24 September 2018

Excessive corporate influence over policy-making remains a serious threat to the public interest across Europe and at the EU level, warns this report by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU), of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a steering group member.

21 September 2018

On 21 September 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada entered into force provisionally and was applied to 90%.


The CETA controversy has led the European Commission to rebrand the undemocratic ISDS tribunals (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) as ICS (Investment Court System). However, the changes are minor and only procedural while the main points of criticism against ISDS have not been addressed.

17 September 2018

In the booklet Sufficiency: Moving beyond the gospel of eco-efficiency, Friends of the Earth Europe suggested introducing hard limitations to unsustainable trends—in particular to overconsumption—and putting emphasis on distributional justice in the economy. But how can we go about the task of building a 'sufficient' Europe?

4 September 2018

Taxing plastics can help lead to a responsible use of the material by triggering the necessary reduction of both production and consumption, a new report finds. However, a plastic tax will only work if designed to influence producer and consumer behaviour, rather than raising revenue.

26 July 2018

We face a planetary emergency. Communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change. We in Europe must do our fair share to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees. For Europe, this means a fair and urgent transition to a fossil-free energy system by 2030. This booklet outlines what we need to do to bring about a safe and clean Europe, free from fossil fuels.

16 July 2018

With the process to develop European laws to cut plastic pollution in full swing, we are witnessing a big push for bio-based and biodegradable plastics as a supposed quick fix to our plastic crisis. This infographic explains why they are not. These so called "bioplastics" are not an excuse to keep using single-use plastics - prevention and reuse are the real solutions.

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.

10 July 2018

From 9 to 13 July, the 5th round of negotiations between Indonesia and the EU for a free trade agreement are taking place. The fact that there was no public announcement of the round highlights the lack of transparency surrounding the negotiations.
To see if this trade deal would support a fair economy, Friends of the Earth Europe did a sustainability check of the draft texts the EU has published. The agreement scores only 4.5 out of 20 points - a clear fail.

The main findings are:

30 May 2018
“MidCat”, the Midi-Catalunya pipeline, is a highly controversial gas infrastructure project between France and Spain. Energy corporations Enagás and Teréga have been promoting its construction since 2005, and in 2013 the European Commission added the project to its PCI list (Projects of Common Interest).

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