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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.

EU maps out road to climate catastrophe
Two important climate and energy papers were released today by the European Commission in Brussels amid criticism from Friends of the Earth Europe.

ECJ ruling against sex discrimination in insurances key victory for women's rights, say civil society organisations
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday delivered its ruling in the Test-Achats case (C-236/09) concerning sex discrimination in insurance premiums. The EU’s highest Court ruled that different insurance premiums for women and men are not compatible with the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights.

CEA regrets ECJ judgement on use of gender in insurance pricing
The CEA, the European insurance and reinsurance federation, is deeply disappointed by today’s judgement by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that the provision enabling EU insurers to use actuarial and statistical factors based on sex in their risk assessment is invalid from 21 December 2012.

MEPs vote for ambitious e-waste management
The European Environmental Bureau, Europe’s largest federation of environmental citizens’ organisations, welcomes the outcome of today’s vote in European Parliament on the revision of the WEEE Directive.

Services Directive: points of single contact not fully functioning
A new EU-wide EUROCHAMBRES survey shows that only 14 EU countries have set up fully functioning Points of Single Contact (PSCs) to assist businesses in making the most of the Services Directive.

FoEE comment on Commission resources initiative
The scale of the challenge posed by Europe’s unsustainable use of the world’s natural resources has been acknowledged by the European Commission. Lawmakers in Brussels published an initiative outlining how Europe plans to tackle its resource use which affects global resource prices, natural ecosystems and people – particularly the poor – across the world.

CEA seeks consultation on applying Solvency II principles to IORPs
Principles of new EU solvency regime for insurers should apply to pension funds

Regulatory progress in sight for online gambling
EU ministers have acknowledged for the first time that a purely national approach is insufficient to deal with online gambling, paving the way for increased cooperation at the European level.

First Citizens’ Initiative inspired by the Lisbon Treaty delivered to the European Commission
Today, Avaaz and Greenpeace delivered the first ever Citizens’ Initiative inspired by the Lisbon Treaty to Health Commissioner John Dalli. Since December 2009, the citizen’s right of initiative is enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty, allowing a million citizens from a significant number of member states to ask the European Commission to change European law.

Worst EU lobbyists 2010 revealed: RWE, Goldman Sachs and ISDA
RWE (npower), Goldman Sachs and derivatives lobby group ISDA have been given the dubious honour of being named the Worst EU Lobbyists of 2010. The results of the dual climate and finance categories of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2010 were revealed today during a ceremony outside the ISDA office in Brussels.

Testbiotech reveals conflicts of interest at the European Food Safety Authority EFSA
A report presented today by Testbiotech in a media conference in Munich, reveals severe conflicts of interest at the European Food Safety Authority EFSA.

European insurance sector remains stable despite economic turbulence
The European insurance sector remained stable in 2009, according to key figures released today by the CEA, the European insurance and reinsurance federation.

Workers say working conditions are slowly improving
Work intensity among European workers are still high, and it has not increased over the past five years, according to the first findings of the 5th European Working Conditions Survey, out today.

CEA calls for level regulatory playing field for pension providers
The CEA, the European insurance and reinsurance federation, has called on the European Commission to tackle the current patchwork of regulation applicable to pension providers in the European Union.

New EU trade policy agenda: "Business as Usual" despite clear message from European citizens
The European Commission (EC) issued a Communication “Trade, Growth and World Affairs” today. Despite the clear support to ethical considerations in trade by European Union citizens, the European Commission has failed to translate the EU citizens’ views into the EU trade agenda.

The EU Needs Renewable Energy, Not Low-carbon Rhetoric
The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) today criticised the low-carbon rhetoric of the European Commission’s Energy 2020 communication, saying that a clear focus on renewable energy, a truly level playing field and extending Europe’s technological leadership in renewable energy were the right priorities for European energy policy.

New GM proposals could open Europe's doors to risky unauthorised crops
Leaked European Commission documents obtained by Friends of the Earth Europe reveal new proposals that would open Europe’s doors to the import of unauthorised genetically modified (GM) feed. The proposed change in EU policy is a direct response to industry pressure to weaken Europe’s safety laws.

Maternity rights: European Parliament votes for more equality between women and men and a more sustainable future!
The European Parliament today by a large majority passed a Resolution in favour of substantially increasing European minimum standards for maternity and paternity leave provisions. In what supporters are lauding a great victory for the women and men living in Europe, the Parliament approved an increase of maternity leave provisions from 14 weeks to 20 weeks and the introduction of two weeks leave for new fathers, both fully paid.