Brussels, Belgium, March 10, 2006 -- Billions of euros of taxpayers' money are in danger of being used to fund controversial infrastructure projects in the new member states of the European Union, according to a new map launched today by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe. The warning is issued as the EU gears up to pour EUR 157 billion in Structural and Cohesion Funds into its new member states and accession countries between 2007 and 2013.
Brussels, 10 March 2006 - The Commission of the European Union is avoiding EU-wide legislation on the coexistence of genetically modified (GM) and non-GM crops, a move that could lead to the irreversible contamination of Europe's food, seeds and environment.
The "wait-and-contaminate" policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is in a report by the European Commission which is due to be published today. The report has been obtained in advance by Friends of the Earth Europe (1).
Brussels, 8 March 2006 - Old fashioned and backward looking - a so-called new EU energy policy grounded in the days of the dinosaurs. This is the verdict of Friends of the Earth Europe on the EU's Energy Plan to be published later today.
Brussels, 14 February 2006 - Governments in Europe are failing to live up to the spirit of the Kyoto Protocol, one year after this global treaty came into force to cut greenhouse gas emissions. 
Friends of the Earth charged that rising carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Europe and globally are leading to more tragic disasters like the hurricanes that hit the United States last year.  Hurricane Katrina alone cost, beyond the loss of many lives, $125 billion.
Brussels, January 23rd - Friends of the Earth welcomes the Austrian Government's decision today to ban Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape, GT73. There are now twelve bans of GM foods or crops in the European Union (1). The decision by the current EU presidency follows November's referendum in Switzerland that banned GM crops for five years.
Brussels, January 13 th , 2006 - The European Commission today ignored environmental and health concerns of Member States and approved the import and use of three Monsanto genetically modified (GM) maize (1).
This authorization comes despite studies showing that farmers in the US and elsewhere are not seeing the reduced pesticide use and higher profits promised by the Biotech industry.
Brussels (Belgium) January 10, 2006 - US-based biotech giant, Monsanto, is aiming to genetically modify all of Europe's maize over the next 4 years, reveals a new Friends of the Earth report released today. The report also concludes that in the ten years since the introduction of genetically modified (GM) foods in Europe, the biotech industry has failed to deliver any benefits for consumers or the environment, and has not played any role in solving hunger and poverty.
The European Commission has today overturned Greek's ban on Monsanto's genetically modified seed (called MON810).
Adrian Bebb, GM campaigner for Friends of the Earth said:
Strasbourg, 17 November 2005 - Environmental, women's, health and consumer organisations recognised the important step taken by Parliament today towards replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives but regretted that MEPs exempted thousands of chemicals from the need to provide any health and safety information.The European Parliament supported the obligation to replace hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives when these are available (the 'substitution principle'), sending a strong message to ministers of national governments who will next make a decision on REACH.