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'Fit for 55' package: some light and many possible shadows
The 'Fit for 55' package translates ambitious targets into practice, which have to be implemented in only nine years. SMEunited will put forward the conditions to make the proposed instruments realistic and economically feasible for SMEs. Investment certainty and limiting additional regulatory burdens are key.

Fit for 55: EU auto industry's initial reaction to Europe's climate plans
Given the crucial importance of the mammoth 'Fit for 55' EU climate package for the auto sector and the millions of people it employs, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is eager to study the full details of the proposals just released by the European Commission.

Fit for 55 - retail and wholesale in the vanguard of promoting sustainability
Retailers and wholesalers across Europe are already working hard to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking today, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

EU accounts for 22% of global trade in shark meat - WWF analysis
Between 2012 and 2019, more than 200 countries and territories imported and exported shark and ray meat, for a global trade valued at nearly €2.2 billion.

Academics will be the victims of China's New Cultural Revolution
As Chinese Communist Party turns 100, President Xi Jinping is ramping up his hard-lined campaign to silence prominent Chinese critics such as Guo Wengui AKA Miles Kwok.

Gender-based violence costs the EU €366 billion a year
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has estimated that the cost of gender-based violence across the EU is €366 billion a year. Violence against women makes up 79 % of this cost, amounting to €289 billion.

Biometric mass surveillance flourishes in Germany and the Netherlands
In a new research report, EDRi reveals the shocking extent of biometric mass surveillance practices in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland which are taking over our public spaces like train stations, streets, and shops.

The EU’s Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy largely fails to put words into action
The European Commission has released three documents today that aim to bring the EU financial system more in line with the EU Green Deal. While some steps forward are taken, each document has weaknesses.

Electric cars: lower-income countries fall behind, with uptake linked to GDP per capita
Strong national variations in EU sales of electric cars are clearly correlated to a country’s standard of living, according to new research by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

EU sustainable finance plans overshadowed by labelling of gas as a 'green investment'
Today, the European Commission proposed its Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy, setting out how it intends to make the bloc's financial system more sustainable. Despite some welcome initiatives, the Commission's green investment labelling plans are heading dangerously in the wrong direction.

EU makes first, significant, step towards better product safety law
The European Commission today presented a proposal to reform the bloc's main product safety law, called the General Product Safety Directive [1]. Consumer groups welcome that the Commission proposes to improve the law in light of today's product safety challenges, while retaining the spirit and strong points of the existing law.

EuroCommerce welcomes modernisation of product safety rules
Speaking on the launch today of proposed revision of the General Product Safety Directive, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Major Commission proposal to revamp Consumer Credit Directive to the benefit of consumers
Consumers are set to gain much-needed extra protections when they take out a loan, according to proposals the European Commission published today. With many consumers still feeling the financial effects of COVID-19, BEUC praises these added protections, which come just at the right time.

The new OSH Framework recognises SMEs constraints
SMEunited stresses that the ambitious OSH Framework will nevertheless put renewed compliance efforts on SMEs.

Risk of two-track Europe for e-mobility with sharp divisions in roll-out of chargers, auto industry warns
A new data analysis by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) shows a completely unbalanced picture when it comes to the spread of charging points for electric cars across the European Union.

Member States: Commission must step up SDG implementation and fully involve civil society
National governments have urged the European Commission to accelerate the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.

Car CO2 review: Europe should not be driven by culture of restrictions
Ahead of the review of the CO2 standards for cars and vans next month, the President of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), Oliver Zipse, has cautioned that the new, green Europe should not be driven by a culture of bans and restrictions.

Recovery: European SMEs call to move from words to action
SMEunited held its General Assembly today, starting with a keynote by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič. In their conclusions, SMEunited members call for a speedy recovery that can support the twin transition.

European Parliament boosts nature restoration and protection, including forests
The European Parliament adopts its long-awaited position on the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, sending an important signal to escalate nature protection and restoration in the EU.

Patent on barley and beer upheld
The European Patent Office (EPO) has rejected a joint appeal filed by NGOs against a patent on barley owned by Carlsberg (EP2373154).

DSA should promote an open and fair digital environment, not undermine the rule of law
The Rapporteur of the European Parliament Committee leading one of the most important legal initiatives to regulate platforms has spoken. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee draft report on the Digital Services Act (DSA) turns online platforms into judge, jury and executioner when it comes to removing online content.

New vision and look for auto industry association, ACEA
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) officially launches a new brand identity and vision today, coinciding with its 30th anniversary this year.

MEPs stand up for forests in bid for strong EU nature restoration law and targets
Ahead of the June plenary, Environment Committee MEPs have adopted amendments that raise the Parliament's ambitions on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the anticipated EU nature restoration law.

Companies call for strong EU law to halt trade of commodities linked to nature destruction
Over 40 European companies are urging the European Commission to propose an ambitious law to address EU-driven deforestation and ecosystem conversion, in a statement released today.

Coca-Cola investigation another pointer to harmful practices by large food manufacturers
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren today commented on the reported launch by the European Commission of an investigation into practices of the Coca-Cola company in a number of EU member states: