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Industry studies behind EU food safety assessments must be public, EU Parliament
The European Parliament voted today to introduce new transparency rules for EU food safety assessments, as part of the EU's 'general food law'.

Governments steamrolling climate commitments to seek EU-Trump trade deal
Today's approval by European governments of new mandates to start fresh trade negotiations with the US could raise the infamous TTIP from the dead, despite concerns over the US's announced withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

EU Parliament agriculture committee backs factory farming, Greenpeace
Members of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee voted today for the EU to continue subsidising Europe's most environmentally destructive factory farms.

EU Parliament must choose family farms over factory farms, Greenpeace
A giant squealing pig in a cage greeted members of the European Parliament today in Brussels, ahead of a crucial vote on the future of farming in Europe.

MEPs vote on the future of factory farms
On 2 April, MEPs on the European Parliament's agriculture committee will weigh in on a European Commission plan to reform the EU’s common agricultural policy.

European Parliament backs more climate action
The European Parliament has endorsed the European Commission's plan to reduce the EU’s net greenhouse gas emissions and called for EU emissions to fall to zero as soon as possible, but by 2050 at the latest. MEPs also backed an increase of the EU's 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target from 40% to 55% (compared to 1990 levels).

EU ministers consider decarbonisation plan as climate protests intensify
As climate change protests intensify across Europe and beyond, energy and environment ministers meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels will discuss whether to back a plan to fully decarbonise the EU by 2050.

Far-right populist surge would threaten EU climate action: report
A new report by Adelphi, a German think tank, has shown that the next European Parliament could see a greater share of MEPs opposed to policy action to tackle climate change.

MEPs slowly turn tide against factory farms
The European Parliament's environment committee has voted to increase environmental and animal welfare protections under the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP), but the improvements are not yet sufficient to tackle the problem of factory farming, said Greenpeace.

Over 71% of EU farmland dedicated to meat and dairy
At least 71% of the EU's farmland is used to feed livestock, according to new research published by Greenpeace. Around 63% of arable land is dedicated to feeding farm animals.

Leak: European governments pave way for bee-killing pesticides
Under pressure from pesticide producers and governments, the European Commission is planning to scrap bee-safety standards that led to a ban of three bee-killing pesticides, according to a leaked plan.

New EU rules greenlight billions in subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear
Days after the international community failed to call for more climate action to limit global warming to 1.5°C at the UN climate conference in Poland, European governments pushed through legislation allowing EU countries to continue subsidising fossil fuels and nuclear power.

EU Commission promises to step up action against deforestation
In a roadmap released today, the European Commission has promised to step up action action against global deforestation and cut the EU's footprint on the world's forests.

EU summit: climate protesters force leaders to 'change course'
Activists calling on European heads of government to "change course on climate" diverted official motorcades on their way to an EU summit meeting in Brussels today, a day before the end of the UN COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland.

Governments call for swift EU action on global deforestation
Seven European governments have ramped up pressure on the European Commission to deliver a long-awaited action plan by the end of the year to tackle global deforestation.

EU financial auditors poke holes in farming plan's green credentials
The European Court of Auditors, the EU' financial watchdog, has poked holes in the European Commission's claims that it is developing a more environmentally friendly farming policy, in a report released today.

EU leaders recognise need for more climate action
After the publication of a landmark report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), EU heads of government meeting in Brussels recognised the need for stronger climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.

15 governments call on EU to up its game in wake of UN climate report
15 European environment ministers have called on the EU to increase its targets to cut carbon emissions in line with the recommendations of UN climate scientists released on Monday.

Greenpeace comment on leaked EU industry climate change strategy
Greenpeace has warned the European Commission to ignore the delaying tactics and scaremongering of a powerful industry lobby group, after media reports uncovered an internal memo detailing plans to challenge EU action on climate change.

EUR 58 billion in hidden subsidies for coal, gas and nuclear
As EU leaders discuss the future of the EU electricity market, new research reveals how much money goes to supporting coal, gas and nuclear in the form of so-called capacity mechanisms.

Greenpeace response to EU measures against impact of heatwave on farming
The European Commission has announced measures in response to drought conditions in Europe.

New GMOs cannot escape testing and labelling under EU law, EU court rules
A new brand of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), derived from so-called gene editing techniques, must comply with risk assessment, traceability and labelling requirements under EU GMO law, the European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday.

EU court tells Germany to cut the crap
The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled that Germany breached EU law by allowing manure runoff from farms to pollute water.

EU overturns barriers to rooftop revolution but renewable target falls short of serious climate action
Solar panels could soon cover millions more rooftops in Europe, after the EU reached a deal on Wednesday to make it easier for households to play a part in the renewable energy transition, said Greenpeace.

Climate change activists call on EU energy ministers to unlock rooftop revolution
Climate change activists urged EU energy ministers meeting in Luxembourg to live up to their climate commitments and stop restricting the rights of people to produce and share their own renewable energy. The ministers are gathering two days ahead of final negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Commission on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.

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