17 November 2011

Brussels, November 17, 2011 – Increasing the use of biofuels in Europe will have devastating impacts on wildlife a new scientific assessment has shown. [1]

The report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) estimates that 85 percent of biodiversity will be damaged across 17,000 square kilometres of natural habitats that risks being converted to farmland as a result of EU biofuel targets. None of this will be protected under current EU legislation for biofuels.

20 October 2011

European agriculture ministers met today to discuss the draft plans for the future of farming in Europe, but let competitiveness debates get in the way of essential discussions about measures that could protect farmers and the environment, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

12 October 2011

Proposed reforms to the future of farming in Europe, announced today, are insufficient to protect the environment and the majority of farmers, according to Friends of the Earth Europe [1].

11 October 2011

Brussels, October 11, 2011 – Proposed reforms to the future of farming in Europe are unlikely to be sufficient to protect the environment and the majority of farmers, or curtail corporate control of the food chain, Friends of the Earth Europe says today on the eve of the publication of a new draft Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The reforms to be proposed by the European Commission tomorrow (October 12) are an historic opportunity to shake-up European agriculture but leaked drafts suggest proposals have already been drastically watered-down. [1]

1 October 2011

European biofuels policies contribute to food insecurity and land grabs. Moreover, the true impacts of expanding biofuels production on deforestation and the climate are ignored in the EU policy. Vested corporate interests want to keep it that way. This press briefing explains the problems, myths and solutions.

18 July 2011

Brussels, July 18, 2011– The European Commission is expected to release the names of seven voluntary certification schemes tomorrow, approved to certify biofuels according to the 'sustainability criteria' set out in the Renewable Energy Directive. This follows a lawsuit filed by environmental law organisation ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE), FERN and Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) against the Commission's refusal to provide access to information regarding the approval of such schemes.

5 July 2011

Members of the European Parliament voted today on the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), the first ever legislative proposal put forward by the European Commission to regulate 'Over-The-Counter' (OTC) derivatives markets. NGOs welcome the agreed text as a first step to tackle excessive speculation in agriculture commodities by providing for transparency in completely opaque trillion Euro trade fuelling food price volatility and endangering the food security of millions in developing countries.

30 June 2011

Brussels, June 30, 2011 – The next long-term budget for the European Union offers ways to fight climate change and to move Europe's economies to a sustainable development path but still leaves the door open for harmful spending, according to Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch. The analysis comes after the proposal for the EU budget post-2013 was presented in Brussels last night. [1]

23 June 2011

Brussels, June 23, 2011 – Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes the European Parliament's steps towards more people and planet-friendly agriculture, including support for a fairer distribution of subsidies amongst farmers. The European Commission must now introduce bold and effective policies pushing for sustainable and fair European agriculture.

20 June 2011

Brussels/Paris, June 20, 2011 – European airlines fuelling aeroplanes with biofuels is greenwashing, and flies in the face of recommendations from major international institutions, Friends of the Earth Europe said today on the opening day of the Paris air show, Le Bourget.

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