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EU ministers consider decarbonisation plan as climate protests intensify
As climate change protests intensify across Europe and beyond, energy and environment ministers meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels will discuss whether to back a plan to fully decarbonise the EU by 2050.

Member States push for more consumer law enforcement without going the full mile
Representatives of EU Member States have reached a position that more needs to be done to protect consumers from companies that break consumer law, particularly by strengthening the penalties national authorities can impose. National governments also want to provide consumers with the right to terminate the contract, or to get compensation in case of damages, when they are faced with an unfair practice.

Far-right populist surge would threaten EU climate action: report
A new report by Adelphi, a German think tank, has shown that the next European Parliament could see a greater share of MEPs opposed to policy action to tackle climate change.

SaveYourInternet.eu: Citizens set to prevent upload filters in the EU
Today, on 26 February 2019, European Digital Rights and partner organisations from across Europe are re-launching the campaign SaveYourInternet.eu – with new items in the "toolbox".

Unambitious and ineffective: Member States' water report cards are in
Europe's rivers are suffering. Despite the EU's strong water legislation, the European Commission's latest report on its implementation, published today, paints a bleak picture. Although some progress has been made, Member States are not on track to bring Europe's rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams, groundwater, transitional and coastal waters to good health by 2027.

SMEs can make Europe stronger - SMEunited kicks off information campaign ahead of European Elections
The European Union is at a crossroad. The upcoming elections of the European Parliament and the decision about the next European Commission will be decisive, not only for Europe, but also for SMEs.

Poland starts illegally destroying another protected nature site - EU Commission urged to act
Environmental organisations have appealed to the European Commission to step in and halt the illegal destruction of a key nature site in Poland.

LCI launches 100% 'Clean Label' preservative for bakery products
Keenly aware of consumer expectations in terms of natural and 'Clean Label' ingredients, Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) is proud to present the newest addition to its range, CERECLEAN.

Orolia awarded $34m US Army contract
Orolia, a global Fleader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, has announced that its subsidiary McMurdo Inc. was awarded a $33,986,800 contract to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD) for the US Army.

Who are the French Tech startups heading to CES 2019?
The 2019 edition of CES will see Business France once again organising the French Tech pavilion.

New vehicle safety rules: auto industry reacts to European Parliament vote
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the European Parliament's vote on the revision of the General Safety Regulation, which mandates the safety technologies to be included as standard in new vehicle types.

Political groups reflect on SME policy
MEP Othmar Karas, President of the SME Intergroup at the European Parliament, and SMEunited Secretary General Véronique Willems invited the different political groups to discuss future priorities for European SME policy.

UK in EU Challenge Solicitors Write to Prime Minister and Metropolitan Police Ahead of Court of Appeal
With a Court of Appeal hearing due to take place on Thursday 21 February, solicitors for the UK in EU claimants, headed by Bremain in Spain's Sue Wilson, have written to the Prime Minister to question once again the legitimacy of the Brexit referendum and ask her to consider extending the Article 50 process and/or holding another referendum.

SMi presents Future Armored Vehicles Active Protection Systems USA
SMi reports: Future Armored Vehicles Active Protection Systems USA, the only and first conference of its kind in the world, will take place on the 11th and 12th June 2019 in Arlington, VA

Truck makers react to final CO2 deal setting first-ever EU standards for heavy-duty vehicles
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the final deal on the regulation setting standards for CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, reached by the European Parliament, Commission and national governments last night.

SMEs Are Key for the Future of Europe
Today, in Bucharest, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and with Minister Radu Oprea (Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship). Representatives from SMEunited Romanian member organisation CNIPMMR joined the discussions. During the meetings, they focussed on the preparation of the Future of Europe debate at the upcoming Sibiu Summit in May, and SME priorities.

US report on car imports: EU auto makers express grave concern
Following the submission to the White House of the US Commerce Department's report on the section 232 national security investigation into motor vehicle and auto part imports, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) reiterates its concerns about any potential new tariffs.

Copyright Directive: Nefarious upload filters strike back
The closed-doors "trilogue" discussions on the copyright Directive finalised last night with an agreement that supports upload filters.

MEPs slowly turn tide against factory farms
The European Parliament's environment committee has voted to increase environmental and animal welfare protections under the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP), but the improvements are not yet sufficient to tackle the problem of factory farming, said Greenpeace.

Supply Chain Initiative publishes annual report 2018
The Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) published its annual report for the year 2018 today. The results of the annual survey of registered companies showcase that the SCI continues to make progress in the promotion of fair business practices in the food supply chain as a basis for commercial dealings.

Opportunity lost: Parliament rejects possibility to make driving history count
Today the European Parliament voted on new rules regarding motor insurance.

EU-Singapore Trade Agreement underlines free trade as a vehicle for growth and prosperity
Speaking after the approval of the EU-Singapore Trade and Investment agreements by the European Parliament today EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:

Stable EU auto market in view for 2019, with CO2 and trade challenges ahead
In 2019, EU car sales will stagnate at 2018 levels in terms of units sold, staying close to the 15 million new registrations mark recorded last year, according to new forecasts by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

Over 71% of EU farmland dedicated to meat and dairy
At least 71% of the EU's farmland is used to feed livestock, according to new research published by Greenpeace. Around 63% of arable land is dedicated to feeding farm animals.

Transparency and speed are vital when dealing with food safety
Speaking today after agreement in trilogue negotiations on the Regulation on Transparency and Sustainability in the EC Risk Assessment Process, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said: