23 April 2007

Brussels/Costa Rica, 23 April 2007 - Friends of the Earth groups in Europe and Costa Rica today called on EU Ministers not to authorize the European Commission to negotiate new bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with Southern countries.

30 November 2006

Brussels, 30 November - Friends of the Earth Europe today submitted a complaint to the European Public Affairs Consultancies Association (EPACA), accusing well-known lobbyist David Earnshaw of a conflict of interest between his work lobbying for pharmaceutical clients and his role as an "independent expert" advising the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee. [1] EPACA's Code of Conduct requires public affairs practitioners to avoid any conflicts of interest.

17 October 2006

Brussels, 17th October - Today, Friends of the Earth Europe and the Seattle to Brussels Network demanded that the European Union stops making policy decisions biased towards business interests. Trade and environmental campaigners staged an action outside the annual back-pat of the Confederation of European Business (UNICE) today [1], attended by six European Commissioners and called "Why do companies care about Europe?".

1 June 2006

Brussels, June 1 2006 - Today, Friends of the Earth Europe launched their new report "Transparency in EU decision making: reality or myth?". The report analyses current codes of conduct for lobbyists and EU officials and reveals a worrying lack of transparency in several key areas.

22 May 2006

Brussels, 6 November - Online voting began today for the second annual "Worst EU Lobby Awards", organised by Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and Spinwatch [1]. The nominations reveal five "true masters of spin and manipulation" and five "not-so-neutral EU officials".

3 May 2006

BRUSSELS, 3 May 2006 - The Commission's proposals for the new European Transparency Initiative (ETI) fail to deliver transparency around the role of lobbying in EU decision-making and will not improve public trust in the EU institutions, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) charged today. ALTER-EU will continue to push for a meaningful transparency system during the consultation period which begins with this Green Paper, and urges the Commission to make more effective proposals soon.

21 March 2006

Brussels, March 21st - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU) welcomes the European Commission's second Communication on the European Transparency Initiative as an important step in the right direction. But given the global relevance of the EU and the influence of organised lobby groups on EU policies, the voluntary approach favoured by the Commission is too weak and too limited.

17 November 2005

Strasbourg, 17 November 2005 - Environmental, women's, health and consumer organisations recognised the important step taken by Parliament today towards replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives but regretted that MEPs exempted thousands of chemicals from the need to provide any health and safety information.The European Parliament supported the obligation to replace hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives when these are available (the 'substitution principle'), sending a strong message to ministers of national governments who will next make a decision on REACH.

15 November 2005

Strasbourg: Friends of the Earth Europe displayed 100 garden gnomes in front of the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg urging strengthening of the EU's chemicals reform. MEPs will vote on the proposal for REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) on Thursday in the EP. Due to intense pressure from the European chemical industry, the draft legislation is under risk of being severely watered down.

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