Open letter: NGOs to refuse invitations to speak at fossil-fuel sponsored media events

September 2021

Sixteen European civil society organisations will no longer accept invitations to speak at media events on EU policy sponsored by fossil fuel companies.

EU taxonomy: Commission backs 'green' investments for burning trees

April 2021

The European Commission has greenwashed green investment rules published today under the EU’s so-called EU taxonomy, said Greenpeace.

European recovery plans must be green

March 2021

We wrote to EU environment ministers urging them to ensure that the Recovery and Resilience Plans they are negotiating with the European Commission:

Letter to MEPs on excluding fossil fuels from the Recovery and Resilience Facility

October 2020

The Green 10 – the ten largest environmental networks in Europe – have called on the European Parliament to exclude fossil fuels from the EU recovery fund, the Recovery and…

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…

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…

15 European governments call for green recovery plan

April 2020

Ten governments from across the EU issued an open statement calling for a green recovery as a response to the Covid-19 crisis and the resulting economic downturn.

Ending wildlife trade -for health and planet

April 2020

Read the full letter to European Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius and Commissioner Phil Hogan here.

EU must show solidarity to protect people from COVID-19 crisis, Greenpeace

April 2020

Brussels, 7 April 2020 – Heated discussions are expected at today’s videoconference between EU finance ministers, as they debate proposals for a coordinated economic response to the Covid-19 crisis. Greenpeace…

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…

EU environment boss nominee turns blind eye to forests as Amazon burns

October 2019

Brussels – Virginijus Sinkevičius’s near silence on an EU plan to tackle deforestation is disgraceful, said Greenpeace.  The nominee to be the next European commissioner on environment and oceans, answered…

Backing gas spells disaster for incoming EU energy head’s climate credentials, Greenpeace

October 2019

Brussels – Kadri Simson, the nominee to be the next EU energy commissioner, has made conflicting promises on climate action and gas that could spell disaster for her climate credentials,…

Incoming EU farming boss must back less and better meat and dairy, Greenpeace

October 2019

The nominee to be the next European agriculture commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski of Poland, must steer EU farm policy away from industrial production of meat and dairy to keep his promises…

Von der Leyen unveils new team, but green game plan still falls short

September 2019

Brussels – Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced a new team of commissioners, but her game plan for the environment still falls short of what science demands,…

Spend EU money on aid, not arms – Greenpeace

September 2019

Did you know that the EU is planning to spend more of its budget on developing arms than on international aid? Greenpeace and 60 other organisations have written to Members…

Activists call on EU summit to disarm timebomb of climate breakdown

June 2019

Urgent EU action is needed to avoid climate breakdown, climate activists warned European political leaders ahead of a crucial summit in Brussels.

Three tests for Europe’s climate credibility at June summit

June 2019

European political leaders attending a crucial summit in Brussels on 20 and 21 June will face three major tests of their commitment to tackle the climate crisis. Test N. 1…

Leaked: EU strategic agenda fails to back urgent action against climate crisis

June 2019

A leaked five-year plan setting political priorities for Europe has exposed a stubborn reluctance by governments to take urgent action against the existential climate and ecological crisis, warned Greenpeace.

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…

Brexit summit: climate change will not grant any extension, Greenpeace

April 2019

**High-quality photos and video available here soon**   Brussels – Climate activists hung a giant banner from a European Union building across the road from the Brussels venue where EU…

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 summit: climate protesters force leaders to ‘change course’

December 2018

Brussels, 13 December 2018 – Activists calling on European heads of government to “change course on climate” diverted official motorcades on their way to an EU summit meeting in Brussels…

EU climate strategy offers glimmer of hope

November 2018

Brussels – A draft EU climate strategy offers upcoming global climate talks a glimmer of hope, said Greenpeace. Media have leaked the strategy, ahead of the scheduled launch this afternoon.…

Scenario for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens

June 2017

The Future of Europe is in the spotlight. History-shaping events over the last 12 months, including the UK’s vote to leave the EU, constitutional crises in some member states, the…

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…

Commission green light for Paks state aid ignores Orbán takeover of nuclear regulator

March 2017

Brussels – The European Commission has given a green light to state subsidies for the construction of the Paks II nuclear power plant in Hungary. The decision is irresponsible and…

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

February 2017

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…

Joint letter on changes to EU decision-making concerning health, agriculture and food

February 2017

Five environmental, health and agriculture organisations (Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, HEAL, IFOAM EU and Pesticide Action Network Europe) wrote to EU Commission President Juncker to propose ways to…

EU Advocate General opinion on EU-Singapore deal has wide implications for EU trade agenda

December 2016

Brussels, 21 December 2016 – In a landmark case that could affect the future of EU trade agreements, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has said that…

EU Parliament rejects opportunity to clarify legal status of CETA

November 2016

Brussels – The European Parliament has rejected a resolution to refer the controversial investment protection system under an EU-Canada trade deal to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Greenpeace EU…

Belgian agreement to trigger ECJ ruling on legality of CETA

October 2016

Brussels – After ten days of frantic negotiations, Belgium is set to reach an internal political agreement on CETA, a controversial trade and investment protection deal between the EU and…

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…

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…

Greenpeace comment on Commission’s proposal to fund nuclear research

May 2016

Brussels – Following ‘Der Spiegel’ article [1] about a leaked new EU proposal to fund nuclear energy research, Greenpeace EU energy policy adviser Bram Claeys said: “The suggestion that public…