Plan To Prevent Extinction

A draft global plan to halt the collapse of nature will not protect vulnerable communities or stop the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, claims Friends of the Earth. The call comes as governments meet in Rome for the first time today to work on a “Paris-style” United Nations agreement that will eventually be agreed in October. …

EESC Argues for Sustainable Growth

Future economic policy must be in line with the European Green Deal, says the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).  The Committee urges EU Member States to make sustainable economic growth the top priority for European and national economic policies in 2020 and beyond and recommends complementing the current accommodative monetary policy of the European…

Micro-Finance for SMEs

In order to stimulate small business financing in the Baltic States, non-bank business lender Noviti Finance, and the European Investment Fund (EIF), have signed a cooperation agreement to give micro businesses and farmers better access to funding of up to €25,000.  The guarantee is funded by the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme of the…

Open Knowledge Foundation welcomes digital strategy

Commenting on the EU’s blueprint on shaping Europe’s digital future, published last week by the European Commission, Catherine Stihler chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said: “This long-awaited blueprint for Europe’s digital landscape is very welcome and a giant step forward for a fair, free and open future.”  “This is the greatest opportunity and…

European Day for Victims of Crime

Today 22 February marks European Day for Victims of Crime. Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Reynders issued the following statement: “This year marks the 30th anniversary of the European Day for Victims of Crime. Still, every year 75 million people across Europe continue to fall victims of crime. Only yesterday, we mourned the victims of yet another heinous act, this time…

CFP Needs to Include Angling

Anglers made the case at the European Parliament that a full recognition of the recreational fisheries sector in the Common Fisheries Policy is needed in order to properly manage public access to fish and to put in place a fair and sustainable management of fish stocks.MEP Niclas Herbst, new Chair of the Forum on Recreational…

EU Budget Stand-Off

Council president Charles Michel, speaking after the failure of the EU summit to reach a deal on the next long term EU budge. said, “The last weeks and the last days, we have worked very hard in order to try to reach an agreement regarding the next European budget. Unfortunately, today we have observed that…

EP To Approve Commission Accounts For 2018

MEPs have signed off on the Commission’s 2018 budget, but rules to fight fraud and conflict of interest must be strengthened. The Budgetary Control Committee recommends granting discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (corresponding to 97% of the whole EU budget) by 20 votes in favour and four against. In the accompanying resolution, adopted…

Maggiar calls for EU Budget With Strong Focus on SMEs

Ahead of the extraordinary European Council on the next Multiannual Financial Framework, SMEunited President Alban Maggiar has “reminded” European leaders on the priorities ahead.  Maggiar says Europe will only be able to provide welfare to its people, if it invests in future competitiveness, based on a greener and digital economy.  Therefore, Maggiar urges the European…

EU Digital Transformation

The Commission has taken the wraps off its plans for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident.  It presents a European society powered by digital solutions that put people first, opens up new opportunities for businesses, and boosts the development of trustworthy technology to foster an open…