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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 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.

New report illustrates why energy giants want to keep EU dependent on imported fossil...

Press release | October 9, 2014 at 10:28

Brussels – As European Union (EU) leaders prepare to decide on the future of Europe’s energy supply, a new report details why our largest energy companies want the EU to continue to rely on imported fossil fuel despite the political,...

Sell-out on UK nuclear plan exposes Commission to legal challenges

Press release | October 8, 2014 at 10:28

Brussels – The European Commission has for the first time cleared a plan for taxpayers to heavily subsidise the construction of a nuclear power plant in the EU. Two new reactors at Hinkley Point, in the United Kingdom, will receive up to €20...

Commission ignores emissions from tar sands under EU clean fuel standards

Press release | October 7, 2014 at 12:58

Brussels – Oil from tar sands and other high carbon sources would be excluded from fuel carbon accounting under a plan released today by the European Commission, warned Greenpeace.

Bratušek links energy union portfolio to climate policy but struggles to impress

Press release | October 6, 2014 at 17:25

Brussels – As parliamentary hearings for the Juncker Commission enter their second week, Commissioner-designate Alenka Bratušek, aspiring vice-president for the energy union, was in the dock this afternoon. In her opening statement she outlined...

Activists to EU ministers: people want renewable energy and energy efficiency

Press release | October 6, 2014 at 11:12

Brussels/Milan – Greenpeace volunteers delivered a message to EU ministers for energy and environment meeting today in Milan. Activists from Italy, Germany, France and Austria unfurled a banner reading “people want renewables and energy...

Cañete appointment undermined by conflict of interests and poor track record

Press release | October 1, 2014 at 20:29

Brussels – Commenting on today’s European Parliament hearing of candidate commissioner for climate and energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, Greenpeace EU director Jorgo Riss said: “Cañete clearly worked hard to present himself as the right man for the...

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