Young Friends of the Earth groups and Push Europe activists from across Europe told governments and the oil industry to ‘Stop pushing tar sands on Europe’ today, as part of an international day of action against tar sands – the dirtiest form of unconventional oil.
Friends of the Earth Europe today endorses a new report released by partners in the tar sands campaign, Climate Action Network (CAN) Canada, which highlights Canada's dirty oil diplomacy. The report documents how the Canadian government's global push to sell the tar sands is little more than an extension of industry lobbying, and has left Canada's environmental credibility in tatters and its peoples at odds with their governors.
The Dutch government's friendly relationship with big oil companies, and unwillingness to block polluting tar sands from Europe, has been ridiculed this morning by Friends of the Earth Netherlands/Milieudefensie.
In a colourful action outside the Shell headquarters in The Hague activists dressed in Dutch national costume had oil poured over them by a 'representative' from Shell. At the same time, an activist playing Joop Atsma, the Dutch secretary of state for infrastructure and the environment, looked on smiling.
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.
Brussels, February 16 – Eight Nobel Peace Prize laureates have written to European Heads of State and Ministers of the Environment urging them to tackle the most climate polluting sources of transport fuel, notably tar sands.
Oil produced from highly polluting sources, such as tar sands and coal-to-liquids, causes far more climate damaging emissions than conventional oil. Tar sand extraction in Canada has destroyed pristine wilderness areas and has had devastating impacts on local communities and aboriginal 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. 
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.
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.
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.