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European Court of Justice: European Commission correct to issue guidelines for protecting consumers using online gambling services 20 February 2018, 23:57 CET
The EU Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that the European Commission acted within its rights by issuing guidelines to member states on how to protect consumers from online gambling services.

Logging of Bialowieza Forest illegal, confirms Advocate General of EU Court 20 February 2018, 21:11 CET
The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union has today issued an opinion in which he confirms that it was unlawful to increase logging in the Bialowieza Forest. The final judgment of this case is expected in March.

Public Procurement in the EU: President of the Federal Chamber of German Architects presents position of the profession in the European Parliament 20 February 2018, 18:40 CET
In October 2017, the European Commission issued a Public Procurement Package with the aim of making public procurement more efficient and thereby creating jobs and growth. The package contains recommendations for a better implementation of the EU public procurement directives revised in 2014.

TRADOC confirms participation at Military Robotics and Autonomous systems conference 19 February 2018, 23:01 CET
TRADOC has confirmed their participation at Military Robotics and Autonomous systems conference, taking place in London on 25th and 26th April 2018

New Speaker announcement - UK Army to co-present with British Army Air Corps at Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference 19 February 2018, 22:53 CET
SMi is thrilled to announce a new speaker to Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference taking place in Prague, Czech Republic on 23rd and 24th May 2018.

Insufficient changes to terms and conditions of social media giants show need for real EU sanctions 15 February 2018, 17:12 CET
Facebook, Twitter and Google+ have made changes to their terms of service in an effort to comply with EU consumer protection rules, following a joint action of national consumer authorities. However, Facebook and Twitter have not complied with all the changes required.

Nexter Systems Announced as Gold Sponsor for Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness Conference 15 February 2018, 00:44 CET
SMi Group will welcome the expertise of new Gold Sponsor: Nexter Systems, at the only dedicated event on combat vehicle C4ISTAR and systems integration, when they present and exhibit at Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness 2018.

EuroCommerce reminds retailers and wholesalers to be ready for the EU Data Protection Regulation 12 February 2018, 22:50 CET
With 100 days left before the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May, EuroCommerce is reminding all retailers and wholesalers to take the necessary action to be ready and compliant by that date, echoing the recent European Commission warning on the urgent need to step up preparations at Member State level.

EuroISPA Marks Safer Internet Day 08 February 2018, 16:14 CET
To mark Safer Internet Day 2018, the European Internet Service Providers Association (EuroISPA) has reiterated the crucial role played by Internet Hotlines and their efforts in fighting Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) and other illegal content online.

Legislators should not lose sight of correcting discriminatory wholesale roaming charges despite progress on EECC 08 February 2018, 16:05 CET
Legislators make welcome progress on pro-competitive radio spectrum aspects of the draft European Electronic Communications Code, but high wholesale roaming charges are still hurting MVNOs and damaging competition for mobile services.

British Citizens in Spain Praise Amsterdam Court Ruling 08 February 2018, 16:01 CET
Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union and to protect the rights of British migrants living in Spain, comments on yesterday's Amsterdam court decision to refer questions to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

EU misses the mark with Geoblocking decision 07 February 2018, 22:58 CET
On 6 of February the European Parliament Plenary approved the agreement on the geo-blocking regulation, reached in trilogue by the European Institutions 2017. ESBA welcomes any initiatives that intends to simplify operating within the Single Market for businesses and citizens. Unfortunately, the decision made yesterday has done the exact opposite for small businesses.

Preliminary Attendee List Released for Future Soldier Technology 2018 06 February 2018, 22:24 CET
SMi Reports: Registration for the 4th annual Future Soldier Technology conference and exhibition closes in just over 4 weeks.

Belgium takes strategic step towards increased air power 06 February 2018, 22:18 CET
SMi reports: Hear from Belgian Air Component at SMi's Air Mission Planning conference as they take strategic step towards increased air power.

Geo-blocking will discourage SMEs' online trade 06 February 2018, 21:10 CET
Today, the European Parliament's plenary ratified the agreement reached in trilogue by adopting the regulation to end unjustified geo-blocking. While SMEs support the fight against unjustified discrimination based on nationality and residency, they remain highly concerned with the Geo-blocking Regulation that leaves many open questions and does not guarantee legal certainty to traders. This will not facilitate increase of cross-border e-commerce.

European Union makes shopping without borders a reality 06 February 2018, 14:20 CET
MEPs will vote today to make it easier for consumers to buy from, or access, a website based in another EU country. Through so-called geo-blocking practices traders often prevent consumers of other EU countries purchasing products from their online shops. The new measure will enter into force later this year, forbidding discrimination of consumers based on their nationality or place of residence.

Agenda Released for MilSatCom USA 2018 06 February 2018, 00:16 CET
SMi Group, organizers of Global MilSatcom, are proud to present the third annual MilSatCom USA conference and exhibition; returning to Arlington, Virginia on June 27th and 28th 2018.

SMi welcome Leonardo as Gold Sponsor for Unmanned Maritime Systems conference 2018 06 February 2018, 00:01 CET
Leonardo to head EU research program on unmanned naval systems. The first research project to be carried out by the European Union’s new defence fund will cover unmanned naval systems and be led by Italy’s Leonardo.

Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems conference returns to London this summer 05 February 2018, 23:49 CET
SMi presents the third annual Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems conference taking place in London on 5th and 6th June 2018.

New Sponsor Endeavor Robotics will be joining QinetiQ at SMi's Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems conference 2018 05 February 2018, 12:17 CET
SMi are delighted to welcome new sponsor Endeavor Robotics, to Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems conference, taking place in London on 25th and 26th April 2018.

Sustainable Finance: Banks urge clarity in EU Action Plan 02 February 2018, 11:23 CET
Noting the final recommendations of the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance published today, the European Banking Federation called on the European Commission to move swiftly and prepare a clear EU Action Plan that will enable the banking sector to actively promote sustainable development and contribute to the fight against climate change without harming financial stability.

Bremain in Spain comments as part of British in Europe on the Brexit Negotiations 01 February 2018, 15:12 CET
Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union and to protect the rights of British migrants living in Spain, comments as part of the British in Europe coalition of citizens' groups re the latest EU negotiations.

Co-production: Working together to create inclusive employment opportunities! 01 February 2018, 15:08 CET
On Tuesday 30 January EASPD and its partners in the Taskforce "Support Services of Tomorrow" (EDF, COFACE Families-Europe, ENIL, Inclusion Europe and MHE-SME) cohosted the event 'Co-producing employment initiatives for young persons with disabilities and mental health problems' alongside MEP Brando Benifei.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Agreement reached is the right way to renovate Europe's building stock 01 February 2018, 15:03 CET
Yesterday the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) confirmed the agreement reached between the Estonian presidency and the European Parliament in December 2017 on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

New report finds ski resort construction causing irreversible damage to Pirin World Heritage and Natura 2000 site 31 January 2018, 23:17 CET
Pirin National Park in Bulgaria, one of Europe's most important biodiversity hotspots and part of the EU's Natura 2000 network, has suffered irreparable damage from the construction and expansion of Bansko ski resort, reveals a WWF report published on 29 January.