To: Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner
Media freedom is under attack all across the EU. Journalists daring to name and shame corrupt officials and expose their dealings are facing constant threat and fear for their safety. More and more journalists are harassed or killed, independent newspapers are shut down, and journalists are sued just for doing their job.
But without media freedom, democracy cannot truly exist. A climate in which impunity prevails and in which journalists are only respected when they serve the interests of those in power, paves the way for violence. That's why we are calling on the European Commission to take media freedom seriously, and to use its legal and political powers to protect freedom of the press, freedom of expression and freedom of information.
In particular, we urge the Commissioner Věra Jourová to:
- Provide greater protection, legal and economic support for journalists whose safety is under threat
- Monitor the protection mechanisms for journalists in the EU Member States and make country specific recommendations
It's time for you to take real action to stop assassinations of journalists and end unjust prosecution of press within Europe.
Europe has become an increasingly dangerous place for journalists working to combat corruption, organised crime and abuses of power.
We should not allow journalists to be threatened and live in fear for their safety!
It's time for Europe to defend journalists!
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Victory for our health!!
Together with our partners, we managed to collect 1.100 000 signatures in support of this European Citizens' Initiative campaign demanding that the European Commission imposes mandatory declaration of origin for all food products, to protect consumers’ rights, our health and the environment we live in! The collection of signatures is now closed. Take a look and join other campaigns that could be of your interest here.
To: EU Commission
Food industries are mislabeling their products, and they are fooling us. A legal loophole allows food companies to label products as "made in the country of destination" even when they are not. This is food fraud, and it harms us, local farmers and food producers.
Adulteration, counterfeiting and deliberate mislabeling of food products pose a serious risk to our health, especially when using allergenic or even toxic ingredients of unknown origin to replace more expensive ingredients.
But now we have the chance to change the rules.
Mandatory indication of origin on food labels would help prevent falsification and unfair commercial practices that damage the health of consumers and our national economies.
The European Commission has the power to put an end to this food fraud out of business for good.
We call on the European Commission to impose a mandatory declaration of origin on all food products: to protect the environment, to prevent food fraud and to guarantee consumers' right to information.
To European Parliament
It is not too late to stop logging companies and agricultural firms from destroying the Amazon rainforest. But Europe is about to add fuel to the fire by signing a deal with Brazil, and other South American countries to import cheap products such as soybeans, beef and biofuels grown on the ashes of the rainforest.
If adopted, the agreement between the EU and the Mercosur countries - which includes Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - will spell further disaster for the Amazon rainforest and its' indigenous communities.
All for the benefit of the European car industry and chemical giants who wish to sell more glyphosate and other pesticides products that further accelerate our climate and biodiversity crisis. In addition, the agreement will greatly remove the possibility of sanctions for environmental damage like the fires we see today.
This will affect all of us, mainly our environment, wildlife, biodiversity and the indigenous communities living there. We must act to stop this now!
Demand that the EU Parliament put an end to this dangerous trade deal with Bolsonaro to save what is left of the Amazon.
The Amazon forest is burning. Let's save what's left of the forest. Immediately stop negotiating with Brazilian President Bolsonaro and withdraw the trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur.
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For 16 days the Search and Rescue ship, Sea Watch 3, was stuck in the Mediterranean, during a heat wave, after rescuing 53 migrants drifting on an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya. The captain of the rescue ship, Carola Rackete, was unjustly arrested by the Italian authorities after having forced the ship into Italian waters to bring the migrants to safety. She is now facing up to 5 years in prison, accused of "facilitating illegal immigration" and a fine of 15.000 euros for each person rescued.
This is just another example of how our right to help people is being criminalized and people from civil society organizations are being arrested, fined and intimidated all across Europe for simply offering humanitarian assistance to people fleeing persecution. Just three days ago two ships - Alan Kurdi and Alex - on rescuing missions found themselves in clashes with EU member states to get a safe haven. This cannot be part of the "European values" that are spoken so highly of.
On Tuesday 16 July, a new EU Commission president will be voted by the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). This is a crucial moment for real change in Europe. As European citizens we demand our elected MEPs to vote against a Commission President who is not committed to re-establish a new European Sea search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea.
In particular, we call on the new Commission President to commit to:
- Strive to open safe and legal channels for migrants and re-establish an efficient European Sea search and rescue mission;
- Stop punishing volunteers and civil society organisations for saving and rescuing people fleeing persecution, poverty and human rights abuse in the Mediterranean Sea;
- Reform the Dublin Regulation to establish an asylum policy based on solidarity, on humanity and an orderly process, including the fair sharing of responsibilities among Member States;
- Suspend any kind of EU-support to the Libyan coastguard and ensure that people rescued are not sent back to Libya as this should not be considered a safe country.
Carola Rackete, was unjustly arrested by the Italian authorities after having forced the ship into Italian waters to bring migrants to safety. Because of that, she is now facing up to 5 years in prison for "facilitating illegal immigration" and a fine of 15.000 euros for each person rescued. As EU citizens we want the new EU Commission to re-establish an European Sea search and rescue mission.
Saving lives is not a crime.
The bees are in trouble and the EU is not helping.
Right now, Europe keeps publicly funding and subsidising some of the most destructive farming practices – a disaster for most farmers, as well as for our biodiversity. We need to push Europe to help the bees.
