Brussels, 16 February - Experts from Europe's 27 member states today failed to agree whether France and Greece should be forced to drop national bans on the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops. 
Both countries have banned the only GM crop authorised for cultivation in the European Union - Monsanto's GM maize, MON 810. Last month the European Commission issued a proposal for the bans to be overturned.
Brussels, 10 February, 2009 - On the eve of the release of annual industry-sponsored figures, a new report released today by Friends of the Earth International reveals the failure of genetically modified crops around the world, and how statistics showing their increase in Europe have been manipulated. 
The new 'Who Benefits from GM Crops?' 2009 report  exposes inconsistencies in how the European biotech lobby group EuropaBio has reported the total area planted to GM crops.  The group inflated the figures by almost a quarter in 2008 to mask an actual decline.
Brussels, 21 January 2009 - The European Commission has today issued proposals for two new varieties of genetically modified (GM) maize to be grown in Europe despite outstanding safety concerns.
In a proposal sent to EU member states, the Commission also says it wants to force Greece, Hungary and France to drop their national bans on a similar GM maize .
Brussels, 23 June 2008 - As European farm ministers meet today Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace and the European Farmers Coordination are stepping up calls for governments not to fall for biotech industry propaganda that genetically modified (GM) crops are a solution to the food and feed price crisis.
Brussels (Belgium) / Montevideo (Uruguay), 19 May 2008 - Many major European banks are funding the rapid expansion of agrofuel production in Latin America, leading to large scale deforestation, increasing human rights abuses and threatening food sovereignty, according to a new report released today. 
The report - released by Friends of the Earth Europe amid global worries about the increasing impacts of rising food prices - calls for an end to investments by European banks in harmful agrofuel projects. 
Brussels, 7 May 2008 - Today's European Commission decision to send three controversial genetically modified crops back to its food safety agency is a huge vote of no confidence in the EU's approval system claim Friends of the Earth Europe and Greenpeace, who say it raises serious concerns about the ability of the agency to check the safety of GM crops.
Brussels, 5 May 2008 - The credibility of the European Commission will be seriously undermined if it is unable to respond to intense pressure to reform EU GMO policy at a long-awaited internal debate on Wednesday 7 May, warned Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Europe today.
Brussels (Belgium), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Lagos (Nigeria), February 13 - Genetically Modified (GM) crops have led to a massive increase in pesticide use and have failed to increase yields or tackle world hunger and poverty, a new report by Friends of the Earth reveals today.  The report coincides with the annual release of biotech industry figures on GM crop cultivation around the world. 
BRUSSELS (Belgium), 14 January 2008 - Friends of the Earth Europe has today welcomed an official ban on Monsanto's controversial genetically modified maize, MON810, in France. The French government announced the ban on Friday evening using a clause in European law that allows countries to ban individual GMOs on health or environmental grounds to outlaw the crop.
The move follows an earlier freeze on the GM maize whilst an expert committee considered whether it presented risks to the environment and human health.
Brussels, 23 November 2007 - Friends of the Earth Europe today warned EU Farm Ministers not to slacken safety rules for imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The issue is up for debate at the Agriculture Council on Monday and follows a lobbying campaign by the animal feed and biotechnology industries to persuade politicians that Europe could run out of animal feed as a result of the EU's strict line on GMOs - an argument which Friends of the Earth Europe strongly disputes.