New MEPs have an awesome responsibility - no less than the future of the planet
by Jagoda Mu
Heads of state and government have set priorities for EU cooperation over the next five years at a summit in Brussels today – but have not gone far enough in prioritising action on the climate emergency, reacted Friends of the Earth Europe.
Friends of the Earth Europe called for a bold vision and action for transformational change to tackle climate and ecological breakdown and inequality.
Jagoda Munic, director of Friends of the Earth Europe said:
In an open letter published today, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) on the grounds of deteriorating human rights and environmental conditions in Brazil.
Today’s European Commission analysis of Member States’ draft ten-year plans for climate and energy confirms a big climate fail, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The EU's 2030 renewables and energy efficiency targets — already insufficient — will be missed if Member States do not improve their plans.
Ahead of a meeting of the EU bank’s Governors in Luxembourg, 70 civil society organisations, think tanks and academics across Europe have called for a fossil-free European Investment Bank (EIB) in a joint statement released today.
As EU Finance Ministers gather in Luxembourg as Governors of the EIB to discuss this year’s priorities for the bank of the European Union.
This world oceans day (8 June), it’s time to make tourism work for our coastal nature, not destroy it.
It’s the time of year when, if we're luck enough, many of us are looking forward to a holiday at the coast. A chance to get away somewhere beautiful, see new sites, and reconnect by experiencing some of the truly wondrous nature Europe has to offer. There’s nothing better than time spent in nature to ground us and de-stress.
Dozens of activists from across Europe have protested and dropped a banner at an international road in Kresna gorge, Bulgaria, to protest against the lack of action from the European Commission and the Bulgarian government to save the key EU-protected wildlife site.
Disguising business interests with citizens’ environmental concerns, biofuel production and the deregulation of GMOs were among the priorities on the agenda of the meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Bucharest, Romania, these last few days. At the last minute, the Romanian Presidency of the EU requested that the reform of the CAP be dealt with in this Council, for which it sent a draft, with the aim of furthering negotiations ahead of the next Official Council meeting on 17 June, although there are countries that refuse to further discussions until the EU budget is concerted.
by Jagoda Mu
In 2017 the Nigerian community of Ikebiri launched a court case against the Italian oil company ENI demanding clean-up of and compensation for an oil spill caused in 2010 by the failure of ENI’s pipeline. Friends of the Earth Europe and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA) have been supporting the community in this unprecedented court case which was started in Italy in January 2018.
The EU must urgently reform damaging farming subsidies to stand a chance of saving nature, preventing the worst effects of climate change and reviving small farms and our rural regions, according to a new report released today.