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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.

EC proposals on capital requirements take SMEs' concerns on board
Stricter capital requirements are needed and welcome as long as their impact on lending to small businesses is minimised, according to UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation.

EU floats plan to recover fish stocks but sinks on fleet reductions
The European Commission today launched a crucial plan for EU fisheries reform aiming to restore fish populations in just four years. But the current plan is unlikely to deliver its ambitious target with almost no concrete measures to reduce the size of the fishing fleet to counter the decline in stocks, said Greenpeace.

Major new rules for roaming in the EU
Today sees new European Commission rules proposing to change the face of Europe’s telecommunications market and further reduce the roaming cost of calls, texts and, for the first time, data usage. These rules would be applicable as of 1st July 2012.

Stress test results show European insurance industry is robust
The results of the second European insurance stress test published today by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) confirm the robustness of the European insurance market and its ability to withstand severe stress scenarios.

European Parliament strengthens draft laws to ban GM crops
The European Parliament today voted to strengthen a draft EU law giving member states a new right to ban genetically modified (GM) crops from being grown in their territories.

New Multiannual Financial Framework: evolution rather than revolution
EUROCHAMBRES supports the proposed 5% increase in the post-2013 EU budget, while regretting the minimal shifts in how the funds will be spent.

Feeble EU Energy Efficiency Directive set to fail
A new draft European Directive on energy efficiency published by the European Commission today (Wednesday 22 June) is too timid even to deliver on the EU's own modest ambitions for energy savings, Friends of the Earth warned today.

EU Contract law - MEPs on the wrong track
The European Parliament votes this week Wednesday 8 on a report by MEP Diana Wallis (UK) supporting the European Commission’s proposal for a European contract law system.

Transparency campaigners demand ban on lobby related side jobs for MEPs
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has given evidence to a senior group of MEPs at a hearing in the European Parliament.

EU IPR Strategy "behind the times": BEUC leads calls for balanced copyright laws
The European Commission is expected to publish on Tuesday May 24 its EU Strategy on the future of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). In advance, BEUC has published its own ‘IPR Strategy’ which offers the perspective of European consumers, identifies failings with the current status quo and proposes how to establish a copyright framework which benefits both creators and consumers.

Cord Blood Europe calls for objective debate on family storage of cord blood cells
On average 11.7% of pregnant women are willing to store their child's cord blood stem cells in a private bank, according to a study that was published in the recognized Journal Transfusion and that analyzed attitudes towards cord blood storage in 5 EU countries.

Time to start phase out of nuclear across Europe
On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Friends of the Earth Europe stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and neighbouring countries, remembering those affected by the catastrophe. Friends of the Earth Europe also stands with those still affected by the tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan – where the severity level of the nuclear crisis has been raised to maximum, on a par with Chernobyl.

NYIT concludes 8th national job fair
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) – Amman held its 8th job fair with around 40 regional and Arab companies and institutions specialized in ICT, banking and finance, construction, and food industries among others.

EGBA concerned at EC Green Paper on online gambling
The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomes today’s publication of the Green Paper on online gambling that will allow for a factual discussion at EU level. At the same time, the EGBA expresses its concern with the apparent lack of commitment to curb further fragmentation of the common market and ensure that consumers throughout the EU enjoy consistent standards of regulated, safe and high-quality products.

Testbiotech: no choice for consumers on meat from cloned animals
A non-public EU Commission paper confirms that food from offsprings of cloned animals are already on the European market.