The bees are dying and according to scientists, intensive farming methods, combined with dangerous pesticide use are among the biggest causes of bees extinction.
Bees, wildlife, our agriculture and the quality of our lives should be top priority for the European Union.
Let's act together
Intensive farming and harmful pesticides are killing bees and putting them and our biodiversity at risk of extinction. The EU should stop using public money to fund harmful pesticides.
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We demand the EU declare a climate emergency. Now. Leading scientists warn that we have less than 11 years to stop the impending climate catastrophe or face the devastating local and global impact of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty.
But it’s not too late. By limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C, The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says that we can curb the damages of climate change. We already have the solutions to do this, by phasing out fossil fuels to investing in a green economy.
We need the political will to achieve this. People are rising up, striking and urging the EU to take more ambitious action on climate change. The climate must be the priority across all policy decisions. It starts by demanding the EU to declare a climate emergency.
We only have 11 years to halt the disastrous impact of climate change. The EU must make the climate the priority. Sign to make the EU declare a climate emergency. Now.
Bees and other wild pollinators are rapidly declining. And wow, we also know that more than 1 million species are at risk of extinction – and the problem is only getting worse. In fact, we’re doing so much damage to the natural environment that we’re putting our own survival at real risk.
That’s the conclusion of the largest study ever conducted on biodiversity and life on our planet Earth, just released by the United Nations. With the natural environment being destroyed at a record rate, wild animals, marine life – including bees and other insect life – are all disappearing at alarming speeds.
The authors of the report describe the picture as deeply “ominous”, and warn that we’re putting the wellbeing of all life – including our own – at profound risk if we don't take immediate and fundamental action to change course.
But it’s not too late to turn the situation around. The report is clear that with urgent action at all levels, life on Earth can still thrive.
That’s why we need Europe to take a clear stand to protect our biodiversity – by immediately stopping the flow of public money used to fund intensive farming and harmful pesticides. Let’s save the bees, and all life on Earth!
Stop funding and subsidising intensive farming and the use of harmful pesticides that are destroying our biodiversity.
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The EU has failed to act to ensure that every European has the right to a decent income, fair working conditions and adequate social protection, regardless of their circumstances.
While Europe as a whole is wealthier than ever, right across our continent – from Bulgaria to France, and from Germany to Greece – millions of people still live in poverty and social exclusion.
And many of those worst affected are children. Everyone deserves a decent standard of living, and the solutions are already on the table. By passing legislation giving all citizens the right to a decent minimum income, the EU could ensure that all its citizens can live in dignity.
But the EU has so far failed to take concrete action. It’s time for that to change, and in the lead-up to the EU elections our influence is greater than ever. This Labour Day, let’s come together and raise our voices to demand the next European Parliament passes legislation to ensure a decent minimum income for everyone!
With less than one month until the European elections, we stand at a crossroads. On tackling climate change, on protecting democracy – and not least on putting social justice at the heart of our Union. Sign the petition to call on the next European Parliament to ensure all citizens have the right to a decent minimum income.
Air transport contributes a lot to the dangers of climate change. And increasingly so! This trend must be reversed!
Trains far outrank planes in their eco-friendliness. Yet international trains in Europe are expensive and difficult to book.
Global aviation emissions have more than doubled in the last 20 years. Carbon emissions from flying has risen by 26% in the last 5 years alone. Up until now, the aviation sector refuses to take responsibility. Action is very urgent, the aviation industry projects a doubling in the total number of passengers carried between now and 2040.
The EU must shift its priorities. It must stop ignoring the great potential of our train networks. Europe needs to invest more in the railway network and make trains the easiest and cheapest option.
Travels up to 800 kilometres will have to be cheapest and easiest by train.
Therefore, we demand:
That the EU invests more in trains and less in air transport! We insist on this change to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
- Ending the unfair competition against our rail systems. Airline companies must pay their fair share in taxes!
Air transport contributes a lot to the dangers of climate change. Airplane emissions are currently responsible for an estimated 4.9% of global warming caused by human activity. Europe needs to invest more in the railway network and make trains the easiest and cheapest option. More trains, less planes!
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- That the EU invests more in trains and less in air transport! We insist on this change to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
To: Member State governments of the European Union
The Internet as we know it is in danger.
On the 26th March, the European Parliament voted yes, with a narrow majority, on the introduction of upload filters on the Internet. If the final decisions passes the European Council (comprising EU governments) on the 15th April, it would fundamentally change the way content creators and users experience the Internet on a daily basis, harming authors and their fans alike.
What are upload filters? Automated algorithms that scan every uploaded photo, video, article for possible copyright infringement before the content is published. The effect? Videos of cute kittens could be taken down because a copyrighted song can be heard in the distance. Your karaoke photos can get flagged because there is a poster or picture with a trademark in the background. Your story might not upload for several hours while the filter is running through all the existing content to check for potential violations.
Small online newspapers, blogs and fact checking websites are also among those affected - and these sites keep our internet diverse, reliable and free for the press.
We want the Internet to be instant, spontaneous and free. It has become an everyday part of our lives. The current proposal would change that. We must make sure this proposal doesn't pass the European Council.
Sign to tell your government to vote against the upload filters on the 15th April!
This is our last chance to stop upload filters. The European Council (comprising member state government ministers) is having the final say on upload filters on the 15th April. Let's make sure they know how European citizens want them to vote!
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