Publications

All bark, no bite: EU Commission’s rule of law report, Greenpeace

September 2020

Brussels, 30 September 2020 – The European Commission has stopped short of recommending sanctions for EU governments guilty of a list of breaches of the rule of law documented in…

EU governments have disproportionately restricted freedoms during COVID-19 pandemic

September 2020

Brussels, Berlin – Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU governments have imposed disproportionate restrictions to civic freedoms, hampering activism and democratic participation, a new report by Liberties and…

Locking down critical voices

September 2020

To protect public health, governments have adopted measures that radically change the way we live. Temporary restrictions on certain freedoms may be necessary to save lives and protect at-risk groups.…

Ending SLAPPs: strategic lawsuits against public participation

June 2020

Together with over a 100 NGOs, we have published a policy paper on how the EU should end gag lawsuits, also known as SLAPPs.

Over 1 million people call for green recovery from COVID-19

May 2020

Green 10 coalition of environmental organisations, Brussels – Over one million people and 100 environmental NGOs across Europe are calling on the European Union to restart its economy by launching…

Erosion of civil society space across the EU

May 2020

Over the last years, fundamental rights and the rule of law have increasingly come under pressure in the European Union (EU). This has also impacted civil society organisations, which fulfil…

Letter to EU Commission: Democracy is a prerequisite for a green and just recovery

April 2020

Read the letter to EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen here. In order for the EU to deliver on a green and just recovery, all levels of government must…

For a Europe that cares for all

April 2020

57 civil society organisations wrote to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen about the values that should underpin the recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the attached statement here.

How the EU’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic could make our society more resilient

March 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is showing just how fragile our societies, economies and democracies can be. Along with many other organisations and governments, the European Union is scrambling to prevent the…

Letter to Commissioner Jourová on SLAPP lawsuits

January 2020

27 organisations wrote to Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová calling on her to include all those impacted by SLAPP lawsuits in proposed new…

European Green Deal misses the mark

December 2019

Brussels, 11 December 2019 – The European Commission officially presented its plan for a European Green Deal today. Greenpeace warned that although the volume of policies is impressive and the…

Open letter to Commission President von der Leyen on the European Green Deal

December 2019

Greenpeace sent a letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her team, calling on them to use the European Green Deal to restructure the economic system that for…

EU report warns pursuit of ‘growth’ is incompatible with environmental protection

December 2019

Brussels, 4 December 2019 – The European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned in a new report that “Europe will not achieve its sustainability vision of ‘living well within the limits…

Brazilian indigenous leaders ask Timmermans to stop forest destruction

November 2019

Protest with flaming tree trunk brings Amazon fires to Brussels Brussels, 5 November 2019 – Leaders of indigenous communities in Brazil are in Brussels to ask European Commission vice-president Frans…

340+ organisations call on EU to halt trade negotiations with Brazil

June 2019

Brussels – In an open letter published today, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt trade negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay…

Top EU appointments must reflect voters' call for climate action, Greenpeace

May 2019

Brussels, 28 May 2019 – The choices for the EU’s top jobs and the bloc’s immediate priorities should be guided by voters’ calls for urgent climate action, said Greenpeace. EU…

EU Elections: High turnout shakes up European Parliament

May 2019

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…

EU summit: student protesters and Greenpeace activists warn ‘broken climate = broken future’

May 2019

Sibiu, Romania – Student strikers from all over Europe and Greenpeace activists displayed a giant message ahead of a summit on the future of Europe

Letter to European leaders on future of Europe

May 2019

Every day, people across Europe struggle with growing poverty and inequality, deteriorating access to healthcare and worrying levels of youth unemployment. Meanwhile, many large companies pollute the environment, refuse to…

If you care about the environment, you should care about the upcoming EU elections on 23-26 May

April 2019

What comes to mind when you think of the EU? Brexit? Freedom of movement? The European debt crisis? How about protecting the environment? Safeguarding the living world isn’t something most…

Far-right populist surge would threaten EU climate action, report

February 2019

Brussels, 27 February 2019 – A new report by Adelphi, a German think tank, has shown that the next European Parliament could see a greater share of MEPs opposed to…

EU elections are coming up in May – here’s why you should care

January 2019

Between 23 and 26 May, people across the European Union will be voting for the members of the next European Parliament. Here are three reasons why you should vote: 1.…

Democracy under attack - a call for action

November 2018

Our democracies are under attack. The rise of hate, divisive, and socially and environmentally destructive political forces– including in many EU countries – are putting our democracies at risk. They…

Commission rejects demands of #StopGlyphosate citizens’ initiative

December 2017

Brussels – The European Commission has issued its formal response to the #StopGlyphosate European Citizens Initiative (ECI).  It officially recognised the submission of more than one million signatures on 6…

Open letter to Commission President Juncker on GMOs and democratic principles

April 2017

National governments did not support the approval of three genetically modified (GM) maize crops for cultivation in Europe for the second time. The European Commission must now take the final…

Open letter to Juncker and Timmermans requesting active intervention in support of civil society and democracy in Europe

April 2017

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. The Hungarian…

EU at 60: Rome activists demand greener Europe

March 2017

Rome/Brussels – As European leaders prepare to celebrate the foundation of the European Union in Rome 60 years ago, Greenpeace activists kicked off three days of public demonstrations and events…

The Europe we want: just, sustainable, democratic and inclusive

March 2017

Common appeal to European leaders by European civil society organisations and trade unions As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, we have a momentous opportunity to…

In just five weeks almost 500,000 people ask EU to ban glyphosate

March 2017

Brussels – In just five weeks, almost half a million Europeans have signed a petition calling on the European Commission to ban the controversial weedkiller glyphosate. On Wednesday, the European…

CETA: MEPs put European Parliament on the wrong side of history

February 2017

Strasbourg/Brussels – Support for the controversial EU-Canada trade and investment protection deal – known as CETA – puts the European Parliament on the wrong side of history, warned Greenpeace. Photos…

EU governments must reconnect with founding values of peace and solidarity

September 2016

Greenpeace demonstrates for a fairer and greener Europe at EU summit Bratislava – This morning in Bratislava 29 Greenpeace activists from Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia demonstrated…

Civil society calls for a new Europe for people and planet

September 2016

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. “Too many people across Europe…

Bratislava summit: Europe at a crossroads

August 2016

Letter to EU leaders by environmental organisations ahead of special summit in Bratislava. The EU is at a crossroads. It can either continue on the current path of deregulation and…

Rush to adopt EU-Canada trade deal would increase distrust in mainstream politics

July 2016

Brussels – The accelerated application of an EU-Canada trade deal (CETA) – as proposed today by the European Commission – would increase distrust in mainstream politics and threaten democracy and…

Greenpeace: Europe must reconnect with its people and values

June 2016

Brussels – Solidarity, sustainability and peace are the answers to today’s challenges, said Greenpeace as EU leaders meet in Brussels today to discuss the aftermath of the UK referendum. Greenpeace…

State of the European Union after Brexit: time for a new direction

June 2016

Letter to EU leaders by environmental organisations. […] “In the coming days, weeks and months, a debate will take place on the most important question facing the EU: how do…