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EU Overshoot Day 2019: If EU consumption was the global norm, the Earth's yearly budget would be exhausted on 10 May
10 May 2019 marks the date by which humanity would have exhausted nature's annual budget if everybody in the world lived like EU residents, according to a new report by WWF and Global Footprint Network.

Electric car sales not taking off in lower-income EU countries, new data shows
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has published new data highlighting the correlation between the affordability of electric cars and their market uptake.

Truck makers call for EU-wide introduction of high-capacity vehicles to bring down CO2 emissions
As part of wider efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from road transport, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is calling for a policy framework that supports an EU-wide high-capacity transport system. This should allow for high-capacity vehicles - specifically designed to carry twice as much freight as standard trucks - to travel on dedicated parts of the EU road network. ACEA made this call to policy makers at an event in Brussels today.

WWF submits request for EU report on climate impacts of CAP
WWF has submitted a Freedom of Information request for a crucial assessment of EU farming policy’s impact on the climate.

Bremain in Spain comments on Spanish election results
Bremain in Spain, a pro-EU campaign group, says that Sunday's Spanish election result has brought welcome reassurance for Brits living in Spain, with the ruling socialist party, PSOE, gaining an increased share of votes. The voting turnout increased to 75%, despite this being Spain's third general election in four years.

Improving the Single Market for SMEs
SMEs in Europe enjoy the freedoms of the Single Market and recognise its added value for the European Union, an added value that goes beyond boosting the economy. However, the Single Market has been built over several decades, there is therefore still room for improvement to make it deeper and fairer as well as to make it function seamlessly.

Scientists and indigenous groups right to raise alarm about impact of EU trade - Greenpeace
Over 600 scientists from across Europe and representatives of 300 Indigenous groups from Brazil have called on the European Union to make trade talks with Brazil conditional on the protection of human rights and the environment.

EUR 428 billion in taxes generated by motor vehicles in EU-15, new figures show
New data released today shows that motor vehicle taxation brings in €428 billion per year to governments in the EU-15 countries alone. This figure - up 3.5% compared with the previous year - represents more than two and a half times the total EU budget.

EU Rules Must Provide a level playing field for SMEs
Crafts and SMEs in Europe demand equal footing and effective enforcement of existing legislation to ensure fair competition in the Single Market.

Industry studies behind EU food safety assessments must be public, EU Parliament
The European Parliament voted today to introduce new transparency rules for EU food safety assessments, as part of the EU's 'general food law'.

EU Parliament votes for more transparency of food safety studies
In a plenary vote today, the European Parliament endorsed the deal agreed with Member States on a proposal to end secrecy around scientific studies on food safety.

EU Parliament deletes the worst threats to freedom of expression proposed in the Terrorist Content Regulation
Today, 17 April 2019, the European Parliament (EP) adopted its Report on the proposed Terrorist Content Regulation.

Governments steamrolling climate commitments to seek EU-Trump trade deal
Today's approval by European governments of new mandates to start fresh trade negotiations with the US could raise the infamous TTIP from the dead, despite concerns over the US's announced withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

BarTender 2019 Introduces Innovative, Powerful Features for Enterprise Labeling
Seagull Scientific has announced the immediate availability of BarTender 2019, the latest version of the world's most trusted software for transforming business information into the labels, barcodes, RFID tags, smartcards, documents, packing slips and pallet labels that drive all companies - from microbusinesses to global enterprises.

Skills Shortage Holds SMEs Back
Crafts and SMEs in Europe are eagerly looking for skilled staff. Due to the digital and green transformations, they are already facing a serious skills gap and mismatch in the labour market.

AI ethic guidance a first step but needs to be transformed into tangible rights for people
On Monday, 8 April, the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (HLEG) will publish its "Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI". AccessNow, ANEC and BEUC, all members of the expert group, support these guidelines but stress that they can only be a first step. The European Union has the responsibility to ensure that fundamental and consumer rights are respected and bring benefits to people.

Harmful subsidies will deplete EU seas, dooming fishers' future
Today's European Parliament plenary vote has affirmed the immense step backwards proposed by the Fisheries Committee to re-introduce environmentally harmful subsidies in the post-2020 fund for the maritime and fisheries sector (EMFF).

Parliament gives green light to handy EU-wide pension product
The EU Parliament has given its blessing to a deal reached between the EU institutions on the creation of a pension product that would be available in all EU countries and to all consumers, regardless of the country they live in or move to.

Car CO2 emissions up: auto makers urge investment in charging infrastructure to boost electric cars
Average CO2 emissions from new cars were 118.5 grams of CO2 per kilometre in 2017, or up 0.4% compared to 2016, according to data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) yesterday.

EU Parliament agriculture committee backs factory farming, Greenpeace
Members of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee voted today for the EU to continue subsidising Europe's most environmentally destructive factory farms.

Agriculture MEPs fail to deliver a better CAP by scrapping environmental requirements
MEPs in the Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee today took a remarkably conservative stand when voting on the future EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

SMEs require an appropriate framework to internationalise
Crafts and SMEs in Europe lead commercial activities within the EU but still do not fully benefit from international opportunities. The right framework conditions and better information about global opportunities are the key to facilitating SMEs' access to international markets.

EU Parliament must choose family farms over factory farms, Greenpeace
A giant squealing pig in a cage greeted members of the European Parliament today in Brussels, ahead of a crucial vote on the future of farming in Europe.

MEPs reject all-encompassing environmental ranking
The EU’s recent progress on sustainable finance hit a hurdle today, when the European Parliament voted against proposals which would have meant all economic activities got ranked on their environmental performance.

MEPs vote on the future of factory farms
On 2 April, MEPs on the European Parliament's agriculture committee will weigh in on a European Commission plan to reform the EU’s common agricultural policy.