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Truck CO2 targets: no public charging points for electric or hydrogen trucks available, new data reveals
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has published data on the severe lack of recharging and refuelling infrastructure suitable for electric and other alternatively-powered trucks across the EU.

Steel import restrictions now definitive, leaving EU auto manufacturers "extremely disappointed"
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is extremely disappointed by the decision of EU member states to support the European Commission's proposal to adopt definitive measures that will continue to restrict imports of steel into the EU.

SMEs very concerned about refusal of Brexit agreement
Europe's SMEs are very concerned about yesterday's British Parliament's rejection of the EU–UK Brexit Agreement. The vote increases the SMEs' concerns of a no deal Brexit, the likelihood of this outcome being much higher with this decision.

Registration Opens for the 4th Annual Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe Conference
SMi Reports: Registration is now open for SMi's Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe Conference, taking place in Prague, Czech Republic on 22nd - 23rd May 2019.

The 3rd Annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology conference is now open for registration
SMi reports: Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology returns to London for its 3rd successful year, on 8th and 9th May 2019

Western Mediterranean Sea heading for further decline after disastrous vote in Parliament committee
Today, the European Parliament has taken a first but much too small step to tackle the challenge of overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea, the most overexploited sea basin in the world.

Who are the French Tech startups heading to CES 2019?
The 2019 edition of CES will see Business France once again organising the French Tech pavilion.

Seven top industry solution providers presenting and exhibiting at Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe 2019
SMi reports: Ecolog, Fazer Food Service AB, HIAB, International SOS, KH Inc, WEW: a Thielmann Company and World Fuel Services to exhibit at Defence Logistics and Central and Eastern Europe

Steel: EU final measures to restrict imports will harm auto industry
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) deeply regrets the European Commission's decision to propose measures to continue restrictions on imports of steel into the EU.

Key topics announced for the Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness Conference 2019
SMi reports: Key insights on vetronic architectures have been announced for the 4th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness conference, taking place on the 3rd and 4th April 2019, in London.

Truck CO2 targets: industry reacts to common position of EU member states
Europe's major truck manufacturers take note of the common position on future CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles that EU environment ministers adopted at a Council meeting this afternoon.

Trading practices (UTPs) - Christmas rush for a deal no longer about protecting farmers
Retailers and wholesalers expressed dismay at the Agriculture Council decision yesterday to create a completely new class of mid-range company at an arbitrary figure of some 300 million euros, to be covered by the UTP directive.

EU gives up in bid to help consumers on currency conversion scam - adopts consumer-friendly stance in cross-border payments
The EU institutions have reached a deal which will not prevent a currency conversion scam that affects travellers.

New EU rules greenlight billions in subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear
Days after the international community failed to call for more climate action to limit global warming to 1.5°C at the UN climate conference in Poland, European governments pushed through legislation allowing EU countries to continue subsidising fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Major reform of EU electricity market: consumer benefits
EU legislators have agreed to new electricity market rules which will apply for the coming decade and beyond.

Plastics: retailers and wholesalers support action, but still concerned at broadened producer responsibility
Today's agreement in the Council on the directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastics products on the environment sends a clear signal on the need to ensure that plastics can no longer be wasted.

EU Commission promises to step up action against deforestation
In a roadmap released today, the European Commission has promised to step up action action against global deforestation and cut the EU's footprint on the world's forests.

Finally: European Commission announces plans to act on deforestation
WWF welcomes the European Commission’s intention to step up EU action against deforestation and forest degradation, as indicated in today’s publication of a roadmap towards a Communication, which is expected to be adopted in the second quarter of 2019.

Deal reached: New CO2 emission targets for cars to spur cleaner driving for all Europeans
CO2 emissions are directly related to our cars' fuel economy. Reducing them will benefit the environment, public health and our wallets. Today's decision is an important milestone to lower the cost of driving - with projected fuel savings of up to thousands of euros over the next decade – and push car makers to place low-emission and fuel-efficient cars on the market.

Auto industry reacts to deal on CO2 targets for cars and vans
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the final deal on the CO2 regulation for cars and vans, setting targets for the years 2025 and 2030, which was struck by the EU member states and the European Parliament today.

EU must cut litter without undermining growth, jobs and health
Next week the EU institutions aim to approve a proposal for a Directive to reduce the impact of certain plastics products on the environment. Surprisingly, this also covers paper and cardboard items.

Three quarters of professionals demand a second Brexit vote
Research carried out by global professional services recruiter, Morgan McKinley, reveals that the majority (74%) of 6,500 respondents want a second referendum. Then when asked how the participants would vote in a second referendum, 3% said they would prefer May's current deal, 22% would choose Leave and 75% stated they would Remain.

Deal opens door to broadcasting of content across the EU
Today, negotiators from the European Parliament and Member State governments concluded a deal to open up broadcasters' TV programmes, series and news content for online viewers living in another EU country.

EU summit: climate protesters force leaders to 'change course'
Activists calling on European heads of government to "change course on climate" diverted official motorcades on their way to an EU summit meeting in Brussels today, a day before the end of the UN COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland.

Headlong rush on UTP directive is jettisoning EU principles - and won't help any farmer
Ahead of the final scheduled trilogue on the Unfair Trading Practices Directive tomorrow, retailers and wholesalers warned negotiators not to forget fundamental principles laid down by EU law, or the implications of ignoring them EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said: