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 […]
25 July 2019

Right to clean air: the Commission takes Bulgaria and Spain to court

The Commission is sending Bulgaria and Spain to Europe’s highest Court for repeatedly breaching EU air quality standards and failing to guarantee citizens’ right to clean […]
10 September 2019

EU ready for Green Deal as von der Leyen appoints new Commissioners

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has highlighted the importance of EU environmental action by creating a new role of Executive Vice President for the […]
11 September 2019

Half of EU governments fail to deliver a plan to cut air pollution

Five months past the deadline, EU officials are still waiting for fifteen Member States to detail their programmes to improve air quality. National governments were due […]
29 January 2020

‘Green Deal Commission’ overlooks environmental rights in 2020 work programme

The European Commission’s 2020 Work Programme has failed to include essential measures needed to ensure European citizens’ environmental rights. The European Union has faced fierce criticism […]
23 June 2020

EU water law will NOT be changed, confirms European Commission

In a landmark day for Europe’s rivers, lakes and wetlands, the European Commission has announced that the EU’s strong water legislation — the EU Water Framework […]
30 September 2020

As Czech government prepares to take Poland to court for illegal mining, activists urge European Commission to act

Campaigners call on the European Commission to start an infringement procedure immediately against Poland for the Turow mine’s illegal water grab. [1] Environmental groups welcome the […]
14 October 2020

Chemical detox plan for Europe announced

Major reforms could rapidly reduce chemical pollution   NGOs welcome action on “serious and growing” threat   Ban for PFAS, the ever-lasting poison in drinking water […]
14 July 2021

EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ is unfit and unfair

The European Commission is missing another historic opportunity to phase out fossil fuels in the ‘Fit for 55’ package, leaving the door open for coal, gas […]
17 December 2021

NGOs applaud Commission’s move to turn the Mercury Lights out in the EU

The EEB and CLASP welcome the decision to adopt provisions that will phase-out compact and linear fluorescent lamps Brussels 17 December 2021 The EEB and CLASP applaud […]
25 April 2022

The great detox – largest ever ban of toxic chemicals announced by EU

Thousands of the most notorious chemicals will be rapidly banned in Europe, the European Commission announced today, as part of the Zero-pollution goal in the EU […]
11 July 2022

Need for speed on chemical protections in Europe

Stopping dangerous use of chemicals takes EU a decade Important protections have slowed, despite surge in chemical use Industry systematically misleads regulators over serious health risks […]