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EU Fintech Action Plan: first step towards a serious approach 08 March 2018, 18:31 CET
The European Banking Federation notes the release today of the European Commission's Fintech Action Plan 'For a more competitive and innovative European financial sector', which recognises the transformative impact of financial innovations for users of financial services and for the banks that offer these.

EU breaks new ground on sustainable finance - but more needed 08 March 2018, 14:12 CET
The EU has made clear its intent to become the world's leader in sustainable finance with its bold Action Plan published today. While the proposals would help more money go into sustainable sectors rather than fossil fuels, they are still not enough to align with the Paris Agreement on climate change.

SMEs say no to Commission approach for definitive VAT system 06 March 2018, 15:21 CET
In a position paper, UEAPME presents quite a negative assessment of the European Commission's proposal for the first steps towards a Single EU VAT system.

EU can lead the world in sustainable finance 06 March 2018, 13:59 CET
The EU has a chance to become a world-leader in sustainable finance with the European Commission’s upcoming Action Plan, expected on 7 March. This would mean more money going into ‘green’ sectors and less into fossil fuels and areas which damage the planet and people’s wellbeing.

EU-US automobile trade and production in context 06 March 2018, 13:56 CET
In the margins of the Geneva motor show, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) reacts to recent discussions on possible tariffs on EU car imports to the United States by putting the trade relations between the two regions in context.

Greenpeace report calls for halving of meat and dairy production to protect climate, nature and health 05 March 2018, 18:19 CET
Global meat and dairy production and consumption must be cut in half by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change and keep the Paris climate agreement on track, says a new Greenpeace report.

Bremain in Spain comments on May's Road to Brexit: a Road to Nowhere 05 March 2018, 18:16 CET
Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain and the EU, points out that public reactions to Theresa May's speech on Friday have been as mixed as the PM's own messages.

European countries not yet delivering a healthy Baltic Sea 05 March 2018, 18:11 CET
Ten years after the Baltic Sea Action Plan was adopted, the recovery of the Baltic Sea remains slow – and is even declining in some measures. Today, WWF released "The Baltic Sea Scorecard 2018", a report revealing that the Baltic Sea coastal countries are failing to deliver on their commitments for a healthy Baltic Sea by 2021 and show little indication that this will improve.

EuroCommerce: don’t disrupt trade across the Atlantic - or the Channel 05 March 2018, 12:46 CET
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren has warned of the severe consequences of any trade war arising from US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was minded to impose significant tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

Genome editing: Legal expert criticises opinion of Attorney General of the EuCJ 02 March 2018, 00:08 CET
On 18 January, the Attorney General of the EU Court of Justice (EuCJ) published his position on whether or not so-called genome editing must be regulated under current EU GMO legislation. On behalf of Testbiotech, the well-known EU legal expert Professor Ludwig Kraemer has now analysed the position of the Attorney General (C-528/16).

EU Commission's Recommendation: Let's put internet giants in charge of censoring Europe 02 March 2018, 00:01 CET
Today, on 1 March 2018, the European Commission proposed a "Recommendation" on the surveillance and filtering of the internet by online companies.

EFSA confirms pesticides danger to bees 01 March 2018, 23:57 CET
Three widely used neonicotinoid pesticides are a danger to bees, according to a report released on 28 February by the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA.

New working conditions put too much red tape on SMEs 28 February 2018, 23:39 CET
In its newly adopted position on the proposal for a directive on transparent and predictable working conditions, UEAPME expressed serious concerns about the red tape and complexity of the new directive. The aim of the directive is not only to inform workers of the conditions applicable to an employment relationship but also to ensure new rights (such as the predictability of work).

ACE welcomes the Public Procurement Package and reiterates its recommendations for quality-based public procurement 27 February 2018, 23:19 CET
While the European Parliament is currently preparing an own-initiative report on the Public Procurement Strategy package that the Commission adopted in October 2017, the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) reiterates its recommendations for quality-based public procurement.

Bremain in Spain Welcomes Progress in Restoring 'Votes for Life' to British Citizens Overseas 27 February 2018, 15:33 CET
Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union and to protect the rights of British migrants living in Spain, welcomes the progress made with the second reading of the 'Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19', which aims to restore 'Votes for Life' to Brits who have lived overseas for more than 15 years.

Digitalisation is crucial for SMEs' competitiveness 27 February 2018, 15:27 CET
"Entrepreneurs need an enabling legal framework and an environment with adequate support structures to guide their company through digital transformation. Therefore, UEAPME calls for increasing measures on skills development, financial support, capacity building, an appropriate infrastructure and standardisation" stated UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller during a meeting with Commissioner Bienkowska.

Registration now live for Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems 2018 26 February 2018, 18:27 CET
SMi reports: Hear how the US Army’s NGCV protyping effort is progressing at Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems conference 2018.

UEAPME puts focus on SMEs at Industry Day 22 February 2018, 16:20 CET
Today, at the first meeting of the High-level Industrial Roundtable with Commission Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner Bieńkowska, UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller put forward the need to have a specific focus on SMEs within a renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy.

European Commission advocates use of quality criteria in public procurement 22 February 2018, 13:39 CET
In a letter to the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), the European Commission has clarified how the European Union (EU) Public Procurement Directive is applicable to the procurement of social services.

Disappointing vote puts some consumer rights up for the chop 22 February 2018, 12:45 CET
Consumer protection in the EU for the purchase of goods could be weakened following a poor vote in the European Parliament Internal Market (IMCO) Committee today. Members of the committee decided to remove the free choice of remedies which currently exists in several countries when a consumer discovers a fault with a product he bought.

Sales of goods: a missed opportunity 22 February 2018, 12:41 CET
Today, after two years of debate, IMCO (European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee) voted its report on the proposal concerning contracts for the sales of goods. UEAPME acknowledges the Committee's efforts to find a reasonable compromise for all parties and appreciates that provisions such as the lifespan guarantee have not been introduced. However, SMEs regret that the proposal, as it stands now, does not live up to the expected potential initially foreseen, notably establishing full harmonisation of guarantees and remedies at European level.

EU Parliament is contemplating unambitious consumer rights reform 21 February 2018, 12:51 CET
Member States would be obliged to freeze current minimum standards around guarantee rights, if an EU Parliament committee vote on Thursday 22 February goes as expected. As a result, they would no longer be able to give better guarantee rights for goods to consumers, following pressure from MEPs from liberal and conservative parties.

MEPs take a step towards fixing electricity market rules 21 February 2018, 12:46 CET
Today the European Parliament's industry and energy committee (ITRE) adopted its position on the laws to redesign the EU’s electricity market.

European Parliament committee restricts controversial subsidies to coal, gas and nuclear plants 21 February 2018, 12:44 CET
The European Parliament's energy committee has proposed restrictions for controversial subsidies for energy utilities in its vote on the energy market reform. So-called capacity mechanisms - national subsidies to keep power plants on standby - would only be allowed as a "last resort" and would be heavily regulated.

European Court of Justice: European Commission correct to issue guidelines for protecting consumers using online gambling services 20 February 2018, 23:57 CET
The EU Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that the European Commission acted within its rights by issuing guidelines to member states on how to protect consumers from online gambling services.