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European SMEs further join forces
In November 2018, UEAPME rebranded to SMEunited and set out to shape Europe for SMEs and to strengthen SMEs in Europe.

Three tests for Europe's climate credibility at June summit
European political leaders attending a crucial summit in Brussels on 20 and 21 June will face three major tests of their commitment to tackle the climate crisis.

SMEs say GDPR needs reality check
SMEunited calls on the European Commission to make a reality check of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Ahead of the stocktaking event organised by the Commission on 13th June, SMEunited surveyed its member organisations and their message is clear: the new Commission should work on a reality tested design for the GDPR.

Biggest dam removal in European history
In a historic moment for Europe's rivers, the first breach was made today in the 36 metre high Vezins Dam - kick-starting the biggest dam removal in Europe so far.

Leaked: EU strategic agenda fails to back urgent action against climate crisis - Greenpeace
A leaked five-year plan setting political priorities for Europe has exposed a stubborn reluctance by governments to take urgent action against the existential climate and ecological crisis, warned Greenpeace.

SMi release 8 key reasons to attend Air Missile Defence Technology conference 2019
SMi reports: 8 key reasons have been released to attend Air Missile Defence Technology conference, in Prague on the 22nd -23rd October 2019

Protests at pan-European motorway project as time runs out for key wildlife site - Friends of the Earth
Dozens of activists from across Europe have dropped a banner at an international road in Kresna gorge, Bulgaria, to protest against the lack of action from the European Commission and the Bulgarian government to save the key EU-protected wildlife site.

EY survey reveals France top in Europe for innovative & industrial investments
The 2019 edition of EY's 'France Attractiveness Survey' published on 4 June confirms France’s increasing appeal as an investment location.

EU leadership in ocean governance must help curb climate change impacts to global food security
In a policy briefing published today, WWF calls on the EU to lead on global ocean governance in the face of climate change impacts on fisheries and food security.

EuroCommerce and GS1 in Europe agree to strengthen cooperation
EuroCommerce and GS1 in Europe signed on 29 May a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work more intensively together in the field of supply chain cooperation, standards, and technologies.

New report shows some EU Member States intent on burning coal for electricity beyond 2030 whilst banking on EU funding for a just energy transition
Today, a new report by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and Sandbag reveals Member States are receiving EU energy transition support but not committing to phase-out coal.

Better work-life balance would shrink the gender pay gap
The gender pay gap reveals the different realities that women and men face in their professional and personal lives. Today, women across the EU earn on average, 16% less per hour than men. The biggest gap in earnings is among couples with children - showing that the financial cost of having a family falls heavily on women’s shoulders.

Fragmented Parliament needs unity to tackle climate emergency
As a result of the European elections concluded yesterday, the two traditional major parties of the social democrats and conservatives will no longer have a majority in the European Parliament.

EU elections show that Europe matters
The results of the European Election are a call to act", said SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller.

Retailers and wholesalers welcome adoption of Single Use Plastics Directive, but ask for more robust waste management infrastructure
Speaking today at the formal adoption by the Council of the text of the Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastics on the environment, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Calling Entrepreneurs to Vote for a Stronger Europe
The European Union is more than just economic integration and Single Market. It has offered long-lasting peace across the European continent and has brought a community together that shares fundamental values of democracy, human rights, freedom, equality and rule of law.

The future of EU rivers: New paper exposes business lobbies' wish list of destruction
Unsustainable industries, including industrial agriculture, hydropower, and coal mining, are lobbying for devastating changes to the EU water law - the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

EU agriculture ministers crack open door to climate action
EU agriculture ministers appeared to begin to recognise the urgency of climate action, and the crucial role farming has to play, as they considered the EU’s draft long-term climate strategy today. While many ministers highlighted the difficulties in cutting emissions in agriculture, there was the beginnings of a discussion on how to make it happen.

Starting tomorrow, consumers will benefit from cheaper intra-EU phone calls
People making phone calls from their home country to someone living in another EU country will see their phone bill drop thanks to a new EU measure which will apply from tomorrow.

Merkel shows support for climate-neutral EU by 2050
After months of dithering, German chancellor Angela Merkel has shown support for a target to make the European Union climate-neutral by 2050 and asked her government to investigate how Germany would achieve it.

Retailers and wholesalers commend Commission action on AB InBev
Speaking today about the agreed resolution of the Commission's investigation of AB InBev's actions in hampering cross-border sales of beer, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented:

"This time I'm voting" - EuroCommerce supports campaign to mobilise citizens to vote in European elections
Speaking today on the occasion of Schuman Day, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said: "On 9 May 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman issued the declaration which laid the foundations of what, some 70 years later, has grown into today's European Union. This is indeed an achievement we should all celebrate today. The EU has brought all of us immense benefits, which it is sometimes easy to take for granted."

Sibiu Summit could have been the green turning point for the EU. It wasn't.
EU leaders today failed to give a strong and clear backing to a greener, fairer and more inclusive Europe, thereby missing a key opportunity for putting the Union on a firm path towards prosperity and sustainability for the five years to come.

Leaders fail climate, sustainability and change test at Sibiu - Friends of the Earth comment
Europe's prime ministers met today in Sibiu, Romania, for a largely symbolic summit intended to renew commitment on the 'issues that really matter to people'.

Sibiu summit - Europe and climate need transformational change says Friends of the Earth Europe
As Europe's prime ministers meet tomorrow in Sibiu, Romania, to shape the future of Europe, the EU's next five-year priorities and long-term climate goals, Friends of the Earth Europe urges them to grasp the nettle of transformative change.