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EU Parliament rejects opportunity to clarify legal status of CETA
The European Parliament has rejected a resolution to refer the controversial investment protection system under an EU-Canada trade deal to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

EU report shows it's time to rethink trade deals that drive industrial farming, Greenpeace
The EU should rethink international trade deals that drive industrial farming, said Greenpeace, following the release of an EU report highlighting the negative impacts of several trade agreements on European farmers. Greenpeace warned that the blind promotion of trade in farming goods can have destructive consequences for the environment, farmers and consumers.

EU and Canada sign doomed CETA trade deal
The EU and Canada will today sign a controversial trade and investment protection agreement that could soon be consigned to the dustbin of history, warned Greenpeace.

Belgian agreement to trigger ECJ ruling on legality of CETA
After ten days of frantic negotiations, Belgium is set to reach an internal political agreement on CETA, a controversial trade and investment protection deal between the EU and Canada. The Belgian agreement will now require the approval of EU governments, before CETA can be submitted to a vote at the European Parliament, and then formal ratification by national parliaments.

Updated CETA declaration shows contempt for EU citizens and parliaments - Greenpeace
An updated version of the EU and Canada's joint declaration on CETA fails to address fundamental problems with the trade deal, as the revision only concerns three minor changes, Greenpeace has said.

Leaked EU-Canada joint declaration has legal weight of a holiday brochure, Greenpeace
Greenpeace has slammed a joint EU-Canadian declaration meant to reassure critics of a controversial trade deal between the two blocs. Greenpeace described the document as a PR exercise devoid of any legal content.

Half of EU citizens could produce renewable electricity - joint NGO study
Over half of citizens in the European Union could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050, according to new research released today.

Greenpeace: time to hit the stop button on TTIP
As the 14th round of troubled EU-US trade talks comes to a close in Brussels, Greenpeace has challenged the EU to put people and the environment back at the heart of its political ambitions.

Rush to adopt EU-Canada trade deal would increase distrust in mainstream politics
The accelerated application of an EU-Canada trade deal (CETA) - as proposed today by the European Commission - would increase distrust in mainstream politics and threaten democracy and environmental protection, warned Greenpeace. The Commission is pressing for a swift application of CETA, before national parliaments are allowed to take a vote.

Commission must prepare glyphosate exit plan, Greenpeace
Greenpeace has called on the European Commission to prepare a glyphosate exit plan, after an EU vote on the controversial weedkiller today cleared the way for the Commission to push through a temporary licence extension.

Greenpeace calls on Italy to reconsider position on EU-Canada trade deal
Italy may be preparing to break ranks with other EU governments on the right for national parliaments to approve or reject a controversial trade deal between the EU and Canada (CETA). Greenpeace called on Italy to reconsider its position. A bid by the European Commission to bypass national parliaments is anti-democratic, said Greenpeace.

Greenpeace comment: EU vote on glyphosate extension
The European Commission has failed to secure sufficient support from EU governments for its proposal to extend a licence for glyphosate by up to 18 months. The outcome shows that governments remain sceptical about the continued use of the controversial weedkiller, said Greenpeace.

Greenpeace press comment: Commission seeks glyphosate approval by another name
The European Commission is seeking political backing to allow unrestricted use of controversial weedkiller glyphosate by labelling the decision as temporary, warned Greenpeace.

Industry ties raise questions about UN body assessing glyphosate cancer risk
The FAO /WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) released an assessment on 16 May, which concludes that the controversial weedkiller glyphosate is "unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet". The finding contradicts an earlier assessment by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which stated that glyphosate was a probable cause of cancer. However, the industry ties of at least two experts involved in the JMPR's evaluation call into question whether the organisation has ensured the independence of its advice.

TTIP leaks update: Greenpeace response to Commission statements
In response to the European Commission’s statements on the TTIP leaks and a blog post by EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem, Greenpeace EU director Jorgo Riss said: "Commissioner Malmström is being disingenuous. The leaked consolidated documents make no mention of the EU’s precautionary principle, which provides a higher level of environmental and consumer protection. The mention of the precautionary principle that Malmstroem refers to is contained in an EU position paper that is not part of the leaked consolidated chapters."

#TTIPleaks: confidential TTIP papers unveil US position
Greenpeace Netherlands has obtained 248 pages of leaked Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating texts, which will be published on Monday 2 May at 11:00 CET. The documents unveil for the first time the US position and deliberate attempts to change the EU democratic legislative process.

TTIP: EU and US show signs of desperation, Greenpeace
Growing opposition to a transatlantic trade deal (TTIP) and faltering negotiations mean talks cannot be wrapped up anytime soon, said Greenpeace as EU and US politicians attempt to show renewed resolve for a deal.

Commission fails to regulate new GMOs after intense US lobbying
The European Commission has shelved a legal opinion confirming that a new breed of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must undergo rigorous safety testing and labelling. This follows intense lobbying by the US government.

Flawed Commission analysis backs new subsidies for obsolete power plants
The European Commission today published preliminary findings of its inquiry into public funding schemes for power plants, known as "capacity mechanisms". The seriously flawed analysis backs these subsidies, which use taxpayers’ money to keep uneconomical power plants active.

EU Parliament backs glyphosate restrictions
MEPs have backed restrictions on the use of glyphosate – the world’s most used weedkiller – and a shortening of its licence, amid rising health concerns.

Glyphosate licence renewal suspended in light of health concerns
A national experts' vote on the European Commission’s plan to grant a new 15-year lease to the herbicide glyphosate was cancelled today, as several countries raised concerns over cancer warnings by the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Commission breaks pledge to bring EU targets in line with Paris climate deal
The European Commission has broken its pledge to bring EU climate targets in line with the Paris climate deal, said Greenpeace.

Commission is blind to renewables' potential, keeps Europe stuck on gas
The Commission published on 16 February a gas package proposal which fails to recognise that renewables and energy efficiency can secure Europe’s energy supply. It defies the commitments taken under the Paris climate agreement last December.

Europe failing to use legal armoury against illegal logging
In the coming weeks, the European Commission will adopt a report assessing the implementation and effectiveness of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which became applicable in March 2013, and formulate recommendations about its next steps.

Greenpeace response to final climate deal and EU contribution
Reacting to the Paris Agreement at the conclusion of COP21, Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said: (Scroll down for comment on the EU’s contribution to the deal)

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