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Air Missile Defence Technology conference returns to Prague this Autumn 25 April 2018, 18:07 CET
SMi reports: Air Missile Defence Technology conference returns to Prague for its 3rd year running

EU-Mexico trade agreement: important signal against protectionism 23 April 2018, 18:43 CET
The EU-Mexico Global Agreement concluded in principle at the weekend marked another important and welcome step in Europe's leadership in advocating free trade. EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Glenair, Orion and Viasat sponsor the 4th annual Close Air Support conference in London 20 April 2018, 13:50 CET
SMi Group Reports: SMi’s 4th annual Close Air Support conference announces its newest sponsors: Glenair, Orion and Viasat

Dams have had their day: EU governments must ramp up ambition on their removal 19 April 2018, 17:59 CET
World Fish Migration Day - which takes place on 21 April - is a day to celebrate the incredible journey migratory fish undertake to mate. But many never reach their final destination due to tens of thousands of large and small dams, which have been wrecking Europe's rivers and blocking fish migration routes for generations. And if that weren't enough, plans for thousands of additional dams are still in the pipeline.

Bremain in Spain comments on Windrush 19 April 2018, 17:46 CET
The recent Windrush scandal has brought condemnation of the government's supposed "hostile environment" policy from politicians and the media alike.

Don’t let regulation get in the way of consumers buying more organic food 19 April 2018, 17:43 CET
Speaking today on the vote in the European Parliament on the EU Organic Production Regulation, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren warned that the text agreed left some difficult questions unanswered while potentially hindering EU organic products reaching the consumer:

Greenpeace activists call out EU ministers for failing to support renewable energy development 19 April 2018, 17:41 CET
Climate change activists demonstrating outside a meeting of EU energy ministers in the Bulgarian capital Sofia urged European governments to stop restricting the rights of people to produce and share their own renewable energy.

Stop overregulation blocking retailers delivering value for consumers 19 April 2018, 17:35 CET
In an initial response to the Commission Communication: A European retail sector fit for the 21st century, published today, EuroCommerce Director General Christian Verschueren commented:

EU "e-evidence" proposals turn service providers into judicial authorities 17 April 2018, 23:19 CET
Today, 17 April, the European Commission unveiled two proposals: a Regulation on cross-border access to and preservation of electronic data held by service providers and a Directive to require service providers to appoint a legal representative within the EU.

Pilots align cross-border strategy 17 April 2018, 23:16 CET
The growth of transnational airlines operating throughout Europe, and further afield, has led pilots to recognise that they must cooperate even more closely and adopt new representation methods to address the challenges arising from these new business models.

Motor vehicles generate EUR 413 billion in taxes for EU-15, new data shows 17 April 2018, 23:06 CET
The latest data shows that taxation on motor vehicles in the EU-15 is worth EUR 413 billion annually - about three times the total budget of the European Union. This figure is up 4% compared with one year earlier.

Logging in Bialowieza Forest illegal, EU Court of Justice rules 17 April 2018, 18:20 CET
The European Court of Justice of the European Union has issued a final judgement in which it confirms that it was illegal to increase logging in the Bialowieza Forest in Poland. WWF welcomes today's decision of the court.

EC collective redress proposal fails to follow its own recommendations against potential abuse 12 April 2018, 22:59 CET
Insurance Europe is concerned about the implications of the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers, which was published yesterday. The proposal would repeal the 2009 Injunctions Directive, and govern how consumers launch collective legal actions against organisations, such as insurers.

'New Deal for Consumers' - clear improvement but not the needed quantum leap 12 April 2018, 17:17 CET
The European Commission proposed on 11 April to give teeth to consumer law by publishing proposals which include tougher sanctions for companies that act illegally and a limited collective compensation tool (collective redress) across the EU.

EU Commission plan allows chemical producers to keep control of science behind pesticide approvals: Greenpeace 12 April 2018, 17:13 CET
A European Commission proposal to reform EU risk assessments for pesticides and other products entering the food chain would allow the chemical industry to remain in charge of testing its own products, warned Greenpeace.

Posting of workers directive: balanced agreement, let's now focus on enforcement 12 April 2018, 17:09 CET
The European Builders Confederation (EBC) welcomes yesterday’s approval of the compromise agreement on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive by the Council.

Insufficient support for electric vehicle charging infrastructure hampers uptake, new report shows 12 April 2018, 16:44 CET
A report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that there is still serious underinvestment in electric vehicle recharging infrastructure across Europe, with only one in three EU member states providing incentives.

"New Deal for Consumers": missed chance for SME-friendly law 12 April 2018, 00:12 CET
Today, the European Commission published its package on the "New Deal for Consumers" – a targeted revision of the European consumer law. The revision follows the Fitness Check of consumer and marketing laws and the parallel evaluation of the Consumer Rights Directive which had the aim to identify excessive regulatory burdens, overlaps and inconsistencies that may have appeared over time. UEAPME states that the result is a missed chance to simplify the consumer acquis and that too much emphasis is put on enforcement.

Agenda released for UAV Technology conference 04 April 2018, 18:06 CET
SMi is thrilled to announce the return of the third annual UAV Technology conference, which will return to Prague, Czech Republic on 26th and 27th September 2018.

Auto makers equip all new car models with life-saving eCall 29 March 2018, 18:33 CET
As of this Saturday (31 March), automobile manufacturers will equip all new car types with eCall; a system that automatically dials emergency services in the event of a serious road traffic accident.

French building community taking up the challenge of upscaling energy renovation of buildings 29 March 2018, 18:30 CET
On 27th March, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) organised with the French Coalition for Energy Efficiency (CFEE) a workshop on 'Energy Renovation of Buildings in France: how to make the most out of the revised EU framework, with a French perspective'.

'Past Attendee List' released in advance of the 4th annual Close Air Support conference 26 March 2018, 23:22 CET
SMi Group Reports: Close Air Support conference is returning to London this June, to further explore the tactics and technologies at the forefront of air-land integration.

Greenpeace investigation: EU imports of Amazon timber tainted by widespread fraud in Brazil 22 March 2018, 17:58 CET
A Greenpeace investigation has exposed widespread fraud in the Brazilian forestry sector, which may have allowed massive quantities of illegal timber to reach the EU. Under the EU timber regulation, importers are obliged to take action to prevent illegal timber from entering the supply chain.

Bremain in Spain on the Brexit transition period, agreed thanks to another May U-turn 22 March 2018, 17:55 CET
When Michel Barnier and David Davis appeared at a press conference in Brussels on Monday, to announce that a Brexit transition deal had been agreed, there was a general acceptance that significant progress had been made. To many, it seemed like a major step forward. The money markets reacted immediately, with Sterling increasing in value to its highest level in three weeks. Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain and the EU, comments on the latest developments.

EU Commission gives green light to Bayer-Monsanto merger 22 March 2018, 17:51 CET
The European Commission approved on 21 March the merger of Bayer and Monsanto, paving the way for the creation of the world's largest and most powerful agribusiness company.