BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), JAKARTA (INDONESIA), 21 June 2007 - Major international banks such as Credit Suisse, Barclays, Fortis Group, Merrill Lynch & Co. and Natixis are injecting hundreds of millions of Euros into a set of companies responsible for a catastrophic mud volcano in Indonesia, Friends of the Earth International has revealed in two new reports launched today.
Toxic mud has been gushing from the ground in Sidoarjo, Indonesia since May 2006, following drilling operations by the company Lapindo Brantas Inc.
Brussels 5th June - In Brussels today and in over 20 cities across Europe, protests by environmental groups intensified pressure on BNP Paribas to withdraw its funding of the controversial Belene Buglarian nuclear power plant.
One week before the European Union's new chemicals legislation - REACH - enters into force (1 June 2007) , European environmental, women's, health and consumer groups have warned in an open letter to the European Commission that REACH cannot be celebrated until it is strengthened to provide proper health and environmental protection.
Strasbourg, lundi 21 mai 2007 - < Le Parlement européen est a deux doigts d'avaliser une stratégie commerciale qui conférera d'importants privileges aux grandes entreprises européennes aux dépens des petits entrepreneurs, des paysans, des travailleurs et de l'environnement >, souligne aujourd'hui le Réseau Seattle to Brussels.
Strasbourg, 21 May 2007 - The European Parliament is on the brink of backing an open market approach to trade that will give big European corporations great privileges at the expense of small businesses, farmers, workers and the environment, warned the Seattle to Brussels network today .
Brussels, 24 April 2007 - NGOs, networks, trade unions, associations and social movements campaigning for equitable and sustainable EU trade policies and coordinating in the Seattle to Brussels Network, today condemned the decision by the EU Ministers to authorize the European Commission to negotiate new bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with developing countries. (1)
Brussels/Costa Rica, 23 April 2007 - Friends of the Earth groups in Europe and Costa Rica today called on EU Ministers not to authorize the European Commission to negotiate new bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with Southern countries.
Strasbourg, 17 November 2005 - Environmental, women's, health and consumer organisations recognised the important step taken by Parliament today towards replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives but regretted that MEPs exempted thousands of chemicals from the need to provide any health and safety information.The European Parliament supported the obligation to replace hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives when these are available (the 'substitution principle'), sending a strong message to ministers of national governments who will next make a decision on REACH.
Strasbourg: Friends of the Earth Europe displayed 100 garden gnomes in front of the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg urging strengthening of the EU's chemicals reform. MEPs will vote on the proposal for REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) on Thursday in the EP. Due to intense pressure from the European chemical industry, the draft legislation is under risk of being severely watered down.