Ahead of discussions this week about how the next one trillion euros EU budget will be spent, EU ministers are being urged to get rid of provisions that would allow public money to subsidise the fossil fuels industry.
The open letter  endorsed by more than 20 leading environment groups comes in response to the draft negotiating text for Tuesday's General Affairs Council. At this meeting EU Members States will make decisions on the investment priorities under the next 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy funds , building on a proposal prepared by the European Commission last year .
Brussels, March 8, 2012 – Proposals for how Europe might tackle climate change over the next 40 years are on the agenda of a meeting of Europe's environment ministers tomorrow (March 9) in Brussels. Environment group, Friends of the Earth Europe, is warning ministers not to postpone the setting of ambitious emissions reduction targets – they have already postponed the decision in the past – or Europe will be less likely to be able to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Brussels, February 2 - Substantial environmental and social harm is being caused by controversial projects costing billions of euros of EU money, according to research published today by Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch Network .
Brussels, January 30, 2012 – Reducing Europe's emissions is more cost-effective than previously thought, according to research released by the European Commission today. 
Moving to 30% emission reductions by the year 2020 is feasible, beneficial, much cheaper than previously thought, and a crucial step towards the minimum 40% domestic reductions science demands to prevent dangerous climate change.
Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch Network have today published detailed recommendations for EU regional funds 2014-2020 to help put Europe on a sustainable development path .
The groups are urging the European Council and European Parliament, as well as national governments, to use these recommendations for Structural and Cohesion Funds to tackle climate change, stop biodiversity loss and reverse resource-overconsumption.
Brussels, June 30, 2011 – The next long-term budget for the European Union offers ways to fight climate change and to move Europe's economies to a sustainable development path but still leaves the door open for harmful spending, according to Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch. The analysis comes after the proposal for the EU budget post-2013 was presented in Brussels last night. 
European Ministers meeting on Monday (February 21) are being urged to reform Europe's spending to ensure it supports a green economy.
CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe are calling on member states to commit to spending more of the billions of Euros of structural funds for new member states on energy savings and other green measures. The call follows warnings in a European Commission report that insufficient Structural and Cohesion Funds are being used for energy savings and environmental programmes.
Brussels – A new report launched today by seven green NGOs proposes concrete solutions to put an end to environmentally harmful subsidies within the EU Budget. In this time of austerity, European taxpayers' money is not delivering what it should, such as public goods and the well-being of Europe's citizens. Our key challenges in tackling climate change, biodiversity loss and resource inefficiency need to be prioritised ahead of funding for unnecessary infrastructure projects and the subsidising of intensive agriculture.
The Coalition for Sustainable EU Funds has today written to European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso requesting that new life is breathed into the EU budget reform process in order to ensure that a new green economy results from the billions of euros to be allocated across the European Union after 2013.
The coalition, comprising a range of European non-governmental organisations, specifically called on President Barroso to put discussions about the future of the EU budget back in the public domain via a clear and transparent EU budget reform process.
Brussels, 3 March - On the day that the European Commission launches its vision for 2020, its 'Europe 2020 strategy', a new report from CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe lays out how improved targeting of EU structural and cohesion billions for energy efficiency and renewables can get the EU – and particularly the new member states in the east – on track to meet and exceed emissions reduction targets for tackling climate change.