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Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment, unites more than 30 national organisations with thousands of local groups and is part of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International.

Protests at pan-European motorway project as time runs out for key wildlife site - Friends of the Earth
Dozens of activists from across Europe have dropped a banner at an international road in Kresna gorge, Bulgaria, to protest against the lack of action from the European Commission and the Bulgarian government to save the key EU-protected wildlife site.

Leaders fail climate, sustainability and change test at Sibiu - Friends of the Earth comment
Europe's prime ministers met today in Sibiu, Romania, for a largely symbolic summit intended to renew commitment on the 'issues that really matter to people'.

Sibiu summit - Europe and climate need transformational change says Friends of the Earth Europe
As Europe's prime ministers meet tomorrow in Sibiu, Romania, to shape the future of Europe, the EU's next five-year priorities and long-term climate goals, Friends of the Earth Europe urges them to grasp the nettle of transformative change.

Poland starts illegally destroying another protected nature site - EU Commission urged to act
Environmental organisations have appealed to the European Commission to step in and halt the illegal destruction of a key nature site in Poland.

EU Commission failing as nature's last line of defence
Nature protection efforts are being undermined by the European Commission’s failure to consistently challenge Member States on illegal nature destruction, warn four nature NGOs in a new publication today.

EU Commission gives green light to Bayer-Monsanto merger
The European Commission approved on 21 March the merger of Bayer and Monsanto, paving the way for the creation of the world's largest and most powerful agribusiness company.

McDonalds to act on packaging - Friends of the Earth reaction
Plans by McDonalds to tackle the impact of its packaging have been welcomed by Friends of the Earth

EU fails to seize opportunity to end glyphosate
EU Member States today supported a new five-year licence for the controversial weed-killer glyphosate, missing the opportunity to ban it completely and make European food and farming safer and more sustainable.

New study: no room for gas in Europe's climate budget, science shows
Europe needs to urgently quit gas if it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to internationally agreed levels, new science shows.

MEPs back complete EU ban on bee-harming pesticides - Friends of the Earth reaction
MEPs have overwhelmingly rejected an attempt by a UK Conservative MEP to oppose a full ban on neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to bee decline.

Over 250 non-government organisations launch alternative vision for Europe
More than 250 non-government organisations from across Europe have today released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe.

Trump casts USA adrift from climate reality
Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the international Paris climate agreement severs another of America’s increasingly sparse ties to the global community, and is a trigger to redouble efforts to tackle climate change in Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe has responded.

Opposition rises to planned agriculture mega-mergers
More than 200 organisations have today raised their objections to the planned mergers of six giant agriculture corporations.

Reformed ethics rules lack bite - FoEE
Reformed ethics rules for European Parliamentarians lack bite, and will not do enough to build trust in European institutions, according to transparency campaigners.

Nature dodges bullet: huge public campaign saves EU nature laws
President Juncker and his Commission have today confirmed that the EU’s flagship nature laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives – will be saved and not rewritten and weakened, ending two years of uncertainty over the laws’ future. They have also called for a plan to better implement these laws.

Beacons of hope in gloomy winter package - FoEE
Beacons of hope shine out from amongst an otherwise gloomy ‘winter package’ according to Friends of the Earth Europe, as the European Commission announces its proposals for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Ombudsman's ruling: Stoiber’s appointment process constituted 'maladministration' and was misleading
In a strongly worded decision, the appointment process of Edmund Stoiber as a high-level special advisor to the European Commission President Juncker has been labelled "misleading", and constituting maladministration.

Air pollution's lifelong impact means next London Mayor must act - says Friends of the Earth
Today’s (23 February 2016) report on the lifelong impact of air pollution from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health shows that we need urgent action on dirty air – says Friends of the Earth.

Misguided spending by enfants terribles is undermining Europe's transition to a fossil-free future
EU billions destined to transform the carbon-intensive, inefficient energy systems of central and eastern Europe are being misspent, finds a new report today by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe. Bad spending plans and a lack of climate commitments from nine central and eastern European governments is hampering Europe’s transition away from fossil fuels, the groups say.

A wasted year for the circular economy - FoEE
The European Commission today launched its revised proposal to tackle resource use and waste in Europe. The reworked Circular Economy Package is weaker than last year’s axed proposal, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, and lacks the solid foundations required to address Europe’s overconsumption of resources and its global impact.

EU-US trade deal threatens food safety
The trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU threatens public health, consumer rights and animal welfare standards, shows new analysis today by food and trade experts. The criticisms come as negotiators from both sides of the Atlantic meet behind closed doors in Brussels, Belgium this week to start writing new food safety rules for the trade deal and as hundreds of people demonstrated against the ‘Trojan Horse Treaty’.

European Parliament votes through new powers for governments to ban GM crops
The European Parliament today voted to grant national governments new powers to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in their territories. Today’s decision by the European Parliament for the first time allows governments to ban entire categories of GM crops.

Ministers support giving biotech companies say in decisions on GM crops
Today’s vote by EU environment ministers in favour of a new law that would theoretically allow individual countries to ban genetically modified (GM) crops is a poisoned chalice which could open Europe’s fields to more biotech crops, says Friends of the Earth Europe.

Europe opens doors to dangerous fracking - FoEE
Europe is opening its doors to dirty and dangerous unconventional fossil fuels, Friends of the Earth Europe and Food & Water Europe said today. The warning comes as the European Commission published a framework to guide member states on how to regulate shale gas which fails to provide mandatory protection for Europe’s citizens against the environmental and health risks of fracking.

EU energy targets slammed - Friends of the Earth
EU plans to tackle climate change by 2030, announced in Brussels today (Wednesday 22 January 2014), have been slammed by Friends of the Earth.

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