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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 fisheries ministers fail to end overfishing

Press release | December 16, 2014 at 23:13

Brussels – Commenting on the outcome of the fisheries Council today, Greenpeace EU fisheries policy director Saskia Richartz said: “It is unacceptable that many of the fishing quotas agreed today fail to end overfishing. Ministers gave no...

EU ministers need to show some backbone and end overfishing

Press release | December 15, 2014 at 9:45

Brussels – Fisheries ministers from 28 European countries are meeting in Brussels today to agree 2015 fishing quotas for most stocks, including those in the Atlantic, the North Sea and the Black Sea. To remind European leaders of their...

New EU law grants countries right to ban GM crops but leaves them exposed to industry...

Press release | December 4, 2014 at 8:12

Brussels – At the end of a late-night round of negotiations, national governments agreed on a new EU law to provide countries the right to ban GM crops in their territory. However, the agreed text delivers less than it promises, as it prevents...

Parliament votes to give European countries legally solid right to ban GM cultivation

Press release | November 11, 2014 at 8:59

Brussels - The European Parliament voted today on a new law on national bans of genetically modified (GM) crops. The Parliament’s environment committee voted to amend the position agreed last June by ministers [1], which, according to Greenpeace,...

Greenpeace exposes 20 European fishing vessels responsible for destructive fishing

Press release | November 4, 2014 at 9:53

Brussels/Amsterdam – Greenpeace exposed today 20 of the most destructive fishing vessels operating under European flags, ownership or management [1], two months ahead of a European Union (EU) deadline to end overfishing [2]. All 20 vessels have...

EU 2030 targets just an opening bid – more carbon cuts required ahead of Paris summit

Press release | October 28, 2014 at 17:10

Luxembourg/Brussels - The EU must step up its carbon target ahead of the climate summit in Paris in December 2015, said Greenpeace commenting on today’s environment Council. Environment ministers met to agree the EU’s position for the...

EU leaders pull handbrake on clean energy

Press release | October 24, 2014 at 1:59

Brussels – Despite considerable opposition by some governments, in the early hours of Friday morning EU leaders agreed three targets for carbon emission reductions, renewable energy and energy efficiency for 2030. But these targets are too low,...

Concerns remain over Juncker Commission’s commitment to environment

Press release | October 22, 2014 at 14:17

With today’s vote by the European Parliament a new political phase begins in the European Union. The Green 10 alliance of leading environmental organisations calls on President Juncker and his team of Commissioners to give European citizens, and...

Red card to Sri Lanka: European Commission announces severe fisheries trade sanctions

Press release | October 14, 2014 at 12:25

Brussels – Greenpeace welcomed today’s announcement by the European Commission that it will take a tougher stance against the government of Sri Lanka for its failure to co-operate in the global fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated...

Ministers flounder newly reformed EU fishing rules

Press release | October 13, 2014 at 21:59

Brussels - Today’s decision by the EU Fisheries Council on fishing quotas in the Baltic Sea violates the EU’s agreed objective of halting the overexploitation of stocks by 2015, said Greenpeace.

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