Welcome to the Greenpeace EU Blog, where our veteran policy experts offer insights into the political animal that is Brussels and the maelstrom of European law making. We are right at home with the agriculture, chemical, climate & energy, fisheries, transport and forest policy briefs. We aim for quality rather than quantity, so expect updates when there is something interesting to say rather than on a strict schedule.

  • Nous sommes tous Charlie

    Blogpost by Jean-François Julliard - January 8, 2015 at 11:25

    Greenpeace extends its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday's heinous attack on the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Paris.

    Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were fervent advocates of democracy and of fundamenta... Read more >

  • Dozens dead... blacklisted and indebted, but still fishing

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - December 22, 2014 at 16:09

    The Sajo fish company building beside the main fish market in Busan, South Korea. Read more >

    As a country with so much invested in high-tech export earnings, Korea's out-of-control distant water fishing industry must be starting to give its politicians and business leaders ulcers. The Oyang 75, sitting in Montevideo, Uruguay, after fis...
  • Four reasons to be optimistic despite modest EU climate goals

    Blogpost by Joris den Blanken - October 30, 2014 at 14:38

    A wind turbine being assembled in China. Chinese coal consumption is decreasing for the first time in decades, with 11 out of 34 Chinese provinces planning measures to bring down consumption by 2017. The EU is no longer alone in taking action against climate change. In fact, it will now have to work harder to stay in the lead.

    Last week, the EU agreed its 2030 targets for emission cuts, energy savings and clean energy.

    Greenpeace has been clear in its assessment: the level of emission cuts is inadequate, and the deal risks slowing down Europe’s clean energy investme... Read more >

  • Wo ist Angela Merkel?

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - October 22, 2014 at 9:00

    As Europe’s politicians decide about the bloc’s energy future (some even call it an Energy Union) on Thursday and Friday this week, the German government appears to have left the stage.

    Earlier this month, the European Commission has given the... Read more >

  • Companies call on EU leaders to back ambitious climate and energy policies

    Blogpost by Jorgo Riss - October 14, 2014 at 14:48

    In the past, politicians have often been the ones pushing companies to become more conscious of health and safety issues. American politicians insisted that car companies install seatbelts. European politicians voted for hormone disrupting chemicals... Read more >

  • Should the European Commission wear green goggles more often?

    Blogpost by Daniel Simons - October 6, 2014 at 14:01

    That's the question lawyers were arguing about in Luxembourg last week. It is a case where Greenpeace is challenging the approval of up to €1.6 billion in aid to Spain's coal industry.

    Spain is a poster child for clean energy. It has revolutionised... Read more >

  • Tell politicians deciding our energy future: listen to people not the polluters!

    Blogpost by Virag Kaufer - October 2, 2014 at 13:03

    In three short weeks, on 23 and 24 October, Europe’s political leaders meet in Brussels to agree on a European energy policy that will last for decades to come.

    These politicians are under pressure, especially after the climate summit in NYC. They ... Read more >

  • EU leaders wake up! Make coal history

    Blogpost by Joris den Blanken - August 25, 2014 at 9:17

    Human chain against coal on German-Polish border

    This weekend I joined a unique European protest, not the usual gathering in front of Commission buildings in Brussels. Almost 8,000 people from all over Europe gathered at the Polish-German border to form an eight-kilometre long human chain joining ... Read more >

  • Beware the omniscient scientific adviser

    Blogpost by Dr. Paul Johnston - July 25, 2014 at 20:30
    Are Europe’s polluters demanding more scrutiny of their operations? Well, unsurprisingly, no, but industry lobbyists putting pressure on the European Commission to increase the power of its chief scientific adviser does sound topsy-turvy.

    What ... Read more >

  • Leaked Commission energy security plan keeps EU hooked on energy imports

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - May 21, 2014 at 14:00


    As tensions escalated between Russia and Ukraine in March, raising fears of disruptions to European gas supplies, EU leaders asked the European Commission to draw up a plan to reduce the EU’s energy dependence. The EU spends over €1bn each d... Read more >

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