7 December 2017

A spectacular nature haven in southwestern Bulgaria, home to twice as many butterfly species as the whole of the UK and protected by EU nature laws, is under threat from an EU-funded motorway from Sofia to Greece. This briefing analyses the disastrous impacts the motorway would have on local nature and communities, highlights viable alternative routes which would mitigate impacts on both, and calls on the European Commission and the Bulgarian government to reroute the project.

24 November 2017

Ten reasons why the EU’s proposal for a Multilateral Investment Court doesn’t fix a fundamentally flawed system

The European Commission is planning to establish a so-called Multilateral Investment Court (MIC), a new international court where corporations can sue governments for laws and regulations that harm their profits.

24 November 2017

At the beginning of 2017 the European Commission conducted a public consultation on the proposed Multilateral Investment Court (MIC). This briefing scrutnises the public consultation and finds that the scope, questions and methodology were highly inadequate and prevented a broad range of stakeholders from expressing their views and that the Commission misrepresented the consultation results, alleging much higher support for the MIC than was actually provided by respondents.

7 November 2017

Friends of the Earth Europe commissioned a team of climate change scientists to determine how much gas Europe can afford to use in its future energy mix.

31 October 2017

The Agribusiness Atlas is a unique collection of facts and infographics that show the dramatic impacts of the global food system being rapidly monopolised by ever-fewer, ever-larger corporations at every stage of the food chain. This alarming trend poses risks to consumer choice, jobs and working conditions and food production in the future, warn the report's authors. A selection of free-to-use infographics from the report are available here.

16 October 2017

This is a summary briefing of new research led by Ioannis Lianos, Professor of Global Competition Law and Public Policy and Director of the Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES) at University College London (UCL), which concludes that even on a narrow reading of EU competition law, the merger between Monsanto and German 'life science' company Bayer should not be permitted.

28 September 2017

Despite multiple climate action commitments the EU budget and European public banks continue to finance fossil fuel production and consumption across the EU and internationally.

This study shows the scale of the problem with the EU providing an annual average of €4bn in fossil fuel subsidies through its budget, development and investment banks and funds. The growing support for gas, and the continued provision of support for coal-fired power, are particularly concerning. 

18 September 2017

The European Union is engaged in negotiations on a package of climate and energy legislation with a new deadline: 2030. The package covers different issues such as renewables, efficiency and energy poverty, and is known as 'The Clean Energy Package for All Europeans'.

11 September 2017

The European Commission's 'Better Regulation' agenda, through its emphasis on co- and self-regulation and on burden reduction, undermines progress in the EU and may present an obstacle to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

6 September 2017

How a treaty on business and human rights could improve access to remedy for victims

This report provides concrete evidence of continuing obstacles to access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses, based on five well documented cases. It also sets out seven areas for practical reform, arguing that the UN negotiations for a binding treaty on business and human rights can offer a clear opportunity to improve the situation for victims.

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