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The Greenpeace European Unit is based in Brussels, where we monitor and analyse the work of the institutions of the European Union (EU), expose deficient EU policies and laws, and challenge decision-makers to implement progressive solutions.

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EU countries fail to support sustainable and low impact fishing

Publication | May 29, 2015 at 17:06

The Common fisheries policy (CFP) has been in force for almost a year and a half now. It has delivered substantial progress on paper, but its success relies on the will of national governments to apply these rules back home. Greenpeace has looked...

Trading in chaos

Publication | May 26, 2015 at 10:00

The report details two years of investigations into one major company, Cotrefor, that is logging illegally, breaking social contracts with communities and undermining a number of trade regulations with its timber export worldwide to the EU, US,...

Toxic coal: counting the health cost of weak EU air pollution limits

Publication | May 20, 2015 at 0:30

MEDIA BRIEFING - Draft EU air pollution standards for coal power plants could lead to 71,000 avoidable deaths between 2020 and 2029, due to increased risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and other diseases associated with air pollution,...

Pesticides and our health - Greenpeace report

Publication | May 12, 2015 at 9:54

The study outlines the known, and suspected, human health impacts of chemical pesticides based on the findings of current peer-reviewed studies.

Juncker’s 'Union of democratic change' undermined by corporate pressure on GM crops

Publication | April 20, 2015 at 8:30

MEDIA BRIEFING - The Commission is about to announce a revision of the way EU decisions are made on imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The plan is likely to fall short of a promise by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to...

Blue Manifesto for Europe’s seas

Publication | April 17, 2015 at 13:00

In this document, Greenpeace, alongside BirdLife, ClientEarth, Oceana, Seas At Risk and WWF, sets priorities for the Juncker Commission on marine protection and sustainable fisheries management.

Risky Business

Publication | April 17, 2015 at 12:30

This briefing looks at how overfishing and changes in EU fisheries laws affect the investment environment in fishing and seafood sectors.

Coal pollution limits leave EU trailing behind China

Publication | April 9, 2015 at 10:37

An EU expert body has released new draft coal plant pollution limits that are weaker than existing standards in China, the United States and Japan. The draft has only marginal changes compared to information released by Greenpeace in March,...

Letter to Commission president Juncker on GMO review

Publication | April 8, 2015 at 11:37

Keeping your promise to make EU GMO decisions more democratic

Cancer groups, health and environment NGOs call for emergency EU glyphosate ban

Publication | April 7, 2015 at 16:05

Letter to EU health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis from Alliance for Cancer Prevention, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, Health and Environment Alliance, Pesticide Action Network.

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