February 20th, Brussels - The EU is heading for a double standard on cutting carbon dioxide emissions, warned Friends of the Earth Europe today after a meeting of Environment Ministers. Ministers reaffirmed the EU's commitment to build and expand on Kyoto to achieve absolute emission reductions by developed countries, going so far as to acknowledge that developed countries must reduce their emissions by 30% by 2020. But paradoxically, they suggested a unilateral target for the EU itself of only reducing emissions by 20% by 2020.
1st February 2007, Brussels - In light of tomorrow's release of the latest, starkest findings on climate change, Friends of the Earth Europe has called for the EU to swap grand words with serious action to face up to the crisis. Next month, EU leaders must - at their annual Summit - set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable energy use.
Brussels, 16 November 2006 - The plans for spending future EU funds in the new member states give alarmingly insufficient financial support to energy efficiency and renewable energy, new research by Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch Network revealed today . The member states' Operational Programmes, proposed for the 2007-2013 period, make a mockery of the EU's commitments to use regional aid to tackle climate change and promote sustainable energy.
Brussels, October 30th - European governments must take immediate action against climate change to avoid economic recession, warns the Stern Review - an independent report presented to the UK government today. Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for EU Member States to toughen market mechanisms such as the Emissions Trading Scheme, cut energy waste, introduce green taxes and invest in renewable energy. In parallel, the EU must push for ambitious emission reduction targets at the United Nations climate conference in Nairobi next week.
Luxembourg/Brussels, 23 October - Friends of the Earth Europe pushed European citizens' concerns about climate change directly under the noses of EU Environment Ministers today, just before their Council meeting in Luxembourg. Today the Ministers will agree on the EU's position for the upcoming United Nations climate conference in Kenya next month. However, leaked documents reveal that the position will be weak and will lack a crucial long-term perspective in the fight against global warming.
European Parliament, Brussels, 4th October 2006 - Members of the European Parliament's Environment Committee made personal pledges and demands on climate change today as part of a Friends of the Earth Europe photo-action . The action took place shortly before the MEPs voted to recommend a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by eighty percent by 2050 and to recommend that negotiations on the next Kyoto period should be finalized by 2008 .
Brussels 29 August 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe today called on European Union leaders to step up efforts to limit climate change and insisted that the EU must finance adaptation measures and disaster relief in developing countries.
The call came as a new report , launched in London today by a coalition of NGOs and think-tanks, including Friends of the Earth, demonstrates the havoc wreaked by climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.
WHEN: The 25 EU Member States are due to present to the European Commission the National Allocation Plans
for the second phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) by 30 June 2006. The Commission will have to
comment within three months. The plans will be enforced in the period 2008-2012.
WHAT IS THE ISSUE: It is very likely that Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France,
Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Latvia, UK, Spain and Sweden will miss the deadline. If they do not
Brussels, 29 May - Today global warming campaigners protested outside the Berlaymont, bashing European Commission President Barroso for his hypocrisy on the issue of climate change. They offered Mr Barroso a shame award for driving a gas guzzling car and for disregarding the need to set binding fuel efficiency standards for cars sold in Europe. 
Brussels, Belgium - Europe's governments are guilty of allowing their industries to produce as much carbon dioxide as they wish at no cost, environmental organisations accused today. As the European Commission releases the data on emissions of installations covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), evidence from the markets proves that most Member States granted their industries far too generous carbon emission allowances in the period 2005-07.