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Auto makers equip all new car models with life-saving eCall 29 March 2018, 18:33 CET
As of this Saturday (31 March), automobile manufacturers will equip all new car types with eCall; a system that automatically dials emergency services in the event of a serious road traffic accident.

French building community taking up the challenge of upscaling energy renovation of buildings 29 March 2018, 18:30 CET
On 27th March, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) organised with the French Coalition for Energy Efficiency (CFEE) a workshop on 'Energy Renovation of Buildings in France: how to make the most out of the revised EU framework, with a French perspective'.

'Past Attendee List' released in advance of the 4th annual Close Air Support conference 26 March 2018, 23:22 CET
SMi Group Reports: Close Air Support conference is returning to London this June, to further explore the tactics and technologies at the forefront of air-land integration.

Greenpeace investigation: EU imports of Amazon timber tainted by widespread fraud in Brazil 22 March 2018, 17:58 CET
A Greenpeace investigation has exposed widespread fraud in the Brazilian forestry sector, which may have allowed massive quantities of illegal timber to reach the EU. Under the EU timber regulation, importers are obliged to take action to prevent illegal timber from entering the supply chain.

Bremain in Spain on the Brexit transition period, agreed thanks to another May U-turn 22 March 2018, 17:55 CET
When Michel Barnier and David Davis appeared at a press conference in Brussels on Monday, to announce that a Brexit transition deal had been agreed, there was a general acceptance that significant progress had been made. To many, it seemed like a major step forward. The money markets reacted immediately, with Sterling increasing in value to its highest level in three weeks. Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain and the EU, comments on the latest developments.

EU Commission gives green light to Bayer-Monsanto merger 22 March 2018, 17:51 CET
The European Commission approved on 21 March the merger of Bayer and Monsanto, paving the way for the creation of the world's largest and most powerful agribusiness company.

Sustainable finance: Banks ready to support EU technical talks 22 March 2018, 16:59 CET
Sustainable finance experts in the European banking sector on Wednesday agreed to better align themselves for collecting industry insights to provide effective support for the technical discussions at the European Commission on the implementation of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan.

European Construction Industry welcomes the rejection of the proposed services e-card by the European Parliament 22 March 2018, 16:51 CET
Yesterday, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) of the European Parliament rejected the report on the European Commission’s proposal to introduce a services e-card, amongst other things, in the construction industry. All other EP committees involved had already rejected the proposal.

EU Summit Brexit future relations: damage limitation is top priority for EU27 businesses 22 March 2018, 16:43 CET
Prior to tomorrow's EU Summit discussion among the EU27 Heads of State on future relations with the United Kingdom, EUROCHAMBRES has stressed the importance of paying greater attention in this next phase to mitigating the damage to EU27 businesses, particularly SMEs.

European businesses welcome Transition Period but need to know end state to prepare for Brexit 21 March 2018, 15:36 CET
The Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) welcomes the Transition Period announcement on 19 March 2018 but warns that lack of detail about the end state and continuing uncertainty poses an economic risk.

Focus on vehicle safety measures with most tangible results, auto industry says 21 March 2018, 15:32 CET
Before the European Commission publishes its proposal on the revision of the General Safety Regulation this May, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is calling on policy makers to focus on the most effective vehicle safety measures with the strongest positive impact.

Economic and social progress cannot happen without SMEs 21 March 2018, 15:29 CET
At the Tripartite Social Summit focussing on 'Delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights' (EPSR), UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller put forward the fact that we need a strong economy and growth to achieve social progress.

BAE Systems Hägglunds at Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems conference 21 March 2018, 12:17 CET
SMi reports: BAE Systems Hägglunds presents the new CV90 MK4 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Brexit: EU auto makers call for urgent action to solve sector-specific issues 20 March 2018, 00:39 CET
Just a few days ahead of the EU summit, where the 27 heads of state are set to approve the European Council's Brexit guidelines, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is calling on the negotiators to pay urgent attention to sector-specific issues in order to avert potentially disastrous implications on the entire automotive supply chain.

Lip service on deforestation - Is the EU taking its commitment to halt deforestation seriously? 20 March 2018, 00:33 CET
A new feasibility study on Options to step up EU action to combat deforestation and forest degradation published by the European Commission clearly shows the EU’s role in contributing to deforestation on other continents, such as the Amazon and the Cerrado in Brazil, or tropical forests in Malaysia.

Commission study makes pressing case for EU action on deforestation 20 March 2018, 00:27 CET
A long awaited European Commission study, released late on Friday, lays out policy options for the EU to tackle the impact on global deforestation caused by the trade in crop and animal products like beef, soy and palm oil.

Environment and health concerns ignored by EU agriculture ministers 20 March 2018, 00:21 CET
A statement by European agriculture ministers on the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP) ignores the impacts on public health and the environment, according to Greenpeace. The text comes ahead of the EU Commission's proposed CAP reform, due in May. Agriculture ministers failed to address the environmental and health impacts of Europe's farming system, and in particular of its intensive meat and dairy sector.

EU Court of Justice strengthens the precautionary principle 16 March 2018, 11:23 CET
The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) today confirmed the right of civil society organisations to submit legal cases concerning the health risks of genetically engineered plants.

Half of plant and animal species at risk from climate change 16 March 2018, 11:22 CET
Up to half of plant and animal species in the world’s most naturally rich areas, such as the Amazon, the Arctic and the Galapagos - and in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea Basin - could face local extinction by the turn of the century due to climate change if carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked.

Self-employed must have better access to social protection 14 March 2018, 23:57 CET
Representing entrepreneurs and self-employed in Europe, and in response to the new Commission initiative as part of the Social Fairness Package, UEAPME advocates that all workers and self-employed have access to basic levels of social protection at an affordable cost.

European Parliament calls for doubling for LIFE funding in next EU budget 14 March 2018, 23:44 CET
Today, the European Parliament voted to double the funding of the LIFE Programme, the EU’s only funding instrument on nature conservation and climate, in the next EU budget post-2020. WWF has long called for LIFE financing to be more than trebled to reach 1% of the next budget, up from 0.3% currently.

'Why re-invent the wheel?' ParcelCompare questions EU decision to set up a parcel price comparison site 14 March 2018, 22:55 CET
Under new international rules on e-commerce announced yesterday the European Commission will create a website to compare parcel delivery prices across EU borders. ParcelCompare says it’s a great idea… so great ParcelCompare already does it!

ESBA welcomes Cross-border Parcel Delivery Agreement 13 March 2018, 15:43 CET
Today, on the 13 of March, the European Parliament Plenary ratified the agreement on the Cross-Border Parcel Delivery directive, reached in trilogue by the European Institutions in December 2017.

European spirits sector commits to provision of nutrition and ingredient information 12 March 2018, 18:00 CET
Nutrition information and ingredients listing will be made available to consumers for all EU spirits, either on or off-label. spiritsEUROPE will support its members in their efforts to provide this information and will regularly assess, and report on, the use of both options over the next four years.

Dangerous consumer goods found in high numbers in EU 12 March 2018, 15:52 CET
In 2017, more than 2,000 non-food products failing safety requirements were notified to the EU’s rapid alert system (RAPEX). This figure might however only show the tip of the iceberg because of insufficient market checks.