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A human-centric internet for Europe
The European Union has set digital transformation as one of its key pillars for the next five years. New data-driven technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), offer societal benefits - but addressing their potential risks to our democratic values, the rule of law, and fundamental rights must be a top priority.

The European Union deserves a future proofed budget
Ahead of the extraordinary European Council on the next Multiannual Financial Framework, SMEunited President Alban Maggiar reminds European leaders on the priorities ahead. Europe will only be able to provide welfare to its people, if it invests in future competitiveness, based on a greener and digital economy. Therefore, President Maggiar asks the European Council to agree on a budget framework able to deliver on these priorities.

Europe's digital future must benefit consumers
In response to the European Commission's artificial intelligence (AI) initiative and data strategy - both presented today - The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) calls for the EU to put in place safeguards to mitigate risks from AI and data sharing for the EU's 450 million consumers and to protect their rights in this digital revolution.

New scientific paper: Global action plan could limit decline in freshwater biodiversity
With biodiversity vanishing from rivers, lakes and wetlands at alarming speed, a new scientific paper outlines an action plan to reverse the rapid decline in the world’s freshwater species and habitats.

An Unbreakable Smartphone? Global Launch Of Athesi Professional's New Smartphone Range
The go-to manufacturer for durable, resistant mobile phones for professionals working in extreme conditions, Athesi is now set to be the go-to for all smartphone users.

EU-Vietnam deal: a long time coming, but still good news for consumers
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented on 12 February on the approval by the European Parliament of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

MEPs massively back European Central Bank climate role
Today the European Parliament voted in plenary in favour of the European Central Bank (ECB) taking climate action.

Why is French Retail Tech a friend to the high street?
In July this year the proportion of all UK shops that are empty reached 10.3%, its highest level since January 2015 according to the BBC. Yet despite the struggles faced by the high street, retail tech is booming & contrary to popular belief, it could be key to saving the high street. From France's vibrant tech scene, key global players in retail tech are emerging.

Ooh là la-unch of French EdTech's international Bachelor of Culinary Arts at Bett 2020
After a busy start to the 2019-2020 school year with more than 10,000 French students joining their digital learning platform, Skillogs is expanding internationally to train learners across Europe at Bett 2020 (stand SR40).

OECD negotiators must now agree on how to modernise international taxation
Ahead of the talks in the OECD this week in Paris, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren pressed negotiators to make concrete progress on modernising international taxation systems:

Driving times and Tachographs: Political agreement recognizes construction specificities
On 21 January the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament approved the trilogue agreement on the "Driving times" and "Tachograph" Regulations reached before Christmas.

MEPs endorse a climate role for European Central Bank
This morning MEPs voted in favour of the European Central Bank taking climate action.

Auto industry sets out plan for carbon neutrality under EU Green Deal, amid shrinking market
Forecasting the first downturn in EU car sales in seven years this year, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) today outlined the major challenges faced by the EU auto industry, as it embarks on the transition to carbon-neutral transport.

European Parliament shows determination on biodiversity protection
Today, the European Parliament gave a resounding 'yes' to biodiversity protection and restoration by voting for a strong EU position at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP 15 summit in October of this year. With one million species facing extinction, time is of the essence.

Just Transition Fund welcomed by SMEs
In a first reaction on yesterday's proposal to establish a "Just Transition Fund", SMEunited President Alban Maggiar supports the general approach put forward by the European Commission.

European Green Deal gets an upgrade by MEPs
With a large majority and cross-party support, Parliament today backed the European Green Deal proposed by the Commission in December, and demanded higher ambition.

Indiscriminate data retention considered disproportionate, once again
Today’s Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Advocate General’s Opinions continues the firmly established case-law of the CJEU considering mass collection of individuals communications data incompatible with EU law.

ETUC Quote on Just Transition Mechanism
Commenting on the publication of the European Commission's proposal for the establishment of a Just Transition Mechanism, ETUC Confederal Secretary Ludovic Voet said:

All frills and no filling: EU sustainable investment plan falls far short
The European Commission's plan for unlocking EUR 1 trillion of sustainable investments over ten years, published on 14 January, is little more than pretty packaging of an empty box in WWF's view.

EU strides forward on Just Transition, but risks stumbling on fossil fuels
The path to a climate neutral Europe became a little easier today, with the European Commission's proposal for a fund to help regions reach climate neutrality.

Ferrari joins ACEA
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) kicks off the new year with Ferrari becoming its newest member company.

EU Member States miss the deadline: European seas and fish populations not sustainably managed
The EU has failed to achieve its targets to restore the health of European seas and to fish sustainably in its waters by 1 January 2020.

Parliament approves updated sustainable finance deal and makes it final
Opening the door to cleaner finance in Europe, the European Parliament last night approved the slightly modified version of the deal on the EU sustainable investment taxonomy, which had been agreed earlier yesterday by Member States.

Member States urge Commission to get real about fighting deforestation
Member States welcome the European Commission's Communication on deforestation and urge the European Commission to take action.

EU Green Deal: fails to slam on the brakes
In only her second week in office, new European Commission President von der Leyen has today set out a major environmental package to set the EU on a new environmental and climate path.