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Parliament vote on MEP code of conduct - ALTER-EU reaction
Transparency campaigners have welcomed today's vote of the European Parliament constitutional affairs committee (AFCO) on the proposed Code of Conduct for MEPs, but warned that an important loophole on the definition of gifts risks undermining the core of the proposals.

EU warned: biofuels will drive biodiversity loss
Increasing the use of biofuels in Europe will have devastating impacts on wildlife a new scientific assessment has shown.

Directive on Right to Family Reunification must not be reopened
At a public hearing today in the European Parliament, European women’s associations are expected to take a strong stand against any potential renegotiation of European legislation concerning family reunification, which they fear will be to the detriment of migrant women, and to call on the member states to improve access and integration measures.

Commission's strategy on internationalisation is spot on, say SMEs
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, warmly welcomed the "Small Business, Big World" communication released by the European Commission today (Wednesday).

European Parliament supports sustainable public procurement
At today's plenary session, the European Parliament adopted with an overwhelming majority a Resolution on the modernisation of public procurement. The European Parliament confirms the interpretation of the European Union rules by the European Court of Justice, which allows public authorities to compare products on the basis of how they have been produced. The Resolution also asks for clearer EU rules to integrate sustainability at each stage of the procurement process.

CSR Communication: EU must take further steps to hold companies accountable
A Commission plan about how the EU can make companies more accountable is a step towards ending the global damage European businesses cause people and planet, according to the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ). However, the plans to improve corporate social responsibility (CSR), unveiled by the European Commission today in the CSR Communication, miss the opportunity to make real progress that would help victims of EU-based companies find justice and hold companies accountable for their impacts.

"Responsible business package": good news on accounting, bad news on CSR, say SMEs
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, was left with mixed feelings by the "responsible business package" presented by the European Commission yesterday (Tuesday).

MiFID II - An opportunity to make Europeans' investments safer
While stock markets and banks are in disarray, Europe's consumers need stable financial markets more than ever to make secure investments. The European Commission is due to unveil an updated 'Markets in Financial Instruments Directive' (MiFID II) Thursday, October 20th. BEUC, the European Consumers' Organisation has asked legislators to make consumers' needs their theme in this initiative.

Stronger political focus needed for future of farming
Agriculture ministers must not jeopardise a fairer and greener future for farming in Europe by pushing for industrial farming

New "optional" EU Sales law makes consumer protection a guessing game
BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation has strong concerns about the European Commission’s proposal of an “optional” Common Sales Law due October 11.

CAP reform: too little to protect environment and greener farming
European Commission’s plan unlikely to tackle food, farming and biodiversity crises without major improvements

Cohesion policy: SMEs overall satisfied with Commission's proposals
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation, was left overall satisfied by the legislative proposals on the new cohesion policy programming period unveiled by the European Commission today (Thursday).

Dangerous chemicals in consumer products: your Right to Know not easy to use
Would you like to know if your carpet or your child’s toothbrush contains any hazardous chemicals? You have the right to ask the trader and manufacturer. But when BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, and its members tested it, we received very few satisfying answers.

SBA implementation slowing down and far from being complete, survey finds
Although more open to including SMEs' concerns in legislation, the European institutions still have a long way to go when it comes to "thinking small first" on business support and administration, according to a survey conducted by UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation.

Electronic waste: SMEs disappointed by Parliament's committee vote
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation, was left disappointed by today’s second reading vote at the European Parliament’s Environment Committee on the revision of the Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

FoEE comment - Europe defies Canadian pressure on tar sands
Friends of the Earth Europe has welcomed a decision by the European Commission to take steps to prevent oil from tar sands entering the European market.

EU to serve genetically engineered animals for dinner?
European Food Safety Agency EFSA prepares first Guidance for risk assessment for food from genetically engineered animals

Europe’s resource reduction plan doesn’t measure up
A plan unveiled on 20 September to tackle Europe’s dependency on imported resources does not go far enough to end the region’s over-consumption of the world’s water, land and other materials.

European auto makers pave way for uniform system of e-vehicle charging
The European automobile manufacturers have defined a comprehensive set of recommendations to standardise the charging of electrically-chargeable vehicles. The joint industry proposal will enable the use of one type of plug independent of car make, electricity provider or country.

CJEU: Online gambling ruling reconfirms the urgent need for an EU framework
Today the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) published its ruling in the Austrian online gambling case Dickinger and Ömer (C-347/09).

Houseway Developments Limited purchased the Bulgarian branch of Canadian real-estate company
September 5, 2011, Cyprus – Houseway Developments Limited has amazing news for its clients, partners and investors.

European Court protects honey from GM contamination
The European Court of Justice today upheld the rights of beekeepers and consumers to keep honey free from GM contamination.

Econtrust Limited provides a great possibility for investing in production of an environmentally-friendly fuel
August 31, 2011, Cyprus – Econtrust Limited has just opened a new investment opportunity to the public eye. This scientific discovery will definitely astonish our investors and partners in a good way. From now on you have a great possibility to invest in production of an environmentally-friendly fuel.

Socofer Trading Limited offers to invest in coffee beans export from Colombia
August 22, 2011, Cyprus – Recently Socofer Trading Limited has opened a new investment opportunity for those who are looking for high benefits and world wide connections.

Access to bank account: Disappointment over Commission climb-down
Millions of Europeans without a bank account will be hugely disappointed by today’s Commission decision to give up on planned legislative action in favour of a non-binding Recommendation on access to a basic payments account. BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation has for many years been calling for EU action giving all EU consumers access to a bank account and deplores this climb-down of the Commission.