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The impact of faster payments: crucial for SMEs 26 September 2022, 23:52 CET
SMEunited has been advocating the correct payment terms for decades. Late payments endanger the continuity of SME activities. The report on the impact of faster payments in B2B relations, published today by the Joint Research Centre, underlines this statement. We ask the Commission to use this momentum to immediately launch the revision of the Late Payment Directive, announced by President von der Leyen at the State of the Union address.

Ukraine needs a sustainable, climate and nature-positive reconstruction: New WWF/BCG report 22 September 2022, 18:40 CET
"Ukraine: a sustainable economic recovery for people and nature" - makes the case why post-war reconstruction of Ukraine must be climate- and nature-positive, and provides recommendations on how this can be done to support the people and government of Ukraine.

Cybersecurity of connected products could improve significantly following Commission proposal 15 September 2022, 23:36 CET
The European Commission has proposed new rules for the cybersecurity of connected products which would substantially improve the worrying situation today. This proposal answers a longstanding need that the BEUC network identified and warned about repeatedly.

State of the SME Union - shape Europe for SMEs 14 September 2022, 23:35 CET
SMEunited welcomes President von der Leyen's measures for SMEs, announced at the State of the Union address today. SMEs support the efforts to reduce electricity demand, push down prices and avoid blackouts.

European Parliament finally wakes up on biomass threat 14 September 2022, 21:10 CET
In the middle of a roaring energy crisis, and in the teeth of a massive lobbying push by corporate interests, the European Parliament today took its first steps towards fixing the forest biomass problem in its vote on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

NGOs walk out of expert Taxonomy group over lack of independence 14 September 2022, 21:06 CET
BEUC, Birdlife, ECOS, T&E and WWF leave the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance. NGOs claim the European Commission has interfered politically in the group and acted against evidence despite its legal obligation to follow science-based advice.

European Parliament votes for a strong EU Deforestation law 13 September 2022, 22:53 CET
The voices of over 200,000 citizens that sent personalised messages to Members of the European Parliament asking them to protect forests have been heard. MEPs voted today for significant improvements of the proposal of the European Commission for a regulation on deforestation-free products.

Bold measures to ensure SMEs' access to energy at affordable prices 08 September 2022, 21:51 CET
SMEunited, ahead of the meeting of EU Energy Ministers recalls that more and more SMEs are at risk of collapse due to the rising energy costs. The organisation calls on the EU & its Member States to ensure SMEs' access to energy at affordable prices and to use all possible means to increase energy supply.

EU Commission's energy crisis plans encouraging - governments must now support consumers in need 08 September 2022, 21:47 CET
With energy prices reaching record highs, BEUC welcomes European Commission President von der Leyen's announcement of upcoming proposals to help consumers get through the ongoing crisis.

EU Court 14 September decision on Google Android's anticompetitive practices crucial for consumer choice online 08 September 2022, 21:26 CET
The EU General Court will rule on Wednesday 14 September whether to uphold the European Commission's July 2018 antitrust decision against Google for imposing illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators.

An innovative urban biorefinery 07 September 2022, 23:25 CET
The innovative circular technologies of URBIOFIN project for municipal waste management are ready to be implemented Europe-wide.

WWF removes 120-year-old obsolete dam in Ukraine to restore rivers in the Carpathian mountains 08 August 2022, 12:25 CET
Despite the war, critical conservation work continues in Ukraine with a WWF team successfully removing an obsolete dam in the Carpathian mountains, opening the river to migratory fish for the first time in 120 years.

Crucial rules to rein in Big Tech and boost consumer choice to now become EU law 18 July 2022, 17:54 CET
Ministers from EU countries have approved the Digital Markets Act (DMA), clearing the last hurdle before the rules become final.

EU to finally require businesses' transparency on their harmful environmental impacts 15 July 2022, 23:32 CET
The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted on 14 July for a strong Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which would require companies to commit to science-based sustainability targets and tangible plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Rule of Law vital for business and the single market 13 July 2022, 22:55 CET
Commenting on the European Commission's third annual Rule of Law report issued today, Christel Delberghe, Director General Christel Delberghe said:

More nature, more products, more checks: ENVI Committee supports a more ambitious EU Deforestation law 12 July 2022, 23:41 CET
MEPs in the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety support a stronger EU Deforestation law, however not as strong as they had aimed in their proposal for legislation in 2020.

European Parliament greenlights institutional greenwashing of consumers' investments and pensions 06 July 2022, 18:54 CET
The European Parliament has given its green light to the European Commission's plans to label nuclear energy and fossil gas as 'green investments'. For BEUC, this is unacceptable institutional greenwashing and will prevent consumers from investing sustainably.

This is not over yet - WWF will not rest until the Taxonomy is truly green 06 July 2022, 18:50 CET
Like the Commission and the Council previously, the European Parliament failed climate and citizens by endorsing a set of sustainable finance rules which will channel billions of euros into activities that will accelerate climate change and harm the planet, during a vote in today's plenary session.

EU - New Zealand agreement a further step forward for global trade 06 July 2022, 00:03 CET
Commenting on the conclusion of the EU - New Zealand trade agreement, EuroCommerce Director General Christel Delberghe said:

BEUC comments on major tech legislation (DMA/DSA) that will boost consumer choice and online protection 05 July 2022, 23:40 CET
The European Parliament has approved a set of major new rules today which will benefit consumers by creating a legal framework for Big Tech, platforms and online marketplaces.

The DSA should pave the way for systemic change 05 July 2022, 23:29 CET
Today, 5 July, is a victorious day for human rights online as we embark on the next stage in our journey - real alternatives to the currently dominant surveillance business model.

Ukraine Recovery Conference: environmental NGOs call for a green post-war reconstruction 05 July 2022, 23:21 CET
WWF-Ukraine and the Centre for Environmental Initiatives "Ecoaction" call for recognition of the crucial role nature and clean technologies must play in ensuring a sustainable recovery from the war.

Dark day for the climate as Council position on Fit for 55 turns into loophole-fest 29 June 2022, 21:52 CET
After long hours of negotiating and a pretty ugly display of horse-trading, EU Environment Ministers have failed to deliver a strong position on the Fit for 55 package.

Car and van CO2 targets: Charging infrastructure essential to meet member state ambition 29 June 2022, 21:35 CET
To meet the extremely ambitious CO2 reduction goals agreed last night by European environment ministers, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is calling for drastic action on charging infrastructure.

What has more holes than a Swiss cheese? The new EU Deforestation law 28 June 2022, 18:07 CET
Ministers in the Environment Council voted today to weaken the EU Deforestation law, despite citizens, scientists and companies asking for nature destruction-free products on the EU market.