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Joint Statement: Europe needs predictable and harmonised approaches to travel rules under COVID
In her State of the Union speech on 16 September, Commission President von der Leyen said:

WWF joins EU sustainable finance platform
WWF will be part of the European Commission’s sustainable finance platform, whose members were informed today.

Retail and Wholesale active and committed in combating food waste
Speaking today on the UN First International Day on Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

62 coal region mayors unite for sustainable future
Mayors from Europe's coal regions affirmed their commitment to a sustainable future supported by the EU's Just Transition Fund at an event with EU Commission Deputy Director for regional policy Normunds Popens and Jerzy Buzek MEP today.

spiritsEUROPE calls on the EU to remain a strong defender of free, rules-based international trade in the wake of the COVID crisis
Defending free, rules-based international trade and fighting protectionism should remain the key priorities of EU trade policy. As part of Europe’s recovery strategy, a strong focus should be put on resolving ongoing trade disputes, securing the swift ratification of negotiated deals and strictly enforcing existing agreements.

Seven Member States oppose ambitious EU plans to help consumers eat healthier food
A group of seven EU Member States are trying to scupper plans for an EU-wide nutritional label.

SOTEU: Big ambitions must match with realism
SMEunited supports the vision and ambitions put forward by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her first State of the European Union Speech. "In order to make them a reality we now urgently need to move to action", says President Maggiar. SMEs expect concrete next steps and realistic time frames to master the adaptation to a fairer, greener and more digital economy.

#SOTEU EU ups climate target - Friends of the Earth reaction
Reacting to Ursula von der Leyen's State of the Union speech this morning in the European Parliament in Brussels, Jagoda Munic, director, Friends of the Earth Europe had this to say:

Climate: EU Commission steps up, but fails to clarify numbers
European Commission President Von der Leyen today announced an increase to the 2030 climate target, to 'at least 55%' emissions reductions. While this is a crucial step forward, it is still not enough to tackle the climate emergency - WWF is calling for a 2030 target of at least 65%. And there could be a catch to the Commission's suggestion target, making it less ambitious than it appears.

Climate target ambition must be matched by supportive EU policies, auto makers underline
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the '2030 Climate Target Plan' unveiled today by the European Commission. The auto industry supports the European Union's long-term goal of climate neutrality by 2050, and wants to play its part in making Europe the first climate-neutral continent.

Retail vital to European Recovery, but needs help - investments and the right policies
Speaking today at a virtual conference held by the World Retail Congress, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren set out the challenges facing retail across Europe and the vital role of the sector in supporting European economic recovery:

Only weeks left to save EU and UK auto sectors from EUR 110 billion 'no deal' Brexit disaster
With just 15 weeks before the Brexit transition period expires, European automotive industry leaders have today joined forces to call for the EU and UK to secure an ambitious free trade agreement (FTA) without further delay.

MEPs support 60 per cent climate target
Today the European Parliament's Environment Committee took steps towards turning its 'climate emergency' declaration into action, but stopped too soon.

100-Year-Old Hungarian Forest at Tiszaug Falls Victim to Illegal Clear-Cutting, Again
Another illegal clear-cutting took place in a protected state forest area near Tiszaug in August.

Survey: Consumers see potential of artificial intelligence but raise serious concerns
According to a survey conducted by consumer groups in nine EU countries published today, consumers believe that artificial intelligence (AI) can bring benefits. However, when asked to evaluate the added value of a number of specific services which already today use AI technology - e.g. home virtual assistants or advertisement on e-commerce sites - most respondents are not convinced.

Forest fire emergency demands ambitious EU action now
Global fire alerts as of April 2020 are already up 13% compared to 2019 - which was a record year for fires - a new WWF report finds.

'New genetic engineering' techniques associated with numerous risks
A new scientific paper published in the Environmental Sciences Europe journal gives an overview of the risks associated with genome editing procedures (new genetic engineering) for plants and animals. The risks are not only restricted to a wide range of unintended effects that can be triggered by the process of genome editing. There are also risks associated with the intended biological characteristics generated through genome editing.

Nearly 200 new dams planned in European protected areas, new study finds
While freshwater biodiversity is already in crisis, protected areas are no longer a safe shelter as 509 dams are planned or under construction within them worldwide, adding to the 1,249 large dams already located in protected areas. Europe is not spared, with 40% of the planned dams (196) located in the continent.

COVID: Stakes are high for European automotive recovery, new facts and figures show
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has published its annual Pocket Guide that provides an overview of the EU auto industry, including the latest sector-specific data on employment, vehicle production and sales, road safety, R&D, the environment and trade flows.

EU and UK SMEs urge for an agreement on Brexit
In a letter to the Brexit negotiators SMEunited reiterates the necessity to promptly reach an agreement defining the framework for the future EU-UK relations. EU and UK SMEs are concerned that there is still no progress in negotiations. They urge for a robust trade agreement which supports the integrity of the Single Market whilst maintaining close business relations between the EU and the UK.

BEUC reports major airlines for breaching passenger rights and calls for industry investigation
Following thousands of complaints from upset airline passengers, BEUC - and 11 of its member organisations - have reported some major airlines to national consumer protection authorities and the European Commission for breaching passenger rights and for using unfair commercial practices. BEUC and its members are also asking for a broad investigation of the sector regarding wide-spread unfair practices during the last few months.

EU Recovery Package: a brave step but lacks SME component
SMEunited welcomes the European Council deal on the Recovery package. European leaders took an important step, which is a strong sign of cross-border solidarity amid the pandemic. However, important instruments for SMEs were cut severely.

EU top court sides with consumer privacy in EU-US data shambles
The Court of Justice of the EU today decided to invalidate the EU-US Privacy Shield.

Simplification of Taxation and Fight Against Tax Fraud vital to driving recovery
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented on today's publication of the European Commission "Action Plan to fight against tax evasion and to make taxation simple and easy":

Consumers to get financial breathing space with debt and insurance relief
New guidelines issued to financial institutions will offer some welcome breathing space to consumers who have been hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.