Welcome to the Greenpeace EU blog, where our veteran policy experts offer insights into the political animal that is Brussels and the maelstrom of European law making. We are right at home with the agriculture, chemical, climate & energy, fisheries, transport and forest policy briefs. We aim for quality rather than quantity, so expect updates when there is something interesting to say rather than on a strict schedule.
Well this must be embarrassing. As you know, Europe’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen has been saying it wants to become the most environmentally-friendly car company in the world. But in reality the managers of VW want to do as little as possible under... Read more >
Last week Volkswagen announced improvements to its new cars that will reduce their emissions by enough to beat existing EU legislation. Are we surprised? Are we stunned?
Not really. It’s not the success we are looking for, we’re still a long way fr... Read more >
Greenpeace activists from the ship Arctic Sunrise take action last week against Russian super-trawler Oleg Naydenov, off the coast of Senegal. Having overfished the seas closer to home, foreign trawlers are now plundering West African waters.
Our ship, the Arctic Sunrise, is currently in Mauritanian waters to highlight the problems of overfishing emptying African seas. Vast factory-style fishing boats are trawling out fish at an alarming rate and decimating local ecosystems and l... Read more >
"Palm oil-diesel. Extinction and climate disaster."
It’s been a bad few weeks for biofuels produced from food crops: first, the US Environmental Protection Agency said that biodiesel made from palm oil will not count towards the country’s renewable fuels mandate because they are damaging to t... Read more >
It is no secret that Europe’s seas, once teeming with life, are now unable to provide fish for all its citizens. EU governments and the fishing industry have known for decades that they catch more than their seas can provide, so much so that the Eu... Read more >
The biggest chemical company in the world, BASF, is moving to the US because Europeans don’t want its genetically engineered potatoes. Just days ago, the company announced its decision to move its main laboratory for the development of ge... Read more >
It is almost two months to the day since Europe’s highest court banned the commercial patenting of stem cells involving the destruction of embryos.
The original case was brought by Greenpeace in Germany, with the backing of a medical ass... Read more >
No, not that. Your fishing fleet… how big is your fishing fleet? No idea? Nor it seems do most governments in Europe. That’s quite a problem when size is at the heart of our overfishing problems.
I’ve just come back from a press conferenc... Read more >
Canada sits on the world’s 3rd biggest estimated oil reserve, but much of it is locked up in tar sands. Extract... Read more >
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that honey contaminated with pollen from a genetically engineered maize produced byMonsanto cannot be sold on the market. This means that if beekeepers keep beehives in areas where the genetic... Read more >
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