26 May 2020

The European Commission has recently concluded a trade deal with Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) which, if ratified, would be the biggest trade deal both blocs ever implemented in terms of the number of citizens involved.
However, this paper shows: The trade deal comes at a tremendous expense for people and the planet.

Dire consequences are looming both on regional and global levels:

18 May 2020

10 reasons the EU and governments must quit the Energy Charter Treaty

The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is a major obstacle to fast and effective action on the climate and environmental crisis and should be disbanded. This little-known treaty from the 1990s grants sweeping rights to big corporations. The fossil fuel industry is using it to sue governments and sabotage the energy transition.

12 May 2020

We are facing at once a pandemic and planetary emergency – a lethal combination, both in the near and far term.

In these unprecedented times of interconnected crises we look to our leaders to rise to their responsibilities and respond holistically to the multiple emergencies we face. This means acting in the common interests of people and the planet, in the immediate and the longer-term. This is a moment to transform our world and our unjust planet-killing economies – and we must seize it.

5 May 2020

Friends of the Earth Europe and 73 other NGOs have today written to the EU Commission to demand that genetically modified (GM) crops are not pushed onto Europe's fields and plates as part of a trade deal with the USA and call for better protection of the environment and climate in the EU's trade policy.

20 February 2020

We joined more than 100 civil society organisations from across Europe to denounce the European Commission's statements on EU-US trade talks, which put our health, climate and environment at risk. EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan has recently been confronted with US demands to weaken EU safety rules on pesticide residues in food, chemical treatment of poultry ('chlorinated chicken'), and GMOs. Instead of pledging to uphold hard-won safety standards, the Commissioner has implied they can be relaxed in order to appease the Trump administration.

9 December 2019

An obscure investment agreement, the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), threatens to undermine bold climate action to transform Europe’s energy system.

But as negotiations begin for the reform of the treaty, this paper asks, is it beyond repair? When it comes to ending its protection for fossil fuels, and scrapping investor rights for climate-damaging industries, the 'modernisation' could be doomed to fail.

30 September 2019

On September 30 2019, the day of Phil Hogan’s interview to become EU trade commissioner, an alliance of European civil society organisations published an open letter to European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, and to Phil Hogan himself.
Lobby Control, Corporate Europe Observatory and Friends of the Earth Europe, together with several signatories, are pointing out the lack of transparency in the ongoing EU-US trade talks, especially on the issue of so-called “regulatory cooperation”.

NGOs call on the Trade Commission

23 September 2019

On 24th of September EU Energy Ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss in the Council the contribution of the energy sector to climate action. The discussion is meant to help member states prepare their revised national energy and climate plans - due to be presented by the end of  the year.

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.