The Greens/European Free Alliance is a political group in the European Parliament made up of Green MEPs and MEPs from parties representing stateless nations and disadvantaged minorities.
The group was established in July 1999, when these two progressive European political families agreed to join forces in the European Parliament.
Greens/EFA is currently the fourth largest political group in the European Parliament, with 58 MEPs from 15 countries. Ensuring gender balance is a priority for the group: there are 28 female and 30 male MEPs, while the group also has male and female co-presidents.
The Greens/EFA project is to :
- build a society respectful of fundamental human rights and environmental justice: the rights to self-determination, to shelter, to good health, to education, to culture, and to a high quality of life;
- increase freedom within the world of work, not only by tackling unemployment but also by widening people's choices, releasing human creative potential ;
- deepen democracy by decentralisation and direct participation of people in decision-making that concerns them, and by enhancing openness of government in Council and Commission, and making the Commission fullv answerable to Parliament.
- build a European Union of free peoples based on the principle of subsidiarity who believe in solidarity with each other and all the peoples of the world.
- re-orientate the European Union, which currently over-emphasises its economic conception at the expense of social, cultural and ecological values
The Greens/European Free Alliance is working for :
- economic and social reforms to make development sustainable for both human beings and the natural world;
- a democratic process linking trade, security, economic and social issues to environmental, cultural and democratic rights;
- high ecological, social and democratic standards to ensure the quality of life;
- solidarity, guaranteed human and citizen's rights for everybody, including people who have come from non-EU countries ;
- a foreign policy designed to resolve problems by peaceful means rather than by military force;
- improved structures for democratic participation in political decision-making, involving NGOs, Trade Unions, citizens and civic authorities at all levels, with measures to ensure equal participation of women;
- guaranteed equal rights and opportunities, as well as cultural and linguistic diversity
- a policy of employment and redistribution of work with special attention to gender issues, in order to end the existing unbalanced division of labour and share the workload more fairly between women and men, ensuring that women are fully able to take part in the formal labour market as well as in political life.
- the involvement of the relevant elected authorities that have constitutional powers in the decisions of the Council of Ministers relating to matters that fall within their competence.
The two constituent parts of the Group agree to determine a yearly common programme for political action in relation to the Parliament's work programme.