BRUSSELS, 3 May 2006 - The Commission's proposals for the new European Transparency Initiative (ETI) fail to deliver transparency around the role of lobbying in EU decision-making and will not improve public trust in the EU institutions, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) charged today. ALTER-EU will continue to push for a meaningful transparency system during the consultation period which begins with this Green Paper, and urges the Commission to make more effective proposals soon.
Brussels, 18 April 2006 - New documents released to Friends of the Earth reveal that the European Commission has been approving genetically modified (GM) foods and crops despite having serious doubts over their health and environmental impacts. Both Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace have today called for a suspension in the use and sale of all GM foods and crops until the safety issues have been addressed.
Brussels, 12 April 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe welcomed today's statement by the European Commission calling for major improvements to the workings of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the issue of genetically modified (GM) foods and crops.
The environmental organisation accuses the EFSA of being biased towards the biotech industry and believes that its work on GM foods should be halted until public and environmental safety can be guaranteed.
Brussels, 11 April 2006 -EU Commissioners will be making a grave mistake, Friends of the Earth Europe and Greenpeace warned today, if they ignore the strong criticism levelled by member states on the way GMOs are currently authorised in the EU. The Commission, which has persistently refused to acknowledge any problems in the process, will hold a debate on GMO policy tomorrow, Wednesday 12 April.
Vienna, 6 April 2006 - Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth have today warned that Europe's food and farming will be widely contaminated if genetically modified crops are grown in Europe. The warning came at the end of a European Commission conference which failed to resolve any of the problems of growing GM crops.
Organised by a broad network of European environmental NGOs, farmers and regional movements against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), the "March of GMO-free Regions" visualized the European-wide resistance against GMO. NGOs, politicians, farmers and citizens of the different European countries marched towards the EU-conference " Co-existence of genetically modified, conventional and organic crops: The Freedom of Choice", organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency, in Vienna on 4-6 April 2006. More than 3000 people from 20 European countries joined the march.
Brussels, April 3rd 2006 - Genetically modified (GM) crops can only be grown in Europe if contamination of organic and conventional foods are permitted, claims Friends of the Earth today in a new publication. The environmental group is scathing of the European Commission who are organizing a conference on the "co-existence" of GM and non GM farming in Vienna as part of the Austrian presidency of the EU. They claim the Commission is only listening to industry whilst ignoring European law and the majority of the public.
Brussels, 24 March 2006 - The EU summit has adopted an energy strategy that will undermine global efforts to drastically cut down greenhouse gas pollution in order to limit dangerous climate change, Friends of the Earth charged today.
The "Energy Policy for Europe", agreed last night, aims at securing yet more oil and more gas imports and fails to make energy efficiency and renewable energies its central priority.
Brussels, March 21st - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU) welcomes the European Commission's second Communication on the European Transparency Initiative as an important step in the right direction. But given the global relevance of the EU and the influence of organised lobby groups on EU policies, the voluntary approach favoured by the Commission is too weak and too limited.
Brussels, 14 March 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe activists today protested in front of the EU Council building, against the energy policy of the European Union by setting up a 10m high inflatable dinosaur depicting dirty energy technologies as well as an inflatable nuclear power station. A banner read: "Dirty Fossil, Dangerous Nukes? The Future Is Renewable!". Activists distributed to officials entering the Council building edible mini power stations made from pastry.