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European Ombudsman: Commission must answer questions over failure to consider environmental, social impacts of South American trade deal
The European Ombudsman has opened an inquiry into the EU Commission’s trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries.
This follows a complaint from several NGOs alleging that the Commission ignored its...
EU failed to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal: complaint
The European Commission has ignored its legal obligation to ensure the trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries will not lead to social, economic, environmental degradation and human rights violations,...
European Commission faces major hurdle to protect and restore forests
Only days after the European Commission heralded the importance of protecting and restoring nature - specifically forests – to achieve climate and biodiversity goals, it faces its first hurdle in ensuring this happens. Member...
Biodiversity strategy: the European Commission lays the path for a greener future in the wake of COVID-19
The launch today of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy could be a landmark moment for European forests. As well as headline targets to protect land and sea areas, the Strategy foresees binding restoration targets and measures in 2021,...
EU member states support EU regulatory measures to tackle deforestation
Brussels – December 16: EU Member States have just released their official reaction to the Commission’s Communication on stepping up EU action to protect and restore the world’s forests. They “request” the Commission to...
Green Deal could be a springboard for ambitious forest action
Brussels, December 11 – The European Commission’s proposed Green Deal contains two standalone forest initiatives, indicating that EU politicians understand how close forests are to Europeans’ hearts. But poor implementation could...
Finland endangers climate leadership position in EU
A recently obtained government document show Finland is lobbying to hide its emissions from forest loss.
NGOs call for new laws to end the EU’s complicity in Amazon fires
Twenty-six NGOs, have urged European Institutions to end European complicity in the fires raging in the Amazon by passing tough new laws guaranteeing that products sold in the EU are free from deforestation and human rights abuses. The NGOs, which include Fern, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Europe, Global Witness, also outline how EU Member States have helped fuel the current crisis through their extensive imports of soy and beef.
EU must heed the world’s most authoritative science panel and rethink its use of land and forests in climate emergency
The European Union (EU) must rethink how it uses land and forests in the fight against climate breakdown in the light of today’s special report on Land and Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Pressure mounts on President-elect as EU Commission opens door to regulating supply chains to tackle deforestation
The EU has opened the door to regulating supply chains to minimise the risk of deforestation associated with commodity imports to the EU. Fern welcomes this long-awaited move with cautious optimism and looks forward to working...