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Missing deadline on fossil fuel subsidies mars otherwise promising EU Environment Action Programme 02 December 2021, 23:41 CET
After months of negotiations, the European institutions last night agreed to strengthen the EU’s next Environment Action Programme. However, they missed a critical opportunity to set an end date for public finance for fossil fuels and environmentally harmful activities, despite EU leaders having repeatedly stated their intention to phase such finance out.

EU Commission urged to act on late national sea basin plans by Parliament committee 01 December 2021, 23:40 CET
Committee MEPs call on the European Commission to intervene on Member State delays to sustainable sea basin management plans, but their report falls short on how energy and nature protection overlap.

Non-tariff barriers fragment single market and harm consumers 24 November 2021, 18:02 CET
The European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumers Committee (IMCO) has adopted an own-initiative report by Kosma Złotowski MEP on tackling non-tariff barriers in the single market. EuroCommerce Director General Christel Delberghe said:

SMEs vital to life of communities in Europe 18 November 2021, 19:08 CET
Speaking today in the context of the SME Assembly being held in Slovenia, Veronique Willems, Secretary-General of SMEunited and Christel Delberghe, Director-General of EuroCommerce underlined the role of SMEs as the backbone of vibrant town centres and rural communities, made a joint call for action to address the challenges facing small businesses and the communities they serve:

EU deforestation law proposal: Off to a strong start, but loopholes must be closed 18 November 2021, 19:05 CET
The European Commission presented on 17 November its proposal for an EU law to minimise the impact of EU consumption on the world’s forests.

EU competition strategy confirms vigorous competition enforcement goal but must resist industrial policy lobbying 18 November 2021, 18:59 CET
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) welcomes the European Commission's new strategy "A competition policy fit for new challenges", which outlines the review of EU competition policy tools for the twin digital and green transitions.

Competition central to future prosperity of Europe and consumers' welfare 18 November 2021, 18:54 CET
Speaking today on the presentation of the Commission Communication on a Competition Policy Fit for New Challenges, EuroCommerce Director-General Christel Delberghe said:

COP26: The Road to 1.5 Just Got Harder With Glasgow Get-Out Clause 14 November 2021, 10:39 CET
For the past fortnight, climate talks have turned Glasgow into an international hub for the world’s leaders, negotiators, observers and activists. Today (13 November), the summit culminates as a delayed cover decision with the consensus of all nations is published.

A disappointing COP26 closure, but keeps a narrow window open for 1.5°C 14 November 2021, 10:35 CET
We came to Glasgow expecting leaders to agree to a step change in the pace and scale of climate action. While we didn't get the step-change, and the text agreed is far from perfect, we are moving in the right direction, in WWF's view.

The 'GLASGOW GET-OUT CLAUSE': Rich countries stage a great escape from their climate responsibilities 12 November 2021, 23:27 CET
The UN climate negotiations COP26 agreement is set to be the 'great Glasgow get-out clause', Friends of the Earth said on the last day of scheduled talks.

BEUC applauds EU General Court ruling on Google Shopping case 10 November 2021, 18:26 CET
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) welcomes the EU General Court’s November 10 ruling in the Google Shopping case.

EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles: make it fit for SMEs 09 November 2021, 21:57 CET
SMEunited and Small Business Standards present their recommendations to ensure the new textile strategy allows SMEs to fully benefit from the green transition.

Retailers and wholesalers to engage in Pact for Skills 09 November 2021, 21:53 CET
On the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Commission's Pact for Skills, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren announced today that retailers and wholesalers will accept the invitation to organise the Pact for Skills for the Retail Ecosystem (including wholesale):

E-mobility: only 1 in 9 charging points in EU is fast 03 November 2021, 18:00 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is alerting EU policy makers to a twin problem with charging infrastructure for electric cars: not only is there a flagrant lack of chargers throughout the region, but very few of these can actually charge vehicles at an acceptable speed.

Coal end-date key to EU-South Africa just transition success 03 November 2021, 00:21 CET
The EU's plan to support South Africa's phasing out of coal in favour of renewables sounds promising, but its success will hinge upon South Africa committing to no new coal and - eventually - setting a realistic but ambitious coal end date.

Retail alliances - working to get the best deal for Europe's consumers 25 October 2021, 23:58 CET
With the Commission today holding a workshop on joint purchasing and pursuing its review of horizontal competition rules, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

'Farm to Fork': EU Parliament calls for much needed food system overhaul 20 October 2021, 22:49 CET
The European Parliament just lent strong support to the ‘Farm to Fork Strategy’, setting the EU on the path towards a more sustainable food system. The European Consumer organisation (BEUC) applauds MEPs for adopting an ambitious position and resisting pressure to water down their stance.

Farm to Fork: European Parliament backs green transition against massive industry pressure 20 October 2021, 22:43 CET
In a plenary vote yesterday, MEPs defended and reinforced the EU's roadmap for a sustainable transformation of our food systems.

Energy and materials prices endanger SMEs' recovery 19 October 2021, 18:25 CET
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 21 October, SMEunited spotlights the repercussions of high energy and material prices for European SMEs. It calls for policy actions to mitigate the energy crisis for 22.5 million SMEs, such as cost management and measures to improve energy markets.

Retailers and wholesalers working for sustainable food supply chain 19 October 2021, 18:16 CET
As MEPs discuss the European Parliament’s report on the Farm-to-Fork strategy, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

MEPs want improved roaming experience and cheaper calls to other EU countries for consumers 14 October 2021, 22:35 CET
MEPs want improved roaming experience and cheaper calls to other EU countries for consumers.

SMEs recover faster than expected, but uncertainty is rising 14 October 2021, 22:32 CET
The SME Business Climate Index presented today shows a steep recovery of 16.3 points up to 76.1% after the weak result of 59.8% recorded in Spring 2021. President Maggiar pointed out that the loosening of the tight lockdown measures in Europe, together with the success of the vaccination schemes, have allowed the rapid improvement of the SMEs economic activities.

New study: EU must slash resource consumption by two-thirds 05 October 2021, 22:08 CET
European Green Deal plans will fail to stop runaway mining, creating further permanent damage to the environment and wreaking havoc on human rights. The EU must reduce extraction of natural resources by 65%, according to a new study released today by Friends of the Earth Europe and the European Environmental Bureau.

Major airlines told to comply with passenger rights following BEUC complaint 30 September 2021, 23:50 CET
Following a complaint that BEUC and 11 of its members filed in July 2020 about systematic breaches of air passenger rights in the first half of 2020, and investigations by the European Commission and the Network of Consumer Protection Cooperation authorities (CPC), today 16 major EU-based airlines committed to improving their cancellation policies and how they treat passengers in such events.

SMEunited welcomes decision on SME definition 29 September 2021, 21:39 CET
SMEunited warmly welcomes the result of the evaluation of the SME definition published by the European Commission today.