11 September 2008

Brussels, 11 September 2008 - Members of the European Parliament voted today to scale back the EU's ambitious plans to expand the use of biofuels as a transport fuel following widespread environmental and social concerns. Friends of the Earth Europe called it a "welcome step in the right direction."

10 September 2008

Brussels, 10 September 2008 - As the European Parliament is preparing for a crucial vote on a new European law for renewable energy tomorrow, international environment organisations are calling on MEPs to vote against proposals to massively expand the use of biofuels. The groups argue that the widespread use of biofuels will do more harm than good and must not distract from the successful development of clean energy.

24 July 2008

Brussels, 24 July 2008 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) yesterday issued its revised opinion on Bisphenol A and confirmed a five-fold increase in the authorised daily intake of this chemical [1], a move condemned by Friends of the Earth Europe.

18 July 2008

Brussels, 18 July 2008 - Today, European civil society organisations and social movement members of the Seattle to Brussels Network have expressed deep concern about the EU's position in the run-up to the upcoming WTO Mini-Ministerial meeting in Geneva.

10 July 2008

Brussels, 10 July 2008 - Regulators remain oblivious to the harmful effects of a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) widespread in plastic consumer products and need to act urgently to protect consumers, says Friends of the Earth Europe in a report out today.

7 July 2008

Brussels/Strasbourg, 7 July 2008 - International environment and development organisations are today calling on the European Union to withdraw proposals to massively expand the use of biofuels. The call follows the publication of a major report [1] by the UK government into the indirect or knock-on impacts of using crops as transport fuels.

7 July 2008

Brussels/Strasbourg, 7 July 2008 - Environment groups have today urged members of the European Parliament to vote against controversial proposals to massively expand the use of biofuels. The groups warn that most biofuels threaten wildlife, food supplies and people in developing countries, whilst contributing little to stopping climate change.

7 July 2008

Brussels/Strasbourg, 7 July 2008 - Members of the European Parliament this evening voted for significantly reduced targets for promoting biofuels in the light of mounting evidence of their impacts on food prices, people and biodiversity, and their failure to combat climate change.

24 June 2008

Brussels, 24 June - CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) revealed today, on the twentieth anniversary of the EU's Cohesion policy, that clean and efficient energy and transport investment projects continue to be denied sufficient priority attention in the EU-sponsored spending plans of the new member states (EU-10).

18 June 2008

Brussels, 18 June 2008 - Friends of the Earth Europe is demanding an urgent acceleration of action by governments to fight climate change after new data released today revealed that many European countries remain a long way off meeting their Kyoto targets. [1]

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