About us

What do we do?
We work with the EU law-making institutions - the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers - to ensure that the environment is placed at the heart of policymaking. This includes working with our member organisations around Europe to facilitate their input into the EU decision-making process.


While campaigning at EU level, Green 10 NGOs:

  • encourage the full implementation of EU environmental laws and policies in the Member States;
  • lobby for new environmental proposals, as appropriate;
  • work with the EU institutions to ensure that policies under consideration are as environmentally effective as possible;
  • promote EU environmental leadership in the global political arena.

In terms of raising public awareness, Green 10 NGOs:

  • inform their members, and the wider public, of environmental developments at EU level, and encourage them to make their voices heard;
  • give a voice to thousands of locally-based associations, which would otherwise have no access to EU decision-makers;
  • contribute to the strengthening of civil society across Europe, through training in advocacy skills, policy analysis and the EU decision-making process.


How do we work together?
The Green 10 tries to observe as democratic a process of decision-making as possible, taking into account the views of member organisations, their staff, boards and members. We reflect the views of millions of European citizens and thousands of local associations at EU level.


How are the Green 10 NGOs funded?
Membership contributions are an important part of the finances of Green 10 organisations. We also receive core funding from the European Commission (with the exception of Greenpeace). Furthermore, some member organisations of the Green 10 receive funding on a case-by-case basis for specific projects from governments and foundations.
Some organisations also receive specific donations from industry. Greenpeace does not request or accept financial support from governments, the EU or industry.
All Green 10 organisations are externally audited every year.
Details with names of funding organisations and financial information can be found not only in the Annual Reports of each Green 10 organisation, but also in the EU transparency register. For further questions on funding please write to us.

Joint Green 10 activities – some examples
As well as working individually with EU institutions on key policy areas, we also coordinate joint responses and recommendations to EU decision-makers on issues of interest to all NGOs.
The Constitutional Treaty: NGOs successfully lobbied the European Convention to retain existing Treaty commitments to sustainable development, environmental protection and the integration of environmental concerns into each EU policy area. We also supported an increase in the power of the European Parliament in several areas of work.
The EU’s Sustainable Development Strategy: The Green 10 works to ensure the attainment of the objectives of the Sustainable Development Strategy agreed by the Gothenburg European Council in 2001. We closely monitor progress on the individual commitments, and have prepared joint input to the EU institutions for the review of the Strategy.
European elections: Green 10 produced a joint ‘manifesto’ stating top ten demands for the 2014 European Parliament elections.
Greening the EU Budget: The EU’s annual budget procedure presents an opportunity for Green 10 NGOs to lobby for a shift in funds away from environmentally damaging measures to those budget lines that deliver public goods and environmental benefits. Green 10 NGOs have been active in seeking to reform the Structural Funds, the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy.

Tranparency

The Green 10 is committed to the ideals of transparency, including about EU interest representation. To that end, the Green10 has entered our information into the EU transparency register, although we believe that this register fails basic transparency standards and does not provide EU lobbying transparency. For a start, to provide real transparency, the register should be mandatory rather than voluntary .

When registering, we have therefore chosen to give all relevant information that we consider necessary for lobbying transparency, though some information is in excess of what is required. You may view the Green10's transparency register entry here and the register entries for all Green10 organisations below:

BirdLife Europe | CEE Bankwatch Network | Climate Action Network Europe | European Environmental Bureau | Friends of the Earth Europe | Greenpeace European Unit | Health and Environment Alliance | Naturefriends International | Transport and Environment | WWF European Policy Office

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Parliament support for Juncker on environment eroding over attack on green legislation

15 January 2015

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