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Environmental groups challenge European Commission to take legal action against Bulgarian government over depletion of key wildlife site
Lawyers and environmental groups have today challenged the European Commission to take legal action against the Bulgarian government over a shocking depletion of wildlife in a key EU-protected nature site, Kresna Gorge.

The EU needs rules on chemicals in coffee cups, straws and other paper food packaging, consumer test shows
A new lab test shows that food packaging made of coloured paper and cardboard - such as coffee cups and straws - may contain and release chemicals originating from the inks used for printing.

Commissioner Vella seals his legacy for nature
Commissioner Vella has taken a stand for Europe’s precious nature and sealed his legacy.

GDPR one year in - working well, but care needed on burdens for SMEs
Speaking after the European Commission today published its report on the first year of implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented:

European Commission publishes long-awaited plan to address EU impact on deforestation
The European Commission issued today its Communication on deforestation and forest degradation, a pivotal step in securing a much-needed plan of action to address the EU's significant contribution to global deforestation.

Deforestation action plan does little to tackle impact of EU trade dogma, Greenpeace
A deforestation action plan released today by the European Commission paints a bleak picture of Europe’s responsibility for global deforestation, but fails to address the environmental and human cost of EU trade and farming policies, warned Greenpeace.

Feeling Hot? Bad Water Management Aggravating Drought, says New WWF Paper
With temperatures across Europe set to skyrocket this week and national governments taking emergency measures to tackle drought, a new paper from WWF signals that EU Member States/’ poor management of rivers, lakes, wetlands and groundwater is worsening the impacts of drought.

Bremain in Spain says: No to Boris, Yes to Europe
On Saturday 20 July, members of Bremain in Spain returned to London to join the 'No to Boris, Yes to Europe' rally and march on Westminster. Along with other anti-Brexit and citizens’ rights groups from across Europe, Bremain in Spain made its presence felt and its voice heard.

An easier consumer journey when buying online - Business presents new tool to improve consumer information
Today the European business community is presenting its voluntary tool to better inform consumers when they're shopping online. The aim is to help companies find good ways to present their information to consumers including standard terms and conditions.

SMEunited Supports New Von Der Leyen Agenda
SMEunited embraces the election of Ursula von der Leyen and offers the support of SMEs to make a stronger Europe a reality

Von der Leyen backed by MEPs, must now fulfil promise of European Green Deal
The European Parliament today confirmed Ursula von der Leyen as Commission President-elect with a narrow majority of 383 MEPs.

Healthy rivers critical to global efforts to adapt to climate change, says new report
With cities and communities around the world reeling from extreme droughts, floods and worsening water shortages, WWF and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) today published a report highlighting the central role of healthy rivers in adapting to climate change and building more resilient societies, economies and ecosystems.

WWF Says Europe Ran Out of Fish Today
As of 9 July, Europe has used up all domestic fish resources. European Fish Dependence Day marks the moment when the EU relies on fish and seafood imports for the rest of the year in order to meet consumption demand.

Top jobs: Newly appointed EU leadership has yet to prove green credentials
After marathon negotiations, European leaders have decided on Ursula von der Leyen (DE) as candidate for the President of the European Commission - a German national with no track record on climate, environment and sustainability.

Honey bees - nature conservation with genetic engineering?
In February 2019, the first paper on using CRISPR technology to produce pesticide-resistant honeybees was published in South Korea.

Full or feeble EU taxonomy: Member States to choose
The EU Council is about to finalise its position on the EU taxonomy - a system to classify investments on their degree of sustainability. The taxonomy is on the agenda of the first working party meeting to be held under the new Finnish EU presidency, which is taking place today.

SMEunited Presents A Detailed New SME Policy Agenda For Europe
Ahead of the newly elected European Parliament’s first Plenary meeting, SMEunited presents its suggestions for a renewed European policy agenda for SMEs.

EU-Vietnam agreements a major step forward and need to be implemented soon
Speaking after the signature over the weekend in Hanoi of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade and Investment Protection Agreements, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented:

Auto makers welcome conclusion of EU-Mercosur trade deal
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) welcomes the conclusion of negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, the South American trade bloc.

EU lagging behind on climate & biodiversity SDGs: Eurostat report
WWF is disappointed by the EU's insufficient progress on meeting the environmental Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

EU-Mercosur deal trades in environmental destruction, Greenpeace
The trade deal that could be agreed this weekend between the EU and Mercosur countries is a disaster for the environment on both sides of the Atlantic, said Greenpeace.

Auto industry revises 2019 car sales forecast to -1%
In the side-lines of its annual general meeting in Brussels today, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) revised its forecast for 2019 passenger car registrations downwards to -1%.

Industry Policy 2030: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities
The European High-Level Industrial Roundtable presented its final report summarising the recommendations for a renewed European industrial policy until 2030 and beyond.

Single Market for Services remains a top priority for retail and wholesale
The digital revolution is forcing fundamental change to the retail and wholesale sector. It depends on free movement of goods and services around Europe and the world, and therefore shares with the whole EU economy the imperative of resisting populist pressure to break up the Single Market.

SMEs Are Key To Reach Climate Targets
Following the European Summit and ahead of the Energy and Environmental Councils, SMEunited reiterates its support for the ambitious targets of the Paris agreement.