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Member states agree on right to ban GMO cultivation at national level

Press release | June 12, 2014 at 8:30

Brussels – After three years of stalemate, environment ministers are expected to agree today on a draft law which allegedly gives EU countries the right to stop genetically modified (GM) crops from being grown on their land. Greenpeace warns that...

Parliament expected to make breakthrough on countries’ right to ban GM crop cultivation

Publication | November 6, 2014 at 11:11

MEDIA BRIEFING - On Tuesday 11 November, the European Parliament will vote on a new law on national bans of genetically modified (GM) crops.

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...

Record number of EU countries opposes Commission plan to allow pesticide-producing GM...

Press release | February 11, 2014 at 12:38

Brussels – A substantial majority of EU countries has voted against a Commission plan to allow the cultivation of a genetically modified (GM) maize, known as 1507. Greenpeace warned that if the Commission nonetheless authorised the crop, despite...

Commission & Greek EU presidency present false hope on GM crop bans

Publication | March 3, 2014 at 10:17

On Monday 3 March, EU environment ministers will debate a draft law that the European Commission claims would give EU countries the right to ban GM crop cultivation on their territory, even if a crop has been approved at the EU level. The...

The bees' burden

Press release | April 16, 2014 at 8:58

Over two thirds of the pollen that honeybees collect from European fields is contaminated by a cocktail of up to 17 different toxic pesticides. These are the shocking findings of a new study released today.

Commission acts on bee-killing pesticides but stops short of complete ban

Press release | January 31, 2013 at 11:30

Brussels – The European Commission will today ask EU member state representatives to consider imposing restrictions on certain pesticides because of their harmful effects on bees. Greenpeace welcomes the move by the Commission, which follows the...

Europe must ban bee-killing pesticides

Press release | March 14, 2013 at 9:00

Brussels, 14 March 2013 – EU government representatives are meeting today and tomorrow in Brussels to consider a partial ban of three neonicotinoids that have been shown to harm bees. Greenpeace urges European governments not to bow to pressure...

Bees in Decline

Publication | April 9, 2013 at 9:00

Bees in Decline

Greenpeace welcomes another step in taking action on bee-killing pesticide

Press release | July 16, 2013 at 15:16

Brussels – A European Commission proposal to restrict the use of a pesticide that has been shown to kill bees received the support of a strong majority of EU country representatives today. 23 EU member states voted in favour of a partial ban on...

Knockout blow for GM 1507 Maize as Court of Justice annuls authorisation of...

Press release | December 13, 2013 at 12:24

Brussels – Greenpeace welcomes today’s decision by the EU General Court annulling the authorisation of the controversial genetically modified (GM) potato in 2010. Given this ruling, Greenpeace calls on the European Commission to withdraw its...

NGOs and beekeepers take legal action to defend EU ban of bee-killing pesticides...

Press release | December 16, 2013 at 8:56

Brussels – Greenpeace International, Bee Life European Beekeeping Coordination and 4 other environmental and consumer organisations (Pesticides Action Network Europe, ClientEarth, Buglife and SumOfUs) are applying to intervene at the European...

Greenpeace welcomes EFSA guidelines for long-term GM food studies

Press release | August 2, 2013 at 11:29

Brussels – Greenpeace has welcomed the publication by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of new guidelines for long-term studies on genetically modified (GM) food [1]. Although assessing the long-term health and environmental impacts of GM...

Open letter to the Commission on new genetic engineering methods

Publication | January 27, 2015 at 16:06

A coalition of eight NGOs wrote to EU Commissioner Andriukaitis flagging their concerns that the European Commission might consider exempting new genetic engineering techniques from GM rules. The signatories called on the Commission to reject any...

Plan Bee - Living without pesticides

Publication | May 7, 2014 at 10:00

This study incorporates current scientific knowledge on ecological farming and the practical experience of farmers, scientists and eco-entrepreneurs championing modern ecological agriculture across Europe.

