Strasbourg, 22 April – This afternoon, the European Parliament voted to support an improved illegal timber law when a majority voted in favour of significant strengthening of the weak draft proposed by the European Commission last year.
The European Commission disappointingly continued to defend its weak position during the plenary debate on Tuesday evening. Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands calls upon the upcoming meeting of EU Agriculture ministers to adopt the strengthened illegal timber law before this summer.
Brussels, 19 March – European leaders meeting in Brussels today failed to cough up the cash needed to finance the fight against climate change, provoking condemnation from Friends of the Earth Europe.
Heads of the 27 European Union countries spent most of their time discussing multi-billion Euro responses to the financial and economic crises and did not commit a single cent of the money Europe must contribute to international efforts to deal with global warming.
Brussels, 10 March – European Finance Ministers failed to lay hard cash on the table today to support decarbonising economies in developing countries and to compensate for coping with the consequences of climate change .
Carbon offsetting schemes, such as the Clean Development Mechanism, have been put forward as mechanisms to tackle climate change and encourage financial flows to the global South. Friends of the Earth Europe believes that they are a loophole for industrialised countries to avoid making necessary emission cuts at home.
The Scottish parliament at Holyrood was visited by a group of penguins today who have brought a chunk of their dwindling habitat with them in a bid to save the humans from climate chaos.
The penguins, assisted by Friends of the Earth Scotland, created an entire Antarctic scene consisting of snow covered ground, giant icebergs and snow machines whipping up a real blizzard.
Friends of the Earth has reacted positively to the announcement by the federal Minister for Climate and Energy, Paul Magnette, to begin work on a climate law after the upcoming regional elections.
The Minister made the announcement during an interview on French speaking public radio. He stated that he considers current Belgian climate policy to be inadequate, and made specific reference to the UK climate law that was approved at the end of 2008.
16 February 2009, Brussels – Tomorrow, members of the European Parliament's environment committee will vote on crucial amendments to the Commission's timber law proposal. The legislation aims to regulate the EU timber market and to tackle the problem of illegal logging, but Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF strongly criticise the Commission's original draft and urge MEPs to significantly amend it.
Brussels, 28 January – Documents unveiled today by the European Commission describing its vision for a global agreement on tackling climate change lack the cash and credibility the world needs, says Friends of the Earth Europe.
Poznan, POLAND, December 12, 2008 - The rich industrialised world, and most notably the European Union, is squarely to blame for the severe lack of progress made at United Nations climate talks in Poznan, Poland, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
Brussels, Belgium/Poznan, Poland - Today's agreement by EU leaders on the most contentious aspects of the EU's planned response to climate change, known as the climate and energy package, has been condemned as a failure by Climate Action Network Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, Oxfam and WWF.
Poznan, POLAND, 11 December 2008 - European environment ministers arriving at crucial climate negotiations in Poland received messages this morning sent by over a thousand young people urging them to 'wrap up' climate change.