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EU Summit must deliver for SMEs, despite Brexit
Ahead of the meeting of the European Council, the General Assembly of SMEunited issued a declaration asking the Heads of State and Government to respond to the reality of SMEs.

UK in EU Challenge Considers Appeal Against High Court Ruling
Following a court ruling denying permission for the case to proceed, the legal team and claimants behind the UK in EU Challenge are currently considering an appeal.

The EU Council's general approach on Terrorist Content Online proposal: A step towards pre-emptive censorship
On 6 December 2018, the EU Council published its general approach on the proposed Terrorist Content Online Regulation.

Member States falling behind on Common Fisheries Policy implementation, new WWF report finds
Member States have had five years to implement measures within the latest version of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), but are still lagging behind and likely to miss important 2020 deadlines on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management.

US Armed Forces confirmed to speak at Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe
SMi reports: Just 1 week left to register & save £200 for Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe

Food safety transparency: breakthrough vote in EU Parliament
Reacting to today's European Parliaments plenary vote on the reform proposal for the General Food Law, Corporate Europe Observatory's agribusiness researcher Martin Pigeon said:

European Parliament votes in favour of increasing LIFE Programme funding
Today, the European Parliament voted in favour of increasing the allocation for LIFE, the EU's only funding instrument for climate change, environment and nature conservation, from 0.3% to 0.6% of the EU budget.

Affordable mobility threatened by car CO2 targets, major auto CEOs warn
Ahead of tonight's EU 'trilogue' negotiations on new CO2 targets for cars and vans, Europe's automobile manufacturers warn that low-and-middle-income families will not accept CO2 standards with a negative impact on their freedom of mobility.

Consumer groups take up fight against unfair 'no-show' clause in airline tickets
Today several consumer groups are taking action against the use of 'no-show' clauses in airline tickets. This clause prevents passengers from using the return leg of an airline ticket, or the remainder of an itinerary, if they didn’t use the first leg, for whatever reason.

National governments want strong consumer guarantee rights
Member States have adopted their position on a proposal to reform the guarantee rights consumers enjoy when buying goods. National governments decided to modernise consumer rights whilst respecting specific national rules.

EU's first truck CO2 standards: industry urges national governments to adopt viable approach
In the run up to the Council meeting later this month where the 28 member states are expected to adopt their position on the EU's first CO2 standards for trucks, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is calling on governments to adopt a well-balanced and viable approach to this piece of legislation, which will have a huge impact on the future of the heavy-duty vehicle industry.

Europeans are not fully protected by EU rules for online gambling: study
All EU member states, except Denmark, have not fully implemented EU consumer protection guidelines for online gambling, putting the protection of online gamblers at risk by leaving them exposed to unequal and inadequate levels of consumer protection across EU member states, according to a study published today by the City University London.

Retailers and wholesalers warn of risks in collective redress proposal
Speaking today after the vote of the European Parliament JURI Committee report on collective redress, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren warned of the risk that the proposal as amended will spark a wave of vexatious litigation:

MEPs in real push to make group actions for consumers possible everywhere in EU
Members of the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) in the EU Parliament today supported the idea that consumers everywhere in the EU should be able to go to court as a group if they have been harmed by the same trader.

New commitments on foreign cards only a small step, but fails to create an online/offline playing field
Retailers and wholesalers today welcomed the announcement that Visa and Mastercard have made commitments to bring transactions on cards issued outside the EU (non-EU visitors purchasing within the EU) broadly in line with those EU-issued cards.

Over 1500 money mules identified in worldwide money laundering sting
Working together with Europol, Eurojust and the European Banking Federation (EBF), police forces from over 20 States arrested 168 people (so far) as part of a coordinated money laundering crackdown, the European Money Mule Action (EMMA).

Finance Ministers agree to assess brown and green factors for banks' capital requirements
Capital requirements for banks serve to reduce the risk of default. are in place to ensure banks' assets. These requirements should as such reflect long-term risks to asset price values and potential systemic risks.

Agreement reached on the new Spirit Drinks Regulation: a glass half full
EU spirits producers welcome the political agreement reached last night at the trilogue on a new Spirit Drinks Regulation, which sets rules for the production and labelling of spirit drinks and for the registration and protection of the more than 240 spirits with Geographical Indications (GIs).

WWF welcomes the Commission's commitment to a net-zero emissions Europe - but we should aim for 2040
The Commission's plan to make the EU carbon neutral is a vital step to respond to the climate crisis. The policy actions to get there, and how fast they are put in place, will be crucial to keep warming below the 1.5°C target.

European Commission reports on European standardisation system: EBC calls for greater discussion and coordination to continue the successes
Last week, on 22 November, the European Commission published the communication "Harmonised standards: Enhancing transparency and legal certainty for a fully functioning Single Market", highlighting the success of standardisation in developing the Single Market and proposing further improvements to the standardisation process.

EuroCommerce celebrates achievements of retail & wholesale on its 25th anniversary
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the European Single Market, but also the 25th anniversary of EuroCommerce, the principal European association representing retail and wholesale, the largest private sector employer in Europe, accounting for 10% of its GDP.

Consumer groups across Europe file complaints against Google for breach of GDPR
Today, seven consumer organisations from across Europe have announced that they will file complaints against Google with their national data protection authorities. Based on new research published today by BEUC’s Norwegian member Forbrukerrådet, the consumer groups, all part of the BEUC network, are referring Google to their respective national authorities for breaching the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to how the company tracks its users’ location.

Innovation is the engine of our economy
Innovation is the engine of our economy and crucial for the competitiveness of Europe's economy. However, SMEs and start-ups have problems to finance innovative projects, seen as too risky by banks.

EU has last chance to improve services markets
Speaking today after publication of the Commission communication on the Single Market in a changing world and yesterday’s Annual Growth Survey, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented:

ICCAT negotiations leave the door open to criminal activities and illegal fishing of Atlantic tuna
After eight days of heated negotiations, the EU and the 50 tuna fishing nations that constitute the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have left Croatia without having adopted any of the much needed measures to stop the massive illegal trade in bluefin tuna and the ongoing overfishing of tropical tuna.