Corporate Science Fiction

Publication | April 29, 2014 at 17:31

The report shows how Bayer and Syngenta try to influence the political debate on neonicotinoids with unscientific methods and with the aim to secure their profits.

Media Advisory: European Parliament and #StopGlyphosate coalition to challenge...

Press release | November 20, 2017 at 11:01

Formal hearing for European Citizens’ Initiative at 3:30 pm CET today

EU to renew glyphosate licence, ignoring concerns

Press release | November 27, 2017 at 16:34

Brussels – A qualified majority of European governments voted to approve the European Commission’s plan to grant a five-year unrestricted licence to glyphosate, a widely used weedkiller that has been linked to cancer and environmental harm.

EU farming reform plan overlooks impact of meat sector, Greenpeace

Press release | November 29, 2017 at 12:51

Brussels – On the eve of a major reform of European Union farming rules, the European Commission has glossed over the growing environmental and health impact of the industrial meat and dairy sectors, warned Greenpeace.

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.

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...

Greenpeace comment: EU vote on glyphosate extension

Press release | June 6, 2016 at 12:17

Brussels – The European Commission has failed to secure sufficient support from EU governments for its proposal to extend a licence for glyphosate by up to 18 months. The outcome shows that governments remain sceptical about the continued use of...

Shorter EU licence would leave people and nature exposed to dangers of glyphosate,...

Publication | May 18, 2016 at 9:30

At a meeting on 18 and 19 May, EU government representatives are expected to decide whether or not to renew the EU licence of a controversial herbicide known as glyphosate, which scientists have linked to cancer.

Commission revises EU decision-making rules in move to avoid blame

Press release | February 14, 2017 at 18:22

Brussels – Today the European Commission presented a proposal to revise the decision-making rules under the so-called “comitology” procedure that is used, among other things, for approvals of products such as pesticides and GMOs. The proposal...

Commission study makes pressing case for EU action on deforestation

Press release | March 19, 2018 at 11:00

Brussels – A long awaited European Commission study, released late on Friday, lays out policy options for the EU to tackle the impact on global deforestation caused by the trade in crop and animal products like beef, soy and palm oil. [1] The...

NGO letter to President Juncker urging a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

Publication | March 19, 2018 at 15:17

Over 50 NGOs wrote to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, urging him to ban neonicotinoid pesticides without delay.

EU Commission plan allows chemical producers to keep control of science behind...

Press release | April 11, 2018 at 14:30

Brussels – A European Commission proposal to reform EU risk assessments for pesticides and other products entering the food chain would allow the chemical industry to remain in charge of testing its own products, warned Greenpeace.

EU moves closer to ban of three bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides

Publication | April 26, 2018 at 13:00

On 27 April 2018, representatives of EU governments meeting in Brussels will vote on a European Commission plan to ban three neonicotinoid insecticides: Bayer’s imidacloprid and clothianidin, and Syngenta’s thiamethoxam. The Commission has based...

Leaked EU-Canada joint declaration has legal weight of a holiday brochure, Greenpeace

Press release | October 6, 2016 at 11:27

Brussels – Greenpeace has slammed a joint EU-Canadian declaration meant to reassure critics of a controversial trade deal between the two blocs. Greenpeace described the document as a PR exercise devoid of any legal content.

TTIP leaks update: Greenpeace response to Commission statements

Press release | May 2, 2016 at 17:35

Brussels, 2 May 2016 – In response to the European Commission’s statements on the TTIP leaks and a blog post by EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Greenpeace EU director Jorgo Riss said:

TTIP: EU and US show signs of desperation, Greenpeace

Press release | April 24, 2016 at 9:15

Brussels – Growing opposition to a transatlantic trade deal (TTIP) and faltering negotiations mean talks cannot be wrapped up anytime soon, said Greenpeace as EU and US politicians attempt to show renewed resolve for a deal. Outgoing US president...

