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.

  • No reason to deny it – making it official makes things a tad more real! Today the United Nations General Assembly formally decided to develop a High Seas Biodiversity Agreement, endorsing the breakthrough outcome of the UN biodiversity working ...
  • Illegal catch of sharks linked to EU monsterboat

    Blogpost by Justine Maillot and Karli Thomas - June 2, 2015 at 12:15

    It’s a macabre case spanning continents. An illegal shipment of sharks, shark fins and other fish was seized in Spain two weeks ago – and the owners are reportedly in a deal with New Zealand company SeaDragon to supply shark livers to be rendered in... Read more >

  • Cracking down on illegal and destructive fishing

    Blogpost by Celia Ojeda Martinez and Ariana Densham - March 23, 2015 at 10:58

    Cornelis Vrolijk Fishing Vessel near Mauritania. 03/23/2012 © Pierre Gleizes / Greenpeace

    Between €9 - €23bn worldwide is lost every year to illegal fishing, much of it driven by organized crime. Before legislation came into force in 2011, an estimated €1.1bn worth of illegal fishing products was imported into the EU.

    Illegal fishing is... Read more >

  • Why Europe's low impact fishermen should get more quotas

    Blogpost by Nina Thuellen - January 27, 2015 at 15:37

    During the last five years, hundreds of thousands of you joined us in calling on Europe's politicians to both protect our seas from overfishing and to create new laws that support fair and sustainable fishing. And together, we did it!

    Thanks to your ... Read more >

  • High seas robbery

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas, Elvira Jiménez - January 16, 2015 at 12:10

    Finding illegal fishing vessels in the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean – over 20 million square kilometres of deep, rough and icy waters – sounds like a near impossible task. But it turns out that finding them is the easy part, compared to bringing... Read more >

  • Three Danish fishermen convicted of pirate fishing

    Blogpost by Hanne Lyng Winter, Greenpeace Nordic campaigner - January 15, 2015 at 12:23

    In August 2010 Greenpeace revealed how five fishermen from the Danish fishing port of Gilleleje had been fishing for more than five months in an area totally closed for fishing. By using GPS trackers, Greenpeace proved several ventures of the fisherme... Read more >

  • 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 >

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