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World Standards Day 2018 - How will standards meet the Future?
The theme of this year's World Standards Day is 'Standards meet the Future', as the rapid change, brought by a new generation of smart technologies, will need standards to help address the challenges ahead. But ANEC stresses that standards will meet the future only if they reflect the needs of civil society.

Standards are crucial for market access for SMEs
tandards are everywhere! They affect our daily life whether we realise it or not. Every year on 14th October, the World Standards Day celebrates the creation of the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO).

Metropolitan Police placed under pressure to act re Vote Leave breaching election law
Sue Wilson, chair of Bremain in Spain and lead claimant in the UK in EU Legal Challenge against Theresa May, comments on the Metropolitan Police being under pressure to act re Vote Leave breaching election law ahead of the 2016 referendum.

Trafficking for sexual exploitation: a gendered crime
Trafficking for sexual exploitation is the most commonly reported form of human trafficking in the European Union. It is a form of gender-based violence that disproportionately affects women. 95% of registered victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in the EU are women or girls.

Brexit: auto industry urges negotiators to avert worst-case scenario
Ahead of this evening's Brexit summit, Europe's auto manufacturers and suppliers have come together to issue a stark warning on the potentially far-reaching impacts of a no-deal scenario on their sector, which would threaten their very business model.

Making the circular economy work means working together
Opening the first conference on circular economy dedicated to retail and wholesale, EuroCommerce President Régis Degelcke said: "If there are three words we should all think of in terms of the circular economy, they are cooperation, consistency and commitment. Retailers and wholesalers are pushing and will – push ahead with creating sustainable solutions, but these can only be effective with the active and committed participation of all, working together to achieve the right results across all sectors."

EUR 12.5 million illegal bluefin tuna trade exposes threat to sustainable fisheries in Europe
Today, Spanish authorities announced the arrest of almost 80 people involved in an extensive operation of illegal bluefin tuna trade, fished in Italy and Malta. The operation, led by EUROPOL, involved a large network of fishing companies and distributors, including one of Europe’s biggest seafood farming companies, the Spanish Ricardo Fuentes and Sons Group.

European leaders must avoid putting growth at risk
At the Tripartite Social Summit dealing with 'Reinforcing competitiveness, sustainable job creation and social fairness in the EU', UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller put forward the fact that competitiveness should be tackled in a global context, since current political uncertainties - such as the trade conflicts, protectionism , Brexit, and skills shortage - have a direct impact on SME expectations and further developments.

Cyberbullying restricts young women's voices online
Digital technologies offer young women and men innovative ways to get involved in politics. From receiving instant news notifications on political developments, to engaging in online debates and expressing opinions on social media, political and civic participation has become faster and easier. Yet, one of the downsides experienced by this generation, who is the most digitally skilled in the EU, is the risk of online abuse.

SMEs show economic stability at high level with confidence at 81.7
Today, ahead of next week's Tripartite Social Summit and European Council, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller presented the latest EU SME Barometer.

Could this be the beer of the future? 100 environmental groups launch European campaign to save the EU water law
A lot of things go into beer production, but it all starts with good quality water. But imagine a world where your favourite beer looked, smelt and tasted like dirty water. Or instead of your usual pint, you were served up a bowl of dry, crunchy hops.

Car and van CO2 targets: environment ministers adopt common position, auto industry reacts
Auto makers take note of the common position on future CO2 targets for cars and vans adopted by the 28 EU member states during a meeting of environment ministers in Luxembourg last night.

ENVI Committee fails to hit the right target on plastic litter
The European Parliament Environment Committee voted today to amend the Commission's proposal on the reduction of the impact of plastics on the environment. This proposal aims to prevent littering from 10 single-use plastic products frequently found on Europe's beaches.

MEPs fight to curb plastic pollution but miss key opportunity on microplastics
Today, the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted on the European Commission’s single-use plastic proposal.

Fisheries Committee MEPs fail in legal obligations to fight overfishing
Today the European Parliament turned a blind eye to its legal obligation to achieve sustainable fisheries in European seas by 2020 as required by the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), placing both fisheries industries and the health of marine life in grave jeopardy.

15 governments call on EU to up its game in wake of UN climate report
15 European environment ministers have called on the EU to increase its targets to cut carbon emissions in line with the recommendations of UN climate scientists released on Monday.

WWF calls on the EU to take urgent action to limit global warming to 1.5°C
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C released today demonstrates how critical it is to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Approved by 195 governments, the report underscores the small window of opportunity we have to make immediate, deep and transformational changes - without which the world we know will be irreversibly changed.

Europe needs to step up climate action as scientists deliver unequivocal evidence for the need to stay below 1.5°C
One day ahead of the EU Environment Ministers meeting expected to adopt the EU’s position for the upcoming UN Climate Summit COP24, the world’s leading body of climate scientists gave strong scientific evidence for the need to keep temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Support for wild animal circus ban as strong as ever, new poll reveals
Animal Defenders International (ADI) has urged the UK, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments to step up and stop circus suffering without further delay, following publication of a new poll showing the public remains overwhelmingly opposed to the use of wild animals in circuses, supporting an end to their use not just in the UK but across Europe.

Environment Council to define global EU leadership on biodiversity and climate
On Tuesday (9 October), the Environment Council will meet to develop EU recommendation ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP24, 3-14 December in Katowice, Poland), and to finalise conclusions on the preparations for the COP 14 meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15, 17-29 November 2018, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt).

Theresa May's 'Dirty Dancing' with Citizens' Rights
Theresa May's Conservative Party conference speech is causing confusion and consternation amongst members of campaign group Bremain in Spain.

Hearing patent on beer
At a public hearing in Munich on 2 October, the European Patent Office (EPO) reduced the scope of patent EP 2384110 granted to Carlsberg and Heineken to plants showing a specific mutation.

Registration Opens for the 12th Annual Border Security Conference
SMi Group Reports: The Border Security Conference will convene in Rome, Italy on the 12-13 February 2019

MEPs support higher CO2 standards, take meaningful steps to protect our right to clean air
The European Parliament voted today on the Emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles. MEPs voted to strengthen existing rules, taking meaningful steps to improve air quality and protect public health in the European Union.

EU Parliament vote on CO2 targets for cars and vans: auto industry voices concerns
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has voiced its serious concerns about the outcome of the European Parliament’s plenary vote on future CO2 reduction targets for cars and vans.