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The power of lobbies

Publication | March 23, 2015 at 15:03

JOINT STATEMENT - updated from 17 December, 2014. Multi-sectoral civil society coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers.

Cracking down on illegal and destructive fishing

Blog entry by Celia Ojeda Martinez and Ariana Densham | March 23, 2015

Between  €9 - €23bn worldwide is lost every year to illegal fishing , much of it driven by organized crime. Before legislation came into force in 2011, an estimated €1.1bn worth of illegal fishing products was imported into the EU. ...

EU leaders likely to reinforce inconsistencies of energy union plan

Publication | March 18, 2015 at 11:58

MEDIA BRIEFING - On 19 and 20 March, European leaders meeting at a summit in Brussels are expected to endorse the European Commission’s plan for a European energy union [1]. The plan sets out the Commission’s proposed priorities for EU energy and...

Smoke & Mirrors - How Europe’s biggest polluters became their own regulators

Publication | March 5, 2015 at 8:30

The European Union is in the process of defining new standards limiting pollution from coal-fired power stations in the EU – a once-in-a-decade opportunity to clamp down on toxic emissions killing thousands of people every year.

Wide alliance calls on MEPs to protect Europe from EU-US trade deal threats

Publication | March 4, 2015 at 10:44

Over 350 organisations, including trade unions, consumer, environmental and civil rights organisations, from across Europe have called on EU decision-makers to protect citizens, workers and the environment from the threats posed by TTIP...

Putting climate action at the heart of the European energy union

Publication | February 20, 2015 at 11:58

On 25 February the European Commission is expected to release its plan for a European energy union. This non-legislative document will set out the Commission’s proposed priorities for EU energy and climate policy over the next two years.

EU fisheries policy implementation

Publication | February 11, 2015 at 13:12

The CFP, recently reformed in 2014, requires European countries to end overfishing, to better manage their national fishing fleets and to promote a shift towards selective and low-impact fishing methods. The new CFP has delivered substantial...

Open letter to the Commission on new genetic engineering methods

Publication | January 27, 2015 at 16:06

A coalition of eight NGOs wrote to EU Commissioner Andriukaitis flagging their concerns that the European Commission might consider exempting new genetic engineering techniques from GM rules. The signatories called on the Commission to reject any...

Why Europe's low impact fishermen should get more quotas

Blog entry by Nina Thuellen | January 27, 2015

During the last five years, hundreds of thousands of you joined us in calling on Europe's politicians to both protect our seas from overfishing and to create new laws that support fair and sustainable fishing. And together, we did...

Submission to consultation on EU fisheries state aid guidelines

Publication | January 21, 2015 at 15:27

When public authorities, like national governments or the European Commission, invest public funds in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, there is significant potential that these subsidies may directly or indirectly lead to more unsustainable...

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