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Finance Ministers agree to assess brown and green factors for banks' capital requirements
Capital requirements for banks serve to reduce the risk of default. are in place to ensure banks' assets. These requirements should as such reflect long-term risks to asset price values and potential systemic risks.

Agreement reached on the new Spirit Drinks Regulation: a glass half full
EU spirits producers welcome the political agreement reached last night at the trilogue on a new Spirit Drinks Regulation, which sets rules for the production and labelling of spirit drinks and for the registration and protection of the more than 240 spirits with Geographical Indications (GIs).

WWF welcomes the Commission's commitment to a net-zero emissions Europe - but we should aim for 2040
The Commission's plan to make the EU carbon neutral is a vital step to respond to the climate crisis. The policy actions to get there, and how fast they are put in place, will be crucial to keep warming below the 1.5°C target.

European Commission reports on European standardisation system: EBC calls for greater discussion and coordination to continue the successes
Last week, on 22 November, the European Commission published the communication "Harmonised standards: Enhancing transparency and legal certainty for a fully functioning Single Market", highlighting the success of standardisation in developing the Single Market and proposing further improvements to the standardisation process.

Leading data and satellite organisations to sponsor and present at Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference
SMi reports: Leading data and satellite organisations to demonstrate how to achieve comprehensive maritime domain awareness

EuroCommerce celebrates achievements of retail & wholesale on its 25th anniversary
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the European Single Market, but also the 25th anniversary of EuroCommerce, the principal European association representing retail and wholesale, the largest private sector employer in Europe, accounting for 10% of its GDP.

Consumer groups across Europe file complaints against Google for breach of GDPR
Today, seven consumer organisations from across Europe have announced that they will file complaints against Google with their national data protection authorities. Based on new research published today by BEUC’s Norwegian member Forbrukerrådet, the consumer groups, all part of the BEUC network, are referring Google to their respective national authorities for breaching the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to how the company tracks its users’ location.

Italian Army Officials including Chief of General Staff to present on FORZA NEC Programme at Network Centric Warfare 2019
SMi Reports: As the 3rd Network Centric Warfare conference returns to Rome next year, senior Italian Army officials are set to speak and present on the latest advancements in their NCW capabilities.

Innovation is the engine of our economy
Innovation is the engine of our economy and crucial for the competitiveness of Europe's economy. However, SMEs and start-ups have problems to finance innovative projects, seen as too risky by banks.

EU has last chance to improve services markets
Speaking today after publication of the Commission communication on the Single Market in a changing world and yesterday’s Annual Growth Survey, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented:

ICCAT negotiations leave the door open to criminal activities and illegal fishing of Atlantic tuna
After eight days of heated negotiations, the EU and the 50 tuna fishing nations that constitute the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have left Croatia without having adopted any of the much needed measures to stop the massive illegal trade in bluefin tuna and the ongoing overfishing of tropical tuna.

Renewable gas lobby exposed as misleading ahead of EU 2050 Climate Strategy
Ahead of the European Commission announcing its '2050 Climate Strategy' for complying with the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) today released a two-part briefing (Part I, Part II) on the gas industry's attempts to promote so-called 'renewable gas' in the EU strategy.

Bayer to offer access to its owned glyphosate studies
Bayer will soon include safety study summaries of glyphosate on its dedicated transparency platform. This next step will mark the first anniversary of the company's Transparency Initiative, having been launched on 7 December 2017.

Agenda released for Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems conference 2019
SMi reports: Registration has opened, and the agenda has been released for Military Robotics Autonomous Systems 2019

SMEs continue to recover and drive Europe's economy
Ten years after the start of the financial crisis and the adoption of the Small Business Act, the European Commission presented today its new SME Performance Review at the SME Assembly 2018.

Registration opens for the 4th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness conference
SMi reports: Registration has opened for the 4th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness conference taking place on the 3rd and 4th April 2019, in London.

EU Parliament wants rail passenger rights beefed up
The European Parliament today voted to upgrade rail passenger rights.

Court's decision makes a case for excluding dirty energy from capacity mechanisms subsidies
The General Court of the European Union has decided today to annul the European Commission's decision not to raise objections to the aid scheme establishing a 'capacity market' in the United Kingdom. The ruling puts into question many capacity mechanisms in place across Europe, including the Polish capacity market which is based on the UK model.

May has finally managed to unite Parliament
With the latest instalments in the Brexit cliff-hanger being watched avidly worldwide, Sue Wilson, chair of Bremain in Spain, comments on Theresa May's tough week and the state of play so far.

EBF statement on the Brexit withdrawal agreement
Following the agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union reached late Wednesday between EU negotiators and the UK government, and following the publication of the proposed outline for the future EU-UK relationship, Wim Mijs, Chief Executive Officer of the European Banking Federation, said:

Agenda Released for 2019's Future Soldier Technology
SMi Reports: Senior Military confirmed to present at the 5th annual Future Soldier Technology Conference and Focus Day

Trucks: CO2 targets voted by European Parliament 'excessively aggressive', say manufacturers
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) - which represents the EU's seven major truck producers - is highly concerned about the outcome of the European Parliament's plenary vote on the region's first-ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles.

European Parliament formally adopts new telecom rules and caps expensive intra-EU calls
The European Parliament has today formally confirmed the deal reached last June between MEPs and Member States on a broad reform of the EU’s telecoms rules.

Retailers and wholesalers warn of dangers from direct consumer imports
Speaking today on the occasion of the International Product Safety Week, Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce said: "Our members are deeply worried at the influx of dangerous products sold by unscrupulous non-EU manufacturers and sellers, directly targeting EU customers. These products are not subject to any controls and can cause serious harm to consumers. They also represent unfair competition to responsible EU producers, importers and retailers who work hard to ensure that their products are safe and meet EU standards. Any new regulation has to reflect this new reality and help national authorities in responding appropriately to these threats. Rogue traders who deliberately bring non-compliant products into the EU should be stopped and punished."

European Parliament votes to keep Adriatic Sea the world's most overfished and unsustainable region
Today, the European Parliament missed its opportunity to help fish populations in the Adriatic Sea recover from critical overfishing and thus failed to ensure a sustainable future for the world's most overfished region. WWF now calls on the European Commission to withdraw its original proposal and come forward with a new management plan.