Brussels, 18 December - Friends of the Earth Europe has welcomed today's rejection by EU Environment Ministers of a proposal to force Austria to lift its bans on genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. The proposal was tabled by the European Commission in response to a ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) earlier this year, which stated that the bans broke international trade laws.
Brussels, 7 December - EU goals to tackle climate change and curb transport growth are set to be undermined by the EU's own funding for the transport sector in the new member states, according to new research released today by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE). Analysis of draft Operational Programmes for the use of Structural and Cohesion Funds shows that the new member states in central and eastern Europe plan to invest massively in roads and motorways at the expense of public transport. 
Brussels / Strasbourg, 13 March - The European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)  has welcomed today's approval by the European Parliament of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) resolution urging the European Commission to extend legal obligations to some key aspects of corporate accountability.
Brussels, 4 December - Friends of the Earth Europe has warned that Europe's potatoes will be at risk of contamination if genetically modified (GM) potatoes are grown commercially. EU Member States will vote today on a proposal to grow GM potatoes - the first EU vote on the cultivation of GM crops for 8 years. Helen Holder, GMO Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said, "Allowing genetically modified potatoes to be grown in Europe would be a disaster.
Brussels, 30 November - Friends of the Earth Europe today submitted a complaint to the European Public Affairs Consultancies Association (EPACA), accusing well-known lobbyist David Earnshaw of a conflict of interest between his work lobbying for pharmaceutical clients and his role as an "independent expert" advising the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee.  EPACA's Code of Conduct requires public affairs practitioners to avoid any conflicts of interest.
Brussels, 28 November - Friends of the Earth Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have welcomed new forward-looking targets for waste prevention agreed by the European Parliament's Environment Committee today. The environmental NGOs also commended the committee for rejecting a controversial proposal to rebrand and effectively promote waste incineration, but expressed concern that additional measures to boost recycling were not adopted.
Brussels, 24 November - Friends of the Earth Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) today challenged members of the European Parliament to vote down an attempt to promote incineration of waste at the expense of recycling and waste prevention.
Brussels, 23 November 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe castigated EU Industry and Economy Ministers today for ducking out of concrete commitments to cut energy waste at the EU Energy Council meeting. The Energy Council discussed the proposed target to reduce EU energy waste by 20 percent by 2020 but did not commit to actually achieving it. 
Nairobi/Brussels, 17 November 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe today called on the European Union to urgently push the issue of climate change to the highest political level, as UN negotiations on climate change in the Kenyan capital Nairobi ended today with mixed results and only modest progress on the international climate treaty, Kyoto. 
Jan Kowalzig, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, said:
Brussels, 16 November 2006 - The plans for spending future EU funds in the new member states give alarmingly insufficient financial support to energy efficiency and renewable energy, new research by Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch Network revealed today . The member states' Operational Programmes, proposed for the 2007-2013 period, make a mockery of the EU's commitments to use regional aid to tackle climate change and promote sustainable energy.