Publications

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.

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…

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…

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…

EU Parliament demands urgent action to meet 2020 goal to halt deforestation

September 2018

Brussels – The European Parliament has demanded swift action from the European Commission to cut Europe’s footprint on the world’s forests and its associated impact on climate change, species loss and…

New GMOs cannot escape testing and labelling under EU law, EU court rules

July 2018

Brussels – A new brand of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), derived from so-called gene editing techniques, must comply with risk assessment, traceability and labelling requirements under EU GMO law, the…

Stuck in 1957: EU court rejects challenge to state aid for Hinkley nuclear plant

July 2018

The EU General Court has rejected a challenge by Austria and Luxembourg to a European Commission decision to allow UK state subsidies for the construction and operation of the Hinkley…

Greenpeace investigation: EU imports of Amazon timber tainted by widespread fraud in Brazil

March 2018

Brussels/Manaus, Brazil– A Greenpeace investigation has exposed widespread fraud in the Brazilian forestry sector, which may have allowed massive quantities of illegal timber to reach the EU. Under the EU…

EU court ruling on Singapore trade deal is victory for democracy

May 2017

The European Court of Justice ruled today that the European Commission cannot conclude trade deals without the approval of EU national parliaments, when they contain investment dispute systems that supersede…

Commission should stimulate public debate about trade after damning ECJ ruling, Greenpeace

May 2017

Brussels – The European Commission should foster public debate about alternatives to uncontrolled trade, following a damning ruling by the General Court of the EU on Wednesday, said Greenpeace. Photo:…

Open letter to Commissioner Malmstrom on the proposed Multilateral Investment Court

March 2017

Open letter to Commissioner Malmstrom, submitted to the public consultation on the proposed Multilateral Investment Court.   Open letter to Commissioner Malmstrom on Multilateral Investment Court

Activists keep justice afloat as CETA threatens to sink democracy

February 2017

Campaigners warn EU-Canada trade deal is surrender to corporate takeover Strasbourg/Brussels – Eleven activists kept a sinking statue of lady justice afloat in the icy waters surrounding the European Parliament…

Investor protection in CETA

October 2016

Gold standard or missed opportunity? Back in 2015, the European Parliament (EP) mandated the Commission to ensure a number of reforms in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between…

NGOs seize Commission against illegal logging of Białowieża forest, Poland

April 2016

Seven Polish and international NGOs lodged a complaint with the European Commission as Polish minister breaches EU law and approves logging in Białowieża Forest Bialowieza National Park in Poland The…

Tackling illegal logging, deforestation and forest degradation

March 2016

An agenda for EU action This briefing is the contribution of a group of non-governmental organisations to the policy debate related to the evaluation of the European Union Forest Law…

From ISDS to ICS: a leopard can’t change its spots

February 2016

Position paper on the Commission proposal for an investment court system in TTIP This position paper illustrates Greenpeace’s position on the Commission proposal for an Investment Court System (ICS). The…