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Plastics: retailers and wholesalers support action, but still concerned at broadened producer responsibility
Today's agreement in the Council on the directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastics products on the environment sends a clear signal on the need to ensure that plastics can no longer be wasted.

Know Your Limits: How Far Could You Go As A Manager?
Being promoted to a management position is an exciting opportunity. It can also be very challenging. The average employee spends most of their time trying to use their skills to be as productive as possible. But when they are promoted to management, their focus has to change.

How to Protect Your Business Against Brexit: Go Digital
With the UK's scheduled departure date from the EU just around the corner, businesses across the country have been taking concrete steps to protect themselves from disruption, particularly in the possible event of a "No Deal" exit.

EU must cut litter without undermining growth, jobs and health
Next week the EU institutions aim to approve a proposal for a Directive to reduce the impact of certain plastics products on the environment. Surprisingly, this also covers paper and cardboard items.

EU plastics law will put thousands out of work
The business of serving food and drinks in the EU is worth about €450 billion today, about 5% of EU GDP, and growing 5% annually.

Three quarters of professionals demand a second Brexit vote
Research carried out by global professional services recruiter, Morgan McKinley, reveals that the majority (74%) of 6,500 respondents want a second referendum. Then when asked how the participants would vote in a second referendum, 3% said they would prefer May's current deal, 22% would choose Leave and 75% stated they would Remain.

How can businesses help with the clean water crisis?
The global water crisis is a matter that has to be urgently addressed, and not only by profile global organizations but also by companies of all sizes.

Headlong rush on UTP directive is jettisoning EU principles - and won't help any farmer
Ahead of the final scheduled trilogue on the Unfair Trading Practices Directive tomorrow, retailers and wholesalers warned negotiators not to forget fundamental principles laid down by EU law, or the implications of ignoring them EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

The EU Council's general approach on Terrorist Content Online proposal: A step towards pre-emptive censorship
On 6 December 2018, the EU Council published its general approach on the proposed Terrorist Content Online Regulation.

Food safety transparency: breakthrough vote in EU Parliament
Reacting to today's European Parliaments plenary vote on the reform proposal for the General Food Law, Corporate Europe Observatory's agribusiness researcher Martin Pigeon said:

How Does Uber Fare Outside Of Europe?
Few companies have grown quite as quickly and expanded as aggressively as Uber have, but at the same time, it’s hard to argue with their success. By some distance the largest ride sharing app in the world, the company have spearheaded a significant shift in the private hire vehicle market that has been so pronounced that traditional taxi companies have become severely under threat as a result.

Europeans are not fully protected by EU rules for online gambling: study
All EU member states, except Denmark, have not fully implemented EU consumer protection guidelines for online gambling, putting the protection of online gamblers at risk by leaving them exposed to unequal and inadequate levels of consumer protection across EU member states, according to a study published today by the City University London.

How European Businesses Can Keep Up With Shifting Trends In UK
Businesses are always having to keep up with trends and evaluate their best practices, so they can continuously look forward. However, to do so, it will involve adapting to current trends and understanding the effect these can have on specific businesses and the industry on the whole.

Retailers and wholesalers warn of risks in collective redress proposal
Speaking today after the vote of the European Parliament JURI Committee report on collective redress, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren warned of the risk that the proposal as amended will spark a wave of vexatious litigation:

3 Benefits of Purchasing a Contractor Bond Online
In many states, it is a requirement to have a valid contractor bond before you are issued with a contractor's license. The same is true if you are applying to renew an active license or reactivate an inactive one.

GDPR & Digital Marketing: What To Be Aware Of
Although we are well into the swing of the new GDPR laws, for those who are yet to catch up, this handy guide can help clear up any potential concerns you may be facing with your digital marketing approach and the new EU laws that have been in place since 25 May 2018.

New commitments on foreign cards only a small step, but fails to create an online/offline playing field
Retailers and wholesalers today welcomed the announcement that Visa and Mastercard have made commitments to bring transactions on cards issued outside the EU (non-EU visitors purchasing within the EU) broadly in line with those EU-issued cards.

The pros and cons of small business loans
Whether it's a major equipment purchase or for an expansion project, getting an additional influx of working capital is something all businesses need at some point. As either a small, large or startup business, there are a number of different paths available when you’re seeking finance, each with their own set of advantages.

Will the UK Car Industry Be Affected by Brexit?
The UK car industry has a collection of European Union regulations relating to a variety of automotive issues such as environmental emission levels, technical requirements, safety levels and how vehicles are categorised.

What is a VPS Server and How Does It Help Business?
A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a type of web server that is offered mostly to businesses.

The Best Ways to Encourage Team-Work
Teamwork is something that helps everyone come up with better and more creative ideas. More than this, it makes the work day go by much faster, and the daily operations are more efficient as a result of it.

What to Expect in Online Marketing Five Years from Now
Online marketing is the most dynamic sector in the marketing world. Although we are living in the age of technology already, things are going to change a lot over the next five years as almost everything we know about digital marketing will evolve to a greater degree.

2 Marketing Trends to Watch in 2019
For any business owner who dreams of growing their company tenfold, there’s no better way to ensure success for your venture than to market it effectively. Marketing is the only way consumers near and further afield will know your name, what you do and, most importantly, what you offer.

Agreement reached on the new Spirit Drinks Regulation: a glass half full
EU spirits producers welcome the political agreement reached last night at the trilogue on a new Spirit Drinks Regulation, which sets rules for the production and labelling of spirit drinks and for the registration and protection of the more than 240 spirits with Geographical Indications (GIs).

USA Visa Waiver Program: Application Process and Requirements
With the Brexit deal details now becoming clearer, you might be wondering whether this will impact travel arrangements.

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Brexit: there is another way
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