Barley, brewing and beer are all old and well known traditions, which anybody can use. Nevertheless the European Patent Office (EPO) has granted patents to Heineken and Carlsberg for regularly bred barley. With the patent these transnational corporations own the barley from the seed to the pint of beer. Not only is it outrageous these greedy corporations want to own a tradition that has been around for thousands of years, but in granting the patent, the EPO is in breach of EU law.
When Antoine Deltour, the then 28-year-old working at PricewaterhouseCoopers accidentally found evidence of a massive-scale corporate tax evasion facilitated by Luxembourg, he blew the whistle. The scandal exposed by Antoine, known as LuxLeaks, helped put corruption and tax-avoidance on EU’s political agenda.
Bayer and Monsanto are desperately trying to merge into one giant agri-chemical corporation. Together, they will control a huge slice of what what farmers grow, and ultimately what we eat. If the merger is to be successful, the two companies must gain approval of competition authorities all over the world, including from the EU. Bayer has managed to “convince” Donald Trump to back the mega-merger, and now there is really only one organisation that has enough clout to stop the deal -- the European Union.
This 2017 International Women’s Day, millions of people across the globe marched and we used the momentum to launch a call to action, powered by the outrage and solidarity of thousands of us. With our partners in a European coalition, we are putting violence against women and girls back on the EU’s political agenda with a bang!
03. Juli 2017
Gemeinsam mit mehr als 100 Umweltorganisationen aus ganz Europa haben wir die schnellste Europäische Bürgerinitiative (EBI) aller Zeiten auf die Beine gestellt. Wir hatten die ehrenvolle Aufgabe die EBI zu koordinieren - dabei gibt es WeMove erst seit anderthalb Jahren.