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EU fisheries ministers fall short of full discards ban

Press release | February 27, 2013 at 12:50

Brussels – EU fisheries ministers have agreed a proposal for limited restrictions on discards - the practice of throwing unwanted dead fish overboard. The Irish EU presidency will now have to negotiate a full reform of fisheries policy with the...

EU ministers split over fisheries reform

Press release | February 26, 2013 at 14:30

Brussels – EU fisheries ministers are heading into a long night of negotiations as they clash over measures to ban fish discards (the wasteful practice of throwing unwanted fish overboard). The differences voiced during a public debate this...

EU deal could discourage oil drilling in Arctic waters

Press release | February 21, 2013 at 14:44

Brussels, 21 February 2013 – Greenpeace has welcomed a preliminary agreement between the European Parliament and the Council over an EU law on oil and gas offshore drilling. If confirmed, the law could limit or even prevent oil drilling under...

Parliament lead Committee throws lifeline to ailing EU carbon market

Press release | February 19, 2013 at 10:08

Brussels, 19 February 2013 – European environmental NGOs today welcomed the European Parliament Environment Committee’s support for the proposal to temporarily curb the oversupply of emission allowances in the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS).

EU Ombudsman launches investigation into Commission’s alleged failure to curb...

Press release | February 14, 2013 at 10:30

Brussels - The European Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the European Commission's alleged failure to prevent conflicts of interest among staff as a result of the revolving door - where EU staff take up jobs with lobby firms and...

EU parliament votes to overhaul fisheries policy

Press release | February 6, 2013 at 10:59

Strasbourg/Brussels – A historic vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today has brought the prospect of a fast recovery of Europe’s fish stocks one step closer, according to Greenpeace.

Commission acts on bee-killing pesticides but stops short of complete ban

Press release | January 31, 2013 at 11:30

Brussels – The European Commission will today ask EU member state representatives to consider imposing restrictions on certain pesticides because of their harmful effects on bees. Greenpeace welcomes the move by the Commission, which follows the...

Greenpeace comment - EU denies GM freeze

Press release | January 22, 2013 at 21:00

Brussels – Media reports have quoted a Commission spokesperson declaring that EU approvals of new GM crops are unlikely soon [1], but denying that the authorisation process was frozen [2].

New report presents alternatives to harmful biofuels to decarbonise EU transport

Press release | January 17, 2013 at 9:00

Brussels – Europe can effectively replace oil with renewable energy in transport without resorting to harmful biofuels, according to a new report by Dutch research institute CE Delft [1], commissioned by environmental groups. The report,...

Greenpeace comment on EFSA study on effects of pesticides on bees

Press release | January 16, 2013 at 17:09

Brussels – A report released today by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) [1] has linked commonly used pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, to serious effects on bee populations. EFSA indicates “high risks” in the use of neonicotinoids and...

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