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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.

Joint action needed to tackle problems of plastic waste
Speaking today ahead of the European Parliament vote on the Plastics directive, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren warned that the directive needs to be implemented properly and to avoid distorting the Single Market:

Censorship machine takes over EU's internet
Today, on 26 March, the European Parliament voted in favour of adopting controversial upload filters (Article 13/17) as part of the copyright Directive. This votes comes after what was an intense campaign for human rights activists, with millions of signatures, calls, tweets and emails from concerned individuals, as well as Europe-wide protests.

SMEs are Fundamental for Sustainability
SMEs need to be fully integrated in the strategies to make the EU more sustainable and to fight climate change for them to succeed. This is the message highlighted by SMEunited on the 5th week of its campaign for the EU elections.

A big step closer to group actions anywhere in the EU
The European Parliament has confirmed in a plenary vote today that it wants citizens in all EU countries to be able to go to court as a group if a company has caused damages on a mass scale.

Bremain in Spain Marchers Put it to the People in London
On Saturday 23 March, around 100 members of campaign group Bremain in Spain marched through central London as part of the 'Put it to the People' March, with the aim of securing the British public another vote on Brexit.

Deal reached to improve enforcement of consumer law
The EU has struck a deal that should see consumers better protected when a company breaks the law.

EU authorities supervising financial markets to get stronger and long-awaited consumer protection powers
The EU has struck a deal to strengthen and better fund the authorities which are responsible for supervising financial markets at EU level.

EU manufacturers call on European Council to sharpen rules for public procurement
AEGIS Europe, the industry alliance representing over 20 key industries, aiming to promote manufacturing investment, innovation, jobs and growth in Europe, today voiced its urgent claim for the EU to take a stronger stand on reciprocity in EU-China trade relations at the meeting of the European Council, which is due to take place on Thursday and Friday, 21 -22 March, in Brussels.

EU leaders must not fail citizens on climate action
Commenting on the upcoming European Council conclusions on climate, Ester Asin, Director of WWF European Policy Office said:

SMEs call for a stronger Europe
At the Tripartite Social Summit on Growth and Employment, ahead of the European Council, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller called for a stronger, united and forward looking Europe, truly shaped for SMEs.

SMEs drive social progress despite new challenges
SMEs are the main source of jobs and the main social driver in Europe despite substantial challenges.

Bremain in Spain is on the March
On Saturday 23 March, the 'Put it to the People' march will take over central London. It is expected to be the largest protest march in British history.

European Parliament backs more climate action
The European Parliament has endorsed the European Commission's plan to reduce the EU’s net greenhouse gas emissions and called for EU emissions to fall to zero as soon as possible, but by 2050 at the latest. MEPs also backed an increase of the EU's 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target from 40% to 55% (compared to 1990 levels).

SMEs business confidence fades out
Today, ahead of next week's Tripartite Social Summit and European Council, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller presented the latest EU SME Barometer.

The US example shows why new methods of genetically engineering crop plants need to be regulated
According to research carried out by Testbiotech, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has already given non-regulated status to more than 20 plants genetically engineered with so-called genome editing techniques. None of the applications registered at USDA were referred for further more detailed assessment. The Testbiotech report published today shows that there are however significant differences in methods of production, traits and risks of the non-regulated plants in comparison to those derived from conventional breeding.

375,000+ citizens tell the European Commission "Hands off our water law!"
375,386 people have called on the European Commission to defend Europe's strong water law, making the EU's public consultation on the legislation one of the largest ever in the history of the European Union. This law is critical to ensure that Europe's rivers, lakes and wetlands are protected and brought back to good health.

Access to finance is still a concern for SMEs
Accessing finance to fund their projects is still an important concern for Europe’s SMEs.

EU-US trade: auto makers urge MEPs to support talks
Ahead of a vote in the European Parliament tomorrow, auto makers are calling upon MEPs to back the European Commission's request to start trade talks with the United States.

Public interest win as EU Court annuls EFSA refusal to disclose glyphosate data
This morning, the European Court of Justice annuled the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) refusal to disclose data from industry-owned scientific studies on the toxicity of glyphosate.

SMEs4Europe Campaign: Digitalisation is crucial for SMEs competitiveness
Digital transformation is a big challenge for SMEs today. Highly innovative SMEs are faced with regulatory and financial barriers as well as skills shortage that hinder their growth. Traditional companies that are facing the digital transformation process risk losing their competitiveness.

EU ministers consider decarbonisation plan as climate protests intensify
As climate change protests intensify across Europe and beyond, energy and environment ministers meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels will discuss whether to back a plan to fully decarbonise the EU by 2050.