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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.

EU farming plan could spell disaster for environment, Greenpeace
The European Commission proposal for the new common agricultural policy (CAP) fails the environment and the climate, according to Greenpeace.

Investigation: Majority of EU Parliament agriculture committee linked to industry
A majority of MEPs on the European Parliament's agriculture committee have strong links to the farming industry, Greenpeace research has revealed.

EU court: protecting people and nature takes precedence over business interests
The General Court of the European Union has ruled that the European Commission was right to impose restrictions on the use of three bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides – imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

Investigation: EU subsidises Europe's most polluting livestock farms
Subsidies from the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are supporting some of Europe's most polluting livestock farms, a Greenpeace investigation has revealed.

Greenpeace activists call out EU ministers for failing to support renewable energy development
Climate change activists demonstrating outside a meeting of EU energy ministers in the Bulgarian capital Sofia urged European governments to stop restricting the rights of people to produce and share their own renewable energy.

EU Commission plan allows chemical producers to keep control of science behind pesticide approvals: Greenpeace
A European Commission proposal to reform EU risk assessments for pesticides and other products entering the food chain would allow the chemical industry to remain in charge of testing its own products, warned Greenpeace.

Greenpeace investigation: EU imports of Amazon timber tainted by widespread fraud in Brazil
A Greenpeace investigation has exposed widespread fraud in the Brazilian forestry sector, which may have allowed massive quantities of illegal timber to reach the EU. Under the EU timber regulation, importers are obliged to take action to prevent illegal timber from entering the supply chain.

Commission study makes pressing case for EU action on deforestation
A long awaited European Commission study, released late on Friday, lays out policy options for the EU to tackle the impact on global deforestation caused by the trade in crop and animal products like beef, soy and palm oil.

Environment and health concerns ignored by EU agriculture ministers
A statement by European agriculture ministers on the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP) ignores the impacts on public health and the environment, according to Greenpeace. The text comes ahead of the EU Commission's proposed CAP reform, due in May. Agriculture ministers failed to address the environmental and health impacts of Europe's farming system, and in particular of its intensive meat and dairy sector.

Greenpeace report calls for halving of meat and dairy production to protect climate, nature and health
Global meat and dairy production and consumption must be cut in half by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change and keep the Paris climate agreement on track, says a new Greenpeace report.

EFSA confirms pesticides danger to bees
Three widely used neonicotinoid pesticides are a danger to bees, according to a report released on 28 February by the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA.

European Parliament committee restricts controversial subsidies to coal, gas and nuclear plants
The European Parliament's energy committee has proposed restrictions for controversial subsidies for energy utilities in its vote on the energy market reform. So-called capacity mechanisms - national subsidies to keep power plants on standby - would only be allowed as a "last resort" and would be heavily regulated.

European Parliament votes to increase renewable energy target
The European Parliament voted on 17 January to increase the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target to 35 per cent.

Energy ministers give Europeans coal for Christmas
European energy ministers have backed coal and other fossil fuels over renewable energy, in the ongoing reform of the EU’s energy laws.

Greenpeace Netherlands leaks EU-Mercosur trade papers
Greenpeace Netherlands has released 171 pages of previously undisclosed documents from secret talks for an EU-Mercosur trade agreement.

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