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MUP court ruling a sad day for the internal market 15 November 2017, 12:28 CET
spiritsEUROPE regrets the UK Supreme Court ruling on MUP, which will distort competition by preventing efficient low-cost producers of alcoholic drinks in other Member States from using that competitive advantage against higher cost producers, without targeting those who drink at harmful levels.

Italy the best performing OECD economy in this year's World Bank Paying Taxes survey 14 November 2017, 23:23 CET
Russell Bedford International member firm Studio Corno, Milan, has again assisted the World Bank in researching its annual Doing Business project. This year’s report, Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs, shows Italy to have the most improved tax environment of the OECD economies, up 14 places from 126 to 112

German electricity exports are fueling domestic coal mining 14 November 2017, 23:18 CET
Germany could cut the equivalent of Hungary’s annual emissions, just by stopping electricity exports. A new report released by the climate thinktank Sandbag shows Germany exported 49TWh of electricity in 2016 - and is on course for even more in 2017 - from the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel, lignite.

Small is beautiful: Don't burden small businesses and consumers, empower them to boost the energy transition! 09 November 2017, 18:49 CET
The trade associations representing key players in Europe’s energy transition urge policy makers to take a step-wise approach towards the market integration of small-scale renewable and high efficiency cogeneration installations.

MedTech Europe: Brexit deal must ensure continued access to needed medtech 09 November 2017, 18:37 CET
MedTech Europe, the trade association representing the medical technology industry, wants negotiators to be highly sensitive to the impact of Brexit to patients and the SME-based medical technology industry. The association calls for effective arrangements that will mitigate potential risks to patients’ access or to the competitiveness of the sector on both sides of the channel.

Out of touch ETS reform puts EU Member States in the spotlight 09 November 2017, 18:30 CET
Last night’s trialogue agreement failed to restore the ETS as Europe’s flagship climate policy. Emission reductions for the foreseeable future will now be dependent on other EU and Member State policies.These include direct efforts to phase out coal, increase renewables growth and support industrial innovation.

EU carbon market downgraded from flagship to backstop 09 November 2017, 13:02 CET
EU lawmakers today struck a tentative deal on the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the period after 2020. For WWF this inadequate deal, which will pay heavy industry to continue polluting, makes Europe’s Paris Agreement climate commitments look meaningless. It puts huge pressure on EU lawmakers to ensure the the Clean Energy package delivers the missing climate action.

EU governments reject Commission push for glyphosate 09 November 2017, 12:48 CET
European governments have again refused to support a European Commission plan to grant a shortened but unrestricted licence for glyphosate, Europe’s most widely used weedkiller that has been linked to cancer and environmental harm.

European consumers face significant hurdles when shopping online outside the EU, new research shows 09 November 2017, 12:33 CET
Although more and more Europeans shop online, their trust in the market outside the EU remains low.

CO2 targets: Automobile industry reacts to European Commission's second mobility package 09 November 2017, 00:04 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the publication of the European Commission's second mobility package, including a proposal for post-2021 CO2 targets for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. ACEA will now work with its members to assess the full details of the proposals before continuing to engage with the EU institutions on this dossier.

Commission shows narrow vision on renewable-powered shared mobility, Greenpeace 09 November 2017, 00:00 CET
A package of policy measures for the transport sector released by the European Commission fails to deliver an ambitious vision of shared mobility powered by renewable energy, said Greenpeace.

Small retailers and wholesalers call for support to embrace digital 08 November 2017, 23:51 CET
Today, at EuroCommerce’s annual SME Day, retail and wholesale entrepreneurs shared their experiences of doing business in a tough trading environment.

Agenda Released for Robotics and Autonomous Systems conference 08 November 2017, 18:16 CET
SMi reports: SMi launches an exclusive conference on Robotics and Autonomous Systems, taking place on 25th-26th April 2018 in London, UK.

EBF Economic Outlook: strong growth in uncertain times 08 November 2017, 00:06 CET
The Euro area economy will continue its recovery with economic growth gaining momentum amid continuing political uncertainty, according to the bi-annual Economic Outlook of the European Banking Federation that is published today.

New study: no room for gas in Europe's climate budget, science shows 07 November 2017, 13:22 CET
Europe needs to urgently quit gas if it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to internationally agreed levels, new science shows.

EU market for electric cars highly fragmented, new data shows as Commission finalises CO2 proposal 02 November 2017, 18:13 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published new data demonstrating the correlation between the market uptake of electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) and both GDP and customer incentives. Based on these new findings, ACEA calls for an ambitious but more realistic approach to the electrification of Europe’s car fleet, just before the European Commission releases its proposal for post-2021 CO2 targets for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles next week.

Banks invested over EUR 18 bn in software in 2016 02 November 2017, 18:07 CET
Survey results released by the European Banking Federation shows that European banks last year invested more than €18 billion in software, despite being forced to accept prudential rules that require software investments to be treated as costs instead of an investment.

Challenge to EU leaders: Time to move Europe Beyond Coal 02 November 2017, 17:54 CET
Health, environment and climate groups are calling on the European Union to hasten the move away from coal and other fossil fuels and towards clean renewable energy. As ‘Europe Beyond Coal’ launches, Brussels-based groups have set the EU five challenges to help Europe become coal-free by 2030.

Agenda has been released for 2018's Future Soldier Technology Conference and Focus Day 01 November 2017, 15:37 CET
SMi Reports: Senior Military confirmed to present at 2018's Future Soldier Technology Conference and Focus Day

Airborne Technologies GmbH: SMi's Latest sponsor for Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology 2018 31 October 2017, 18:27 CET
SMi reports: SMi’s latest sponsor for Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology 2018 is Airborne Technologies GmbH

No new approvals for genetically engineered soybeans sprayed with glyphosate! 27 October 2017, 11:50 CET
After the vote on glyphosate was postponed again, Testbiotech is demanding that all approvals for genetically engineered soybeans sprayed with glyphosate are stopped.

MEPs ignore the science to allow subsidies to bad bioenergy 26 October 2017, 00:23 CET
The European Parliament's Environment Committee voted Monday in favour of continued subsidies to burning trees and stumps for energy, in a defeat for science, the climate and forests - and the EU’s reputation on climate change.

Growing number of EU governments oppose re-approval of glyphosate 25 October 2017, 14:04 CET
Amid mounting political and public opposition to glyphosate - a controversial and widely used weedkiller - representatives of European governments have again rejected the Commission’s proposal to grant glyphosate a new licence. A final vote has been postponed to November.

Businesses, investors, civil society launch call for strong EU 2050 climate strategies 23 October 2017, 14:06 CET
Over 30 groups including business, civil society, investors and trade unions have today launched a joint statement in support of strong 2050 climate strategies.

SME Climate Index attains a pre-crisis level with 80.2 points 20 October 2017, 12:13 CET
At the Tripartite Social Summit, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller presented the latest SME Barometer to the leaders of the European Institutions.