BRUSSELS, 21 June 2007 (EMBARGOED) - Today, Fortis Bank responded to Friends of the Earth International regarding the bank's financing of the companies which caused a catastrophic mud volcano in Indonesia through gas exploration. 
BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), JAKARTA (INDONESIA), 21 June 2007 - Major international banks such as Credit Suisse, Barclays, Fortis Group, Merrill Lynch & Co. and Natixis are injecting hundreds of millions of Euros into a set of companies responsible for a catastrophic mud volcano in Indonesia, Friends of the Earth International has revealed in two new reports launched today.
Toxic mud has been gushing from the ground in Sidoarjo, Indonesia since May 2006, following drilling operations by the company Lapindo Brantas Inc.
Brussels, 14 June 2007 - Friends of the Earth Europe has demanded an urgent acceleration of action to fight climate change by European governments, after new data released by the European Commission today reveals that overall EU emissions are still not on track to meet Kyoto targets. 
Brussels, June 12th 2007 - At the Agriculture Council today EU Ministers decided to allow contamination of organic food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Ministers adopted a new law which allows organic food containing up to 0.9 percent "adventitious or technically unavoidable" GMO content to be classed and labelled as organic .
Heiligendamm, Germany, June 7, 2007 - Campaigners warned that today's statement on climate change by leaders of the eight most industrialised nations (or G8) meeting is weak and lacks substance, but reveals the urgent need to tackle climate change.
G8 leaders meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany made some progress under the leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel but failed to commit to serious targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Brussels 5th June - In Brussels today and in over 20 cities across Europe, protests by environmental groups intensified pressure on BNP Paribas to withdraw its funding of the controversial Belene Buglarian nuclear power plant.
June 4th 2007, Brussels - Friends of the Earth Europe warned today that unless European leaders take the lead and stand up to US President George Bush on climate change at the G8 talks in Heiligendamm, Germany this week, the eight most industrialised nations will let down the world's poorest nations.
30 May 2007, Brussels - New documents obtained by Friends of the Earth reveal that the United States continues to pressure the EU to market new genetically modified (GM) crops and foods, despite the World Trade Organisation's recent verdict that the EU has a right to protect itself against GMOs. In an email exchange, US officials even insisted that the EU should steer clear of the term "GMOs" in order to minimize public opposition to its policies. 
One week before the European Union's new chemicals legislation - REACH - enters into force (1 June 2007) , European environmental, women's, health and consumer groups have warned in an open letter to the European Commission that REACH cannot be celebrated until it is strengthened to provide proper health and environmental protection.
Strasbourg, 21 May 2007 - The European Parliament is on the brink of backing an open market approach to trade that will give big European corporations great privileges at the expense of small businesses, farmers, workers and the environment, warned the Seattle to Brussels network today .