Brussels, 17 October 2008 - European Commission plans announced today to protect the world's forests have been slammed by Friends of the Earth Europe as "toothless" and unlikely to have any major impact on reducing deforestation. The "forest package" adopted today by the European Commission fails to include both measures to reduce deforestation and legislation to prevent the trade of illegal timber.
PENANG (MALAYSIA) / BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), 7 October 2008 - Malaysian palm oil exported for use in food, biofuels and cosmetics is far from 'green' - contrary to claims by Malaysian palm oil producers - shows the new report "Malaysian Palm Oil: Green Gold or Green Wash?" released today by Friends of the Earth groups. 
The 60-page long report examines the case of the vast Malaysian state of Sarawak, which is developing large-scale plantations at breath-taking speed having overexploited its timber resources and depleted its forests.
Brussels, 25 September 2008 - MEPs in the European Parliament today voted to make carmakers play a much greater role in tackling climate change and rejected car industry attempts to weaken proposed legislation on the fuel efficiency of new cars.
Brussels, 1 September 2008 - Members of the European Parliament this evening voted to delay proposals to force carmakers to reduce the fuel consumption of new cars, despite overwhelming public support for more fuel efficient vehicles.
The Industry Committee of the European Parliament voting in Brussels bent to pressure from the car industry and opted to delay a target of 120g CO2/km - equivalent to reducing fuel consumption by a quarter - by three years, from 2012 until 2015.
Brussels, 17 July 2008 - New laws proposed by the European Commission to create greener products need serious strengthening if they are to help tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, says Friends of the Earth Europe. The environmental organisation today welcomed the belated publication of the Sustainable Consumption and Production action plan , but is calling on the European Parliament and national governments to improve the plans which are extremely weak, having been watered down by in-fighting within the Commission.
Brussels, 3 July 2008 - Green campaigners today urged the European Union to 'push for fuel efficiency' and agree tough targets for reducing the fuel consumption of cars.
Brussels, 4 June - The debate on recycling and prevention targets in the revision of the EU's main waste directive has now entered a new stage, with a proposed deal at a third informal meeting between the Commission, Slovenian Presidency and a European Parliament delegation on Monday. The deal outlines very low and unenforceable recycling targets, postpones prevention targets and reclassifies some incineration as 'recovery'.
WHEN: The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will open on 3rd June 2008 in Helsinki.
WHAT: The task of the European Chemicals Agency is to assure the implementation of REACH, the EU chemicals regulation that entered into force on 1st June 2007 after 8 years of fierce debate.
Brussels, April 9 - The European Environmental Bureau and Friends of the Earth Europe have strongly welcomed yesterday's vote in the European Parliament's Environment Committee reasserting the need for EU-level targets on waste prevention and recycling. Voting on the Waste Framework Directive, an overwhelming majority favoured targets for Member States to stabilise waste generation by 2012 and to establish EU-wide recycling targets of 50 per cent for household waste and 70 per cent for business wastes by 2020 .
Amsterdam/Brussels, 19 March 2008 - Friends of the Earth is calling on the European Commission to adopt environmental legislation to prevent illegal timber from being sold on the European market, following an investigation which discovered illegal or destructively logged timber in four EU construction projects. The timber originated from the Amazon, Central Africa, Russia and Indonesia, where large-scale illegal and destructive logging takes place and timber is purchased from suppliers that engage in illegal logging.