EU Bans Neurotoxic Pesticides

Representatives from the European Member States in the EU Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) have voted to ban the neurotoxic pesticides chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl from the EU market, a historic move that has been applauded by health and environment groups. Genon K. Jensen, Executive Director of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL),…

Intergroup in EP to be established for Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs

The body that represents the spirits industry at EU level – spiritsEUROPE – says it “strongly supports” the re-establishment of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs.  This intergroup allows for the enhanced understanding of the cultural, traditional and economic importance of spirits among key decision-makers in the European Parliament, and should be re-constituted. “We encourage MEPs from all political groupings, sitting on…

EU Business Pessimistic about Economic Outlook

European firms are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the economic outlook according to the new EIB report. The report also finds that investment in climate change mitigation is lower than that of major economies like the US and China.  Infrastructure investment is stuck at 1.6% of EU GDP, the lowest in 15 years and Europe is…

Radu Dumitrescu wins SME Youth Essay Competition

Radu Dumitrescu, a 24 year-old from Romania, was proclaimed a winner of this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition during the European Commission’s SME Assembly. Radu Dumitrescu is one of the Editors-in-Chief of The New Federalist web magazine. In his speech as potential EU Commissioner for SMEs and Entrepreneurship he said: “So, what is our goal?…

ESBA consortium wins contract to reinvigorate WEgate

Today the European Commission announced that the European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) won the contract to reinvigorate WEgate, the EC women entrepreneurship platform. Renamed WEgate 2020 – We open doors for women entrepreneurs, the portal provides women entrepreneurs with support, training and encouragement to succeed. The WEgate announcement was made during the “Women, Investment, and Access to…

Climate Launchpad Finals

They are the climate champions who are flying the flag for innovation around the world. A ‘mini army’ of exciting entrepreneurs have been honoured at a prestigious event designed to promote the best in global greentech. Organised by EIT Climate-KIC, the finals of “ClimateLaunchpad”, the world’s largest green start-up competition, were held in Amsterdam on…

New Initiative to Promote Alternative Packaging to Single Use Plastic

CEPI, the European association representing the paper industry, has established a new alliance called 4evergreen. The aim of the alliance is to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy that minimises climate and environmental impact.   It is not specifically aiming to compete with the plastics industry, but it will…

Belgium Portugal and the Blue Economy

The Belgian-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce has brought together prominent Blue Economy private stakeholders, both from Portugal and Belgium, along with financing agents, academia, clusters, associations, and EU policy makers.  Duarte Bué Alves, Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD, and rapporteur of the event, opened by saying the global blue economy represents US$1.5 trillion and 31…

EP Stands By Decision to Aid Carrefour Belgium Staff

Members of the European Parliament have confirmed that they stand in solidarity with the 400 people in Wallonia who have lost their jobs after being made redundant by Carrefour Belgium.  These people should receive support from the EU budget, despite this proposal being rejected by the EU Council. Furthermore, MEPs also backed the proposal to…

Taxing Digital Business

EU finance ministers are set to discuss the state of play of their work on digital taxation and the ongoing reforms in the framework of the G20 and OECD. These international reform efforts aim to regulate where and how much taxes companies pay, thereby bringing tax laws into the digital age, limiting tax competition and ensuring…