Europe and We

Cleaning activities on the Black Sea coast

The mission of Europe and We is based on the principles of sustainable development and is specifically focused on protecting the environment and its natural resources, working for the conservation of our natural heritage, and encouraging an active civil society to work for better, cleaner and healthier lives. The main activities focus on sustainable agriculture practices, organic farming, consumption of clean, safe and healthy food, and sustainable waste management.

Tell us a bit more about the main activities, campaigns and/or projects you are working on at the moment?

Currently Europe and We is working on several specific topics, our main focus being the CAP reform. We believe that the CAP has significant harmful impacts on nature resources, biodiversity and pollinators and is responsible for the ever lower quality of food we consume. The organisation is involved in the creation of a national coalition dealing with CAP issues fighting for a sustainable and fair food and farming system. The association is also involved in campaigns linked to the total ban of neonicotinoides and glyphosate and the reduction of the use of pesticides.

The association has also developed a project dedicated to limiting the negative impact of marine litter on ecosystems, wildlife and humans.

What does EEB membership mean to your organisation? How does it help you in your daily work and to bring about the changes you would like to see in Europe and beyond?

The EEB gives us the opportunity to collaborate and exchange experiences and good practices with other environmental organisations and provides us with valuable information, useful discussions and advice. EEB membership should be the aim of every organisation or network, fighting for better and cleaner environment and for the preservation of natural resources.

Do you have a recent success story that you would like to share with us?

The STOP GLYPHOSATE campaign was very successful. We organized several presentations on local level involving households and farmers to explain how cancerogenic and harmful glyphosate is.

What are your expectations on the Bulgarian EU Presidency in spring 2018? What do you think about the priorities set in the field of environment and how is your NGO planning to engage with the agenda?

In general, we would be happy if Bulgaria used the EU Presidency in spring 2018 to demonstrate its potential and capacity to play a leading role in the European agenda and to promote our national priorities and goals.

From our perspective, the announced official priorities of the Presidency are not fully in line with the real local needs and constraints.

The focus of Europe and We will be the CAP reform. We also plan to hold several meetings dedicated to waste management as part of the circular economy package. Towards the end of the Bulgarian Presidency we are planning to organize an EEB Agriculture working group meeting in Bulgaria, combined with a high-level event and visits to organic and sustainable farms. We see these meetings as key opportunities to promote sustainable development in Bulgaria.

For more information:

Emma Ernsth, Membership and Development Manager, European Environmental Bureau

emma.ernsth@eeb.org

+32 2 790 88 10