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Consumers to get financial breathing space with debt and insurance relief
New guidelines issued to financial institutions will offer some welcome breathing space to consumers who have been hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hydrogen strategy opens arms to fossil fuels
The EU hydrogen strategy, published today, risks delaying industrial decarbonisation by keeping the door wide open for fossil fuels such as gas.

MEPs vote for gas, against a real just transition
Today MEPs voted in committee to allow gas to receive Just Transition funding, potentially locking European communities into fossil fuels for decades to come.

Wildlife trafficking found online in EU - reports
WWF and TRAFFIC are launching two reports related to the fight against wildlife cybercrime in the European Union. In the first study, researchers monitored social media and e-commerce websites focusing on the Belgian and Dutch markets for rare protected species of reptiles and birds between July and September 2019. They found more than 100 suspicious posts selling at least 93 bird and 94 reptile specimens in these two countries. The second report highlights potential technological solutions, such as data mining and machine learning software, to tackle wildlife cybercrime in the EU.

'Unholy alliance' of MEPs must not allow gas in Just Transition fund
The European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development (REGI) is voting on the EU Just Transition Fund - which aims to support EU regions in their transition to climate neutrality - on 6 July.

Low-carbon aluminium can help power Europe's COVID-19 recovery package
Low-carbon 'green' aluminium can help power Europe's COVID-19 recovery package and the EU's climate transition strategy, En+ Group executive chair Lord Barker said at a meeting Wednesday.

Skills vital to digital and sustainability transition and economic recovery
Welcoming the updated EU Skills Agenda for Europe published today, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

The EU has no time to lose on food waste
Six weeks after the publication of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, a brand new report out today outlines the additional action still needed to put the EU on track to SDG target 12.3 and halve food loss and waste by 2030.

SMEunited welcomes the new European Skills Agenda
With the new Skills Agenda, the European Commission acknowledges that there is a political momentum for a new approach to skills. SMEunited fully shares the view that it is time for stepping up investment in people's skills. More than ever we all need to use the tools and funds at disposal to boost education, training and skills development.

More than 1 million barriers destroying Europe's rivers, new research shows
Europe's rivers are congested with more than 1 million barriers, new research has found.

Commission report fails to address major loopholes in payment card fees regulation
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren today expressed regret and disappointment that the Commission’s report on the functioning of the Interchange Fee Regulation did not take account of the mounting evidence of massive rises in card fees not covered by EU regulation:

Bosnia & Herzegovina moves to ban construction of small hydropower plants
The House of Representatives of the Parliament of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has voted to ban the construction of small hydropower plants across the Federation, in a huge win for communities who depend on the rivers.

Renovation Wave: key incentive for SME recovery
The Renovation Wave can be a significant contribution to the economic restart of the EU. SMEs in the construction sector will get a boost from the resources invested to make buildings energy efficient and the turn around initiated towards renewable energy sources.

SMEs welcome Commission GDPR Report
SMEunited welcomes the evaluation report on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), published by the European Commission. The report takes into account the feedback of the Multi-stakeholder Expert Group on the Implementation of the GDPR in which SMEunited actively participated.

Unsustainable fishing puts security and stability of Member States and trade partners at risk
Illegal fishing practices are undermining cross-border security by making resources that are already limited due to the climate and nature crises even more scarce, a new report from WWF reveals.

EU institutions reach historic deal on EU-wide collective redress law
The EU institutions approved a law which would allow citizens in all EU countries to go to court as a group if they have suffered the same damage. Consumer groups have been advocating for such a law for more than 30 years.

Consumers likely to face payments problems after European Banking Authority decision on customer authorisation
Speaking today, EuroCommerce Director-General warned of the consequences of the decision by the European Banking Authority (EBA) and Commission to maintain mandatory Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) by December 2020:

EU water law will NOT be changed, confirms European Commission
In a landmark day for Europe's rivers, lakes and wetlands, the European Commission has announced that the EU's strong water legislation - the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) - will not be changed.

EU must tackle deforestation to reduce the risk of pandemics
While the world continues to grapple with the devastating consequences of Covid-19, WWF is calling for urgent action to address the key drivers it has identified which will cause future zoonotic disease outbreaks.

COVID: Europe needs a coherent, responsible approach to free movement of people
As the COVID crisis subsides, and countries across Europe start to reopen their borders, we are concerned that the approach hitherto has been fragmented and creates confusion in the public and among commercial operators in the tourism and retail sector.

Joint EU-UK food and drink industry letter on rules of origin to lead EU and UK trade negotiators
Joint letter to M. Michel Barnier signed by 57 associations representing food and drink industries across the EU and UK calling EU and UK negotiators to preserve business activities between the EU and the UK, with a balanced and ambitious trade agreement including appropriately generous and flexible rules of origin as soon as the transition period ends.

Motorways and airports put EU climate bank plans in jeopardy
The European Investment Bank is making a mockery of the EU's Green Deal and climate neutrality goal by preparing to lend to new motorways and potentially new airports.

Auto makers and electricity sector call for rapid action on charging points under EU recovery plan
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and Eurelectric welcome the focus on infrastructure for electrically-chargeable vehicles in the coronavirus recovery plan announced by the European Commission.

Enable SMEs to drive Europe's recovery
At the General Assembly of SMEunited on 5 June, Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis discussed the European Recovery Strategy and Recovery Fund with SMEunited members.

Saagie Raises $28 million to Revolutionize Data Project Deployment
The French startup aims to become the leader in DataOps by accelerating international development and doubling staff over the next two years