Ahead of this week's second round of negotiations to secure a deal on the European Union's budget for 2014-2020, environment groups CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe are urging European leaders to commit to high-quality spending in Europe for the next seven years, and not sidetrack with discussions on quantity.
Brussels, January 23, 2013 – A key committee of the European Parliament today voted to water-down already weak rules for farmers on protecting the environment.
Friends of the Earth Europe reacted angrily to the vote by MEPs in the agriculture committee on two main regulations in the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. 
25,000 people descended on Berlin today calling for the German government to fundamentally reform its agricultural policy.
As European leaders gather in Brussels today for the EU budget summit, quality spending must be the focus of discussions if the future European budget is to tackle Europe's environmental and economic crises, according to environment groups CEE Bankwatch Network, Friends of the Earth Europe and Transport & Environment.
The latest EU budget 2014-20 negotiating text, published today by President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, contains the first sign of hope for a future EU budget that tackles climate change and helps support a sustainable future for Europe's 500 million people, according to CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe.Contained in today's text, the so-called 'negotiating box' for the multi-annual financial framework (MFF), is the appearance for the first time of a 20 percent spending figure for
50 days of action for fairer and more sustainable agriculture in Europe, organised by Young Friends of the Earth Europe, ended today.
Nearly 30 actions, in seven different countries - Cyprus, Croatia, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Austria – took place as part of the reCAP campaign which is targeting reforms of the EU Common Agricultural Policy.
Hundreds of people gathered today in Brussels to call for radical changes to food and farming policy in Europe.
Farmers, citizens, and young people from more than 20 European countries took part in the final day of the Good Food March  and brought their demands for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) directly to those responsible for its reform.
The CAP is currently being debated by decision-makers in Brussels, including, for the first time, the European Parliament.
Friends of the Earth Europe, along with nine other leading green campaign groups, today wrote (.pdf) to European Ministers to urge them not to make any decisions about the EU budget before they clarify what the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will deliver for citizens.