As part of our ongoing sustainable finance work (see, for example, the European Commission consultation responses we have submitted), Friends of the Earth Europe has co-founded the first watchdog focusing on EU financial regulation.
'Finance Watch''s mission is to strengthen the voice of society in the reform of financial regulation by conducting citizen advocacy and presenting public interest arguments to lawmakers and the public. It will act as a counterweight to the private interest lobbying of the financial industry.
In Brussels at the weekend, 2,000 demonstrators marked the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and demanded the acceleration of the phase out of nuclear power in Belgium.
The event was organised by Friends of the Earth Flanders & Brussels, and the newly formed movement for climate and social justice ‘Climaxi’, amongst others.
The demonstration demanded that Electrabel pay the price for the transformation to a sustainable, renewable-based, economy.
Brussels/Abuja, January 21, 2011 – The much-touted biofuel crop jatropha isneither a profitable nor a sustainable investment, according to a new report released by Friends of the Earth Europe today. 'Jatropha: money doesn't grow on trees' warns investors away from jatropha – a shrub being increasingly planted for its oil-producing fruits and ability to survive in arid conditions – stating growing evidence that the crop is failing to deliver on its promises while simultaneously failing to prevent climate change or contribute to pro-poor development. 
November 10, 2010 - In preparation of a new Communication on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - to be launched by the European Commission in 2011 - a network of 250 European NGO’s organised a European wide Action Day. They demand that the Commission takes steps to hold European companies accountable for damage they cause in developing countries.
In Brussels, an ‘Oil Spill’ was created in front of the European Commission’s building to symbolise environmental damage caused by European oil companies in Nigeria.
Friends of the Earth Europe sends it condolences to the families of the people who have lost their lives this week in the toxic sludge leak in Hungary. Our thoughts are with the thousands who are suffering from this environmental disaster.
Far too often we see environmental disasters of this kind yet we continue to see corporate opposition to strong environmental, health and safety regulations at a national, European and international level. Corporations say the costs are too high, but the real cost of weak regulation is clear for all to see.
Brussels, September 7 - A broad coalition calling for a European-wide Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) staged an action outside the meeting of EU Finance Ministers today, in Brussels. The group, made up of NGOs, political organisations and trade unions, called on EU Ministers to recognise the merits of an FTT, particularly as austerity measures begin to be felt throughout the EU.
Brussels, Belgium and Benin City, Nigeria, August 30, 2010 – The amount of land being taken in Africa to meet Europe’s increasing demand for biofuels is underestimated and out of control, new investigations by Friends of the Earth reveal today. 
The research, which looked at 11 African countries, found at least five million hectares of land – an area the size of Denmark – is being acquired by foreign companies to produce biofuels mainly for the European market.
LAGOS (NIGERIA) / AMSTERDAM (THE NETHERLANDS), August 24, 2010 – Friends of the Earth International is outraged by reports that a major UN investigation into Nigeria oil spills funded by oil giant Shell relies more on figures produced by oil companies and Nigerian state statistics than on community testimony and organizations on the ground who work with communities. 
In the first decade of this century, governments of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have been unable to protect workers, communities and the environment from harm caused by multinational corporations, concludes a new report from OECD Watch, released today. 
If G20 leaders would agree on a 'Robin Hood Tax' at their gathering next weekend in Toronto, this Summit could help avoid the worsening of the global economic crisis and its social and environmental consequences, according to Friends of the Earth International.
G20 ministers failed so far to agree on a general global bank levy and the European Union promised to push for the plan at the G20 summit in Toronto.