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EU Commission promises to step up action against deforestation
In a roadmap released today, the European Commission has promised to step up action action against global deforestation and cut the EU's footprint on the world's forests.

Finally: European Commission announces plans to act on deforestation
WWF welcomes the European Commission’s intention to step up EU action against deforestation and forest degradation, as indicated in today’s publication of a roadmap towards a Communication, which is expected to be adopted in the second quarter of 2019.

Deal reached: New CO2 emission targets for cars to spur cleaner driving for all Europeans
CO2 emissions are directly related to our cars' fuel economy. Reducing them will benefit the environment, public health and our wallets. Today's decision is an important milestone to lower the cost of driving - with projected fuel savings of up to thousands of euros over the next decade – and push car makers to place low-emission and fuel-efficient cars on the market.

Auto industry reacts to deal on CO2 targets for cars and vans
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the final deal on the CO2 regulation for cars and vans, setting targets for the years 2025 and 2030, which was struck by the EU member states and the European Parliament today.

EU must cut litter without undermining growth, jobs and health
Next week the EU institutions aim to approve a proposal for a Directive to reduce the impact of certain plastics products on the environment. Surprisingly, this also covers paper and cardboard items.

Three quarters of professionals demand a second Brexit vote
Research carried out by global professional services recruiter, Morgan McKinley, reveals that the majority (74%) of 6,500 respondents want a second referendum. Then when asked how the participants would vote in a second referendum, 3% said they would prefer May's current deal, 22% would choose Leave and 75% stated they would Remain.

Deal opens door to broadcasting of content across the EU
Today, negotiators from the European Parliament and Member State governments concluded a deal to open up broadcasters' TV programmes, series and news content for online viewers living in another EU country.

EU summit: climate protesters force leaders to 'change course'
Activists calling on European heads of government to "change course on climate" diverted official motorcades on their way to an EU summit meeting in Brussels today, a day before the end of the UN COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland.

Headlong rush on UTP directive is jettisoning EU principles - and won't help any farmer
Ahead of the final scheduled trilogue on the Unfair Trading Practices Directive tomorrow, retailers and wholesalers warned negotiators not to forget fundamental principles laid down by EU law, or the implications of ignoring them EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

EU Summit must deliver for SMEs, despite Brexit
Ahead of the meeting of the European Council, the General Assembly of SMEunited issued a declaration asking the Heads of State and Government to respond to the reality of SMEs.

UK in EU Challenge Considers Appeal Against High Court Ruling
Following a court ruling denying permission for the case to proceed, the legal team and claimants behind the UK in EU Challenge are currently considering an appeal.

The EU Council's general approach on Terrorist Content Online proposal: A step towards pre-emptive censorship
On 6 December 2018, the EU Council published its general approach on the proposed Terrorist Content Online Regulation.

Member States falling behind on Common Fisheries Policy implementation, new WWF report finds
Member States have had five years to implement measures within the latest version of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), but are still lagging behind and likely to miss important 2020 deadlines on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management.

US Armed Forces confirmed to speak at Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe
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Food safety transparency: breakthrough vote in EU Parliament
Reacting to today's European Parliaments plenary vote on the reform proposal for the General Food Law, Corporate Europe Observatory's agribusiness researcher Martin Pigeon said:

European Parliament votes in favour of increasing LIFE Programme funding
Today, the European Parliament voted in favour of increasing the allocation for LIFE, the EU's only funding instrument for climate change, environment and nature conservation, from 0.3% to 0.6% of the EU budget.

Affordable mobility threatened by car CO2 targets, major auto CEOs warn
Ahead of tonight's EU 'trilogue' negotiations on new CO2 targets for cars and vans, Europe's automobile manufacturers warn that low-and-middle-income families will not accept CO2 standards with a negative impact on their freedom of mobility.

Consumer groups take up fight against unfair 'no-show' clause in airline tickets
Today several consumer groups are taking action against the use of 'no-show' clauses in airline tickets. This clause prevents passengers from using the return leg of an airline ticket, or the remainder of an itinerary, if they didn’t use the first leg, for whatever reason.

National governments want strong consumer guarantee rights
Member States have adopted their position on a proposal to reform the guarantee rights consumers enjoy when buying goods. National governments decided to modernise consumer rights whilst respecting specific national rules.

EU's first truck CO2 standards: industry urges national governments to adopt viable approach
In the run up to the Council meeting later this month where the 28 member states are expected to adopt their position on the EU's first CO2 standards for trucks, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is calling on governments to adopt a well-balanced and viable approach to this piece of legislation, which will have a huge impact on the future of the heavy-duty vehicle industry.

Europeans are not fully protected by EU rules for online gambling: study
All EU member states, except Denmark, have not fully implemented EU consumer protection guidelines for online gambling, putting the protection of online gamblers at risk by leaving them exposed to unequal and inadequate levels of consumer protection across EU member states, according to a study published today by the City University London.

Retailers and wholesalers warn of risks in collective redress proposal
Speaking today after the vote of the European Parliament JURI Committee report on collective redress, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren warned of the risk that the proposal as amended will spark a wave of vexatious litigation:

MEPs in real push to make group actions for consumers possible everywhere in EU
Members of the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) in the EU Parliament today supported the idea that consumers everywhere in the EU should be able to go to court as a group if they have been harmed by the same trader.

New commitments on foreign cards only a small step, but fails to create an online/offline playing field
Retailers and wholesalers today welcomed the announcement that Visa and Mastercard have made commitments to bring transactions on cards issued outside the EU (non-EU visitors purchasing within the EU) broadly in line with those EU-issued cards.

Over 1500 money mules identified in worldwide money laundering sting
Working together with Europol, Eurojust and the European Banking Federation (EBF), police forces from over 20 States arrested 168 people (so far) as part of a coordinated money laundering crackdown, the European Money Mule Action (EMMA).