Strasbourg, 22 April – This afternoon, the European Parliament voted to support an improved illegal timber law when a majority voted in favour of significant strengthening of the weak draft proposed by the European Commission last year.
The European Commission disappointingly continued to defend its weak position during the plenary debate on Tuesday evening. Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands calls upon the upcoming meeting of EU Agriculture ministers to adopt the strengthened illegal timber law before this summer.
16 February 2009, Brussels – Tomorrow, members of the European Parliament's environment committee will vote on crucial amendments to the Commission's timber law proposal. The legislation aims to regulate the EU timber market and to tackle the problem of illegal logging, but Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF strongly criticise the Commission's original draft and urge MEPs to significantly amend it.
Brussels, 9 December 2008 - As the European Parliament and EU Member States are finalising their negotiations on a new European law for renewable energy, international environmental organisations are warning that under the new law large swathes of peatlands, possibly representing the world's largest carbon stores, will be destroyed for the purpose of producing bio-energy.
Brussels, 28 November 2008 - New research published today reveals that the increasing demand for animal feed and agrofuels in the European Union is resulting in the loss of unique forests, serious climate emissions and rural conflict in developing countries . The EU now uses over 16 million hectares of farmland every year to feed its livestock and increasingly to fuel its cars - an area equivalent to the combined arable farmland in Germany and Hungary. Most of the land needed is in South America.
Brussels/London, 20 October 2008 - African countries will be locked into an economic model based on the export of raw materials that could have a devastating impact on forests and wildlife, if new EU trade deals shaped by former Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson are signed - according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland today .
Brussels, 17 October 2008 - European Commission plans announced today to protect the world's forests have been slammed by Friends of the Earth Europe as "toothless" and unlikely to have any major impact on reducing deforestation. The "forest package" adopted today by the European Commission fails to include both measures to reduce deforestation and legislation to prevent the trade of illegal timber.
Brussels, 31 March 2008 - Environment and animal rights groups are calling on the European Union to appeal a ruling made by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which they say allows the US and Canada to force hormone-fed beef on Europe.
Amsterdam/Brussels, 19 March 2008 - Friends of the Earth is calling on the European Commission to adopt environmental legislation to prevent illegal timber from being sold on the European market, following an investigation which discovered illegal or destructively logged timber in four EU construction projects. The timber originated from the Amazon, Central Africa, Russia and Indonesia, where large-scale illegal and destructive logging takes place and timber is purchased from suppliers that engage in illegal logging.
Amsterdam, Brussels 18 December 2007 - Four years after the EU Action Plan on illegal timber was introduced, illegal and destructive timber continues to pour across Europe's borders. A report released today by Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace shows that European consumers continue to unknowingly buy flooring and exterior doors made from illegally and destructively logged merbau, a species threatened with extinction.
Brussels, 5th December - Toxic chemicals linked to development of the Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan are polluting the Caspian Sea environment and damaging the health and livelihoods of local communities, reveals a report launched today by a coalition of NGOs. The Italian energy giant Eni - the company ultimately responsible for operations at the oil field - will be directly confronted with the NGOs' findings at a public debate in the European Parliament this afternoon.