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Retailers call for Commission to ask right questions on trading practices
Following the announcement by Commissioner Hogan at the European Parliament Agriculture committee yesterday of the launch of a process leading to proposals on trading practices, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren posed a number of questions on the continued calls from some for legislation, and the Commission decision to take the first steps towards proposing EU measures:

Why it is always wise to review
Want to know that you're getting the best of the best? When you're looking to implement a new product into your work plan or business, or just looking to try out new things, you want to make sure that everything you get is just right.

Flawed energy efficiency report would be disaster for citizens and the climate
Commenting on the draft report by Adam Gierek MEP on the Energy Efficiency Directive review, Arianna Vitali, Senior Policy Officer at WWF European Policy Office said:

Capital Markets Union Mid-Term Review - Invest Europe's response
Invest Europe – the association for European private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and their investors – is issuing the following statement:

Insurance Europe response to EC Capital Markets Union mid-term review
Following the publication today of the European Commission’s mid-term review of its Capital Markets Union (CMU) project to unlock funding for growth in Europe, Michaela Koller, director general of Insurance Europe, commented:

US intent to withdraw from Paris Agreement triggers renewed call to action
President Donald Trump today announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris Agreement, the world’s first global plan to address climate change. This announcement is a call to action to national and local governments, businesses and people worldwide to step up their commitments to address climate change.

Latest auto industry data released as 2017 car sales forecast is revised
On the occasion of its Annual General Assembly meeting in Berlin today, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published the latest data on the EU automotive sector, and revised its forecast for 2017 car registrations upwards to +1.5-2%.

New agreement on EU venture capital rules to boost investment in start-ups and innovation
Yesterday evening, the EU institutions reached an agreement on a review of the EU venture capital rules, to boost investment in start-ups and innovation. This review is part of the Capital Markets Union action plan.

Tenderio gives SMEs access to billions in public funding
Following a €250,000 EU investment, a sophisticated tender platform called Tenderio will deliver huge opportunities for European SMEs, opening up the chance for them to bid for millions of Euros worth of public funding.

Advocate General’s welcome confirmation of retail as a service
EuroCommerce welcomed the Advocate-General’s opinion today in the Visser case (C-31/16), that retail should be considered a service within the meaning of the Services Directive.

Juncker investment plan: MEPs fail to improve Commission's proposal on climate change
In a vote today, Members of the European Parliament failed to improve the European Commission's climate proposal in the Juncker investment plan, by rejecting opportunities for an energy efficiency spending target and for ending fossil fuel support.

Women with low skills have fewer opportunities in the EU labour market
Today's job market is constantly increasing requirements on competencies across all sectors. This poses a major challenge for the 64 million women and men with low levels of education in Member States. They are more often unemployed or completely out of the labour market, compared to people with middle and high levels of education. Women with low qualifications find it especially hard to access jobs with decent pay. Only 42 % of low qualified women are employed and almost half of these work in a precarious job. These are some of the findings from a new study on gender, skills and precarious work from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) out today.

Data from the Latvian Insolvency Register are now available in e-Justice portal
Data from the Latvian Insolvency Register are now available to everyone in the EU Member States free of charge in all languages of the EU via the European e-Justice portal.

3 Custom Decorations Ideas for Your Garden Made Out of Plastic Bottles
If you love gardening, then you’re most likely looking for new and creative ways to decorate your beloved garden. After all, our garden should be a sanctuary filled with everything that makes us feel better and happier. And, in case you haven’t heard, DYI gardens are the future. Having a DYI garden can be very rewarding, because nothing is more satisfying than looking at something and knowing you made it from scratch.

Maltese presidency proposes slowing down delivery of energy savings
The Coalition for Energy Savings understands that Malta, who holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, is maintaining its proposal to weaken the energy savings objective in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), despite the opposition of a block of Member States.

Over 250,000 Europeans call on EU Commission to radically reform EU agriculture
Today a clear and strong message reached the European Commission: the EU’s agricultural policy needs to be radically changed. This is what 258,708 citizens and 600 civil society organisations and businesses have told the Commission in the largest EU public consultation on agricultural policy, which closed yesterday (2 May)

Retailers press for smart policy to help tackling food waste
Speaking at a debate today organised by MEP Angelique Delahaye (FR, EPP) ahead of the European Parliament vote on more ambitious action on food waste, Lettemieke Mulder, Director Sustainability & Product Policy at EuroCommerce, said:

WWF: More money needed for effective action on nature
WWF welcomes the "EU Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy" published today by the European Commission.

Pillar of Social rights - no solution for more growth and employment
Commenting today on the Commission’s proposals for a Pillar of Social Rights, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Is Berlin on the Verge of a Property Boom?
The German capital of Berlin is a truly historical city, and one that has seen a significant evolution in recent times. While it has not lost any of its unique cultural identity, it has gradually become more international in its nature and developed a decidedly more cosmopolitan feel.

Contactless payments - a real benefit for customers and retailers
Retailers have been at the forefront of introducing innovation and new technology to meet the ever-changing demands and needs of their customers. Contactless technology is another step in making shopping easier and quicker for customers, and allows retailers to serve them more quickly and easily.

Stop patents on bread and beer now!
Patents claiming wheat, flour and bread, or tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber as inventions of industry - these are just a few examples of patent applications that were filed in 2016.

China divides the EU and U.S. with visions of unlimited dumping possibilities
Applying a "divide et impera" strategy, China yesterday notified the WTO of a panel request against the EU with the aim to be treated as a market economy in anti-dumping procedures, a treatment which would essentially render those measures useless to counteract dumped imports from China.

Eurelectric needs to commit to a rapid and full transition away from existing coal
Eurelectric, the association of European electricity producers announced yesterday that it did not “intend to invest in new-build coal-fired power plants after 2020” and declared its support for achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

EU Parliament adopts new diagnostics and medical device regulations, focus now shifts towards implementation
MedTech Europe welcomes the final vote of the European Parliament endorsing the new Regulation on In vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVDR) and the new Regulation on Medical Devices (MDR). Governing two different types of essential health technologies for citizens, for example blood screening tests (in vitro diagnostics) and pacemakers (medical devices), this vote is the last step in a near eight-year process to update legislation first written in the 90s.

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