Belgian SME Inverto lives off innovation and research. But without advance funding none of its ideas would get off the ground. With commercial credit scarce the EU is making SME access to public funding much easier.
Donald Trump's pending "peace plan" and Netanyahu's visit are highlighting EU inertia on the Middle East. Despite being a big trade and aid partner for the region, the bloc is failing to pull its weight, observers say.
The European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund have said an unprecedented amount of money has gone into supporting small and medium-sized companies across the EU in the past 12 months.
The EU Commission wants carbon dioxide emissions from cars to be reduced by 30 percent by 2030, it announced on Wednesday. Opposition has been strong, not least from the powerful German car industry.
The EU Commission has announced it's opened an in-depth investigation into the mega takeover of Monsanto by Germany’s Bayer. Brussels said competition concerns had not been addressed sufficiently.
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