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11 February 2016

For ten days, locals and young activists, led by Young Friends of the Earth Norway, have been peacefully occupying machinery to prevent test drilling at a mining site near Førde fjord, west Norway. In April last year, the Norwegian government doomed another of its world famous fjords, Førde fjord, by granting permission to Nordic Mining to mine Engebø mountain for rutile ore, and for the waste to be dumped into the nearby pristine fjord.

Norway, Young Friends of the Earth Europe
10 February 2016

Europe's renewable energy future must have communities at its core, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, as the public consultation on the next European renewable energy directive closes today.

The European Commission sought public opinions on what the future for renewable energy should look like in Europe, and the role of "empowered" consumers. Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for the right of communities to produce and supply renewable energy to be enshrined in the next directive.

2 February 2016

Germany's largest association of judges and public prosecutors yesterday publicly criticised the European Commission's Investment Court System, a set of reforms to replace the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism in the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The judges are questioning the legal basis of such system, as well as the need for it to be introduced in the first place.

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