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EU's Digital Services Act to improve consumer protection online 16 February 2024, 23:35 CET
This Saturday marks the moment the Digital Services Act will apply in full to online platforms and marketplaces. Consumers will be better protected from rogue sellers, no longer have their sensitive or children's data used for targeted ads, and can opt for more privacy regarding recommender systems.

Von der Leyen Commission halts 'water resilience initiative', risking deeper harm to drought and flood hit Europe 15 February 2024, 23:10 CET
Europe has been scarred by floods, droughts and forest fires - and yet the von der Leyen Commission is scrapping the promised "initiative for water resilience" in a move that will harm Europeans, farmers and nature as the impacts of climate change grow ever more fierce.

Consumers could be fully reimbursed for payment fraud according to European Parliament vote 14 February 2024, 23:47 CET
Consumers could be fully reimbursed if they become a victim of an impersonation scam according to a vote in the European Parliament’s ECON Committee today.

Substantiating Green Claims: Retailers and wholesalers call for practicality 14 February 2024, 23:42 CET
Today, the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection adopted their draft report on the Substantiating Green Claims Directive proposal.

Single Market Report: High time to turn good intentions into concrete action, say Europe's retailers and wholesalers 14 February 2024, 23:39 CET
Today, the European Commission published its Annual Single Market and Competitiveness Report about the state of EU competitiveness and the Single Market.

EU 2040 climate targets: consumer groups urge roll out of ambitious laws 07 February 2024, 00:12 CET
Today the EU Commission has proposed a 90% cut in the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, compared to 1990 levels in a bid to become carbon neutral by 2050. To reach this target, BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, calls on decision makers to make the roll out of ambitious climate legislation their number one priority.

SMEs call for investment certainty and assistance 07 February 2024, 00:06 CET
"To make climate policy a win-win for planet and SMEs, a net emission climate target for 2040 should be set in due time, to ensure planning stability and investment certainty. It must be robust and feasible for our economy and society", said SMEunited's Secretary General Véronique Willems.

Net Zero Industry Act turns into recipe for missing 2030 targets 07 February 2024, 00:03 CET
This afternoon, the European Parliament and Council came to a provisional deal on the Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA). This should have given an urgent boost to existing clean technologies. However by broadening the initial list of net-zero technologies to technologies which are not yet commercially available and/or could take decades to become so, the European institutions have effectively dropped the main objective of the regulation, which 'was' to achieve the EU's 2030 climate targets. WWF regrets this decision and fears the EU is shooting itself in the foot.

Listing Act deal: A twofold win for investors & the environment 06 February 2024, 00:41 CET
Following extensive negotiations, the Listing Act trilogues concluded on 2 February, reaching a deal that contains specific wins for sustainable finance and investors alike: it improves the sustainability disclosures of stocks and bonds to better inform investors buying them.

EU rules to help consumers repair their products 02 February 2024, 23:16 CET
Last night, the EU reached a deal on the right to repair proposal that will help consumers repair their goods more easily and use their products longer. BEUC welcomes the new rules which will put pressure on producers to make high quality and repairable products.

SMEunited calls for social dialogue to adapt to changes in working life 31 January 2024, 19:00 CET
"SMEs have played a significant role in the creation of economic wealth, jobs and social cohesion. We entrepreneurs hear the ambitious objectives for social Europe and whilst reaffirming our support, we call for a serious commitment from the European Commission and the Member States to re-create a positive economic spiral on our continent, and show that Europe is a continent where business and social standards go hand in hand", stated SMEunited President Petri Salminen at the Val Duchesse Summit.

Make the Green Deal deliver for SMEs 30 January 2024, 18:51 CET
Entrepreneurs shared their stories about boosters and blockers for the Green Deal implementation with Commissioner for Climate Action Wopke Hoekstra in today's SME Climate Dialogue with SMEunited.

Economic Security Package: EuroCommerce asks for cautious approach to guard the competitiveness of businesses in Europe 24 January 2024, 23:49 CET
The European Commission is addressing increasing geopolitical tensions, geo-economic fragmentation and technological shifts that are posing challenges for the European economy and Europe's economic security in a new Economic Security Package issued today.

Trucks and buses: EU agrees on most ambitious CO2-reduction targets globally 18 January 2024, 23:02 CET
Law makers have reached a deal setting the most ambitious CO2 reduction targets for trucks and buses globally.

Rules of origin: EU and UK sign off deal providing much-needed certainty for EU electric vehicle manufacturing 21 December 2023, 23:59 CET
The EU and UK have today signed off on extending current battery and electric vehicle (EV) rules of origin under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). European manufacturers welcome this solution, which will help support the competitiveness of Europe's burgeoning electric vehicle manufacturing industry.

Von der Leyen sacrifices conservation successes for own political gain 20 December 2023, 17:42 CET
Today, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed to the EU Member States to downgrade the protection status of the wolf in the Bern Convention, despite the lack of scientific evidence to support such a significant move. WWF calls on the EU Member States to reject this proposal.

Euro 7 agreement: industry welcomes planning certainty but flags technical and investment challenges 18 December 2023, 22:31 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) took note of today's Euro 7 trilogue agreement, which it said marked a major milestone in Europe's world-leading record of setting emissions standards for cars, vans, trucks and buses and provides planning certainty going forward.

EU electric vehicle industry risks losing ground without a robust EU industrial strategy, new report finds 14 December 2023, 22:49 CET
China's dominance of the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain and bolstered US government incentives for domestic auto makers risk putting the EU on the back pedal in its efforts to shore up European electric vehicle manufacturing, noted the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

Missed opportunity to make consumer home renovation easier 14 December 2023, 22:40 CET
European legislators have reached an underwhelming deal on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) which will not make it substantially easier for consumers to renovate their homes. The ambition in the European Commission’s original proposal was diluted by conservative governments and groups in the European Parliament.

EuroCommerce urges European Commission to take action against French rules on B2B commercial relations 14 December 2023, 22:30 CET
EuroCommerce has lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission against the Loi n° 2023-221 du 30 mars 2023 (also known as Egalim 3 or 'Loi Descrozaille') adopted by the French Parliament earlier this year.

COP28: WWF says "earth is down but not out" as countries agree to transition away from fossil fuels 14 December 2023, 00:15 CET
In a significant moment for global climate action, countries at the COP28 UN climate summit have agreed to transition away from fossil fuels, but fail to commit to a full phase out.

Keys to consumer health data should lie more with consumers 06 December 2023, 23:43 CET
EU countries have today agreed they would prefer their governments to take many of the important decisions surrounding access to consumers’ health data.

Rules of origin: EU auto makers welcome proposal to extend current electric vehicle battery rules by 3 years 06 December 2023, 23:40 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Associations (ACEA) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to seek a three-year extension to the current rules of origin for batteries under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

New EU labelling requirements for chemicals to benefit consumers 06 December 2023, 00:33 CET
Product labels on common household chemicals such as detergents, glues, and drain cleaners will get a minimum font size and colour, while online sales will have to display the same information as physical labels.

EU Member States inexplicably ignore calls for end to expensive intra-EU calls for consumers 06 December 2023, 00:30 CET
National governments have shunned the strong case for banning surcharges on intra-EU communications (calls, text messages and data usage), which are the charges that telecom operators can apply when you call or text somebody living in another EU country from your home country.