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Registration closing soon - Military Flight Training 2019
SMi reports: Less than four weeks to go until SMi's 8th Annual Military Flight Training Conference, in London this October

European Court of Justice does not request a more detailed investigation of risks of genetically engineered soybeans
Today, the European Court of Justice published the decision on a legal case filed by Testbiotech together with the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) and the environmental organisation Sambucus (C-82/17 P).

Business Organisations Voice Strong Support For A New EU SME Strategy
Today, SMEunited, EUROCHAMBRES and BusinessEurope reiterate the call of the European SME Envoy Network for a new and dedicated European SME strategy, at a joint event in the European Parliament.

Reducing labour shortages by improving skills matching - Employers statement
European employers are concerned about the growing skills mismatches and labour force shortages in a majority of Member States.

EU failing 2020 commitments for marine biodiversity protection
A new report from WWF & Sky Ocean Rescue shows European seas remain in a poor state and significantly lack appropriate biodiversity protection, with 19 of 23 marine EU Member States falling behind on developing management plans for their Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Genetically engineered mosquitoes out of control
According to a new scientific publication, genetically engineered mosquitoes produced by Oxitec (Intrexon) have escaped human control after trials in Brazil.

New study highlights lack of progress on infrastructure & incentives for alternatively-powered cars
At the start of a new EU political term, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is urgently calling for a comprehensive plan to enable the transition to zero-emission mobility in Europe.

Climate and environment win centre stage in new European Commission
WWF welcomes the appointment a Commission Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal, who will also act as Commissioner for Climate Change, and oversee the work of the Commissioners for Agriculture, Health, Transport, Energy, Cohesion and Reforms, as well as Environment and Oceans.

Von der Leyen unveils new team, but green game plan still falls short
Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced a new team of commissioners, but her game plan for the environment still falls short of what science demands, says Greenpeace.

Access to electric car chargers must be guaranteed, urge auto makers, electricity sector and NGO
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), Eurelectric and Transport & Environment (T&E) are calling on the European institutions to facilitate a rapid roll-out of smart charging infrastructure for electrically-chargeable vehicles.

US Army confirmed to purchase two Iron Dome Systems ahead of SMi's Air Missile Defence Technology 2019 conference
SMi reports: US Army and Israel Air Force to present at Air Missile Defence Technology 2019 ahead of news that the US Army have confirmed to purchase two Iron Dome Systems

Activists urge von der Leyen to save forests, fight climate breakdown
Greenpeace activists greeted incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on 3 September in The Hague with a burning globe of several metres high and a banner reading "Climate Crisis: Save Forests Now". Von der Leyen was visiting Dutch Prime Minister Rutte at his residence to discuss climate policies, among other issues.

10 years on from the first inefficient light bulb ban, consumers have saved up to €1,330
In the decade after EU rules on energy-efficient lighting kicked in, the average European household has saved up to €1,330 - the equivalent combined price of a mid-range washing machine, fridge and dishwasher.

Proposed future Commissioners lack environmental credentials
WWF is concerned that most of the proposed EU Commissioners lack commitment or experience on climate and environment.

Horizon Technologies announced to sponsor the 5th Annual Airborne ISR Conference
SMi Reports: John Beckner, Founder and CEO, Horizon Technologies will be presenting an exclusive briefing on the FlyingFish at the Airborne ISR Conference, this October in London.

Senior experts to present exclusive updates on Cyber Warfare at Maritime Information Warfare 2019
SMi Reports: Senior experts will be addressing a key theme on cyber warfare at the Maritime Information Warfare Conference, in London this November.

Key Case Studies will be Presented at SMi's Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2019 in Amsterdam
SMi Reports: Case study updates from Van Oord, BESIX Group, Rebel and Macquarie to be delivered at the Benelux conference this November

ELTA Systems announced to sponsor, present and exhibit Air Missile Defence Technology 2019
SMi reports: ELTA Systems announced as brand new sponsor for the upcoming conference in October

Key Themes at the UAV Technology Conference to Include Counter-UAS and Swarm Technology
SMi reports: UAV Technology 2019 conference to provide a tactical edge to the warfighter through unmanned aerial systems

Environmental groups challenge European Commission to take legal action against Bulgarian government over depletion of key wildlife site
Lawyers and environmental groups have today challenged the European Commission to take legal action against the Bulgarian government over a shocking depletion of wildlife in a key EU-protected nature site, Kresna Gorge.

The EU needs rules on chemicals in coffee cups, straws and other paper food packaging, consumer test shows
A new lab test shows that food packaging made of coloured paper and cardboard - such as coffee cups and straws - may contain and release chemicals originating from the inks used for printing.

Commissioner Vella seals his legacy for nature
Commissioner Vella has taken a stand for Europe’s precious nature and sealed his legacy.

GDPR one year in - working well, but care needed on burdens for SMEs
Speaking after the European Commission today published its report on the first year of implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented:

European Commission publishes long-awaited plan to address EU impact on deforestation
The European Commission issued today its Communication on deforestation and forest degradation, a pivotal step in securing a much-needed plan of action to address the EU's significant contribution to global deforestation.

Deforestation action plan does little to tackle impact of EU trade dogma, Greenpeace
A deforestation action plan released today by the European Commission paints a bleak picture of Europe’s responsibility for global deforestation, but fails to address the environmental and human cost of EU trade and farming policies, warned Greenpeace.