27 March 2017

The proposed mergers of Bayer with Monsanto, Dow with DuPont, and ChemChina with Syngenta threaten European farmers, workers, consumers, the environment, and food security.

24 February 2017

This report shows that the European Parliament's inquiry into 'Dieselgate' has revealed problems with emission tests far beyond Volkswagen's use of illegal defeat devices. It exposes a culture of looking the other way: the European Commission and Member States turned a blind-eye to industry-wide abuse of the system for emission regulation, and, in fact, even invited the car industry to shape the regulatory agenda and its enforcement. As a result, cities across the European Union are left choking, as toxic traffic fumes have led to an air pollution crisis.

27 July 2015

The EU and the US are currently negotiating a transatlantic trade agreement (known as TTIP) which has the potential to be the biggest bilateral free trade agreement in history.

This paper outlines the risks the deal poses to crucial European social, health and environmental protection, including key food safety and pollution measures. Originally published in 2013, it was updated in August 2015.

31 October 2014

Following a decade of deregulatory initiatives under the outgoing European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, the new President, Jean-Claude Juncker, looks set to oversee another five years of weakening of legislation and scrapping of rules, especially environmental and social protections. 

14 July 2014

EU-US trade: the myths behind the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.

This is a controversial tool that allows companies to use trade agreements to file expensive private lawsuits against host states when democratically-agreed regulatory changes are deemed to affect their investment potential, including their profits.

19 March 2014

This briefing shows how fossil fuel and heavy industry interests used their privileged access, huge financial resources and insider influence to convince EU decision-makers to sacrifice ambitious climate action for 2030. 

It uses information gained from Freedom of Information requests to show just how close Europe’s dirtiest industries are to senior politicians and regulators and what influence this is having on the EU’s official climate change policy. 

Produced with Corporate Europe Observatory. 

10 July 2012

Two thirds of DG Enterprise's advisory groups are corporate-dominated - meaning industry experts and corporate lobbyists have effectively captured key areas of policy advice within the European Commission  according to this research carried out by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), and Friends of the Earth Europe.

1 May 2011

Spoof newspaper produced and published by Friends of the Earth Europe to raise awareness and engage business and EU leaders towards bold climate action at the European Business Summit.

1 October 2010

Europe's Emissions Trading System - the EU-ETS - which was launched in 2005 has so far been an abject failure. Reliance on the ETS means Europe will continue to fail to meet its share of the climate challenge. Furthermore, the EU's preoccupation with carbon markets is also obstructing other certain measure for reducing emissions.

1 April 2010

Based on an analysis of the entries of the 50 largest EU-based companies on the European Commission's lobby register, the report confirms that lobbying in Brussels by Europe's 50 largest companies is happening in secret despite attempts to secure transparency. The study points to unrealistic registration details in the Commission register and unfeasibly low budgets for lobbying in Europe when compared to the US, as well as large discrepancies at a sector-specific level.

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