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.

  • 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 >

  • Oops! Commission does it again!

    Blogpost by Andrea Carta, Marco Contiero - February 14, 2014 at 11:11

    A la carte approach to EU law on GM crops will come back to bite

    Following a fraught meeting of EU ministers on Tuesday, the European Commission looks set to push through the approval of a new genetically modified (GM) maize. It will do so in the fac... Read more >

  • The two main conclusions drawn by The Economist article – that binding renewables targets don’t work and that the EU should put all its eggs in the carbon market basket – don’t stand up to scrutiny.

    There’s very strong evidence that the existing bind... Read more >

  • European Commission wearing emperor's new clothes in Davos

    Blogpost by Kaisa Kosonen - January 22, 2014 at 15:27

     Climate change returned to the agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. And I expect the all-too-familiar placatory phrases will be back as well: it is very urgent and very serious; it is getting worse, and “we” or “the world” mu...
  • Strong EU support for Arctic 30 does not go unnoticed

    Blogpost by jdenblan - October 25, 2013 at 13:00

    Over 100 MEPs from 21 countries and seven political groups have signed a solidarity statement for the Arctic 30


    Parliaments in democracies the world over are places of vigorous discussion and sometimes fierce debate. Views on either side of the political spectrum are often radically divergent. With members from political parties in all of the European... Read more >

  • Canadian tar sands salesman comes to town

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - October 18, 2013 at 10:26

    Read more > When Canada’s Prime Minister meets European Commission President Barroso today, one thing is sure: he will not only seal a trade deal with the man representing the world’s largest economic block, he will also try to dissuade President Barroso f...
  • Fixing EU biofuels policy

    Blogpost by Sebastien Risso & Sini Harkki - September 9, 2013 at 9:55

    The biofuel policy of the European Union is at a crossroads. Currently, an EU law mandates the use of biofuels largely made up of food crops that, instead of reducing emissions, have been shown to increase them. In trying to extinguish a fire, the EU ... Read more >

  • Debunking the Commission's claims on nuclear state aid

    Blogpost by Andrea Carta - July 26, 2013 at 10:03

    A satellite image shows damage at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant in 2011. The ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan is estimated to cost up to €169 billion.

    For the last week, the European Commission has been at pains to explain itself after leaked plans to change EU rules and allow European countries to provide direct state aid to nuclear power came under heavy fire.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel re... Read more >

  • Exclusive: Leaked nuclear state aid proposals spark controversy

    Blogpost by Mark Breddy - July 19, 2013 at 10:56

    Greenpeace activists entered Tricastin Nuclear Power Plant on 7 July and projected images of a ‘crack’ forming on reactor one. Greenpeace is calling on François Hollande to close Tricastin, one of the five most dangerous facilities in France.

     The European Commission is facing controversy over plans to change existing rules and allow member states to provide direct state aid to nuclear power.

    The plans leaked to German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and seen by Greenpeace are fierc... Read more >

  • Global deforestation – Europe faces up to its dirty secret

    Blogpost by Sebastien Risso - July 2, 2013 at 13:12

    Have you ever wondered what the impact of one chocolate bar is? Or a tank-full of petrol? Or that hamburger you had for lunch? No, I don’t mean in calories; I am talking about impacts of a planet-wide nature. What we eat, the fuel we use and the produ... Read more >

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