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SMEs are key to a greener Europe
Today SMEunited together with the European Commission is organising a workshop on the Green Deal and SMEs in Helsinki during the 2019 SME Assembly.

WWF-Bulgaria Plants a New Forest along the Maritza River
On November 21, the WWF-Bulgaria conservation team, the Stamboliyski Municipality, local businesses and groups of enthusiastic volunteers will plant twelve thousand saplings and seeds of tree species adapted to the local environment, and breathe new life into the 28000 m² riverside area near Stamboliyski.

Unclear EU fishing deals compromise local food security and sustainable seafood
A lack of accountability and transparency around EU fishing activities outside EU waters is contributing to overfishing and endangering local food supply, two new WWF reports reveal. This, in turn, clouds the sustainability of the seafood products sold and consumed in the EU.

EU bank ends fossil fuel lending in world-first for climate
The European Investment Bank (EIB) today became the world's first public lender to commit to ending funding for coal, oil and gas.

The Energy Globe World Awards 2019: actions needed
"European companies are global pioneers in environmental protection and resource efficiency. This is underlined by the nomination of many European initiatives among the finalists for the Energy Globe World Award," says Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, President of SMEunited, after yesterday's award ceremony in Espoo, Finland.

Start of proceedings in legal challenge to EU approval of genetically engineered maize
Testbiotech has filed a new legal challenge against EU approval for the import of genetically engineered maize.

EuroCommerce and the European Retail Round Table to join forces
EuroCommerce and the European Retail Round Table (ERRT) have agreed to join forces, creating a stronger and more united retail organisation to safeguard and promote the sector’s interests on the European stage.

Sales of zero- and low-emission cars highly unbalanced across EU, alerts auto industry
Sales of alternatively-powered vehicles are following a highly uneven pattern across EU member states, according to new findings from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

Worrying decline of food controls in Europe, new BEUC report reveals
The number of food controls and the resources allocated to them are dwindling across Europe. This is the worrying trend that emerges from the report 'Keeping food in check', published on 22 October by BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation.

ATLAS project to define the next generation standards for data driven agriculture
Modern agriculture is becoming more and more data driven. Although a multitude of technical solutions already exist, the lack of interoperability demands a careful choice of machines, sensors and data processing platforms and hinders the adaption of these systems to the individual farmer’s specific needs.

SME Strategy To Make EU Fit For Future
Call for a strong European SME Strategy combining competitiveness, fairness and sustainability

EU countries split over green investment taxonomy
On Wednesday 23 October, the European Parliament will start negotiations with the Council and the European Commission over a new classification system for sustainable investments. This is known as the EU taxonomy.

2019 France Attractiveness Scoreboard: Green Growth, Structural Strengths & R&D initiatives key to France's high attractiveness ranking
As the world's sixth-largest economy, France reaffirms its position as the leading host country for production investment in Europe and in 2018 became the first host country for R & D activities. The move towards a carbon-free economy and the importance put on Green Growth are key factors in France's economic resilience.

Wake-up call: Europe Must Not Fall Behind
Call for a strong European SME Strategy combining competitiveness, fairness and sustainability

41 European Mayors Declare Support for a Just Transition from Coal
A group of 41 mayors from 10 coal regions in 9 European countries are launching a statement supporting a just transition to the post-coal era.

"We need to work with the unions for the future of retail and wholesale"
Speaking today at the annual UNI Europa Commerce sector Conference in Bucharest, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren underlined the importance of social partners working together to ensure that the 29 million Europeans working in retail and wholesale are equipped to have sustainable and rewarding jobs in this rapidly-changing commercial environment.

Germany leads sabotage of EU bank's climate efforts
In a blow to the climate and the EU’s green credentials, the European Investment Bank's Board failed a second time to agree to end funding for coal, oil and gas today, instead pushing the decision back to 14 November.

Downward Trend Continues, But Less Than Expected
SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller presents the latest EU SME Barometer results for Autumn 2019 as being above previous expectations.

Fighting Climate Change Must Be A Worldwide Effort
Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, SMEunited insists on how crucial it is that the European Union’s new efforts to cut GHG emissions be mirrored by all industrialised nations.

EuroCommerce calls for rapid global agreement on OECD digital tax proposals
Commenting on the presentation yesterday of the OECD Secretariat's proposals on tax challenges from digitalisation of the economy, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented:

EU trade unions and employers want ambitious EU industrial strategy
European employers and trade unions are jointly calling on the new European Commission and Parliament for a more proactive and ambitious EU industrial strategy.

CJEU ruling on fighting defamation online could open the door for upload filters
Today, on 3 October 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave its ruling in the case C‑18/18 Glawischnig-Piesczek v Facebook.

One billion people threatened by climate change risks to oceans, polar and mountain regions, UN report warns
No part of the world will be spared from the impacts of climate change as oceans warm and ice sheets and glaciers melt, causing rapid sea-level rise that could affect one billion people by 2050.

UN climate summit puts global spotlight on EU
A United Nations climate summit taking place today in New York city is expected to expose Europe's lack of progress to tackle the climate emergency, warned Greenpeace.

1st call for international marine/maritime projects from Finistère
The NARWHAL CHALLENGE is the first call for international projects in the Finistère area (Western Brittany) in France. This call for innovative projects has been launched by a collective of 8 organisations representing the area's key economic and scientific stakeholders as well as its world-renowned research community.