16 July 2019

Ursula von der Leyen puts environment first for EU

Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as European Commission President after winning MEPs’ votes with a bold vision for a greener Europe. Von der Leyen […]
21 June 2019

Infamous four: Decision on carbon neutral EU delayed by Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Estonia

Four governments have delayed an essential decision for the EU to be climate neutral by 2050, leaving Europe empty handed at upcoming UN climate talks. The […]
26 May 2019

‘We can really talk about a green wave’

Early projections following the EU election point to success for green candidates. Polls suggest support was especially strong among young people. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) […]
9 May 2019

EU leaders fail to commit to common climate action at key summit, NGOs say

EU leaders gathered in Sibiu, Romania, today to discuss the future of Europe ahead of this month’s European elections. The 28 heads of state agreed on […]
2 May 2019

ECJ backing of ‘investment courts’ places multinationals above citizens

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has concluded that including a so-called Investment Court System in the EU-Canada free-trade agreement is “compatible with EU law” – […]
2 April 2019

Agriculture committee MEPs vote for farm income subsidy windfall with bare-bones environmental standards

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Agriculture committee have today voted for income support payments to no longer be subject to the respect of certain minimum environmental […]
8 March 2019

Court of Justice: stop selling dangerous paint immediately

8 March 2019, Brussels – Lifting EU bans on dangerous chemicals is illegal when safer alternatives exist, the European Court of Justice ruled yesterday. The judgement […]
5 March 2019

Reaction to the European Commission’s report on the Circular Economy

We must praise the work done so far by EU officials to boost the transition towards a circular economy. But it’s too early to jump to […]
14 February 2019

Historic European Parliament vote for nature-friendly farming

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Environment committee have today stood up for higher environmental ambition under the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). MEPs defended our environment […]
30 January 2019

Commission must use sustainability ‘reflection’ paper as stepping stone to strategy with real teeth

A long-awaited European Commission ‘reflection paper’ on how to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality has finally seen the light of day – […]
15 January 2019

Europe paves way for right to repair

The EU has taken a small step towards cutting waste and greenhouse gases from manufacturing of popular consumer goods. For the first time, manufacturers will be […]
7 January 2019

Austria rose to challenge in plastic fight in 2018 but failed to apply same zest to agriculture pollution

An assessment of the performance of the Austrian Presidency of the EU has found that it was big on tackling plastic but less effective in dealing […]