How we work

We are aware that Europe has a responsibility to the world because of the impacts it has globally, both for good and for bad. We acknowledge at the same time that Europe has the economic and political power to effect change.

We seek to achieve an equitable and environmentally sustainable world whilst maintaining and strengthening Europe's democratic, participative structures, to ensure that European policies have the interests of people in Europe and the Global South at their heart.

Friends of the Earth Europe seeks to influence European and EU policy and raise public awareness on environmental issues by providing institutions, media and the public with regular information via a wide range of campaigns, publications and events.

We support our network of member groups with representation, advice and coordination in European and EU policy making, and by sharing knowledge, skills, tools and resources.

We enable people to participate in international campaigns through local activist groups and national organisations in 30 European countries.

Our Programmes

Friends of the Earth Europe organises activities under six core programmes:

Climate Justice and Energy: including the EU's climate responsibility, UN climate talks strategy, energy savings and community-based renewables

Economic Justice: including corporate transparency and responsibility, impact of European companies on developing countries, corporate lobby power, food speculation and extractive industries

Food Agriculture and Biodiversity: including GMOs, biofuels, EUs Common Agriculture Policy and biodiversity

Resources and Consumption: including measuring and reducing Europe's resource use (waste policy, resource use, consumption and production patterns)

Sustainable EU Funds (in co-operation with CEE Bankwatch Network): including environmental and social indicators as the basis for the programming of EU funds over the period 2013-2020

Network Development: including capacity building within the network, strengthening Young Friends of the Earth Europe and support to campaigns

Structure and decision-making

The Annual General Meeting is the ultimate decision-making body of Friends of the Earth Europe. Senior representatives from member groups attend the AGM to take part in evaluation, planning and decision-making, and the election of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee meets four times a year to take strategic decisions between AGMs and to oversee the implementation of the decisions made by the AGM.

Executive Committee appoints the director and delegates operational decision-making to her.