More than two years since the European Commission launched its revised proposals to tackle resource use and waste in Europe, negotiations have come to an end and a new EU law to tackle waste for the next 20 years has been finalised.
The new law will ensure an improvement in waste management across Europe, but does not go far enough to fundamentally address Europe's overconsumption of resources and to reduce absolute waste generation.
Today, at a board meeting in Luxembourg the European Investment Bank (EIB) has decided, for now, to postpone loaning €1.5 billion to the controversial Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
Norway’s environmental minister Vidar Helgesen has just approved the biggest wolf hunt in Norway for a hundred years. Only 52-56 wolves live in Norway, but the minister wants 42 of them to be shot this winter, among them two important family packs in Osdalen and Julussa, near the border to Sweden. This is the second winter in a row that such a major cull has been allowed – but last year’s was prevented after a major popular and international outcry.
Next week EU Member States will discuss and may vote on a proposal from the European Commission to ban bee harming neonicotinoid pesticides on all crops outdoors.
This would be a huge step forwards to help combat the worrying decline of bees and other insects, and increase protection for our pollinators.
Our current level of overconsumption is plundering the Earth's resources at a faster rate than they can be regenerated. This cannot last forever – and we are beginning to see the impacts of the system breaking down. Not only at the environmental level, but also at the social one. The number of murdered environmental defenders is increasing by the year, as the overexploitation of natural resources threatens local communities, especially in the global South.
Today MEPs on the Industry committee of the European Parliament backed a strong energy savings target for 2030, but at the same time rejected nationally binding renewable energy targets, resulting in an inadequate climate package for the next critical decade, says Friends of the Earth Europe. 
EU Member States today supported a new five-year licence for the controversial weed-killer glyphosate, missing the opportunity to ban it completely and make European food and farming safer and more sustainable. 
Gas industry 'wish list' hidden behind climate spin
“You’re attending a member group meeting? Big deal! Let me see the agenda…wait, what? Energiser? Buddy time? You must be kidding me, this sounds more like a play therapy session than a serious meeting!”
Thus spoke recently a colleague of one of the attendees of the Friends of the Earth Eastern and Central European groups gathering in Slovakia. And while we are not inclined to question the soundness of our organisation, here are three reasons and three testimonies to point out how special this meeting was, indeed: