Brussels, 6 October 2008 - The European Union (EU) insists in calling association agreement what will be in fact a free trade agreement, Oxfam International, Grupo Sur, CIFCA, Friends of the Earth Europe and the International Federation of Human Rights pointed out amid the 5th Negotiation Round between EU –Central America celebrated this week in Guatemala.
Brussels, 6 October 2008 - Friends of the Earth Europe has today deplored the miserable record of outgoing EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.
Peter Mandelson, Member of the Barroso Commission since 2004 in charge of the external trade portfolio, announced on Friday he was leaving the post to take up a ministerial position in his home country the United Kingdom.
Brussels/Helsinki, 26 September 2008 - The Finnish parliament yesterday agreed to consider a law to cut the country's climate changing emissions by five per cent every year. Members of the Finnish Parliament debated two climate bills which, if made law, would set legally binding annual targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and put Finland at the forefront of the fight against climate change in Europe.
Bills were submitted by both opposition and government MPs and sent to the environmental committee for further steps.
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, 22 September 2008 - Climate Action Network Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace and WWF have heavily criticized the outcome of today's vote by the European Parliament's industry (ITRE) committee on 'effort sharing' .
Brussels, 11 September 2008 - Members of the European Parliament voted today to scale back the EU's ambitious plans to expand the use of biofuels as a transport fuel following widespread environmental and social concerns. Friends of the Earth Europe called it a "welcome step in the right direction."
Brussels, Belgium - The European Parliament's industry committee is trying to ditch the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and to boycott 2020 climate targets, environmental groups said following today's vote on how the carbon market should operate after 2012.
The committee voted to delay or even prevent the planned shift from a 20 to a 30% emission reduction target, on condition that an international climate deal is reached next year.
Brussels (Belgium) / Porto Alegre (Brazil) / Montevideo (Uruguay), 10 September 2008 - The rapid development of agrofuels in Latin America looks set to increase big business profits but it is not benefiting local people, according to a new report released today September 10 by Friends of the Earth International.  The report is published one day before key MEPs vote on the future demand for agrofuels in Europe.
Brussels, 10 September 2008 - As the European Parliament is preparing for a crucial vote on a new European law for renewable energy tomorrow, international environment organisations are calling on MEPs to vote against proposals to massively expand the use of biofuels. The groups argue that the widespread use of biofuels will do more harm than good and must not distract from the successful development of clean energy.
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.