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Copyright Directive: Nefarious upload filters strike back
The closed-doors "trilogue" discussions on the copyright Directive finalised last night with an agreement that supports upload filters.

MEPs slowly turn tide against factory farms
The European Parliament's environment committee has voted to increase environmental and animal welfare protections under the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP), but the improvements are not yet sufficient to tackle the problem of factory farming, said Greenpeace.

Supply Chain Initiative publishes annual report 2018
The Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) published its annual report for the year 2018 today. The results of the annual survey of registered companies showcase that the SCI continues to make progress in the promotion of fair business practices in the food supply chain as a basis for commercial dealings.

Opportunity lost: Parliament rejects possibility to make driving history count
Today the European Parliament voted on new rules regarding motor insurance.

EU-Singapore Trade Agreement underlines free trade as a vehicle for growth and prosperity
Speaking after the approval of the EU-Singapore Trade and Investment agreements by the European Parliament today EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Stable EU auto market in view for 2019, with CO2 and trade challenges ahead
In 2019, EU car sales will stagnate at 2018 levels in terms of units sold, staying close to the 15 million new registrations mark recorded last year, according to new forecasts by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

Over 71% of EU farmland dedicated to meat and dairy
At least 71% of the EU's farmland is used to feed livestock, according to new research published by Greenpeace. Around 63% of arable land is dedicated to feeding farm animals.

Transparency and speed are vital when dealing with food safety
Speaking today after agreement in trilogue negotiations on the Regulation on Transparency and Sustainability in the EC Risk Assessment Process, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Latest EU fisheries management plan threatens sustainability targets and long-term ocean health
Today's European Parliament vote on the Multiannual Management Plan for the EU's Western Waters - covering the Atlantic Ocean between Ireland and Portugal - brings the highly rushed drafting and decision process to a disappointing close, and foreshadows disastrous outcomes for the two other fisheries management plans currently under negotiation.

Senior Military Briefings on Air Operational Superiority and Safety Priorities at SMi's Annual Defence Aviation Safety Conference 2019
SMi Group Reports: Senior military officials to present at the Defence Aviation Safety conference in London this April.

Dealing effectively with dangerous imports is vital for consumers and fair competition
Speaking today at the conclusion of trilogue negotiations between Council, European Commission and Parliament on the Compliance and Enforcement Regulation, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren congratulated the negotiators on finalising this important new regulation for consumers and all the supply chain:

Registration Opens for the Only Armoured Vehicles Conference in the World focused Exclusively on Weapon Systems - FAVWS 2019
SMi reports: The 4th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems conference is set to return to London on 5th and 6th June 2019.

SMEs are key to fight climate change
In a meeting yesterday with Commissioner Karmenu Vella, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller stressed the important role SMEs operating in eco-industry play in fighting climate change.

Business As Usual: Making a Successful US Visa Application at a time of Heightened Scrutiny
The reality we're all facing today is that US visa applications across every classification are enduring increased scrutiny by US immigration authorities.

New CO2 targets for trucks must be 'achievable in practice' cautions industry
Ahead of next week's final EU negotiations on CO2 standards for trucks, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) reiterates its support for a timely agreement on this regulation. At the same time, ACEA cautions policy makers that these first-ever CO2 targets will only be achievable if they are accompanied by the right package of measures to address the structural challenges faced by truck makers and operators alike.

Registration Opens for 4th Annual MilSatCom USA Conference, returning to Virginia, USA this June
SMi Reports: Registration is now officially open for MilSatCom USA, returning for its 4th year to Arlington, Virginia, USA on the 26th & 27th June 2019

Discriminatory Slovak retail tax hurts consumers - EuroCommerce files official complaints
EuroCommerce has lodged two complaints to the European Commission against a new tax on retailers (Act No. 595/2003).

The time for reflection is up! Concrete action now needed to meet SDGs
Today, the European Commission published its long-awaited reflection paper "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030", which outlines its strategy for delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

EU concludes reform with stronger guarantee rights for consumers in future
The EU institutions have approved a deal which includes rights for consumers of digital content and services like software, streaming or game downloads for the first time. The deal also covers users if they provide personal data instead of money to access the service or the software.

Brussels offers a secure alternative to London for UK creative industries post-Brexit
The Brussels Capital Region sets out to attract UK-based media, broadcasters and creative organisations to ensure access to European markets following Brexit

Call for an immediate moratorium of patents on plants and animals - International appeal to the President of the European Patent Office, Antonio Campinos
No Patents on Seeds! together with more than 40 other organisations today published an international appeal to the president of the European Patent Office (EPO), Antonio Campinos.

Leak: European governments pave way for bee-killing pesticides
Under pressure from pesticide producers and governments, the European Commission is planning to scrap bee-safety standards that led to a ban of three bee-killing pesticides, according to a leaked plan.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd to present on their FIREFLY loitering weapon system and SPIKE LR2 anti-tank guided missile
SMi Reports: Speaker Interview Released with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd in the run-up to Future Soldier Technology 2019

More enforcement of consumer law and better rights in digital economy, demand MEPs
The European Parliament committee for the internal market (IMCO) is pushing for stronger rules when companies do not abide by EU consumer law. Enforcement is rightly seen as the weak link in consumer protection rules.

Final court decision stops attempt to open up Pirin World Heritage site for construction
WWF and other NGOs in the For the Nature coalition have won the final court case against the government of Bulgaria's plans to open Pirin National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Bulgaria's premier protected area, up to construction.