Brussels, 23 November 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe castigated EU Industry and Economy Ministers today for ducking out of concrete commitments to cut energy waste at the EU Energy Council meeting. The Energy Council discussed the proposed target to reduce EU energy waste by 20 percent by 2020 but did not commit to actually achieving it. 
Nairobi/Brussels, 17 November 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe today called on the European Union to urgently push the issue of climate change to the highest political level, as UN negotiations on climate change in the Kenyan capital Nairobi ended today with mixed results and only modest progress on the international climate treaty, Kyoto. 
Jan Kowalzig, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, said:
Brussels, 16 November 2006 - The plans for spending future EU funds in the new member states give alarmingly insufficient financial support to energy efficiency and renewable energy, new research by Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch Network revealed today . The member states' Operational Programmes, proposed for the 2007-2013 period, make a mockery of the EU's commitments to use regional aid to tackle climate change and promote sustainable energy.
Nairobi/Brussels, 15 November 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe today urged the European Union to inject urgency into negotiations on future action to fight climate change, as ministers from 165 countries arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi for the last days of the UN climate talks. Governments are discussing new action after 2012, when the first phase of the Kyoto climate change treaty expires. 
Brussels, 3 November 2006 - Friends of the Earth Europe today demanded strong leadership by European governments at next week's United Nations climate conference in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, as tens of thousands of people prepare for worldwide demonstrations tomorrow to demand urgent action to save our climate .
Brussels, October 30th - European governments must take immediate action against climate change to avoid economic recession, warns the Stern Review - an independent report presented to the UK government today. Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for EU Member States to toughen market mechanisms such as the Emissions Trading Scheme, cut energy waste, introduce green taxes and invest in renewable energy. In parallel, the EU must push for ambitious emission reduction targets at the United Nations climate conference in Nairobi next week.
Brussels, 24th October - Friends of the Earth Europe has welcomed the decision to test all rice imports from the United States for genetically modified material before allowing them to enter the EU. EU member states voted for the tougher controls in a meeting of national food experts yesterday. 
Luxembourg/Brussels, 23 October - Friends of the Earth Europe pushed European citizens' concerns about climate change directly under the noses of EU Environment Ministers today, just before their Council meeting in Luxembourg. Today the Ministers will agree on the EU's position for the upcoming United Nations climate conference in Kenya next month. However, leaked documents reveal that the position will be weak and will lack a crucial long-term perspective in the fight against global warming.
Brussels, 23rd October 2006 - EU member states must adopt tougher measures to control the spread of contaminated food imports, says Friends of the Earth Europe. Environment Ministers and national food safety experts are meeting separately today to discuss how to deal with the contamination of rice from both the United States and China with illegal genetically modified (GM) experimental strains.
The national food safety experts will vote today on a new proposal for mandatory testing of all US rice imports for GM contamination. 
Brussels, Belgium - WWF, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Europe hailed the energy efficiency target proposed by the European Commission today to reduce Europe's total primary energy consumption by at least 20 percent by 2020. The environmental NGOs warned, however, that the Energy Efficiency Action Plan falls short of proposing legislation that would put Europe on track to meet the target.