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Retailers seek certainty when implementing new rules for energy labels
Retailers and wholesalers are pleased with the simplification of energy labelling rules agreed by the European Parliament and the Council, allowing consumers to make better purchasing choices. But they warned that inconsistent or too rigid application of the rules could cause confusion and uncertainty.

How safe is Europe's 'ultra-safe' aviation industry?
Under this – slightly provocative – question Members of the European Parliament, researchers and pilots gathered on 22 March for a breakfast debate in the Parliament. Hosted by MEPs Agnes Jongerius (S&D) and Georges Bach (EPP) – they examined the key findings of the recent 'Safety Culture in European Aviation' study by the London School of Economics (LSE) and EUROCONTROL.

Nature secret weapon in fight for better health
As the world marks the international day of forests, researchers find that failing to provide access to nature to deprived communities could entrench health inequality.

Call to stop patents on beer
32 civil society organisations started Wednesday a public appeal to politicians and demand that effective prohibitions are put in place to stop the granting of patents on plants and animals derived from conventional breeding.

Gender equality boosts economic growth
If the EU stepped up its efforts to improve gender equality, more jobs would be created, GDP per capita would increase and society would be able to adjust better to the challenges related to the ageing population. These are the main results of a new study by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), launched on the occasion of international women’s day on 8 March 2017.

EU-China trade deficit massively unbalanced: EUR 175 billion
Final figures from Eurostat show that the 2016 EU trade deficit with China remains severely unbalanced at almost €175 billion Euros. The 2016 EU trade deficit with China is almost on par with the record high of 2015 which equates to around seven million containers that arrive fully loaded in Europe and go back to China empty.

ECB cash injections for polluters must stop, 70 NGOs demand
Ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly monetary policy meeting, 70 European civil society organisations call on the bank to stop aggravating climate change through its opaque ‘quantitative easing’ investments in polluting industries.

EU renews its climate diplomacy push
EU foreign affairs ministers agreed today to put climate objectives at heart of EU security and foreign policies. CAN Europe welcomes the initiative and calls on EU diplomats to lead the fight to achieve deeper emission cuts to limit warming to below 1.5°C in line with the Paris Agreement.

EU Industry Day: AEGIS Europe calls on policy-makers to stop further manufacturing job losses
As the European Commission launches 'EU Industry Day' with an agenda focussed on supporting European industry, AEGIS Europe called on policy-makers to develop an action plan that delivers industrial jobs and growth.

EU countries propose limited reform of EU climate policy
EU Environment Ministers meeting in Brussels today have reached an agreement on the revision of the Emission Trading System (ETS) for the next decade.

ETS reform vote will boost cement sector subsidy to EUR 3.5 billion by 2030
Wednesday's (15th Feb) plenary vote on EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform saw the ENVI Committee's report pass with significantly reduced ambition.

EU paves the way for Internet of Things (IoT) in the food & farming sector
The Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020), a EUR 30-million H2020 co-funded project by the European Commission, was officially launched in Amsterdam on the 21st and the 22nd of 2017.

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: a welcome boost for the World Economy
EuroCommerce is very pleased that the number of ratifications needed for the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) to enter into force was reached today. This is first multilateral deal concluded and to come into force since the WTO Doha Round in 2001.

AEGIS Europe supports Joint Declaration calling for an ambitious EU industrial strategy
AEGIS Europe today added its support to the chorus of European industries, which have signed up to a “Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy,” sent to policy-makers across Europe.

Concerns raised over European Parliament robotics report
Following the European Parliament’s plenary vote today to approve its legal affairs committee report on civil law rules on robotics, Nicolas Jeanmart, head of personal insurance, general insurance and macroeconomics at Insurance Europe, said:

European Parliament adopts proposals to strengthen EU
The European Movement welcomes the adoption today of the report on 'Possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional setup of the European Union', which responds to the pressing challenges facing the EU and its citizens in a decisive way.

EU carbon market reform fails to rescue EU's climate credibility
The European Parliament voted today on the reform of the EU Emission Trading System for the 2021-2030 period. MEPs took some positive steps to strengthen the carbon price signal. However they shied away from turning the EU ETS into a real climate protection instrument that helps the EU reduce carbon pollution in line with the Paris Agreement.

European Parliament takes a step away from the Paris Agreement
Today the European Parliament voted to stop the EU Emissions Trading System from providing adequate signals for the transition to a prosperous low-carbon economy.

CETA hands legislative reins to lobbyists, new report shows
The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will further empower corporate lobbyists by providing them with early, exclusive access to the legislative process, a report co-published by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) shows.

Regulators can play a key role in making Europe a leader in Tech again
On 1 February 2017, BEREC held an expert workshop dedicated to the topic "Enabling the Internet of Things (IoT)" where approximately 100 experts and stakeholders discussed the regulatory implications and solutions that might be required to ensure a large-scale and sustainable IoT roll-out that delivers significant benefits to citizens and consumers across several industry sectors.

Launch of 'Business Beyond Borders' - a new EU B2B and C2C initiative to help SMEs expand their businesses abroad
European SMEs can take advantage of new EU support to participate in a series of one-to-one m​eetings at international trade fairs to expand their businesses abroad.

Solvency II one year on: successfully implemented, but excessive conservativeness risks harming consumers, long-term investment and economy
The many layers of conservativeness built into the design of Solvency II and its tendency to treat insurers like traders instead of long-term investors could harm consumers, long-term investment and the economy. As such, policy-makers need to take action to make the framework more reflective of reality, according to Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation.

Agreement on roaming wholesale caps detrimental to competition and end-users
Yesterday evening, an agreement was reached between EU lawmakers and Member States on the level of caps for the wholesale roaming charges mobile network operators pay each other when their customers call, send texts or use their data in another EU member State.

EU's progress on energy transition too slow to meet Paris Agreement objectives
The annual State of the Energy Union report published by the European Commission today shows that the transition of the European economy away from fossil fuels is under way, but its pace is far too slow to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Retailers press for rules that help, not hinder tackling food waste
Retailers and wholesalers today called on national governments and the EU to make it easier to reduce food waste and increase food donation.

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