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EU farming reform plan overlooks impact of meat sector, Greenpeace 29 November 2017, 18:09 CET
On the eve of a major reform of European Union farming rules, the European Commission has glossed over the growing environmental and health impact of the industrial meat and dairy sectors, warned Greenpeace.

WWF reaction: New EU farming policy will require Member States to deliver benefits for nature 29 November 2017, 18:04 CET
Today the European Commission presented its Communication on the future of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) beyond 2020. The communication calls for a much needed transition towards more sustainable farming based on results, yet still lacks clear and mandatory EU targets to reduce the impact of our agriculture on nature and climate.

Agenda Released for 2018's Military Space Situational Awareness Conference 28 November 2017, 23:26 CET
SMi Reports: Senior Military confirmed to present at the 13th annual Military Space Situational Awareness Conference

EU Parliament: Energy efficiency boosted, but renewables busted 28 November 2017, 23:19 CET
The European Parliament's energy and industry committee (ITRE) today gave energy efficiency a new lease of life in Europe, but dealt a blow to renewable energy development.

The Parliament wants binding 40% energy efficiency target for 2030 28 November 2017, 23:16 CET
EuroACE welcomes the strong position of the Industry and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE) in favour of a binding 40% energy efficiency target for 2030, with the adoption of the Report on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

159 arrests and 766 money mules identified in global action week against money muling 28 November 2017, 14:08 CET
Law enforcement authorities from 26 countries, supported by Europol, Eurojust and the European Banking Federation (EBF), have joined forces in the third coordinated global action against money muling, with the European Money Mule Action 'EMMA3'.

RES Associations: ITRE committee's endorsement of a 35% renewable energy target for 2030 can bring the EU back on track to global leadership 28 November 2017, 13:58 CET
One year ago, the European Commission presented the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislative package, but it's headline target of 27% renewable energy by 2030 fell short of its ambitions. With today's vote, adopting a target of at least 35% renewables, the European Parliament Committee for Industry, Research and Energy puts the EU within reach of meeting its objective of being world leader in renewables.

The Internet of Things: A brave new world for consumers? 28 November 2017, 13:54 CET
Four global and European consumer organisations today presented their recommendations to make consumer rights, privacy and security core features of the Internet of Things. The consumer organisations recognise the benefits of IoT applications but urge developers, manufacturers, policy-makers and regulators to deal with numerous challenges and risks.

EU fails to seize opportunity to end glyphosate 27 November 2017, 23:20 CET
EU Member States today supported a new five-year licence for the controversial weed-killer glyphosate, missing the opportunity to ban it completely and make European food and farming safer and more sustainable.

EU to renew glyphosate licence, ignoring concerns 27 November 2017, 23:16 CET
A qualified majority of European governments voted to approve the European Commission’s plan to grant a five-year unrestricted licence to glyphosate, a widely used weedkiller that has been linked to cancer and environmental harm.

EBF: Online payment standards in EU still face obstacles 27 November 2017, 23:13 CET
The European Banking Federation notes that the European Commission on Monday adopted its regulatory and technical standards for the second EU Payment Services Directive, known as PSD2, designed to allow consumers to access more convenient and innovative payment solutions.

SMEs are still the driving force of European economy 24 November 2017, 11:40 CET
“Entrepreneurs need a stimulating environment without unnecessary administrative burdens, where people with the right skills can cooperate to ensure the development of SMEs and where these skills provide access to the resources required to run their business” stated UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller on the occasion of the European SME Assembly 2017.

European Patients' Forum welcomes the Council's decision to relocate the European Medicines Agency in Amsterdam 24 November 2017, 11:38 CET
Being closely involved with the activities of the EMA through the Patient and Consumer Working Party (PCWP) and the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), we are highly aware that the relocation process will, even in the best circumstances, lead to some disruption and reduced capacity.

Agenda released for Air Mission Planning and Support 2018 23 November 2017, 18:14 CET
SMi reports: The agenda has been released for SMi’s Air Mission Planning and Support conference, taking place in London on 17th and 18th April 2018.

ESRA and CIUS call for access to sugar in EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement 23 November 2017, 18:03 CET
The current EU trade agenda shows a level of ambition and leadership never seen before, as Europe takes on the mantle of global champion of free trade. Ongoing negotiations with Mercosur could well lead to the most valuable free trade deal the EU has ever negotiated, showing that Europe's rhetoric on free trade is backed up by concrete results.

Retail and wholesale press for progress on better online tools for SMEs 23 November 2017, 13:08 CET
Speaking today at the European Parliament’s SME Intergroup, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren pressed for the European Parliament and Council to accelerate progress on the proposal for a Single Digital Gateway to provide information, assistance and problem- solving services.

Environmental Crime Threatens Europe's Last Pristine Forests and Iconic Wildlife 23 November 2017, 13:04 CET
A new UN report warns that illegal logging, illegal caviar trade, mass-killing of wild birds and poaching of bears, wolves and lynx threaten biodiversity and livelihoods in the Danube-Carpathian region stretching over 15 European countries.

Skills shortages: a threat for SMEs 22 November 2017, 15:16 CET
The 2nd European Vocational Skills Week is a real opportunity to showcase the high value of Vocational Education and Training in Europe. It is a unique opportunity to promote and recognise the importance of vocational skills acquired on the job through national, regional and local events taking place across Europe, many of them organised by UEAPME members.

iGirouette®, one step closer to France's major smart city 22 November 2017, 15:03 CET
In partnership with the City of Lyon, 15 iGirouette® have been installed in France's 1st WWF-labeled eco-district.

River revolution in Europe as France launches largest dam removal project on the continent 21 November 2017, 13:56 CET
With thousands of proposed dams threatening Europe’s few remaining free flowing rivers, France’s decision to remove two large dams could signal the start of a new era on the continent – with countries focussing on reviving their rivers and on large scale dam destruction rather than construction.

Social dimension needed for more jobs and fairness 17 November 2017, 11:40 CET
At the Extraordinary Meeting of the Gothenburg Summit between the EU Institutions and the European Social Partners, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller highlighted that UEAPME’s first priority for the European Pillar of Social Rights is to better integrate the economic and social dimension.

High commitment to Paris - insufficient action at home 16 November 2017, 18:15 CET
After a decade of rapid growth, we see a strong decrease in the growth rates of global CO2 emissions over the past years, sending signals for a decarbonisation of the global energy system. The Climate Change Performance Index 2018 (CCPI) confirms these developments in Greenhouse-Gas-emissions (GHG), renewable energies and energy use for some countries but also still clearly shows a current general lack of ambitious targets and sufficient implementation for a Paris-compatible pathway.

EU Parliament calls for EU agriculture and budget to better protect biodiversity 16 November 2017, 17:43 CET
Today the European Parliament voted a resolution, supporting the EU Commission’s Action Plan for nature, people and the economy [1], and calling for the future EU Budget and Agricultural Policy to strongly contribute to nature protection in Europe.

Last Early Bird rate for Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference 2018 expires 30th November 2017 16 November 2017, 17:17 CET
SMi Reports: The last early bird rate for Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference taking place in January will expire 30th November 2017

Phasing out coal, powering a sustainable future 16 November 2017, 15:33 CET
WWF welcomes the creation of the ‘The Global Alliance to Power Past Coal’, launched in Bonn today, as an important step toward building a coal-free future. It is time for the European Union to follow suit.