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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.

Used And New Car Buying Remains Confident Despite Brexit Vote
Hardly a month passed after the infamous Brexit decision evoking panic and negative apprehension among car buyers and we are amazed to see steady growth and usual demand in the used and new car market. Many industries just after Britain decided to quit European Union were undecided about the immediate and long term outcome of this on their business. Many thought that the decision will slow down the sales of used and new cars beside taking a toll on the confidence of the customers. But after all, the outcome was proven to have outpaced the cry and panic over the decision.

European Patients' Forum Campaign on Access to Healthcare - #Access2030
In critical times for the sustainability of people-centred health systems, the European Patients' Forum (EPF) is launching a major campaign on universal access to healthcare. A long standing priority for EPF and its membership, we need to shape an approach that works for all citizens and patients.

Fjellner letter is another senseless assault on EU manufacturing
A recent letter of MEPs led by Swedish Liberal Christoph Fjellner is attracting a strong and well-deserved protest from European solar manufacturers. Milan Nitzschke, president of EU ProSun, a group representing about 30 manufacturing companies in Europe: "MEP Fjellner's request to allow Chinese dumping in the solar sector again is another senseless assault on companies which manufacture in the EU, invest in R&D and keep jobs in Europe."

Concerns raised on European Commission legislative proposal for European Services e-card
Following the publication of the European Commission’s legislative proposal for a European Services e-card, Nicolas Jeanmart, head of personal insurance, general insurance and macroeconomics at Insurance Europe, commented:

European Commission proposes a European Travel Information and Authorisation System
The Commission is today proposing to establish a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to strengthen security checks on visa-free travellers.

Commission leaves the European Parliament with lots of work to do
Today, on 10 January 2017, the European Commission published its proposal for an e-Privacy Regulation. This legislation is crucial to provide clear rules on tracking individuals as they surf the web, and on freedom of communication more generally.

As the UK Readies for a Brexit Online Gaming Companies Stay Pat
In the run-up to the historic Brexit referendum, Brexiteers and Stay-Campaigners were touting the merits of their respective positions.

European Commission plans to extend anti-dumping measures against solar imports from China
Today, the European solar industry welcomed the European Commission disclosure, which proposes the extension of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on solar cells and modules from the People's Republic of China.

Brexit Toblerone Jenga
When faced with seismic pressures that may affect the very market position your products and brands hold, how does a manufacturer respond?

Growing Online Business of Legal Casino in New Jersey
The US people and the government of US have had always an ambivalent view of online gambling, whether it is online casino games or betting on sports. Even these days, when gambling is legal in some states, most of the people view this activity as either immoral or illegal.

EU Environment Ministers back more ambition in the Emission Trading Scheme
Key EU Environment Ministers discussing the reform of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) today expressed their support for measures to scale up emission cuts in the carbon market. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the support for more ambition, but at the same time urges EU decision makers to step up those cuts in order to be in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

EUR 120 billion more for climate possible from strong EU carbon market reform - report
EU countries could receive up to €120 billion more for climate action through a strengthened Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform, WWF research reveals.

Insights into E-Commerce Trends across Europe
What does the current e-commerce market look like, and how has it performed through 2016? Will it remain strong in future years, or is it due to peak and decline? We examine the current and predicted trends affecting Europe’s e-commerce scene, and look at how things may change in the coming twelve months.

Launch of Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Instant Credit
The European Payments Council (EPC) launched on 30 November the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) scheme. European Payment Service Providers (PSPs) now have one year to get ready to process the first SCT Inst transactions in November 2017. The scheme allows them to propose innovative, digital, and fast payment solutions to their customers.

Retail and wholesale need skills for the modern age
Marking the launch of the EU Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition in Brussels today, EuroCommerce underlined its strong support for the initiative to encourage greater awareness and uptake of digital skills in the workforce, industry and the general population.

Fair Trade movement renews commitment to work with EU in long path ahead to implement UN 2030 Agenda
On 22 November, the European Commission launched a policy package that maps EU current actions and commitments to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda and lays down the future direction for the EU development cooperation and relations with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The Fair Trade movement welcomes the recognition by the EU of the "strong contribution" of Fair Trade to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and looks forward to work with the EC to upgrade the EU answer to the global goals.

'Sustainable Europe' plan pays lip-service to global goals but avoids action at home
The EU Commission has missed a unique chance to bring a sustainable Europe closer today, with its glossy but incomplete package of actions for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

No Patents on Beer!
In 2016, the European Patent Office (EPO) granted three patents to the Danish brewery, Carlsberg. The patents cover barley plants derived from conventional breeding, their usage in brewing as well as the beer brewed thereof. In a joint letter, several civil society organisations are now calling on Carlsberg to drop these patents. They consider the patents to be an abuse of patent law and in conflict with the interests of consumers.

EU to take bigger role in global effort to save oceans
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
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.

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