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EU energy ministers must phase out fossil gas and improve their 2030 plans
Today, EU energy ministers have discussed sector integration as well as the state of play of the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). Continued reliance on fossil gas and the fact that the plans are still falling short of climate ambition flies in the face of the European Parliament acting "Climate Emergency" last week.

France's agri-food industry continues to shine with R&D and innovations
Agri-food is France's largest industrial sector with 61,000 businesses, 570,000 personnel and annual revenues of EUR 185 billion. However, the industry is not resting on its laurels, and French agri-food professionals are innovating across the industry.

Top Four Reasons to attend Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2020 in London
SMi Group share the top four reasons to attend the only event specifically dedicated to robotics in the land environment, taking place next April.

Mediterranean marine protection failing as 2020 deadline looms
A new WWF report shows that Mediterranean countries are failing on their global commitment to protect at least 10% of marine and coastal areas, and to stop ongoing biodiversity loss in the region.

A new start for Europe, and need for new push for sustainable market solutions
Retailers and wholesalers in Europe expressed their support for the new Commission under Ursula von der Leyen. Speaking today after the convincing European Parliament vote in favour of the new team, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

SMEs Crucial for Success of New European Commission
SMEunited welcomes the von der Leyen Commission and offers cooperation to make a stronger Europe a reality

Parliament gives "green (deal) light" to von der Leyen Commission
With its vote today, the European Parliament gave the green light to the von der Leyen Commission and its collective ambition to put in place a European Green Deal in 2020, within the first 100 days of the European Commission's time in office.

Europe-wide campaign launches to ban pesticides, transform agriculture and save bees, farmers and nature
A European Citizens' Initiative launched on 25 November to phase out synthetic pesticides by 2035, support farmers, and save bees and nature. If it gathers one million signatures by September 2020, the EU Commission and Parliament must consider turning the campaign’s demands into law.

ESBA consortium wins contract to reinvigorate WEgate, the EC platform for women entrepreneurs
Today the European Commission announced that the European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) won the contract to reinvigorate WEgate, the EC women entrepreneurship platform.

SMEs are key to a greener Europe
Today SMEunited together with the European Commission is organising a workshop on the Green Deal and SMEs in Helsinki during the 2019 SME Assembly.

WWF-Bulgaria Plants a New Forest along the Maritza River
On November 21, the WWF-Bulgaria conservation team, the Stamboliyski Municipality, local businesses and groups of enthusiastic volunteers will plant twelve thousand saplings and seeds of tree species adapted to the local environment, and breathe new life into the 28000 m² riverside area near Stamboliyski.

Seamless Travel and Airport Security at the Border Security Conference 2020
SMi Group Reports: The Border Security Conference taking place on the 11th - 12th February 2020 in Rome will include six presentations on airport security.

Unclear EU fishing deals compromise local food security and sustainable seafood
A lack of accountability and transparency around EU fishing activities outside EU waters is contributing to overfishing and endangering local food supply, two new WWF reports reveal. This, in turn, clouds the sustainability of the seafood products sold and consumed in the EU.

EU bank ends fossil fuel lending in world-first for climate
The European Investment Bank (EIB) today became the world's first public lender to commit to ending funding for coal, oil and gas.

The Energy Globe World Awards 2019: actions needed
"European companies are global pioneers in environmental protection and resource efficiency. This is underlined by the nomination of many European initiatives among the finalists for the Energy Globe World Award," says Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, President of SMEunited, after yesterday's award ceremony in Espoo, Finland.

Start of proceedings in legal challenge to EU approval of genetically engineered maize
Testbiotech has filed a new legal challenge against EU approval for the import of genetically engineered maize.

Last chance to register for the only event that approaches the concept of information warfare in the maritime domain
SMi reports: Registration is closing soon for SMi's 3rd Annual Maritime Information Warfare Conference in London, next week

Registration has opened for the 2020 edition of Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe
SMi Group reports: Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe returns for it’s 5th successful year in March 2020

European Utility Week (EUW) 2019, Why France?
This year’s European Utility Week is taking place in Paris, following its selection as European Capital of Innovation last year by the EU. It is “an ideal location as it is not only on the doorstep of French industry, it is also easily accessible for the increasing number of power and utility companies from across Europe […]", says EUW director Paddy Young.

EuroCommerce and the European Retail Round Table to join forces
EuroCommerce and the European Retail Round Table (ERRT) have agreed to join forces, creating a stronger and more united retail organisation to safeguard and promote the sector’s interests on the European stage.

Future Soldier Technology 2020 speakers have been announced
SMi Reports: Speakers announced for the upcoming 6th Annual Future Soldier Technology conference in London.

Sales of zero- and low-emission cars highly unbalanced across EU, alerts auto industry
Sales of alternatively-powered vehicles are following a highly uneven pattern across EU member states, according to new findings from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

Worrying decline of food controls in Europe, new BEUC report reveals
The number of food controls and the resources allocated to them are dwindling across Europe. This is the worrying trend that emerges from the report 'Keeping food in check', published on 22 October by BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation.

ATLAS project to define the next generation standards for data driven agriculture
Modern agriculture is becoming more and more data driven. Although a multitude of technical solutions already exist, the lack of interoperability demands a careful choice of machines, sensors and data processing platforms and hinders the adaption of these systems to the individual farmer’s specific needs.

SME Strategy To Make EU Fit For Future
Call for a strong European SME Strategy combining competitiveness, fairness and sustainability