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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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Taiwan faces EU sanction on fisheries

Press release | October 1, 2015 at 15:01

Taipei - Three weeks after Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior busted Taiwanese tuna longliner Shuen De Ching No.888 (順得慶888號) fishing illegally in the Pacific, the European Commission has yellow carded Taiwan for failing to fight illegal, unreported and...

Distrust over EU GM crop approvals grows as 17 countries move towards national bans

Press release | October 1, 2015 at 10:30

PRESS RELEASE UPDATED ON 2 & 5 OCTOBER TO INCLUDE NOTIFICATIONS FOR GM CROP CULTIVATION BANS BY BULGARIA, CYPRUS, LUXEMBOURG, MALTA AND WALES Brussels – In the latest blow to the European Commission’s laissez-faire approach to GM crops, at...

EU adopts weak position for Paris climate summit

Press release | September 18, 2015 at 13:30

Brussels - Environment ministers meeting in Brussels today adopted a weak EU negotiating position for global climate talks in Paris in December, said Greenpeace. The EU aims to cut domestic emissions by at least 40% in 2030.

EU: Put your weight behind renewables

Press release | September 18, 2015 at 11:00

Change Partnership, Climate Action Network Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, Nature Code, Oxfam, Transport & Environment and WWF

Commission TTIP plan retains privileged corporate justice system

Press release | September 16, 2015 at 13:19

Brussels – The European Commission’s modified plan for an Investment Court System under an EU-US trade agreement (known as TTIP) continues to give foreign investors a privileged justice system to challenge EU standards on the environment, health...

EU study on bee-killing pesticides increases pressure for ban expansion

Press release | August 26, 2015 at 11:42

Brussels – A study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has linked the spraying of three neonicotinoid pesticides to harmful effects on bees, increasing the pressure on the European Commission to expand a current EU-wide ban to all uses...

EU parliament cooks up Euro-fudge on private TTIP courts

Press release | July 8, 2015 at 13:31

Strasbourg/Brussels – In a non-binding recommendation to the European Commission, the European Parliament has proposed the creation of a permanent global investment court to rule on trade disputes between corporate investors and governments under...

Greenpeace warns Europe is failing to learn lessons from Fukushima

Press release | June 29, 2015 at 9:20

Brussels – A new report published today by Greenpeace [1] found that Europe's nuclear regulators have failed to act on vital lessons from the Fukushima catastrophe, exposing Europeans to the risk of a nuclear accident. The release coincides with...

NGOs call for strong EU policies to beat the 2030 renewable energy target

Press release | June 15, 2015 at 11:00

Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Greenpeace and WWF today called on the European Commission to propose a strong set of policies to ensure all countries contribute to delivering and surpassing the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target.

Commission and governments bow to coal industry pressure on air pollution limits

Press release | June 10, 2015 at 9:00

Brussels/Seville – EU government delegations that concluded a meeting in Seville late last night have backed weak limits for air pollutants from coal plants that would cause thousands of premature deaths, warned Greenpeace [1]. Over half of all...

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