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.

26 May 2011

Brussels, May 26, 2011 – The European Commission was sued today, accused of violating European transparency laws. Environmental law organisation ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), FERN and Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) filed the lawsuit following the Commission's refusal to provide access to information in decisions relating to the sustainability of Europe's biofuels policy. [1]

3 May 2011

Brussels, May 3, 2011 – Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes today's European Commission plan [1] for the future of biodiversity in Europe, but warns measurable targets are urgently needed in the areas of agriculture and forestry if the strategy is to succeed. The document outlines how the 27 member states of the EU will implement the new global strategic plan for the Conven­tion on Biological Diversity (CBD), agreed in October last year alongside 193 nations.

17 March 2011

Brussels, March 17 - Friends of the Earth Europe is calling on European agriculture ministers to leave their entrenched positions and radically shake-up European agriculture – to make it greener, protect family farming and to reduce its impacts in southern countries. Ministers meet today to agree their first official response to proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy.

24 February 2011

Pro Natura/FoE Switzerland, together with a large coalition of environment, development, and progressive farmers organisations, today submitted a petition against the development of agrofuels in Switzerland. The petition, signed by 62,000 people, was submitted to the Swiss government in Berne.

The petition urges the government to establish strict criteria for authorising the production and the import of agrofuels, which should clearly address the effects of indirect land use change and recognise food sovereignty rights.

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