Record-breaking plastics conference attended by sustainability professionals from across the world

The 14th edition of IdentiPlast, Europe’s leading conference focused on the recycling and recovery of used plastics, was the largest ever. It featured talks from over 50 world-leading speakers in plastics recycling and waste management and had over 340 attendees.
 

S&Ds on Brexit: work with Labour for a closer EU-UK relationship or put the question back to the people

Following the defeat of the Conservative government on the second meaningful vote on the UK’s departure from the EU, S&D Group president Udo Bullmann, and S&D Group spokesperson on Brexit Roberto Gualtieri said:
 

Continuous pressure from S&D Group is showing results in reforming tax havens

The Socialists and Democrats welcome the updated blacklist* of tax havens approved by EU finance ministers today and call for EU member states to also fight their unprincipled own tax schemes to lead by example.
 
Pervenche Berès, S&D Group spokesperson on economic and monetary affairs, said:

S&D Group leader Udo Bullmann: We need a coalition of the willing for fair taxation

Following the announcement that the European finance ministers could not agree on a digital tax, S&D Group leader Udo Bullmann says:

S&Ds achievement for cultural goods and against tax avoidance

The European Parliament, with support of the S&D Group, took an important decision today on the import of cultural goods into Europe, a market that counts for about 19 billion euros. A new stable legal framework will ensure coherence with European values in the field of archaeology, prehistory, literature, art or science. The regulation will provide a strong answer to the illicit trafficking of cultural goods, which is second only to those in weapons and drugs.

We must reinforce the EU’s potential to prevent conflicts and promote peace around the world

Today, the European Parliament adopted a report drafted by the S&D MEP Soraya Post calling for the reinforcement of the institutional and financial capacities of the EU on conflict prevention and mediation as well as for an increased role of the Parliament in this sector. It calls, among other things, for the appointment of an EU Special Envoy for Peace and proposes to set up a pool of senior political mediators and conflict prevention experts.
 

S&Ds: From today, the unfair trading practices in the food chain are a relic of the past. The EU made consumers’ health and farmers’ rights prevail

After a positive end to the inter-institutional negotiations with the Council and following today’s overwhelming vote in the plenary of the European Parliament to abolish the Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain, the head of the Parliament’s negotiating team and S&D rapporteur, Paolo De Castro, stated:
 

Progressive forces in Europe promote gender balance - S&D frontrunner for equality

The European Parliament held in Strasbourg today a high-level debate in plenary at the request of the S&D Group on gender balance in EU economic and monetary affairs’ nominations. The imbalanced and unsatisfied situation for women in Europe and in particular for top EU jobs has been discussed with Council and Commission. On Thursday, a resolution of the European Parliament will point out a strategy to overcome this ongoing inacceptable discrimination.

EU backs new rules to protect whistleblowers throughout the EU

Yesterday evening, negotiators from the European Parliament, Commission and Council made a preliminary agreement on new rules that will ensure that whistleblowers are protected throughout Europe.
These proposals, which the S&D Group has long called for were proposed earlier this year by European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans. It is the first time that Europe-wide rules have been agreed to protect whistleblowers.

Sole trader, partnership, LLC or co-operative? Setting-up in business needs an informed conversation about the legal form the business needs to take, says ACCA

Choosing the right legal form for their business is a key step on the road to success for many small business founders, and it's a decision that demands an open and informed conversation about priorities says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in a new report called Business forms: understanding the issues.
 

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