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Latest EU fisheries management plan threatens sustainability targets and long-term ocean health
Today's European Parliament vote on the Multiannual Management Plan for the EU's Western Waters - covering the Atlantic Ocean between Ireland and Portugal - brings the highly rushed drafting and decision process to a disappointing close, and foreshadows disastrous outcomes for the two other fisheries management plans currently under negotiation.

Senior Military Briefings on Air Operational Superiority and Safety Priorities at SMi's Annual Defence Aviation Safety Conference 2019
SMi Group Reports: Senior military officials to present at the Defence Aviation Safety conference in London this April.

Dealing effectively with dangerous imports is vital for consumers and fair competition
Speaking today at the conclusion of trilogue negotiations between Council, European Commission and Parliament on the Compliance and Enforcement Regulation, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren congratulated the negotiators on finalising this important new regulation for consumers and all the supply chain:

Registration Opens for the Only Armoured Vehicles Conference in the World focused Exclusively on Weapon Systems - FAVWS 2019
SMi reports: The 4th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems conference is set to return to London on 5th and 6th June 2019.

SMEs are key to fight climate change
In a meeting yesterday with Commissioner Karmenu Vella, SMEunited President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller stressed the important role SMEs operating in eco-industry play in fighting climate change.

Business As Usual: Making a Successful US Visa Application at a time of Heightened Scrutiny
The reality we're all facing today is that US visa applications across every classification are enduring increased scrutiny by US immigration authorities.

New CO2 targets for trucks must be 'achievable in practice' cautions industry
Ahead of next week's final EU negotiations on CO2 standards for trucks, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) reiterates its support for a timely agreement on this regulation. At the same time, ACEA cautions policy makers that these first-ever CO2 targets will only be achievable if they are accompanied by the right package of measures to address the structural challenges faced by truck makers and operators alike.

Registration Opens for 4th Annual MilSatCom USA Conference, returning to Virginia, USA this June
SMi Reports: Registration is now officially open for MilSatCom USA, returning for its 4th year to Arlington, Virginia, USA on the 26th & 27th June 2019

Discriminatory Slovak retail tax hurts consumers - EuroCommerce files official complaints
EuroCommerce has lodged two complaints to the European Commission against a new tax on retailers (Act No. 595/2003).

The time for reflection is up! Concrete action now needed to meet SDGs
Today, the European Commission published its long-awaited reflection paper "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030", which outlines its strategy for delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

EU concludes reform with stronger guarantee rights for consumers in future
The EU institutions have approved a deal which includes rights for consumers of digital content and services like software, streaming or game downloads for the first time. The deal also covers users if they provide personal data instead of money to access the service or the software.

Brussels offers a secure alternative to London for UK creative industries post-Brexit
The Brussels Capital Region sets out to attract UK-based media, broadcasters and creative organisations to ensure access to European markets following Brexit

Call for an immediate moratorium of patents on plants and animals - International appeal to the President of the European Patent Office, Antonio Campinos
No Patents on Seeds! together with more than 40 other organisations today published an international appeal to the president of the European Patent Office (EPO), Antonio Campinos.

Leak: European governments pave way for bee-killing pesticides
Under pressure from pesticide producers and governments, the European Commission is planning to scrap bee-safety standards that led to a ban of three bee-killing pesticides, according to a leaked plan.

More enforcement of consumer law and better rights in digital economy, demand MEPs
The European Parliament committee for the internal market (IMCO) is pushing for stronger rules when companies do not abide by EU consumer law. Enforcement is rightly seen as the weak link in consumer protection rules.

Final court decision stops attempt to open up Pirin World Heritage site for construction
WWF and other NGOs in the For the Nature coalition have won the final court case against the government of Bulgaria's plans to open Pirin National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Bulgaria's premier protected area, up to construction.

Truck CO2 targets: no public charging points for electric or hydrogen trucks available, new data reveals
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has published data on the severe lack of recharging and refuelling infrastructure suitable for electric and other alternatively-powered trucks across the EU.

Steel import restrictions now definitive, leaving EU auto manufacturers "extremely disappointed"
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) is extremely disappointed by the decision of EU member states to support the European Commission's proposal to adopt definitive measures that will continue to restrict imports of steel into the EU.

SMEs very concerned about refusal of Brexit agreement
Europe's SMEs are very concerned about yesterday's British Parliament's rejection of the EU–UK Brexit Agreement. The vote increases the SMEs' concerns of a no deal Brexit, the likelihood of this outcome being much higher with this decision.

Registration Opens for the 4th Annual Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe Conference
SMi Reports: Registration is now open for SMi's Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe Conference, taking place in Prague, Czech Republic on 22nd - 23rd May 2019.

The 3rd Annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology conference is now open for registration
SMi reports: Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology returns to London for its 3rd successful year, on 8th and 9th May 2019

Western Mediterranean Sea heading for further decline after disastrous vote in Parliament committee
Today, the European Parliament has taken a first but much too small step to tackle the challenge of overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea, the most overexploited sea basin in the world.

Steel: EU final measures to restrict imports will harm auto industry
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) deeply regrets the European Commission's decision to propose measures to continue restrictions on imports of steel into the EU.

Truck CO2 targets: industry reacts to common position of EU member states
Europe's major truck manufacturers take note of the common position on future CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles that EU environment ministers adopted at a Council meeting this afternoon.

Trading practices (UTPs) - Christmas rush for a deal no longer about protecting farmers
Retailers and wholesalers expressed dismay at the Agriculture Council decision yesterday to create a completely new class of mid-range company at an arbitrary figure of some 300 million euros, to be covered by the UTP directive.