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The European Bison is No Longer a Vulnerable Species 17 January 2021, 22:19 CET
In the midst of a challenging and tumultuous year we have some wonderful news to share. Due to long-term conservation work, including that by WWF Central and Eastern Europe and WWF-Romania, European bison (Bison bonasus) are no longer considered a vulnerable species in Europe.

EDRi network launches public initiative against biometric mass surveillance 08 January 2021, 11:04 CET
EDRi network launches public initiative against biometric mass surveillance

EU-UK trade deal: EU automobile manufacturers react 24 December 2020, 21:52 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) welcomes the deal struck today between the European Union and the United Kingdom on their future trading relations. This agreement is a great relief for European automobile manufacturers, allowing the sector to avoid the catastrophic effect of a no-deal Brexit.

Google’s Fitbit takeover: EU merger control proves unable to protect consumers in the digital economy 18 December 2020, 16:51 CET
BEUC, representing the interests of consumers in 32 European countries, deeply regrets that the European Commission's decision to approve Google's takeover of wearable fitness device company Fitbit lacks enough force to protect consumers, now and in the future.

All new trucks sold must be fossil free by 2040, agree truck makers and climate researchers 15 December 2020, 22:05 CET
In an unprecedented science-backed statement, Europe's truck manufacturers have concluded that by 2040 all new trucks sold need to be fossil free in order to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050.

With omnichannel the new reality, rules need to foster competitive EU ecosystems 15 December 2020, 21:12 CET
As the Commission launches its proposals for the Digital Services (DSA) and Digital Markets Acts (DMA), EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said today:

EU plans on digital economy are step in right direction but more ambition is needed 15 December 2020, 21:06 CET
The European Commission today put forward its plans to update the EU’s rules about digital services such as those offered by online search companies (e.g. Google), e-shops (e.g. Amazon) and social networks (e.g. Facebook).

An EU Sustainable Taxonomy MUST be Rooted in Climate and Environmental Science and not include Small Hydro 15 December 2020, 21:01 CET
The global climate strikes have consistently made a simple demand: listen to the science. We agree. Just as experts and evidence have been key assets in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, so too must they, and not sectoral interests, determine our policies to fight the climate crisis.

Record submissions to public consultation urge EU to act on deforestation 14 December 2020, 18:24 CET
A landmark 1,193,652 submissions to the EU's public consultation on deforestation were handed over to the European Commission this afternoon, all of which demanded a strong EU law to protect the world's forests and the rights of people who depend on them.

Weak EU climate deal snubs the science 11 December 2020, 14:15 CET
Early today EU leaders reached a disappointing deal on the bloc’s 2030 climate target.

A properly working single market for sourcing consumer products would save consumers €14 billion 11 December 2020, 14:10 CET
Speaking today ahead of the Commission workshop on the results of their study on Territorial Supply Constraints (TSCs), EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Zero-emission vehicles: European Commission ambitions far removed from today's reality, says ACEA 11 December 2020, 00:52 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the EU's Sustainable and Smart Mobility Package, published by the European Commission yesterday. One of the key pillars of this strategy is to boost the uptake of zero-emission vehicles, an objective fully shared by the EU auto industry, which dedicates much of its yearly €60.9 billion R&D budget to decarbonisation.

EU takes first step in translating Green Deal to better mobility for people's daily lives 09 December 2020, 18:47 CET
The success of the EU's promising mobility strategy, unveiled today, will depend on legislative follow-up that should make it easier to travel from A to B in a sustainable manner. The most important points for European consumers are the announcement of:

EU proclaims a 'sustainable' fisheries Fund, but reintroduces harmful subsidies and ignores biodiversity crisis 07 December 2020, 16:28 CET
The EU Council and the European Parliament have agreed an informal deal on the distribution of the €6.108 billion budget of the European Marine, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) for 2021-2027.

BMW CEO Zipse to lead ACEA next year 07 December 2020, 16:25 CET
Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW Group, will lead the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) next year.

Benefit of Interchange Fee Regulation now nullified by fee increases 07 December 2020, 16:23 CET
EuroCommerce today released a study by retail payments consultancy CMSPI and antitrust and economics advisers Zephyre on the rise since the adoption of the EU Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR) in the fees paid by merchants accepting card payments.

European SMEs call for support to realise EU goal 03 December 2020, 22:05 CET
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission addressed the SMEunited General Assembly today. She highlighted the EU funds that will be invested in the recovery and transition. SME representatives from around Europe issued a Declaration demanding a speedy approval of Next Generation EU and a focus on solvency support.

New skills and new ways of working crucial for future resilience 02 December 2020, 21:49 CET
At its 2020 flagship conference today, EuroCommerce is bringing together high-level speakers from the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee, senior retail HR executives, and trade unions representatives, for an exchange on how retailers and wholesalers are keeping pace with the rapidly changing world of work.

Geoblocking - sensible to keep unchanged for now 01 December 2020, 18:33 CET
EuroCommerce Director-General expressed support for the conclusions in the Commission report on the working of the Geoblocking regulation issued yesterday:

EU on the right path in emission reductions, but it must pick up the pace towards 2030 30 November 2020, 23:19 CET
New data on greenhouse gas emission reductions in the EU published today in the European Environment Agency (EEA)'s annual 'trends and projections' assessments show a 4% emissions decrease in 2019 from 2018, showing that deep emission cuts are possible and can be achieved irrespective of economic trends.

EU set to miss goals on sea protection and sustainable fishing - European Court of Auditors 26 November 2020, 17:33 CET
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 25 November 2020, 18:36 CET
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 25 November 2020, 16:55 CET
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 20 November 2020, 16:36 CET
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 19 November 2020, 18:23 CET
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: