12 May 2020

We are facing at once a pandemic and planetary emergency – a lethal combination, both in the near and far term.

In these unprecedented times of interconnected crises we look to our leaders to rise to their responsibilities and respond holistically to the multiple emergencies we face. This means acting in the common interests of people and the planet, in the immediate and the longer-term. This is a moment to transform our world and our unjust planet-killing economies – and we must seize it.

22 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating all too well that unequal societies go hand-in-hand with human suffering, fragile economies and delicate democracies.

This statement comes from a broad range of European civil society actors, committed to working together towards a shared vision of the future of Europe, one that is based on a socially just, feminist, sustainable, democratic and inclusive society.

It calls on the European institutions and Member State governments to seize this moment to work towards fundamental change in our social, economic and political systems.

4 December 2019

Civil society organisations have a critical role to play in a healthy democracy - bringing people’s voices to decision-making, and holding governments, institutions and corporations to account.

Regrettably civil society rights are under threat globally, including in Europe.

24 October 2019

With money and meetings, subsidies and sponsorships, the oil and gas lobby is fuelling the climate disaster.

Since 2010, just five oil and gas corporations and their fossil fuel lobby groups have spent at least a quarter of a billion euros buying influence at the heart of European decision-making.

This briefing exposes not just the hundreds of millions these oil and gas majors have spent on lobbying the EU, but the wide variety of underhand tactics they’ve used to successfully water down effective climate legislation.

23 October 2019

A civil society statement, supported by nearly 200 organisations worldwide declaring: "We are facing a climate emergency, created by the fossil fuel industry. We demand fossil free politics."

Similar to existing restrictions on tobacco industry lobbyists, we need a firewall that protects our democratic institutions and our decision-making from fossil fuel industry interference: no more private lobby meetings, partnerships, or collaboration.

19 July 2019

In preparation for the complicated process of hiring 27 new EU Commissioners, Friends of the Earth Europe joined forces with organisations defending women’s rights, democracy, public health and the environment, to outline the ideal profile of Commissioner candidates.

26 November 2018

Democracies all over Europe are under threat by a rise of hate, divisive and socially and environmentally destructive political forces.

Alarmed by this, an alliance of cross-sector NGOs, including Friends of the Earth Europe decided to call on the European Union and European governments to respond to this threat by 1) Upholding the rule of law, 2) Applying zero tolerance for hate speech and cyber-violence and 3) Defending the right for people to campaign for the public interest.

25 September 2018

The ‘Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens’ sets out a future of Europe based on core ethical values and sustainable development: democracy and transparency, social and environmental justice, human rights, the rule of law, equality, and solidarity. It states that European policies, rules and standards should that do what they were intended for: protect and safeguard well-being and health, ensure safety and freedom for people and protection of the climate and the environment, and serve present and future generations in and outside Europe.

9 April 2018

Many rules governing trade and investment today hinder efforts to achieve more sustainable economies. We urgently need a new trade regime which can help address global challenges and tackle problems like accelerating climate change, a broken agricultural model and loss of trust in democratic processes, rather than aggravating them. In this unprecedentedly comprehensive paper, Friends of the Earth Europe is presenting concrete proposals for an innovative trade agenda that serves citizens and the environment.