162 organisations from across Europe have today called for European trade policy to be made more democratic.
Their statement was handed over to European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström at the first meeting of a newly established expert group on EU trade agreements.
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The School of Sustainability concept originates in Latin America, where Amigos de la Tierra have been practicing the "Escuela de la Sustentabilidad" methododology for over 10 years. Instead of unilateral learning, the popular education methods applied focus on the inner wisdom of the participants, encouraging and facilitating an exchange of knowledge, ideas and feelings. A perfect means to help grow and strengthen grassroots organisations.
In a major show of strength, 33,000 people from across Europe – including hundreds of farmers and 160 tractors –protested at the weekend in Berlin, demanding a radical reform of the current food and farming system and an end to industrial agriculture.
Today the European Commission has stepped forward to address plastic pollution with the release of its Strategy on Plastics in the Circular Economy, says the Rethink Plastic alliance, of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a member.
The Strategy lays out the Commission's approach to reduce the impact of plastic pollution, including a commitment to investigate the scope of a legislative initiative on single-use plastics.
Over the last 12 months Friends of the Earth Europe has focused more and more of our climate justice work on energy poverty - an issue at the intersection of social and environmental policy.
A package of legislative proposals that will guide energy policy all across Europe until 2030 is currently being negotiated in Brussels and will determine the level of action for EU member states for the next crucial decade to stop runaway climate change.
***Update 18 April: The Milan court hearing scheduled today on the Nigerian Ikebiri community's case against oil giant ENI/NAOC has been postponed as, both parties sought the court's permission to suspend the case to allow them to explore further the possibility of an out-of-court settlement that could end the conflict. We expect that the company will now offer adequate compensation and clean up according to the community's legitimate grievance. The court has agreed to set the next hearing for October 23, 2018.***
Following the elections in Honduras on Sunday November 26, causing a series of protests in which more than 20 people were killed and many more injured, Friends of the Earth Europe has called on the EU to act and not to recognise Juan Orlando Hernandez as Honduran President.
A spectacular nature haven in southwestern Bulgaria, home to twice as many butterfly species as the whole of the UK and protected by EU nature laws, is under threat from an illegal EU-funded motorway from Sofia to Greece.
The Bulgarian Government in October 2017 decided it will carve an international highway through the 16km-long Kresna Gorge, supported by hundreds of millions of EU taxpayer funds – in spite of an EU order to bypass the Gorge.
European Union ministers set a dangerous direction for the continent’s energy future at a summit in Brussels today. 
Energy ministers agreed to stick with the low target for renewable energy of 27% by 2030. This figure would actually mean a slow-down in the current growth of renewable energy, and was agreed despite Denmark and Portugal signaling that they wanted a higher target. 
By weakening definitions and provisions on citizen and community ownership, ministers turned their backs on European citizens’ chance to participate in and benefit from the energy transition.