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Small Business Act: a not so happy birthday, say SMEs
The Small Business Act adopted exactly one year ago by the Council has had a limited impact on the ground so far and much remains to be done to ensure the full application of its principles and guidelines, according to UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation.

Greenpeace reaction to EU environment Council
European environment ministers met yesterday in Brussels to put the final touches to the EU position going into the Copenhagen climate summit in December. Greenpeace welcomes the statement by the EU Presidency noting that the “EU is moving closer to 30% emission reductions.” However, Greenpeace urges the EU to lead by example and to align its emission reduction target with climate science as soon as possible.

EU-Turkey Chambers Forum: a practical step forward in Turkish preparation for EU accession
One year ago, a EUROCHAMBRES/TOBB survey showed that Turkish businesses are not yet ready for EU accession mainly because of a lack of information on EU legislation. Today, part of this information gap has been filled thanks to the ETCF project (EU-Turkey Chambers Forum).

European Commission outlines a vision of 80% renewable energy by 2050
Over 550 high-level political decision makers at EU, national and regional level, representatives of the renewable energy industry, NGOs and scientists gathered in Brussels for the 3rd European Renewable Energy Policy Conference, organized by EREC as an official event of the Swedish EU Presidency. The conference showed a broad consensus that renewable energy will be the mainstream source of Europe's energy supply by 2050.

Red Tape: Commission leads reduction efforts at EU level but companies still struggling
EUROCHAMBRES welcomes today’s report by the European Commission on the initiatives it has taken to reduce administrative burdens in the EU. However, the feeling from businesses is that such positive announcements don't match reality.

Europe continues to block fair climate agreement
A just and fair international agreement on combating climate change is no nearer after Europe's environment ministers today failed to show Europe is willing to live up to its historical responsibilities for causing the climate crisis.

Korea trade deal goes against interest of major European industries and their workforce
The European Commission has, today, initialled a free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea that consents to unfair competition and goes against the interest of major manufacturing industries in Europe, including the automotive sector, and their millions of employees.

Giuffrè Editore partnering with Caselex
Caselex has entered into a distribution agreement authorizing Italy’s leading legal publisher Giuffrè Editore to distribute Caselex’ case law service.

A first step towards improved energy bills for consumers
The European Commission's Citizens' Energy Forum has yesterday endorsed a report on good practice guidance as well as ten recommendations on energy billing.

Need to Promote Cord Blood Stem Cells - Europe is behind the United States and Asian Pacific countries
Cord Blood Europe calls for better education and understanding about the value of cord blood stem cells among parents-to-be.

Open Letter to EU Member States on FTA South Korea
The European Commission should improve the conditions of the upcoming free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea and ensure a more transparent process for all stakeholders. The FTA will have a significant impact on jobs and competitiveness in the EU economy and rushing into signing a bad agreement is wrong.

Consuming the world's resources: Europe's role, Europe's responsibilities
Europe is using increasing quantities of the world's natural resources, according to a new report launched by Friends of the Earth Europe at the 'World Resources Forum' in Davos, Switzerland. The report also shows that Europe is more dependant on imported resources than other global regions.

Greenpeace welcomes European Commission support for international bluefin tuna trade ban
Greenpeace welcomes the European Commission’s decision today to support a ban on the international trade of North Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna.

Energy-saving light bulbs: good for consumers but outstanding issues need to be addressed
From 1st September 2009, incandescent light bulbs will gradually be removed from the European market. ANEC, the European Consumer Voice in Standardisation and BEUC, the European Consumers' Organisation, welcome the phasing-out of incandescent light bulbs. Not only will consumers benefit financially from the measure, but most importantly, they will be able to contribute to improved energy efficiency by reducing their energy consumption.

5th EUROCHAMBRES survey on the Services Directive
About 40% of European national Chambers of Commerce believe that their country will not have fully implemented the Services Directive by the 28 December 2009 deadline. This marks the first drop in Chambers' confidence on the directive's implementation throughout EUROCHAMBRES' monitoring of the process.

Joint press release: SEPA risks failure unless corrections are made, say end users
The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) that aims to establish one set of Europe-wide rules for credit transfers, debt transfers and payment card services risks not being sufficiently taken up by the market and failing to meet its objective to improve the efficiency of cross border euro payments, according to 8 leading European business and consumer organisations.

One year later, EUROCHAMBRES deplores deadlock of Union for the Mediterranean
One year after the optimistic launch of the "Union for Mediterranean", EUROCHAMBRES regrets that none of its two main components have advanced: the ambitious aim of creating a Union for political dialogue on shared Euro-Med challenges was repeatedly blocked by different countries, making their cooperation in this matter conditional on the solution of political conflicts in the region, and the identified priority projects still wait to be kick-started as they suffer from a lack of financing and ownership, with the secretariat of the Union still to be created.

New Microfinance initiative: a valuable tool to stimulate entrepreneurship and create jobs
EUROCHAMBRES warmly welcomes the 'Progress Microfinance Facility' presented by the European Commission today as a sound initiative to encourage and support entrepreneurship. Thanks to this new EUR 100 million fund, people who have lost or are at risk of losing their job and want to start their own micro-enterprise will be able to obtain loans up to EUR 25,000, and be assisted with mentoring, training, coaching and capacity building.

Environment Council weakens controls on industrial emissions
EEB, Europe's largest federation of environmental citizens' organisations, regrets the outcome of today's Environment Council vote on the Directive on Industrial Emissions, during which Council even further weakened the Czech presidency's compromise "middle ground" proposal for industrial emission controls.

Assignment "Strengthening credit operations in a local microfinance organization": Request for Expressions of Interest
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) through its Advisory Services in Europe and Central Asia and via its Azerbaijan and Central Asia Microfinance Transformation Program intends to finance the assignment "Strengthening credit operations in a local microfinance organization".

European Social Partners' revised agreement on parental leave: one extra month of parental leave
On 18 June 2009, in the presence of Vladimir Spidla, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, the European Social Partners, have formally adopted an agreement revising their 1995 Framework Agreement on Parental Leave.

Solvency II: One step closer toward a stronger European insurance industry
The Chief Risk Officers' Forum welcomes the European Parliament and the Council's recent decisions to approve the proposed Solvency II directive. The Forum strongly believes the directive represents an important step toward implementing an advanced supervisory and solvency framework which will help strengthen the European insurance industry. The Forum now urges the European Commission to introduce clear and effective implementing measures that will deliver the directive's basic principles.

CEA argues for full renewal of the Insurance BER
CEA urges EC to include standard policy conditions and security devices in the Block Exemption Regulation (BER) renewal.

CEA welcomes EC Communication on supervisory architecture
The CEA, the European insurance and reinsurance federation, welcomes the publication today of the European Commission’s Communication in which it sets out its proposals for a new EU financial supervisory architecture.

EUR 1 trillion EU regulatory burden on business: study
On the eve of Competitiveness Council discussions on better regulation, a new study published by EUROCHAMBRES estimates that complying with and reporting on EU regulation introduced in the last 11 years has cost European businesses over EUR 1 trillion.