Brussels, May 18, 2011 - Key business sectors are preventing effective action against climate change, warns Friends of the Earth Europe on the opening day of the European Business Summit in Brussels.
The environmental campaign group singled out prominent EU lobby group and summit organiser, BusinessEurope, for blocking ambitious climate action. BusinessEurope presents itself as the voice of the business community when in fact it favours the most polluting industries and denies there are economic benefits for Europe of early action against climate change. 
Brussels, May 17, 2011 – The European Business Summit is a symbol of the disproportionate influence corporations, particularly lobby group BusinessEurope, have on European policy-making, Friends of the Earth Europe is warning on the eve of the event which opens tomorrow (May 18) in Brussels.
After four years of campaigning, the European Commission finally released uncensored letters between Porsche and the Commission, following the threat of legal action by Friends of the Earth Europe and environmental lawyers ClientEarth. Their release reveals that Porsche tried to convince the Commission that uniform emissions limits on all car manufacturers would threaten their very existence. But it also shows the Commission will only act transparently when litigation looms – a symptom of entrenched secretiveness, obstructing citizens' rights to engage in the legislative process.
Brussels, April 19 - The European Commission has bowed to legal pressure and has finally fully disclosed letters that were sent by car company Porsche to former Enterprise Commissioner Verheugen in the period 2005-2007. The Commission has illegally withheld these letters for four years. It only decided to disclose them under the threat of court action by Friends of the Earth Europe and environmental lawyers ClientEarth.
The legal stick makes the Commission shift towards transparency
The European Ombudsman closed his enquiry today into BusinessEurope's unrealistically low lobby budget in the Commission's transparency register, after achieving a friendly solution. As requested by the Ombudsman, the European Commission has agreed to inform Friends of the Earth Europe about its review of BusinessEurope's registration, and make its procedures for investigating complaints public.
A new report on the benefits for Spain of adopting a climate law has been launched by Friends of the Earth Spain at a press conference in Madrid.
The report was produced by Friends of the Earth Spain and Factor CO2 (formerly Ecofys in Spain). 'Oportunidades para una Ley de Cambio Climático en España basada en los presupuestos de carbon' (Opportunities for a Climate Change Law in Spain based on carbon budgets) shows opportunities, advantages and barriers to implementing a climate law in Spain.
Last-minute lobbying by industry has stopped the Hungarian parliament from adopting a climate law in its current term.
Following successful campaigning by Friends of the Earth Hungary's Big Ask campaign, the Hungarian Climate Bill was included on the Parliamentary agenda in mid-February and received support from all parties. But industries afraid of being detrimentally affected by the law have succeeded in blocking it at the last moment.
Prague, May 29 – Today, environmental organisations Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Sortir du nucléaire formally ended their participation in the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) at a meeting in Prague hosted by the Czech and Slovak governments and backed by the European Commission. The environmental groups accuse the nuclear industry-dominated body of stifling critical voices and ignoring the concerns of civil society.
Brussels, February 12, 2009 – Groups set up to advise the European Commission on controversial issues are unbalanced and undemocratic, warn environmental campaigners in a new report published today. 
The composition of most High Level Groups established by the European Commission's Directorate General (DG) Enterprise and Industry is skewed in favour of industry interests, and their recommendations and conclusions are geared towards improving the competitiveness of European business at the expense of other public interests, the research by Friends of the Earth Europe concludes.
Brussels, 23 January - In the run-up to the 6th round of negotiations between the EU and Central America which will take place in Brussels next week, European civil society networks Oxfam International, Aprodev, Friends of the Earth Europe, CIFCA, FIDH, Fian International, CIDSE, and Grupo Sur, yesterday reiterated a number of concerns about the negotiations in a letter directed to the Commissioner for External Relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and the Commissioner for Trade, Catherine Asthon.