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An easier consumer journey when buying online - Business presents new tool to improve consumer information
Today the European business community is presenting its voluntary tool to better inform consumers when they're shopping online. The aim is to help companies find good ways to present their information to consumers including standard terms and conditions.

SMEunited Supports New Von Der Leyen Agenda
SMEunited embraces the election of Ursula von der Leyen and offers the support of SMEs to make a stronger Europe a reality

Von der Leyen backed by MEPs, must now fulfil promise of European Green Deal
The European Parliament today confirmed Ursula von der Leyen as Commission President-elect with a narrow majority of 383 MEPs.

Healthy rivers critical to global efforts to adapt to climate change, says new report
With cities and communities around the world reeling from extreme droughts, floods and worsening water shortages, WWF and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) today published a report highlighting the central role of healthy rivers in adapting to climate change and building more resilient societies, economies and ecosystems.

WWF Says Europe Ran Out of Fish Today
As of 9 July, Europe has used up all domestic fish resources. European Fish Dependence Day marks the moment when the EU relies on fish and seafood imports for the rest of the year in order to meet consumption demand.

Top jobs: Newly appointed EU leadership has yet to prove green credentials
After marathon negotiations, European leaders have decided on Ursula von der Leyen (DE) as candidate for the President of the European Commission - a German national with no track record on climate, environment and sustainability.

Honey bees - nature conservation with genetic engineering?
In February 2019, the first paper on using CRISPR technology to produce pesticide-resistant honeybees was published in South Korea.

Full or feeble EU taxonomy: Member States to choose
The EU Council is about to finalise its position on the EU taxonomy - a system to classify investments on their degree of sustainability. The taxonomy is on the agenda of the first working party meeting to be held under the new Finnish EU presidency, which is taking place today.

SMEunited Presents A Detailed New SME Policy Agenda For Europe
Ahead of the newly elected European Parliament’s first Plenary meeting, SMEunited presents its suggestions for a renewed European policy agenda for SMEs.

EU-Vietnam agreements a major step forward and need to be implemented soon
Speaking after the signature over the weekend in Hanoi of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade and Investment Protection Agreements, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented:

Auto makers welcome conclusion of EU-Mercosur trade deal
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) welcomes the conclusion of negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, the South American trade bloc.

EU lagging behind on climate & biodiversity SDGs: Eurostat report
WWF is disappointed by the EU's insufficient progress on meeting the environmental Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

EU-Mercosur deal trades in environmental destruction, Greenpeace
The trade deal that could be agreed this weekend between the EU and Mercosur countries is a disaster for the environment on both sides of the Atlantic, said Greenpeace.

Auto industry revises 2019 car sales forecast to -1%
In the side-lines of its annual general meeting in Brussels today, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) revised its forecast for 2019 passenger car registrations downwards to -1%.

Industry Policy 2030: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities
The European High-Level Industrial Roundtable presented its final report summarising the recommendations for a renewed European industrial policy until 2030 and beyond.

Single Market for Services remains a top priority for retail and wholesale
The digital revolution is forcing fundamental change to the retail and wholesale sector. It depends on free movement of goods and services around Europe and the world, and therefore shares with the whole EU economy the imperative of resisting populist pressure to break up the Single Market.

SMEs Are Key To Reach Climate Targets
Following the European Summit and ahead of the Energy and Environmental Councils, SMEunited reiterates its support for the ambitious targets of the Paris agreement.

CO2 from new cars up for second consecutive year, raising auto industry concerns
European Environment Agency (EEA) data issued yesterday confirm that CO2 emissions from new passenger cars rose for the second year running in 2018, up 1.6% on 2017.

Germany and France fail to muster support for EU climate action
After talks at an EU summit in Brussels, European leaders have failed to back an EU target to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and passed up the last opportunity to raise the EU's current 2030 targets ahead of a crucial UN climate summit in September.

EU net zero climate goal: momentum reduced to a footnote
Today's European Council failed to deliver an EU climate neutral target for 2050. This is despite the flood of Member States voicing their support for such a target in recent days, reaching 24 in total.

Reintroduction of harmful fisheries subsidies marks definitive backslide in EU leadership for our ocean
EU fisheries ministers have adopted a strikingly regressive position on the post-2020 funding strategy for the maritime and fisheries sector (EMFF).

National energy plans: EU must raise the bar - Greenpeace
Ahead of a crucial summit that could define the EU’s collective response to the climate crisis, the European Commission has released its recommendations to EU countries on their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).

Climate verdict: EU Commission to analyse national plans
The European Commission is to publish an analysis of Member States' draft climate and energy plans for 2030 (NECPs), and recommendations on each one tomorrow, 18 June. The final versions of the NECPs are due in by the end of 2019. See national quotes from WWF offices, below.

European SMEs further join forces
In November 2018, UEAPME rebranded to SMEunited and set out to shape Europe for SMEs and to strengthen SMEs in Europe.

SMEs say GDPR needs reality check
SMEunited calls on the European Commission to make a reality check of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Ahead of the stocktaking event organised by the Commission on 13th June, SMEunited surveyed its member organisations and their message is clear: the new Commission should work on a reality tested design for the GDPR.