Leaked TTIP documents released

Press release | May 2, 2016 at 11:51

Greenpeace EU press briefing – 14:30 – Residence Palace, Brussels Brussels, 2 May 2016 – Today Greenpeace Netherlands released secret documents from the EU-US TTIP negotiations, which is publicly available at www.ttip-leaks.org from 11:00...

#TTIPleaks: confidential TTIP papers unveil US position

Press release | May 1, 2016 at 19:00

Brussels, 1 May 2016 – Greenpeace Netherlands has obtained 248 pages of leaked Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating texts [1], which will be published on Monday 2 May at 11:00 CET. The documents unveil for the first...

TTIP Q&A – unpacking EU-US trade talks

Publication | February 17, 2016 at 11:00

Find the answers to all these questions at the link below.

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Topic | January 11, 2013 at 16:24

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Smoke and mirrors

Publication | March 4, 2015 at 18:05

How Europe's biggest polluters became their own regulators.

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...

TTIP negotiators contemplate systematic dismantling of environmental standards,...

Press release | October 23, 2015 at 11:22

Brussels – Negotiators at EU-US trade talks ending in Miami later on Friday have discussed a system to weaken environmental standards that stand in the way of corporate interests, said Greenpeace. The talks are taking place against a backdrop of...

Juncker Commission 1st anniversary: a ‘lost year’ for environmental protection

Press release | November 2, 2015 at 9:42

Brussels – One year since the entry into office of the current European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, environmental groups have criticised the EU executive for a paralysis in policymaking on issues related to the environment.

CSO letter - Future of Europe

Publication | September 12, 2016 at 10:58

This is a common statement signed by 177 European and national civil society organisations and trade unions, ahead of the EU27 Summit in Bratislava on 16 September 2016.

Civil society calls for a new Europe for people and planet

Publication | September 12, 2016 at 16:00

177 European and national civil society organisations and trade unions signed this common statement, ahead of the EU27 Summit in Bratislava on 16 September 2016.

Leaked TiSA texts reveal threats to climate

Publication | September 20, 2016 at 9:32

Amsterdam/Geneva – Greenpeace Netherlands has released unpublished texts from the TiSA (Trade in Services Agreement) negotiations and conducted an in-depth analysis of the energy chapter, which indicates serious threats to international climate...

Open letter to Juncker and Timmermans requesting active intervention in support of...

Publication | April 11, 2017 at 15:51

Leading civil society organisations in Europe have written to Commission President Juncker and Vice-President Timmermans to request your active intervention in In view of the situation in Hungary.

Energy ministers delay reform of EU biofuel rules

Press release | December 12, 2013 at 12:06

Brussels – Energy ministers meeting in Brussels today increased EU biofuel policy uncertainty by delaying its reform. In doing so, they are failing in their duty to fix a policy which has a heavy toll on forests, climate and food security,...

Dripping Poison

Publication | December 16, 2013 at 9:00

An Analysis of neonicotinoid insecticides in the guttation fluid of growing maize plants

EU Parliament casts contradictory vote on biofuels

Press release | September 11, 2013 at 14:20

Brussels – In a close vote at the European Parliament today, MEPs supported the increased use of environmentally damaging biofuels, while at the same time called on the EU to account for the destructive effects of these fuels on food production...

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

Commission must prepare glyphosate exit plan, Greenpeace

Press release | June 24, 2016 at 16:09

Brussels – Greenpeace has called on the European Commission to prepare a glyphosate exit plan, after an EU vote on the controversial weedkiller today cleared the way for the Commission to push through a temporary licence extension.

Syngenta takes Commission to court over ban of bee-killing pesticide

Press release | August 27, 2013 at 12:49

[UPDATE] - At least one other agrochemicals company (Bayer) has joined Syngenta in challenging the EU pesticide ban. Brussels – Swiss agrochemicals company Syngenta has legally challenged a partial EU ban of one of its pesticides that...

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