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Friends of the Earth Europe

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.

Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies: small steps forward instead of a giant leap
The European Commission today launched two packages of policies as part of the European Green Deal - the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies.

EU Council: governments must act together to 'build back better'
As EU heads of state and government today discuss a collective response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Friends of the Earth Europe has called on them to act urgently and decisively and put addressing inequalities and the planetary emergency at the heart of a recovery plan.

Heathrow runway ruling sets world climate precedent
Commenting on the worldwide implications of the Friends of the Earth campaign win today to protect the climate from Heathrow Third Runway, after a legal victory in the UK court of appeal,

EU Green Deal: fails to slam on the brakes
In only her second week in office, new European Commission President von der Leyen has today set out a major environmental package to set the EU on a new environmental and climate path.

Europe-wide campaign launches to ban pesticides, transform agriculture and save bees, farmers and nature
A European Citizens' Initiative launched on 25 November to phase out synthetic pesticides by 2035, support farmers, and save bees and nature. If it gathers one million signatures by September 2020, the EU Commission and Parliament must consider turning the campaign’s demands into law.

Environmental groups challenge European Commission to take legal action against Bulgarian government over depletion of key wildlife site
Lawyers and environmental groups have today challenged the European Commission to take legal action against the Bulgarian government over a shocking depletion of wildlife in a key EU-protected nature site, Kresna Gorge.

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.

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