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ANNUAL GET-TOGETHER. Next week, the EEB will host its Annual Conference, a yearly opportunity to come together, welcome our members in person, acknowledge the fruits of our collective efforts, and agree on what to work on together in the coming year. As we mentioned a few editions back, this year will be particularly special given that it also marks a major milestone for the EEB… 

TO MANY MORE. In 2024, the EEB celebrates its 50th birthday(!) So, alongside the Annual Conference, we will be reflecting on the last half-century to explore some of our biggest and proudest moments, as well as some of the persisting challenges. As well as looking backwards, it will also be a key opportunity for us to look ahead to the future and think about how we can keep building on the work that has got us here. 


HOPE AND COURAGE. From our ailing environment to the decline in standards in political life and the prevailing economic models that sustain inequality, deprivation and greed, at times, it can be difficult to remain positive about the state of our world – and about our future within it. But there is a future worth fighting for, and we are ready to do so.

THE SOLUTION. At the Annual Conference, the EEB will put forward the European Pact for the Future. It will present a vision defined by hope and courage, that opens opportunities, fosters wellbeing for all, catalyses competitiveness through sustainability, and drives the needed transformative system change needed for a truly sustainable future. We will need your support, so stay tuned!

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK. The EEB, guided by our 180+ members and energised by the hundreds of thousands of individuals who engage with us online, stands ready to continue our efforts of protecting our natural world, championing the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, and promoting the needed involvement of people within our political systems, structures and processes: beginning with the upcoming EU elections. 

KEEPING ENGAGED. Authoritarians would prefer that civil society (organisations and the citizens that power and shape them) disengage from political processes entirely. Unfortunately for them, people are saying it louder than ever: that that’s not on the agenda, hun. In fact, even more people are planning to vote in the upcoming European Parliament elections than in 2019! 


FOOD FEEDS ELECTION CAMPAIGN. Hot on the heels of the EU Parliament scoreboard published in April, this week we launched ‘part two’ of the #votefutureEU campaign. As part of a major collective effort within the EU Food Policy Coalition (a body of 59 EU-level policy organisations focused on everything from environment to human health and animal welfare to consumer interests), we published a series of scorecards assessing how political groups in the European Parliament have voted over the last five-year term (2019-2024) on Europe’s food and farming systems.  

BEST AND WORST. Assessing voting behaviour on a range of topics related to food and farming, we developed scorecards to showcase voting behaviour across five categories: Transition to sustainable food systems; Social justice for farmers and citizens; Nature-friendly farming (agroecology / give bees a break); Ethical animal production; and Access to healthy and sustainable diets. They offer a clear picture of how our elected representatives in the Parliament feel about ensuring that our agri-food systems are environmentally sustainable and socially just. 


COUNCIL OF EUROPE TURNS 75! Civil society organisations took the opportunity to celebrate all that the Council of Europe has done in the areas of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in this time, but also to remind it to keep up with the times by recognising the right to a healthy environment! 

DEMANDING A LIVEABLE FUTURE.We joined over 400 organisations calling for the recognition of the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment through an additional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights. This protocol would fill a gap in the European human rights framework, strengthening the existing commitments to respect, protect, and fulfil this right. It would also offer support to environmental defenders who risk their livelihoods – and their lives! – to protect our planet.

WHAT HE SAID. Outgoing UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment spoke last week about the biggest challenge facing the right to a healthy environment: the global economy. Our current economic system, driven by a relentless pursuit of profit, is fundamentally at odds with the health of our planet and our own wellbeing. If humanity is to thrive, we need a radical shift towards a wellbeing economy – one that prioritises the health of people and the planet, ensuring fairness and opportunity for everyone. He also reiterated the importance of public protest and environmental litigation in tackling the powerful interconnected business and political elites profiting from the existing system. 


FOREST PUPPIES IN THE LINE OF FIRE. This week, together with conservation and animal welfare groups, we called on the EU Council to reject the EU Commission’s proposal to downgrade wolf protection under the Bern Convention. The proposal is politically motivated and has no scientific basis – the process upon which it is founded has even been identified by the EEB as a case of citizenwashing. The EU Commission’s own assessment confirms that wolves still have an unfavourable conservation status in most of the EU’s bio-geographical regions, making strong protection essential. Downgrading their status could jeopardise efforts to promote coexistence, undermine the EU’s commitment to science-based policy and violate international agreements such as the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. 

WORLD’S LEAST FUNNY SOAP OPERA. Political wrangling has stalled the EU’s urgently needed Nature Restoration Law (NRL), putting the EU’s conservation goals at risk. Although citizens, NGOs and scientists broadly support the NRL, last-minute opposition from Hungary (and more recently Slovakia) has pushed support below the critical 65% threshold. This opposition has thrown the future of the legislation into uncertainty. Disagreements over national control, government liabilities, looming EU elections and a rise in populism are further muddying the waters.


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