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298 automobile factories operating across Europe, new data shows
298 automobile assembly and engine production plants operate in Europe today, according to freshly-updated data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

Court rules in favour of protecting the iconic Pirin National Park in Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s Supreme Administrative Court has suspended the execution of Pirin National Park's new management plan, which would have allowed construction in 66% and logging in 48% of the national park and World Heritage Site. In a time of crisis, this is a victory for nature and the rule of law in Bulgaria.

Greener, Fairer and Simpler VAT and Excise duties - and zero VAT and customs duties for protective equipment during COVID-19 crisis
Speaking today on the publication of the EuroCommerce paper on VAT and excise duties, EuroCommerce Director-General commented:

Merkel gets behind climate action as part of green recovery
At today's Petersberg climate dialogue, hosted by Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said greater climate action should be part of our economic recovery from the health crisis. She also spoke in favour of a "50% or 55%" emissions reduction target for 2030 - up from the 40% target today.

EU's bank recovery billions must be green - NGOs
11 NGOs are calling on the European Investment Bank to ensure its response to the Covid-19 health crisis is aligned with the EU Green Deal and helps stimulate a green economic recovery in Europe.

SMEs across Europe focus on day present and after
During a Board of Directors e-meeting on Friday 24 April, SMEunited gathered the views of Board members across Europe on the SME business environment in this COVID-19 crisis. Entrepreneurs are handling the day present, however already look forward to the day after as well.

Motor vehicle taxation brings in €440.4 billion for governments in major European markets
New data shows that motor vehicles generate more than €440 billion in taxation for national governments in the major EU markets plus the UK, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) reports.

EU Council: governments must act together to 'build back better'
As EU heads of state and government today discuss a collective response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Friends of the Earth Europe has called on them to act urgently and decisively and put addressing inequalities and the planetary emergency at the heart of a recovery plan.

COVID-19 crisis: we need a strong Europe
Statement ahead of the EU heads of state and government video call

SME emergency actions, exit and recovery strategies presented to Commission and Council
The business environment for SMEs has dramatically changed for the worse in the past weeks. This has a huge negative impact on hundreds of thousands of Crafts and SMEs, and also threatens fundamentally the core role which SMEs play in European citizen's everyday life. To support the survival and quick recovery of SMEs across Europe, SMEunited presents proposals on the emergency actions, exit and recovery strategies.

Recovery from COVID-19 needs free trade, not protectionism
Speaking today, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren called upon leaders across the world to drive the economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic by freeing up global trade:

Brexit chaos 'more nerve-wracking than the World Cup', say parcel export experts
'We'd rather watch England take penalties in the World Cup final than see Britain go into the final round of Brexit negotiations so disunified' says ParcelHero

Need for COVID exit plans across Europe
EuroCommerce is pleased that the Commission has sought to propose a number of ideas on how Europe can gradually return to normal once the immediate danger of the COVID-19 pandemic has eased.

EU governments rally behind green recovery
WWF welcomes a letter signed by the ministers of Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, in which they urge to apply the European Green Deal as "roadmap to make the right choices in responding to the economic crisis while transforming Europe into a sustainable and climate neutral economy".

Joint statement EuroCommerce/UNI-Europa
The EU Social Partners in the retail and wholesale sector are working together to ensure the continued safety of its workforce who are interacting daily with European consumers, while working to avoid the present COVID-19 pandemic putting at risk the 29 million jobs in the sector in Europe.

Corona crisis: almost 1.5 million vehicles in production losses for European auto makers
Factory shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have resulted in lost production amounting to 1,465,415 motor vehicles to date, according to new figures published by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

COVID-19 is a wake-up call to end sky-high medicine prices
The current pandemic is a stress test for our health care systems and sky-high medicines prices are one of the problems that need solving. As vaccines, testing kits and treatments are urgently needed to tackle COVID-19, BEUC urges the EU to ensure that public funding into treatment research results in medicines that are affordable to all. Experience shows that public investment in medicines research − such as cancer drugs − does not always ensure fair prices.

Renewed EU sustainable finance strategy can help economic resilience
Today the European Commission showed it is pushing forward on greening finance. It launched an insightful public consultation on the EU’s new sustainable finance strategy, almost sticking to the planned timing despite the coronavirus outbreak.

On World Health Day, WWF Central and Eastern Europe Calls for a Halt to the Illegal Wildlife Trade and Forest Crime
This World Health Day, the world is grappling with the worst public health emergency in recent memory. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has brought the link between zoonotic diseases - those transmitted from animals to humans - and wildlife trade into sharp focus.

UK trade deal: EU auto makers call for far-reaching agreement
The scale and ambition of the trade agreement that replaces the United Kingdom's membership of the EU must reflect the deeply intertwined nature of the automotive sector, urges the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). If not, this would not only severely damage the industry and the wider economy, but it could also hamper the roll-out of electric vehicles.

COVID-19: Jobs of over 1.1 million EU automobile workers affected so far, data shows
The jobs of at least 1,110,107 Europeans working in automobile manufacturing are affected by factory shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, according to data compiled by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

Coronavirus: joint statement Copa-Cogeca, FoodDrinkEurope, EuroCommerce
Copa-Cogeca, FoodDrinkEurope and EuroCommerce represent the core actors in the European food supply chain: farmers and agri-cooperatives, food and drink manufacturers, and wholesale and retail distribution.

EDRi calls for fundamental rights-based responses to COVID-19
In a recent statement released on 20 March 2020, European Digital Rights (EDRi) calls on the Member States and institutions of the European Union (EU) to ensure that, while developing public health measures to tackle COVID-19, they:

Coronavirus: EU auto industry faces unprecedented crisis
The effect of the coronavirus on society and the global economy is unprecedented, with grave consequences for the automobile industry.

Statement of the European Social Partners on the COVID-19 emergency
The social partners urge the governments to approve measures