETA threatens food safety even before national parliaments sign off 20 September 2017, 17:54 CET
On the eve of the preliminary application of the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA, Greenpeace warned of threats to food safety and agricultural standards.

Avoid Regulatory Disincentives with NN Investment Partners B.V 18 September 2017, 14:14 CET
SMi Reports: Alistair Perkins, Head of Project Finance at NN Investments Partners B.V will be joining the Benelux Infrastructure Forum this November to discuss the optimal use of funding regulations.

EBF praises EU determination to clear digital hurdles 15 September 2017, 00:00 CET
Noting fresh European Union initiatives in digital policy, including cybersecurity and the free flow of data, the European Banking Federation wishes to underline its support for this EU course while asking policy-makers to also recognize specific issues that block innovation in banking.

CO2 targets for cars: European auto industry sets out post-2021 framework 13 September 2017, 15:09 CET
Before the European Commission reveals its proposal on CO2 targets for cars post-2021 later this year, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) laid out the industry’s pathway to future CO2 reductions at the Frankfurt Motor Show today.

Banking in Europe: EBF publishes 2017 Facts & Figures 13 September 2017, 13:59 CET
The European Banking Federation today published the 2017 EBF Facts & Figures, its annual update on the banking sector in Europe. The publication shows that the contraction in terms of staff numbers and branches in the European banking sector continued in 2016 as customers increasingly embrace electronic payments as well as online and mobile banking. Eurozone deposits and loans grew slightly.

SMEs ask for an alternative scenario for the Future of Europe 13 September 2017, 13:56 CET
Ahead of Jean-Claude Juncker's speech in the European Parliament on the State of the European Union, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller addressed the Commission President to share her considerations on the future of Europe.

Call to International Action to Break Deadlock on Chronic Diseases Crisis | EPHA Annual Conference 2017 11 September 2017, 11:28 CET
Dr Sania Nishtar highlights “huge appetite and awareness” among 191 national governments to tackle non-communicable diseases. Experts propose ways to bridge the gap between governments’ Sustainable Development commitments and policy action.

WEEE Forum and EucoLight raise concerns about WEEE compliance of online retailers 08 September 2017, 00:19 CET
At a seminar on 13 September 2017 in Brussels, the WEEE Forum and EucoLight, two European trade associations that speak for e-waste producer responsibility organisations, will facilitate a high-level debate around the compliance of online retail platforms with EU e-waste (WEEE) legislation and ways to address free-riding behaviour among online sellers.