Cash that should be flowing into projects that boost environmental sustainability is instead fuelling outdated carbon-intensive projects like motorways, airports, and fossil-fuel infrastructure, according to a new report on Europe's investment plan released today.
The research outlines the potential for citizen-owned renewable energy projects in Europe, where 264 million "energy citizens" could generate 45% of the European Union's electricity needs by 2050 – as part of a democratised energy system.
After years of campaigning, Mount Srđ, the picturesque hill overlooking historical Dubrovnik in southern Croatia, has moved a step closer to safety after a court annulled permission for a destructive golf resort development.
The ruling from the administrative court in Split annulled the environmental permit for the development, confirming what the "Srđ is ours" initiative, Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia and experts had long claimed: that the development is simply not compatible with the local environment.
Commenting on the announcement that a special Council meeting will be convened in October with the aim of agreeing the controversial EU-Canada trade deal, Fabian Flues, trade campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said: "Public concerns cannot be swept away with a simple declaration added to CETA. The text of the agreement remains untouched and will give foreign companies special rights to sue our governments. This would hands over power to corporations, at the expense of people and the environment.
A broad group of civil society and consumer organisations as well as trade unions call on the EU's trade ministers to reject the signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada . The trade ministers are gathering in Bratislava today and tomorrow to discuss the ratification of the CETA agreement.
A new report on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) reveals how the trade deal could make EU member states vulnerable to costly lawsuits from North American investors that threaten public interest.
As the EU-27 gather in Bratislava today, leading environmental organisations call for genuinely transformational change in the wake of the UK referendum.
Campaign groups today launched the Democracy for Sale Awards, an initiative giving citizens the opportunity to call out the corporate lobbyists most successful in undermining democracy and the public interest by capturing the EU positions for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
What should have been two significant contributions to Europe's war chest in the fight against climate change will in fact leave the planet short-changed and open the door to even more polluting fossil fuel projects, argue campaigners at Bankwatch, Friends of the Earth Europe and Climate Action Network Europe.
Reacting to Bayer's reported takeover of Monsanto, Adrian Bebb, senior food and farming campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, said "Bayer's buyout of Monsanto is a marriage made in hell, which threatens to further lock in industrialised agriculture at the expense of nature, farmers and the wider public. While public support for local and greener food continues to boom, this mega corporation will be doing its best to force damaging pesticides and GM seeds into our countryside."