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- June 2014: Anti-fracking groups from across EU demand that NATO Secretary-General offer proof of his accusation that Russia is behind the anti-fracking protests in Europe.
June 2014: Food & Water Europe submitted its views to the European Commission on an investment protection mechanism for foreign investors (aka an Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism), which is being negotiated in the context of the Transatlantic Free Trade negotiations (aka TTIP). In our view, the Commission’s insistence on the need for “balance between investment protection and the right to regulate” is deeply flawed and fundamentally undemocratic. Food & Water Europe categorically rejects such a special tribunal, which discriminates against those who do not have access to those systems, including the citizens for whom the Governments acts, local communities and domestic investors.
- The Alter EU Coalition, of which Food & Water Europe is a member, has sent a letter to the European Commission asking it to set up new rules to prevent the current crop of Commissioners from going through the revolving door to the corporate sector in 2014.
Food & Water Europe together with 140 organisations have made a firm stand rejecting biodiversity offsetting at the World Forum on Natural Capital.
Together with around 140 other organizations, Food & Water Europe is denouncing the climate capture at COP 19, demanding an end to the corporate takeover and expansion of carbon markets now.
- Together with 30 German groups opposed to fracking, Food & Water Europe calls on the negotiators to include a ban on fracking in the next CDU-SPD coalition agreement.
- From October 7 through 11, we attended the Budapest Water Summit as a fact-finding initiative to further our understanding about corporate influence within the global water policy agenda. Here are our observations.
- Five years after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, and the beginning of the worst economic crisis in decades, the EU has not delivered on promises of strong regulation of the financial sector. A swift overhaul is needed. Together with other organisations, Food & Water Europe has signed
- Food & Water Europe with more than 100 other organisations has sent an open letter to EU decision makers demanding a reform of the EU Biofuels policy
- EU leaders met on May 22 to discuss how to lower energy prices and ‘improve’ European industrial competitiveness. However, a coalition of climate justice groups warns that under the rhetoric of boosting growth, productivity and employment, lays the intention of furthering fossil fuel extraction including shale gas.
- On the eve of the European Parliament vote on the European Commission’s Proposal to backload 900 million emissions permits within the EP Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), Food & Water Europe has released a report on the myths behind ETS reform. We argue that keeping this failed system in place would further delay real action for reducing emissions in Europe.
- On the occasion of the World Water Week 2013 and the year of International Cooperation in Water, Food & Water Europe is organizing an event on “Reclaiming the Right to Water in Europe: Citizens Participation, Democracy & Commons taking place in the European Parliament.
A growing group of civil society organisations is calling on the EU to abolish its Emission Trading System (ETS) to open space for truly effective climate policies. Food & Water Europe is part of the Scrap ETS Campaign which sent this contribution to the European Commission’s public consultation on structural options to strengthen the EU ETS.
Food & Water Europe sent a letter to all Spanish MEPs urging them to protect public water and ask for a vote in plenary on the concessions directive instead of going straight to premature negotiations with the Council.
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Eve Mitchell: emitchell(at)fweurope(dot)org
Geert Decock: gdecock(at)fweurope(dot)org
David Sánchez: dsanchez(at)fweurope(dot)org