23 May 2019

An open letter to the European Commission, calling on them to reject a number of pending applications for genetically engineered plants to be cultivated in the EU.

22 May 2019

Together with a coalition of civil society groups, we are calling on the next European Commission to make sure that it actively implements the legal requirement that the new generation of 'GMO 2.0' genetic engineering techniques are subject to the existing legislation on genetically modified organisms.

18 October 2018

Three months after a landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice which confirmed that new 'GMO 2.0' should be covered by the same safety, traceability and labeling rules as existing GMOs in the EU, we take a look at the state of play. While the EU's top court confirmed the legal status of these new techniques, the European Commission and national governments are showing a worrying lack of action to implement the ruling.

25 September 2018

The ‘Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens’ sets out a future of Europe based on core ethical values and sustainable development: democracy and transparency, social and environmental justice, human rights, the rule of law, equality, and solidarity. It states that European policies, rules and standards should that do what they were intended for: protect and safeguard well-being and health, ensure safety and freedom for people and protection of the climate and the environment, and serve present and future generations in and outside Europe.

16 July 2018

On July 25 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will rule whether a new generation of genetically modified seeds and foods – so-called 'GMO 2.0' – should be fully regulated as GMOs. This briefing sets out what this case is about, what the court's potential rulings might be, and the impacts would be for our food and farming system, and what our politicians need to do next to avoid GMOs being grown on our fields.

1 July 2017

In the coming days and weeks, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will decide whether to close Europe's fields to genetically modified (GM) crops for good, or if more GM crops can be grown. This short briefing explains the state of play – how we got here, and what is at stake for the future of farming in the EU.

27 March 2017

The proposed mergers of Bayer with Monsanto, Dow with DuPont, and ChemChina with Syngenta threaten European farmers, workers, consumers, the environment, and food security.

15 February 2017

This position paper outlines the case for why new genetic engineering techniques should be fully covered by existing EU regulations governing GMOs, including risk assessment, labelling, and monitoring.

2 November 2015

One year since the entry into office of the current European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, environmental groups issued this statement criticising the EU executive for a paralysis in policymaking on issues related to the environment.

CEE Bankwatch Network, Climate Action Network Europe, European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and the Health & Environment Alliance said that this had been “a lost year” for environmental protection.

27 July 2015

The EU and the US are currently negotiating a transatlantic trade agreement (known as TTIP) which has the potential to be the biggest bilateral free trade agreement in history.

This paper outlines the risks the deal poses to crucial European social, health and environmental protection, including key food safety and pollution measures. Originally published in 2013, it was updated in August 2015.

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