Brussels – Commenting on a pivotal EU election that will have a major impact on Europe’s ability to preserve fundamental rights and confront the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown, Greenpeace EU spokesperson Laura Ullmann said:

“Change is coming. Europeans care about the future of European democracy and about the existential environmental threats we face. In many countries, parties that promised to respond to the climate crisis and ecological breakdown have won more seats. Voters have turned out in the largest numbers in over 20 years, and millions of people − young and old − have been taking to the streets to demand a socially just Europe that takes drastic action to prevent climate breakdown. The EU must act now. There’s no time to waste.”

An interior view of the Strasbourg Hemicycle. This is held within the Immeuble Louise Weiss building.
Greenpeace display toxic barrels, trees and banners outside the meeting room inside this building. They call on EU decision-makers to ensure that the new EU chemicals regulation REACH, which they vote on today, is encouraged to grow in order to ensure that our health and environment is protected from chemicals that can affect fertility and cause cancer. Any loopholes in this law will allow companies to continue producing and selling such chemicals, which are widely used in consumer products.

Contacts:

Laura Ullmann: Greenpeace EU spokesperson: +32 (0)476 988 584, laura.ullmann@greenpeace.org

Franziska Achterberg: Greenpeace EU democracy director: +32 (0)498 36 24 03, franziska.achterberg@greenpeace.org

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