Commission Launches Consultation on Social Europe

The European Commission has published a communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions.  The Commission also launched a social partner consultation on fair minimum wages. European business supports the objective of a social market economy that works for people. The way forward is to improve the performance of labour markets and social systems…

All is not well beneath the surface of the global fertilizer industry

Amidst undulating prices and mixed newspaper headlines, 2019 has seen a number of shocks to the globally important but under-scrutinised fertilizer sector.  The industry has been hit by what is seen as mismanagement and poor decision making and has emerged as a target for questionable large-scale international practices. These developments have blighted the reputation of…

Green Deal: No More Investment in Fossil Fuels

Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the Green Deal, visited the premises of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg yesterday where he addressed the EIB staff. The commission said that to achieve the ambition set by the Green Deal there are significant investment needs.  “We will only be able to meet these investment needs if we mobilise both the public and…

New Challenges for EU Products and Services

The coming years will see new prospects and challenges for European products and services, according to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).  Providing innovative, highly specialised products and services with well-recognised and certified key characteristics can boost European competitiveness, says the EESC. Unanimously adopted at its plenary session on 11 December, the EESC’s own-initiative…

Busiest season of the year at Brussels Airport

With the start of the Christmas school holidays, yesterday saw 76,000 passengers coming through Brussels Airport, of which 41,000 travellers were flying out, making it the busiest day of the festive season. This year, Brussels Airport has pulled out all the stops to welcome its passengers eager to make their Christmas getaway on a relaxing…

Crowd-funding for SMEs

Parliament’s negotiating team reached a deal with the Council on Wednesday on EU-wide rules to help crowdfunding services function smoothly and foster cross-border business funding. The uniform set of criteria will apply to all European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSP) up to offers of EUR 5 000 000 (from EUR 1 000 000 proposed by the…

Money Laundering Capital?

London, one of the world’s great international cities, is home to countless nationalities, a thriving financial sector and a diverse cultural scene. It also has a more sinister side; a property market well known as one of the world’s prime destinations for foreign politicians, dignitaries and businessmen to stash their ill-gotten gains. A recent study…

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…