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SaveYourInternet.eu: Citizens set to prevent upload filters in the EU
Today, on 26 February 2019, European Digital Rights and partner organisations from across Europe are re-launching the campaign SaveYourInternet.eu – with new items in the "toolbox".

Unambitious and ineffective: Member States' water report cards are in
Europe's rivers are suffering. Despite the EU's strong water legislation, the European Commission's latest report on its implementation, published today, paints a bleak picture. Although some progress has been made, Member States are not on track to bring Europe's rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams, groundwater, transitional and coastal waters to good health by 2027.

SMEs can make Europe stronger - SMEunited kicks off information campaign ahead of European Elections
The European Union is at a crossroad. The upcoming elections of the European Parliament and the decision about the next European Commission will be decisive, not only for Europe, but also for SMEs.

Poland starts illegally destroying another protected nature site - EU Commission urged to act
Environmental organisations have appealed to the European Commission to step in and halt the illegal destruction of a key nature site in Poland.

LCI launches 100% 'Clean Label' preservative for bakery products
Keenly aware of consumer expectations in terms of natural and 'Clean Label' ingredients, Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) is proud to present the newest addition to its range, CERECLEAN.

New vehicle safety rules: auto industry reacts to European Parliament vote
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the European Parliament's vote on the revision of the General Safety Regulation, which mandates the safety technologies to be included as standard in new vehicle types.

Political groups reflect on SME policy
MEP Othmar Karas, President of the SME Intergroup at the European Parliament, and SMEunited Secretary General Véronique Willems invited the different political groups to discuss future priorities for European SME policy.

UK in EU Challenge Solicitors Write to Prime Minister and Metropolitan Police Ahead of Court of Appeal
With a Court of Appeal hearing due to take place on Thursday 21 February, solicitors for the UK in EU claimants, headed by Bremain in Spain's Sue Wilson, have written to the Prime Minister to question once again the legitimacy of the Brexit referendum and ask her to consider extending the Article 50 process and/or holding another referendum.

Truck makers react to final CO2 deal setting first-ever EU standards for heavy-duty vehicles
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the final deal on the regulation setting standards for CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, reached by the European Parliament, Commission and national governments last night.

SMEs Are Key for the Future of Europe
Today, in Bucharest, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and with Minister Radu Oprea (Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship). Representatives from SMEunited Romanian member organisation CNIPMMR joined the discussions. During the meetings, they focussed on the preparation of the Future of Europe debate at the upcoming Sibiu Summit in May, and SME priorities.

US report on car imports: EU auto makers express grave concern
Following the submission to the White House of the US Commerce Department's report on the section 232 national security investigation into motor vehicle and auto part imports, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) reiterates its concerns about any potential new tariffs.

Copyright Directive: Nefarious upload filters strike back
The closed-doors "trilogue" discussions on the copyright Directive finalised last night with an agreement that supports upload filters.

MEPs slowly turn tide against factory farms
The European Parliament's environment committee has voted to increase environmental and animal welfare protections under the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP), but the improvements are not yet sufficient to tackle the problem of factory farming, said Greenpeace.

Supply Chain Initiative publishes annual report 2018
The Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) published its annual report for the year 2018 today. The results of the annual survey of registered companies showcase that the SCI continues to make progress in the promotion of fair business practices in the food supply chain as a basis for commercial dealings.

Opportunity lost: Parliament rejects possibility to make driving history count
Today the European Parliament voted on new rules regarding motor insurance.

EU-Singapore Trade Agreement underlines free trade as a vehicle for growth and prosperity
Speaking after the approval of the EU-Singapore Trade and Investment agreements by the European Parliament today EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Stable EU auto market in view for 2019, with CO2 and trade challenges ahead
In 2019, EU car sales will stagnate at 2018 levels in terms of units sold, staying close to the 15 million new registrations mark recorded last year, according to new forecasts by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

Over 71% of EU farmland dedicated to meat and dairy
At least 71% of the EU's farmland is used to feed livestock, according to new research published by Greenpeace. Around 63% of arable land is dedicated to feeding farm animals.

Transparency and speed are vital when dealing with food safety
Speaking today after agreement in trilogue negotiations on the Regulation on Transparency and Sustainability in the EC Risk Assessment Process, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Latest EU fisheries management plan threatens sustainability targets and long-term ocean health
Today's European Parliament vote on the Multiannual Management Plan for the EU's Western Waters - covering the Atlantic Ocean between Ireland and Portugal - brings the highly rushed drafting and decision process to a disappointing close, and foreshadows disastrous outcomes for the two other fisheries management plans currently under negotiation.

Dealing effectively with dangerous imports is vital for consumers and fair competition
Speaking today at the conclusion of trilogue negotiations between Council, European Commission and Parliament on the Compliance and Enforcement Regulation, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren congratulated the negotiators on finalising this important new regulation for consumers and all the supply chain:

SMEs are key to fight climate change
In a meeting yesterday with Commissioner Karmenu Vella, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller stressed the important role SMEs operating in eco-industry play in fighting climate change.

Business As Usual: Making a Successful US Visa Application at a time of Heightened Scrutiny
The reality we're all facing today is that US visa applications across every classification are enduring increased scrutiny by US immigration authorities.

New CO2 targets for trucks must be 'achievable in practice' cautions industry
Ahead of next week's final EU negotiations on CO2 standards for trucks, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) reiterates its support for a timely agreement on this regulation. At the same time, ACEA cautions policy makers that these first-ever CO2 targets will only be achievable if they are accompanied by the right package of measures to address the structural challenges faced by truck makers and operators alike.

Discriminatory Slovak retail tax hurts consumers - EuroCommerce files official complaints
EuroCommerce has lodged two complaints to the European Commission against a new tax on retailers (Act No. 595/2003).