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BEUC welcomes EFSA's approach on Evaluation of Health Claims Made on Foods
BEUC, the European Consumers' Organisation, welcomes the strict approach taken by EFSA's Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) when evaluating the first eight applications on claims relating to disease risk reduction and children's health claims.

European NGOs condemn putting aid at the service of immigration control
While European and G8 countries are failing to deliver on their international aid commitments, European Development NGOs are deeply concerned about linking immigration control and development cooperation.

Standby electricity proposal: a clear step toward greener products in Europe
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Europe's largest federation of environmental citizens' groups, welcomes national governments' support for a European Commission proposal to cut electricity losses from the standby mode of electrical appliances for a broad range of products.

Cross Border Health Care
BEUC is pleased by the adoption by the European Commission of the long awaited proposal for a Directive on cross border health care.

EEB assesses the achievements of Slovenia’s six-month EU Presidency
Slovenia's Presidency will be remembered for paving the way for an EU agreement on key energy and climate issues in time for the next international climate change summit in Copenhagen in 2009," said John Hontelez, Secretary General of EEB, Europe's largest federation of environmental citizens' groups.

Lobbyist's register - first step towards EU lobbyism transparency?
Transparency International (TI) welcomes the establishment of the European Commission lobbyists' register, initiated by the Commission Vice-President, Siim Kallas, but urges the Commission to think ahead, and to use the lessons learned from its register for the establishment of a mandatory inter-institutional register in 2009, as called for by the European Parliament in April 2008.

New Commission EU lobby register 'weak and unbalanced'
The voluntary EU lobby register launched on 23 June by the Commission is weak and unbalanced, says the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency (ALTER-EU).

ALTER-EU welcomes EP vote on mandatory lobbyists register
The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU) welcomes the European Parliament's approval today of the report on "Framework for the activities of lobbyists in the EU institutions".

EU budget 2009: EUROCHAMBRES urges even more resources for 'competitiveness'
Yesterday the European Commission adopted the Preliminary Draft Budget for 2009. EUROCHAMBRES is pleased to see that, this year again, the bulk of the overall budget (44.7%) is devoted to the 'sustainable growth' heading.

RAPEX report: A step in the right direction…
Today the European Commission is presenting its Annual Report 2007 on the operation of the RAPEX system, the European rapid alert system for all dangerous consumer products (with the exception of food, pharmaceutical and medical devices).

BEUC statement on food labelling
BEUC welcomes the Commission's intention to tackle the severe problem of obesity by using a regulatory approach concerning nutrition labelling. We believe indeed that only mandatory requirements will allow consumers across Europe to be properly informed and make appropriate choices for a healthy diet.

Car industry’s green claims a fairy tale says Greenpeace
As automobile shows opened in Brussels and Vienna today, Greenpeace challenged the European car manufacturers to stop undermining a European proposal for more fuel efficient cars, and instead take real action to lower the climate impact of their fleets.

German car trio and nuclear lobby shamed at 'Worst EU lobbying' awards 2007
BMW, Daimler and Porsche win public vote for "Worst EU Lobbying Award" and German Atomic Forum receives prize for "Worst EU Greenwash".

State aid: SMEs insist on the need to polish "general block exemption"
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation, presented the European Commission today with its comments on the first draft "General Block Exemption Regulation" (GBER) on State aid.

Quality of work in Europe – a top priority
Improving the quality of work should be a top priority in the EU, according to the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in its Fourth European Working Conditions Survey.

Leipzig Charter will fail unless SME dimension is considered - UEAPME
UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers’ organisation, welcomed the adoption of a "Charter on Sustainable European Cities" at the Leipzig informal meeting of Ministers for Urban Development and Territorial Cohesion on 25 May 2007.

Commission misses its target on European Health and Safety strategy - ETUC
The communication from the European Commission on its new strategy on health and safety at work, presented on 21 February, boasts an apparently ambitious objective: a reduction of 25 % in the rate of accidents at work in the European Union. Yet it is the poorest strategy in terms of concrete initiatives proposed since the first Community action programme adopted in 1978.

Revised rules on "de minimis" State aid made more SME-friendly - UEAPME
UEAPME, the European SMEs' employers organisation, welcomed the amended rules on "de minimis" State aid as published by the European Commission today (Wednesday). By allowing loan guarantee schemes for SMEs up to a maximum of 1.7 million EUR, the Commission is ensuring the endurance of the most important and successful instruments for SME finance to date, which were under a serious threat in previous versions of the regulation.

European Accountants encourage MEPs to support one benchmark audit
In publishing a briefing note on Statutory Audits in the European Union, FEE (The European Federation of Accountants) notes that it is in the public interest if statutory audits of all companies are carried out in accordance with international standards.