14 February 2019

This booklet explains how new EU renewable energy legislation could be used to unleash a wave of fossil-free community energy across Europe.

Bringing examples from across Europe, it shows how the new EU renewable energy directive - which enshrines new rights for communities, local authorities and citizens to generate and sell their own energy - can help to remove barriers to community renewables. It gives practical steps and resources for action.

13 February 2019

In the five months of action remaining under the current mandate of the European Commission, we call on EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella to leave a lasting legacy for nature and people - The #NatureAlert Countdown starts now!

12 December 2018

The Krk liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal is a controversial European gas infrastructure project on the Croatian island of Krk. For two decades, the LNG Croatia d.o.o. corporation and successive Croatian governments have promoted its construction, joined in 2013 by the European Commission which gave it political backing and financial support as a Project of Common Interest (PCI), citing economic, energy security and even environmental benefits.

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.

22 November 2018

The EU has a soy problem. It makes up around 40% of all plant protein used for animal feed in the EU – and 95% of it is imported from abroad. Destructive soy monocultures in Latin America are a direct consequence of the need to feed factory farms in the EU, where 9 billion animals are reared every year. This report assesses the state of play of protein crops and animal feed in the EU, and offers ways forward.

18 October 2018

Three months after a landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice which confirmed that new 'GMO 2.0' should be covered by the same safety, traceability and labeling rules as existing GMOs in the EU, we take a look at the state of play. While the EU's top court confirmed the legal status of these new techniques, the European Commission and national governments are showing a worrying lack of action to implement the ruling.

15 October 2018

The European Union and its Member States are important actors when it comes to shaping globalisation.

25 September 2018

The ‘Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens’ was released on the third anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, as over half a million people in over a thousand cities in more than 130 countries took part in a worldwide day of action.

Friends of the Earth Europe and other civil society organisations want their demands for a more sustainable, inclusive, democratic Europe on the agenda of the forthcoming European Parliament elections.

24 September 2018

Excessive corporate influence over policy-making remains a serious threat to the public interest across Europe and at the EU level, warns this report by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU), of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a steering group member.

21 September 2018

On 21 September 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada entered into force provisionally and was applied to 90%.


The CETA controversy has led the European Commission to rebrand the undemocratic ISDS tribunals (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) as ICS (Investment Court System). However, the changes are minor and only procedural while the main points of criticism against ISDS have not been addressed.

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