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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.

Europe steps towards resource efficient future, but must still address overconsumption
As pressure on world’s natural resources increases rapidly, European Parliament showed overwhelming support today for measuring Europe’s use of resources, in a step towards a resource efficient future, including full incorporation of resource efficiency into the Europe 2020 economic agenda.

Europe ready for environmental and economic benefits of resource efficiency
European politicians laid foundations for a resource efficient Europe today, with wide political support shown for the need to measure Europe’s resource use. This is a crucial first step towards reducing Europe’s resource use, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, but the European Commission must follow suit in order for Europe to gain the benefits greater resource efficiency brings.

Climate action must not be postponed, ministers told
Proposals for how Europe might tackle climate change over the next 40 years are on the agenda of a meeting of Europe's environment ministers tomorrow (March 9) in Brussels.

Stalemate on tar sands
Representatives from European governments met today to vote on plans to keep tar sands out of Europe, but intense lobby pressure from Canada and the oil industry has brought about a stalemate, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

Organic farming dwarves GM crops in Europe as public rejection hits biotech firms
Public resistance to genetically modified crops has ensured that the area grown in Europe in 2011 remained at 0.1 per cent of all arable land, shows figures released today by Friends of the Earth Europe. In comparison, organic farming accounted for 3.7 per cent.

Biodiversity on the brink: environment ministers back down on greening farming
urope’s Environment Ministers met yesterday in Brussels with three of Europe’s, and the world’s, most pressing environmental challenges on the agenda – biodiversity, resource-use and climate change. On all three fronts, their responses are inadequate to address the scale of these global challenges, says Friends of the Earth Europe.

Parliament vote on MEP code of conduct - ALTER-EU reaction
Transparency campaigners have welcomed today's vote of the European Parliament constitutional affairs committee (AFCO) on the proposed Code of Conduct for MEPs, but warned that an important loophole on the definition of gifts risks undermining the core of the proposals.

EU warned: biofuels will drive biodiversity loss
Increasing the use of biofuels in Europe will have devastating impacts on wildlife a new scientific assessment has shown.

CSR Communication: EU must take further steps to hold companies accountable
A Commission plan about how the EU can make companies more accountable is a step towards ending the global damage European businesses cause people and planet, according to the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ). However, the plans to improve corporate social responsibility (CSR), unveiled by the European Commission today in the CSR Communication, miss the opportunity to make real progress that would help victims of EU-based companies find justice and hold companies accountable for their impacts.

Stronger political focus needed for future of farming
Agriculture ministers must not jeopardise a fairer and greener future for farming in Europe by pushing for industrial farming

CAP reform: too little to protect environment and greener farming
European Commission’s plan unlikely to tackle food, farming and biodiversity crises without major improvements

FoEE comment - Europe defies Canadian pressure on tar sands
Friends of the Earth Europe has welcomed a decision by the European Commission to take steps to prevent oil from tar sands entering the European market.

Europe’s resource reduction plan doesn’t measure up
A plan unveiled on 20 September to tackle Europe’s dependency on imported resources does not go far enough to end the region’s over-consumption of the world’s water, land and other materials.

European Court protects honey from GM contamination
The European Court of Justice today upheld the rights of beekeepers and consumers to keep honey free from GM contamination.

Feeble EU Energy Efficiency Directive set to fail
A new draft European Directive on energy efficiency published by the European Commission today (Wednesday 22 June) is too timid even to deliver on the EU's own modest ambitions for energy savings, Friends of the Earth warned today.

Time to start phase out of nuclear across Europe
On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Friends of the Earth Europe stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and neighbouring countries, remembering those affected by the catastrophe. Friends of the Earth Europe also stands with those still affected by the tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan – where the severity level of the nuclear crisis has been raised to maximum, on a par with Chernobyl.

EU maps out road to climate catastrophe
Two important climate and energy papers were released today by the European Commission in Brussels amid criticism from Friends of the Earth Europe.

FoEE comment on Commission resources initiative
The scale of the challenge posed by Europe’s unsustainable use of the world’s natural resources has been acknowledged by the European Commission. Lawmakers in Brussels published an initiative outlining how Europe plans to tackle its resource use which affects global resource prices, natural ecosystems and people – particularly the poor – across the world.

Worst EU lobbyists 2010 revealed: RWE, Goldman Sachs and ISDA
RWE (npower), Goldman Sachs and derivatives lobby group ISDA have been given the dubious honour of being named the Worst EU Lobbyists of 2010. The results of the dual climate and finance categories of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2010 were revealed today during a ceremony outside the ISDA office in Brussels.

New GM proposals could open Europe's doors to risky unauthorised crops
Leaked European Commission documents obtained by Friends of the Earth Europe reveal new proposals that would open Europe’s doors to the import of unauthorised genetically modified (GM) feed. The proposed change in EU policy is a direct response to industry pressure to weaken Europe’s safety laws.

European Commission proposals to ban GM crops: an empty and dangerous deal - New plans could open Europe's fields to GM crops
New proposals due to be introduced in the coming days that are supposed to allow European countries more autonomy over the decision to ban genetically modified (GM) crops form an empty and potentially dangerous deal for member states, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

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