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Renewable gas lobby exposed as misleading ahead of EU 2050 Climate Strategy
Ahead of the European Commission announcing its '2050 Climate Strategy' for complying with the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) today released a two-part briefing (Part I, Part II) on the gas industry's attempts to promote so-called 'renewable gas' in the EU strategy.

Bayer to offer access to its owned glyphosate studies
Bayer will soon include safety study summaries of glyphosate on its dedicated transparency platform. This next step will mark the first anniversary of the company's Transparency Initiative, having been launched on 7 December 2017.

Agenda released for Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems conference 2019
SMi reports: Registration has opened, and the agenda has been released for Military Robotics Autonomous Systems 2019

SMEs continue to recover and drive Europe's economy
Ten years after the start of the financial crisis and the adoption of the Small Business Act, the European Commission presented today its new SME Performance Review at the SME Assembly 2018.

Registration opens for the 4th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness conference
SMi reports: Registration has opened for the 4th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness conference taking place on the 3rd and 4th April 2019, in London.

EU Parliament wants rail passenger rights beefed up
The European Parliament today voted to upgrade rail passenger rights.

Court's decision makes a case for excluding dirty energy from capacity mechanisms subsidies
The General Court of the European Union has decided today to annul the European Commission's decision not to raise objections to the aid scheme establishing a 'capacity market' in the United Kingdom. The ruling puts into question many capacity mechanisms in place across Europe, including the Polish capacity market which is based on the UK model.

May has finally managed to unite Parliament
With the latest instalments in the Brexit cliff-hanger being watched avidly worldwide, Sue Wilson, chair of Bremain in Spain, comments on Theresa May's tough week and the state of play so far.

EBF statement on the Brexit withdrawal agreement
Following the agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union reached late Wednesday between EU negotiators and the UK government, and following the publication of the proposed outline for the future EU-UK relationship, Wim Mijs, Chief Executive Officer of the European Banking Federation, said:

Agenda Released for 2019's Future Soldier Technology
SMi Reports: Senior Military confirmed to present at the 5th annual Future Soldier Technology Conference and Focus Day

Trucks: CO2 targets voted by European Parliament 'excessively aggressive', say manufacturers
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) - which represents the EU's seven major truck producers - is highly concerned about the outcome of the European Parliament's plenary vote on the region's first-ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles.

European Parliament formally adopts new telecom rules and caps expensive intra-EU calls
The European Parliament has today formally confirmed the deal reached last June between MEPs and Member States on a broad reform of the EU’s telecoms rules.

Retailers and wholesalers warn of dangers from direct consumer imports
Speaking today on the occasion of the International Product Safety Week, Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce said: "Our members are deeply worried at the influx of dangerous products sold by unscrupulous non-EU manufacturers and sellers, directly targeting EU customers. These products are not subject to any controls and can cause serious harm to consumers. They also represent unfair competition to responsible EU producers, importers and retailers who work hard to ensure that their products are safe and meet EU standards. Any new regulation has to reflect this new reality and help national authorities in responding appropriately to these threats. Rogue traders who deliberately bring non-compliant products into the EU should be stopped and punished."

European Parliament votes to keep Adriatic Sea the world's most overfished and unsustainable region
Today, the European Parliament missed its opportunity to help fish populations in the Adriatic Sea recover from critical overfishing and thus failed to ensure a sustainable future for the world's most overfished region. WWF now calls on the European Commission to withdraw its original proposal and come forward with a new management plan.

Governments call for swift EU action on global deforestation
Seven European governments have ramped up pressure on the European Commission to deliver a long-awaited action plan by the end of the year to tackle global deforestation.

UK in EU Challenge asks Theresa May to reconsider her position on the referendum result
Solicitors acting for the claimants in Wilson & Others vs. The Prime Minister, known as the UK in EU Challenge, led by Sue Wilson of Bremain in Spain, are urging Theresa May to reconsider her position in light of the Electoral Commission's decision to refer Arron Banks to the National Crime Agency.

EU financial auditors poke holes in farming plan's green credentials
The European Court of Auditors, the EU' financial watchdog, has poked holes in the European Commission's claims that it is developing a more environmentally friendly farming policy, in a report released today.

SMEunited launches UEAPME into the future
At yesterday's Extraordinary General Assembly, UEAPME decided on SMEunited as the new name for the association for Crafts and SMEs in Europe.

Long-delayed EU strategy on hormone disrupting chemicals - roll out is matter of urgency
Chemicals which change our hormonal system, so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), are linked to severe health problems, including infertility, obesity, cancer and genital malformations. Today, the European Commission published a strategy on how the EU can address EDCs - a long overdue update to an earlier 1999 strategy.

All financial institutions must disclose sustainability risks and impacts, say MEPs
WWF applauds the high level of ambition demonstrated by the European Parliament in yesterday’s Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs’ vote on disclosure relating to sustainability investments and sustainability risks.

Diesel: new data proves that modern diesel cars emit low pollutant emissions on the road
New data released today by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) provides evidence that latest-generation diesel cars emit low pollutant emissions on the road. This data was measured in real-driving conditions by the drivers of the various national type approval authorities.

Political tensions are becoming a challenge for growth in Europe
At the Macroeconomic dialogue, heads of the European Commission, Presidency of the Council of the EU, and European Central Bank, discussed the economic situation in Europe and its challenges with the European Social Partners.

Consumers to be helped by new labelling of the power supply of electric vehicles
ANEC welcomes adoption of the European Standard, EN 17186 'Identification of vehicles and infrastructures compatibility - Graphical expression for consumer information on Electric Vehicle power supply'.

Data reporting: European banks underline need for an integrated and standardized EU framework
The European Banking Federation is calling on financial sector authorities in the European Union to create an integrated and standardized framework for data reporting in order to improve the quality of data while reducing the reporting burden.

EU Ombudswoman starts investigation on risk assessment of genetically engineered soybeans
The office of the European Ombudsman has confirmed it will investigate a complaint by GeneWatch UK, supported by TestBiotech, regarding the authorisation for import of three transgenic crops with altered oil content for use as food and feed.