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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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Weak EU coal pollution standards could cause 71,000 avoidable deaths

Press release | May 20, 2015 at 0:30

Brussels – Weak coal pollution standards being considered by the EU could result in 71,000 preventable deaths across Europe, due to increased risk of stroke, heart disease, asthma and other illnesses associated with air pollution.

Commission investigates state aid for power companies – Greenpeace comment

Press release | April 29, 2015 at 11:30

Brussels - Reacting to today’s announcement by the European Commission that it is conducting a probe into state aid for power companies, Greenpeace EU energy policy adviser Tara Connolly said:

EU approves 19 GMOs for import - Greenpeace comment

Press release | April 24, 2015 at 12:44

Brussels - Commenting on today's decision by the Commission to allow imports of 19 genetically modified organisms (GMO), including 17 GM crops and 2 GM flowers, Greenpeace EU food policy director Franziska Achterberg said:

Juncker breaks promise to make EU GMO decisions more democratic

Press release | April 22, 2015 at 12:04

Brussels - The European Commission published today a proposal to amend rules on EU imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The proposed reform would still allow the Commission to authorise the import of GMOs even where a majority of...

Juncker plan could break promise on democratisation of EU GM crop decisions

Press release | April 8, 2015 at 12:31

Brussels – A new plan by the European Commission to review the way decisions are made on genetically modified (GM) crops could break a promise by its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, to make the EU system more democratic. In a letter released...

EU leaders move forward on Paris climate deal but struggle to shrug off coal, Greenpeace

Press release | March 19, 2015 at 21:07

Brussels – The EU’s domestic energy plans are struggling to keep up with its climate change diplomacy, warned Greenpeace after a summit of European leaders in Brussels.

Commission releases garbled energy union plan

Press release | February 25, 2015 at 11:30

Brussels – The European Commission has released a patchwork of policies as its plan for a European energy union, said Greenpeace.

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...

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