3 September 2019

New documents show how the gas lobby broke EU transparency rules by offering donations to the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) in exchange for meetings with MEPs. In response to a formal complaint that Friends of the Earth Europe submitted, the EU's Joint Transparency Register confirmed that its code of conduct had been broken. However, weak ethics regulations mean that the gas industry - and FTI consulting, which was paid to lobby on its behalf - will walk away with a slap on the wrist.

24 June 2019

Imagine an environmentally or socially destructive corporate project – say, a toxic mine, which could poison your local supply of water, or a luxury real estate project, which would displace hundreds of people. You and your community oppose the plans, the courts judge in your favour and the project is stopped. Seems like a community victory, right? But then the company behind the project sues your country for interfering with its profits, demanding millions or even billions in compensation.

18 June 2019

In an open letter, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) on the grounds of deteriorating human rights and environmental conditions in Brazil. The letter is addressed to presidents of the EU institutions ahead of the ministerial-level meeting next week in Brussels where EU and Mercosur foreign ministers aim to finalise the negotiations.

14 May 2019

The EU must urgently reform damaging farming subsidies to stand a chance of saving nature, preventing the worst effects of climate change and reviving small farms and our rural regions, according to the Agriculture Atlas 2019 – a unique publication of facts and figures on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) published by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Friends of the Earth Europe and BirdLife Europe.

The Agriculture Atlas 2019 shows that:

13 May 2019

Check out the impact of Friends of the Earth Europe in 2018 in our Annual Review.

Read highlights from our network of grassroots member organisations across Europe - including major wins in the battle against plastic pollution; victories for a fossil-free Europe saving Hambach Forest and winning an end date for coal in Germany and Spain; launching a major court case against Shell's climate crimes; forcing regulation of GMOs 2.0; saving nature in Bulgaria; and voices from youth rising across the continent.

It also contains detailed financial information.

17 April 2019

Across Europe, small-scale farmers and food activists are pushing a transition towards a better way of producing and consuming food. One that respects nature and the climate, produces better food, and provides good livelihoods for those involved.

These testimonies showcase successful examples from countries where a transition towards agroecological farming and local distribution is already happening. They are but a handful of the huge, diverse movement that is growing across Europe.

How can we support them to grow and thrive?

12 March 2019

The EU-Indonesia trade deal CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) is currently being discussed in Brussels. Indonesian negotiators are hoping to sell their favourite good to Europeans: palm oil. A commodity smeared with controversy, as it causes labour violations, deforestation or climate change.

20 February 2019

This briefing reveals a majority of EU countries have significant levels of energy poverty and are unable to keep all their citizens warm this winter - according to groundbreaking new research by Open Exp.

14 February 2019

This booklet explains how new EU renewable energy legislation could be used to unleash a wave of fossil-free community energy across Europe.

Bringing examples from across Europe, it shows how the new EU renewable energy directive - which enshrines new rights for communities, local authorities and citizens to generate and sell their own energy - can help to remove barriers to community renewables. It gives practical steps and resources for action.

13 February 2019

In the five months of action remaining under the current mandate of the European Commission, we call on EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella to leave a lasting legacy for nature and people - The #NatureAlert Countdown starts now!

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