GreenpeaceEUblog

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.

  • Why patenting life is a bad idea

    Blogpost by Marco Contiero - December 16, 2011 at 17:35

     

    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 >

  • How big is yours?

    Blogpost by Saskia Richartz - December 13, 2011 at 15:38

     

    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 >

  • The battle to open up Europe to Canadian tar sands

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - November 15, 2011 at 16:16
    The EU is under enormous pressure from Canada to accept climate-wrecking tar sands oil. The question is, will Europe buckle?

    Canada sits on the world’s 3rd biggest estimated oil reserve, but much of it is locked up in tar sands. Extract... Read more >

  • EU court bans honey contaminated by GE crops

    Blogpost by Caroline Jacobsson - September 8, 2011 at 11:39

     

    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 >

  • Time to End the Chemical War Against Superweeds

    Blogpost by Lasse Bruun - June 30, 2011 at 11:57

     

    An extensive survey on attitudes to the environment published by the European Commission last week shows that, across the board, Europeans feel they need more information on chemicals and farming.

    Have you ever thought about how your favour... Read more >

  • Risky potato plan mashed by activists

    Blogpost by Marco Contiero - May 19, 2011 at 12:11
     
    It’s potato planting time again in the north of Sweden where activists are occupying BASF’s potato warehouse and are blocking the exit in order to hinder the German chemical company from planting the risky GMO potato “Amflora.”
  • Activists lock climate laggards out of business summit

    Blogpost by Joris den Blanken - May 18, 2011 at 16:22

    This morning in Brussels, more than 170 Greenpeace activists challenged companies in Europe to take more ambitious access on climate change by blocking access to delegates arriving at the European Business Summit: 'Europe in the world: lea... Read more >

  • Europe takes step towards ban on genetically modified crops

    Blogpost by Stefanie Hundsdorfer - April 13, 2011 at 12:16

     

    What does an EU Commissioner do if he wants Europe to start growing GM crops, but governments aren’t cooperating? The answer – offer governments the right to ban GM crops in turn for a blessing on GM crops at the EU level. The trick thoug... Read more >

  • Over a million EU citizens finally have their say on GM crops

    Blogpost by Myrto Pispini - December 9, 2010 at 12:29

     

    The first ever European Citizens’ Initiative is handed over to John Dali - EU Commissioner of Health and Consumer Policy. Over a million signatures surround the 380-square-metre piece of 3D pavement art.

    Can you imagine how it feels to c... Read more >

  • Your name: signed, designed and delivered!

    Blogpost by Lisa Vickers - December 9, 2010 at 12:21

     

    This morning, in the middle of Brussels at the EU Commission, over one million signatures calling for a moratorium on genetically modified (GM) crops were delivered by Avaaz and Greenpeace to the Commissioner of Health and Consumer Policy... Read more >

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