Brussels/Paris/Amsterdam, February 23, 2012 – Representatives from European governments met today to vote on plans to keep tar sands out of Europe, but intense lobby pressure from Canada and the oil industry has brought about a stalemate, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. 
Abstentions and rejections from a number of European governments means the final decision will be taken by the Environment Council in June.
Brussels/Paris/Amsterdam, February 22, 2012 – European governments must say no to the dirtiest forms of unconventional oil tomorrow, and defy pressure from both the Canadian and big oil lobbies, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. Representatives from European governments will decide tomorrow on plans to keep tar sands out of Europe.
Plans by the Canadian company Gabriel Resources to develop a gold mine in Rosia Montana, in Romania are being challenged by local campaign groups with the support of the Friends of the Earth Europe network.
A campaign has been running against the project for almost a decade, and although the environmental impact assessment process was suspended five years ago, the government has recently shown support for the project which is opposed by environmental groups.
Brussels, Tuesday October 4 – Friends of the Earth Europe has welcomed a decision by the European Commission to take steps to prevent oil from tar sands entering the European market.
The European Commission has announced it will assign higher carbon emission values to oil from tar sands than to other sources of fossil fuels in the Fuel Quality Directive - the EU initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. 
Today a 'girl band' dressed as 'oily bankers' protested outside the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) sponsored 'Scottish Low Carbon Conference' at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre .
The Friends of the Earth Scotland activists, Mary, Gail, Emilia, Hannah, and Beth, sang Jessie J's recent chart-topping "Price Tag" song, complete with rap section and lyrics altered to tell the story of RBS's highly destructive oil and gas investments, including the mining of tar sands in Canada,
Brussels, 5 August 2011 - The government of Canada is engaging in an unprecedented lobby effort to open up the European market to oil from its devastating tar sands, an investigation by Friends of the Earth Europe reveals. 
A detailed 'diary' compiled by Friends of the Earth shows the extent of Canadian efforts to block EU plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.
Brussels, 12 July – More than 73,000 EU citizens and 140 elected representatives and MEPs have signed a petition, to be delivered to the European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, vice president Antonio Tajani today, calling on the Commission to hold companies operating in the EU legally accountable for any harm they cause to people and the environment around the world .
Friends of the Earth Europe, in partnership with Friends of the Earth France and Friends of the Earth Netherlands, have helped speakers from communities affected by tar sands to tour Europe and bring their voices and messages to key decision-makers here.
By continuing to raise awareness of tar sands, and providing concrete testimonies of how tar sands have disrupted indigenous peoples' everyday lives, cultures, identities, health and environment, they are bringing a human element to the debate.
Friends of the Earth groups across Europe have called on world leaders to take serious action for the melting arctic.
With global temperatures increasing and melting sea ice, the area is under threat of becoming a victim of and contributor to climate change.
In the arctic the temperature is rising twice as fast in comparison to other areas, and local communities, ecosystems and the natural environment are struggling to cope with a rapidly changing climate.
Unconventional and environmentally destructive oil resources are about to go global. Time is of the essence to ensure that the devastating effects on communities and the environment are put high on the political agenda. Tar sands and other unconventional oil deposits have been discovered or are already being exploited in Venezuela, Congo-Brazzaville, Russia, Jordan, Nigeria, Angola and Madagascar. We've been actively gathering facts on future tar sands developments, including a fact-finding mission to Madagascar.