The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled today that the controversial Investment Court System (ICS) is compatible with EU law. This ruling is a response to the Belgian government's request following a protracted stand-off on the EU-Canada trade deal CETA by Wallonia in 2016.
In 2018 China shook the global plastic recycling system by banning imports of plastic waste. Since then our plastic production, consumption and waste systems have faced various crises, but also opportunities. A UN meeting on waste trade provides an opportunity to tighten up regulations and hopefully encourage rich countries to reduce plastic consumption and deal with their own plastic waste rather than dumping it on the Global South.
At the moment, there are 175 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)who we consider to be far-right, or who represent far-right national governments. They are members of three political blocs - the European Conservatives and Reformists, Europe for Freedom and Direct Democracy, and Europe of Nations and Freedom, as well as a number of 'non-attached' MEPs who don't sit with any bloc.
On the April 5th 2019, the sun started to shine again in Spain - though the weather forecast predicted rain. The Spanish Government passed new regulations on self-consumption of renewable energy, that could unleash a renewables bloom.
The regulations, contained in a Royal Decree, bring to an end a four-year hiatus during which the country of the sun installed zero new renewable capacity.
Friends of the Earth Europe’s director, Jagoda Munić, writes about the importance of voting in this year’s elections for the European Parliament (May 23-26) and the need for a dramatically different Europe that puts equality, solidarity, democracy, care for our environment and future generations, and social, environmental and economic justice its heart.
EU Member States in the European Council have today agreed to start negotiating a new EU-US trade deal.
The talks were de facto approved despite promises by French President Macron and EU Trade Commissioner Malmström that the EU would not negotiate a trade agreement with countries that have not signed the Paris agreement on climate change.
Friends of the Earth has today delivered a court summons to Shell at its headquarters in the Hague, to legally compel the company to cease its destruction of the climate, in a historic climate litigation on behalf of more than 30,000 people from 70 countries.
The community energy movement has recently received an important boost. New EU legislation on renewable energy gives communities and individuals the right to generate, store, consume and sell their own energy.
These community energy rights could be transformational for the fossil-free energy system we need to build. But these rights must now be laid down in national laws, to take effect.
Exxon-Mobil's tactics of deliberately spreading false information on climate change have been exposed today in a public hearing in the European Parliament.
But the company’s refusal to attend the hearing has led a growing number of Members of the European Parliament to back calls to strip Exxon-Mobil lobbyists of their parliamentary access badges.
Myriam Douo, transparency campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said: