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EU to take bigger role in global effort to save oceans 10 November 2016, 23:16 CET
Today the European Commission announced its renewed commitment to strengthen international ocean governance and to set out a joint agenda of 50 actions to secure the effective conservation and sustainable use of the global seas and oceans.

New Commission Anti-Dumping proposal undermines legal certainty in EU trade defence policy 10 November 2016, 13:31 CET
Following publication of the European Commission's changes to the EU anti-dumping legislation - designed to render China’s demand for Market Economy Status "irrelevant" - Europe's manufacturing industries have reacted with a firm warning that the proposal is neither robust nor future-proof.

EuroCommerce and UNI Europa address physical and psychological risks at work 10 November 2016, 13:27 CET
EuroCommerce and UNI Europa, the recognised social partners for the retail and wholesale sector at EU level, agreed the findings of a comprehensive project at a high-level event in Brussels today. The project included research on improved employee health and safety in the retail and wholesale sector.

EU Commission says plants and animals derived from conventional breeding should be regarded as non-patentable 03 November 2016, 23:36 CET
In a long awaited explanatory statement, the EU Commission takes the view that plants and animals that are obtained by means of “essentially biological” breeding are non-patentable. This statement is in strong contradiction to the current practice of the European Patent Office (EPO), which has already granted more than 100 patents on conventional breeding, e.g. on tomatoes and broccoli.

New study shows intellectual property is good for the European economy 25 October 2016, 22:20 CET
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) today published their second EU-wide study of the impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on the European economy in terms of GDP, employment, wages and trade.

Robust EU trade defence system is fundamental to the future of industrial manufacturing in Europe 20 October 2016, 13:18 CET
AEGIS Europe response to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council: ‘Towards a robust trade policy for the EU in the interest of jobs and growth’

UK at risk of Brexit brain drain, warns ACCA 18 October 2016, 12:57 CET
With the UK government seemingly committed to sacrificing freedom of movement in pursuit of a 'hard' Brexit, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has warned that the country could face a 'brain drain' of top professionals.

EP Industry Committee's ETS vote to benefit Europe's biggest polluters 13 October 2016, 12:33 CET
With their vote today on the reform of the EU ETS for the period 2021-2030, the members of the the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee voted for measures that will benefit Europe's biggest polluters, thereby failing to support Europe's innovative clean tech sector.

Finance ministers continue to be a weak link in tackling climate change 11 October 2016, 22:44 CET
Finance ministers met today in Luxembourg to discuss climate finance, just one month ahead of the next international climate summit COP22 in Marrakech. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the re-iteration by finance ministers to continue to provide public finance to tackle both the causes and impacts of climate change. But despite the rehashed pledge, EU Member States must provide much more clarity on how support for international climate action will be scaled up.

Facebook is the privacy villain of the year 06 October 2016, 22:09 CET
On 6 October, the Belgian Big Brother Awards took place in Brussels. The negative prize for the worst privacy abuser was unanimously granted to Facebook by the professional jury. The public confirmed Facebook's title as the ultimate privacy villain of the year - a big majority of the votes went to the social network that is successfully harvesting and generating personal data from people all around the world.

Weak global agreement on aviation and climate change means the EU must strengthen its aviation carbon market 06 October 2016, 17:52 CET
Today, the first ever global agreement on aviation and climate change was decided upon in Montreal. The impressive achievement in forging an agreement between 191 nations should not overshadow the fact that aviation emissions remain effectively uncapped.

Paris Agreement threshold for entering into force reached 05 October 2016, 21:40 CET
The EU's decision to fast-track the ratification of the Paris Agreement without all Members States having formally joined has helped ensure its early entry into force. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcome this historic achievement by the global community, and urges EU leaders to immediately turn their attention to the necessary steps that now need to be taken to live up to the objectives of the agreement.

Paris Agreement: After taking ratification hurdle, EU will face enforcement test 04 October 2016, 19:44 CET
The EU is on the finishing line to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement after the European Parliament gave the green light to the European Council’s vote tomorrow. Ultimately, fast ratification will ensure that the EU can present its ratification documents to the UN by Friday.

Greenwashing looms as VW appoints ex-EU Climate Commissioner Hedegaard 29 September 2016, 14:25 CET
In an attempt to fix its public image, Dieselgate-shaken Volkswagen has named former EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard as a member of its new 'Sustainability Council'.

EU Trade Ministers: Safeguard European trade defense instruments urge European Manufacturers 22 September 2016, 17:20 CET
On the eve of the informal meeting of EU Trade Ministers due to take place on 22 and 23 September in Bratislava, AEGIS Europe, an alliance of manufacturing industries, sent a communiqué to Ministers urging them to safeguard European trade defense instruments (TDIs) - and ensure that European manufacturing has a future.

Card industry creates the European Cards Stakeholders Group, an association dedicated to cards standardisation in Europe 15 September 2016, 16:35 CET
The first board meeting of the newly created European Cards Stakeholders Group (ECSG) was held today. This new industry association takes over the mission of the Cards Stakeholders Group (CSG), which was created in 2009.

Top European Court confirms crucial legal protections for WiFi hotspot operators 15 September 2016, 12:19 CET
The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has today rightly confirmed that public WiFi hotspots do indeed benefit from the liability protections that have been essential to the growth of the European digital economy.

European Commission copyright proposal risks turning back the clock on Digital Single Market 14 September 2016, 17:20 CET
The European Commission risks turning back the clock on the Digital Single Market, following the publication of a regressive proposal to amend Europe’s copyright framework.

European Parliament vote to reject PRIIPs RTS welcomed 14 September 2016, 17:14 CET
Today a very broad majority of the European Parliament has voted to object to the regulatory technical standards (RTS) for the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) Regulation.

Vodafone welcomes EU Commission's revision of EU telecoms framework 14 September 2016, 14:34 CET
Vodafone welcomes the review of the EU telecoms framework resulting in today’s proposal for a new European Electronic Communications Code and the Commission’s Communication on its vision for the European Gigabit Society.

A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all 12 September 2016, 17:25 CET
Common statement by 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions

BEREC publishes the guidelines on net neutrality 30 August 2016, 22:45 CET
The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has today published its Guidelines to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) on the implementation of the new net neutrality.

China MES: EU Industry expresses cautious relief in reaction to European Commission announcement 20 July 2016, 23:05 CET
European industry greeted today’s announcement of Commissioners that the EU will not grant China MES - and that the EU would apply a new non-standard methodology for dealing with anti-dumping calculations for imports from China - with cautious relief.

New charges against Google 14 July 2016, 22:11 CET
European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has taken an important step towards prohibiting Google from illegally damaging competition, innovation and consumer choice by issuing two additional Statements of Objections, on search and advertising.

China's industrial overcapacity is destroying key European industries 14 July 2016, 19:47 CET
Following the EU-China Summit in Beijing on 12 – 13 July, AEGIS Europe, a grouping of nearly 30 European manufacturing associations, says that European leaders must not let down European industry and its workers by giving into China on Market Economy Status (MES). 'Concessions' on steel dumping are not justification for the granting of the much-coveted status.

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