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EU set to miss goals on sea protection and sustainable fishing - European Court of Auditors
Special report shows EU actions to safeguard marine ecosystems and biodiversity lack effective implementation

Retailers and wholesalers need competitive, secure data spaces to drive digital growth
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren spoke today on the publication of the Commission draft Data Governance Act, which promotes data sharing and a common European Data space:

EU unveils ambitious Pharma Strategy to make medicines affordable and available for consumers
The EU Commission published its Pharmaceutical Strategy today, aiming to ensure patients timely access to safe and affordable treatment and to support medical innovation and pharma competitiveness.

Bioenergy mars EU Commission's attempts at a science-based Taxonomy
Today the EU Commission published draft rules to govern which economic sectors are considered sustainable in climate terms under an EU 'Taxonomy'.

High time for Europe's consumers to benefit from the single market
Speaking today on the publication of a study by the European Commission on supply restrictions imposed by manufacturers which prevent retailers buying products in one country and selling them in another, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

EuroCommerce now official partner of European campaign on health and safety
EuroCommerce has been an active participant over the years in campaigns on, for example, healthy aging and dangerous substances organised by the European Occupational Safety and Health Agency OSHA.

SME Assembly marks cooperation for sustainable and resilient SME future
SMEunited highlights SME demands at the start of the SME Assembly. Once a year, the European "SME community" gathers to exchange views on SME policy and actions to be taken. This year the focus is on "building a sustainable and resilient future together".

French Healthcare showcases its innovations at Medica & Compamed
A handpicked selection of French Healthcare companies will showcase their innovations and technologies at next week's Medica & Compamed.

Stronger consumer engagement helps drive the green and digital transition - Retailers will make it happen
Speaking today on the launch of the Commission New Consumer Agenda, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Consumer groups welcome new EU consumer policy strategy for the next five years
Today the European Commission adopted the "Consumer Agenda", its consumer policy strategy for the next five years. It lays down the Commission's consumer policy objectives and will serve as guidance to include consumer interests in all policy areas. Focus areas are the green and digital transition as well as the post-COVID economic recovery.

One million people demand EU law to stop deforestationOne million people demand EU law to stop deforestation
More than a million people have so far called for a strong, new EU law to stop EU-driven deforestation, sending a powerful signal to the European Commission and national governments.

SMEs prepare for Brexit in 50 days
SMEunited calls on its member organisations to step up preparatory actions for new EU - UK relations as of 1st January.

EIB as EU 'climate bank' must require polluters to change
EU Member States are set to discuss the European Investment Bank's plan to become the EU’s 'climate bank' tomorrow. The draft roadmap, while containing some positive elements like a ban on lending for airport expansion, is far from enough in WWF's view.

MEPs fail to endorse fossil-free recovery but agree damage control
Yesterday, Economic Affairs and Budgets Committee MEPs voted on the biggest EU recovery fund. In a blow for the climate, they did not explicitly exclude fossil fuels from the EUR 672.5 billion pot, despite a cross-party statement of support from over 115 MEPs for doing so.

Biden win offers climate hope
Joe Biden has defeated Trump in the U.S. election, offering potential hope for people and the planet.

SMEunited disagrees with the EC proposal for a directive on minimum wage
SMEunited is strongly disappointed by the Commission’s choice to adopt a Directive for tackling the issue of fair minimum wages in Europe.

Charging points: Growth not keeping pace with rising demand for electric vehicles, new data show
A new report by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) shows that despite strong growth, the available charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the EU still falls far below what is needed, and remains unevenly distributed across member states.

Bad week for future of farming- CAP decisions will make Green Deal goals impossible
The European Parliament has today voted on the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in what Friends of the Earth Europe called a 'istorically bad week for the future of farming'.

A ray of hope for nature, gloomy on climate: Ministers endorse EU Biodiversity Strategy
In a positive move for biodiversity, EU Member States endorsed the objectives of the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy during today’s meeting of the Environment Council.

COVID support for automotive should be channelled into green recovery, say CEOs
Leaders of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) call on EU policy makers and national governments to step up support to the auto sector, which continues to grapple with the fallout of COVID-19 while already at a critical juncture on the road to carbon neutrality.

Recovery and Resilience Plans must fully integrate SMEs needs
Solvency support, digitalisation, green transformation, employability and fast deployment of recovery funds are the five key issues raised by SMEunited President Maggiar at the Tripartite Social Summit. He also underlined the importance of involving social partners in developing National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

Consumers place high hopes on EU gearing up fight against harmful chemicals
The EU has announced concrete steps to better protect consumers against harmful chemicals - to which they are exposed night and day from multiple sources. That is the gist of the long-awaited Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, published today by the EU Commission.

SMEs expect only slow recovery from crisis
The latest EU SME Barometer presented on 12 October shows an unprecedented drop in the Business Climate for SMEs caused by the COVID-19 crisis. This is mainly due very negative results for the past semester, but also the expectations from the second semester are subdue. As a consequence, the SME Climate Index falls by 18.8, reaching 54.6 points, which is the lowest level ever registered.

Environment MEPs vote fossil fuels OUT of recovery fund
Fossil fuels have no place in the EU’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee. They voted yesterday to exclude coal, oil, and gas from the EU's EUR 672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility - the biggest part of the recovery fund.

How the fossil fuel industry used COVID-19 to derail the EU Green Deal
Under the guise of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen fossil fuel interests capture tens of billions of public recovery money, new research by the Fossil Free Politics campaign reveals a massive lobbying effort by the fossil fuel industry to win concessions for climate-damaging energy schemes across Europe, and weaken environmental standards and the European Green Deal.