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SMEs business confidence fades out
Today, ahead of next week's Tripartite Social Summit and European Council, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller presented the latest EU SME Barometer.

The US example shows why new methods of genetically engineering crop plants need to be regulated
According to research carried out by Testbiotech, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has already given non-regulated status to more than 20 plants genetically engineered with so-called genome editing techniques. None of the applications registered at USDA were referred for further more detailed assessment. The Testbiotech report published today shows that there are however significant differences in methods of production, traits and risks of the non-regulated plants in comparison to those derived from conventional breeding.

375,000+ citizens tell the European Commission "Hands off our water law!"
375,386 people have called on the European Commission to defend Europe's strong water law, making the EU's public consultation on the legislation one of the largest ever in the history of the European Union. This law is critical to ensure that Europe's rivers, lakes and wetlands are protected and brought back to good health.

Access to finance is still a concern for SMEs
Accessing finance to fund their projects is still an important concern for Europe’s SMEs.

EU-US trade: auto makers urge MEPs to support talks
Ahead of a vote in the European Parliament tomorrow, auto makers are calling upon MEPs to back the European Commission's request to start trade talks with the United States.

Public interest win as EU Court annuls EFSA refusal to disclose glyphosate data
This morning, the European Court of Justice annuled the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) refusal to disclose data from industry-owned scientific studies on the toxicity of glyphosate.

Explore the latest developments in the USA SATCOM domain at MilSatCom USA 2019
SMi reports: Senior military experts to discuss the latest developments in the USA SATCOM domain following the announcement of a $13 billion US Space Force at the MilSatCom USA conference in June.

SMEs4Europe Campaign: Digitalisation is crucial for SMEs competitiveness
Digital transformation is a big challenge for SMEs today. Highly innovative SMEs are faced with regulatory and financial barriers as well as skills shortage that hinder their growth. Traditional companies that are facing the digital transformation process risk losing their competitiveness.

EU ministers consider decarbonisation plan as climate protests intensify
As climate change protests intensify across Europe and beyond, energy and environment ministers meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels will discuss whether to back a plan to fully decarbonise the EU by 2050.

Member States push for more consumer law enforcement without going the full mile
Representatives of EU Member States have reached a position that more needs to be done to protect consumers from companies that break consumer law, particularly by strengthening the penalties national authorities can impose. National governments also want to provide consumers with the right to terminate the contract, or to get compensation in case of damages, when they are faced with an unfair practice.

Far-right populist surge would threaten EU climate action: report
A new report by Adelphi, a German think tank, has shown that the next European Parliament could see a greater share of MEPs opposed to policy action to tackle climate change.

SaveYourInternet.eu: Citizens set to prevent upload filters in the EU
Today, on 26 February 2019, European Digital Rights and partner organisations from across Europe are re-launching the campaign SaveYourInternet.eu – with new items in the "toolbox".

Unambitious and ineffective: Member States' water report cards are in
Europe's rivers are suffering. Despite the EU's strong water legislation, the European Commission's latest report on its implementation, published today, paints a bleak picture. Although some progress has been made, Member States are not on track to bring Europe's rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams, groundwater, transitional and coastal waters to good health by 2027.

SMEs can make Europe stronger - SMEunited kicks off information campaign ahead of European Elections
The European Union is at a crossroad. The upcoming elections of the European Parliament and the decision about the next European Commission will be decisive, not only for Europe, but also for SMEs.

Poland starts illegally destroying another protected nature site - EU Commission urged to act
Environmental organisations have appealed to the European Commission to step in and halt the illegal destruction of a key nature site in Poland.

LCI launches 100% 'Clean Label' preservative for bakery products
Keenly aware of consumer expectations in terms of natural and 'Clean Label' ingredients, Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) is proud to present the newest addition to its range, CERECLEAN.

Who are the French Tech startups heading to CES 2019?
The 2019 edition of CES will see Business France once again organising the French Tech pavilion.

New vehicle safety rules: auto industry reacts to European Parliament vote
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the European Parliament's vote on the revision of the General Safety Regulation, which mandates the safety technologies to be included as standard in new vehicle types.

Political groups reflect on SME policy
MEP Othmar Karas, President of the SME Intergroup at the European Parliament, and SMEunited Secretary General Véronique Willems invited the different political groups to discuss future priorities for European SME policy.

UK in EU Challenge Solicitors Write to Prime Minister and Metropolitan Police Ahead of Court of Appeal
With a Court of Appeal hearing due to take place on Thursday 21 February, solicitors for the UK in EU claimants, headed by Bremain in Spain's Sue Wilson, have written to the Prime Minister to question once again the legitimacy of the Brexit referendum and ask her to consider extending the Article 50 process and/or holding another referendum.

Truck makers react to final CO2 deal setting first-ever EU standards for heavy-duty vehicles
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) takes note of the final deal on the regulation setting standards for CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, reached by the European Parliament, Commission and national governments last night.

SMEs Are Key for the Future of Europe
Today, in Bucharest, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and with Minister Radu Oprea (Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship). Representatives from SMEunited Romanian member organisation CNIPMMR joined the discussions. During the meetings, they focussed on the preparation of the Future of Europe debate at the upcoming Sibiu Summit in May, and SME priorities.

US report on car imports: EU auto makers express grave concern
Following the submission to the White House of the US Commerce Department's report on the section 232 national security investigation into motor vehicle and auto part imports, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) reiterates its concerns about any potential new tariffs.

Copyright Directive: Nefarious upload filters strike back
The closed-doors "trilogue" discussions on the copyright Directive finalised last night with an agreement that supports upload filters.

MEPs slowly turn tide against factory farms
The European Parliament's environment committee has voted to increase environmental and animal welfare protections under the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP), but the improvements are not yet sufficient to tackle the problem of factory farming, said Greenpeace.