Deal puts interests of big business first

CETA

"This is a defeat for the EU and for the prospect of regulating globalization," Greens/EFA trade spokesperson Yannick Jadot said.

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European Semester Winter Package

Following publication of the latest European Semester country reports assessing the reform efforts made by EU countries, it's apparent that the European Commission is using double standards in its recommendations. While Germany is often treated with leniency, the other member states face harsher penalties for rule breaking.

Global gag rule

EU governments must join forces to protect women's rights. Tell your government to support the #SheDecides initiative against the 'global gag rule'.

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Greece

With elections fast approaching in the Netherlands, France and Germany, there's a real risk that Greece's future gets put to one side. This is not a risk worth taking when many Greek households are already struggling, and with Greece due to make a massive loan repayment in July. The institutions must make progress.

Food campaign - The Greens/EFA in the EP

Issue n°25 - February 2017

In this issue : new rules will help prevent overfishing / take action and tell your Ministries to block 3 genetically modified maize from entering EU fields / a European citizens' initiative to stop glyphosate / European Commission comitology reform / access to land for farmers in the EU

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Ombudsman rules EEAS trainees must receive a fair allowance

The European Ombudsman has delivered her judgement on unpaid internships with the European External Action Service (EEAS). She has recommended that the EEAS pay all of its trainees an appropriate allowance to allow greater access for young people from all backgrounds.

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Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 13-16 February 2017

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included: Emissions Trading System revision; Whistleblowers: Greens keep up pressure on Commission to act; Austrian President Van der Bellen addresses plenary; Future of the EU: joint debate; Statement by the President of the Eurogroup; Parliamentary vote on CETA; Terrorism directive; Robotics: legislative recommendations; Aviation strategy.

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Aviation

The European Parliament has given its support to the Commission's aviation strategy. The Greens/EFA group voted against, citing the continued lack of climate realism and the failure to address unfair intermodal competition.

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Canadian President Justin Trudeau addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg

It is of the utmost importance that Europe and Canada work together on human rights, justice and climate protection.

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Future of Europe

With Brexit looming, and the EU facing a range of external and internal challenges, we must renew the sense of purpose of the European project. If we are to face these problems, and rebuild citizens' faith in our institutions, we need a Europe that really delivers for its citizens

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Terrorism

The definition of what constitutes a terrorist offence poses serious problems for individual freedoms.

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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

LIVE press conference 14 February 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group

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European Ideas Lab

Greens meet changemakers

During a three-day event, Greens/EFA will welcome more than 300 "changemakers" from around 130 organizations of most European countries. This lab will be the opportunity for us to listen, discuss and develop ideas with our guests.

EFA MEPs join CETA protest

EFA MEPs Josep-Maria Terricabras and Jill Evans joined protestors outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg to show their opposition to the controversial CETA trade agreement between the EU and Canada.

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Time for the European Commission to facilitate the transition to a sustainable EU farming model

Stop glyphosate and make low risk pesticides available to EU farmers!

One week after the launch of a European citizens’ initiative aiming at banning glyphosate-based herbicides in the EU and setting EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use, the European Parliament adopted today with a broad majority a non-binding resolution calling for increased EU availability of low-risk pesticides, focussing on those of biological origin.

#EUIdeasLab - Let's draw the future

A wrap-up video

During a three-day event, Greens/EFA welcomed more than 300 "changemakers" from around 130 organizations of most European countries. This lab was a great opportunity to listen, discuss and develop ideas with our guests.

Protect Whistleblowers

Plenary speech by Molly Scott Cato MEP

Parliament expresses our solidarity with all whistleblowers and our impatience for an EU-wide law to protect all those who share information in the public interest.

European Parliament calls for whistleblower protection

Plenary speech by Green MEP Benedek Jávor

Clear signal coming out of the European Parliament today that the EU Commission must act to protect #whistleblowers all across Europe!

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European Parliament demands protection for whistleblowers uncovering fraud in the EU budget

A strong signal to the European Commission

The report focusses on the crucial role played by whistleblowers in preventing and uncovering fraud and mismanagement of the EU budget.

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How to get your product on the market, whatever the human or environmental cost, in 4 easy steps

Imagine you want to make money. A lot of money. Imagine one way of making a lot of money is to place your industrial product on one of the biggest markets in the world, for as long as possible, and in as many areas of the market as possible.

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President Juncker, be our valentine, give EU democracy back!

The Greens/EFA group is calling for reforms of the comitology system that lead to a truly transparent and democratic process, that takes decisions based peer-reviewed science. This is a great opportunity to put back decisions with potential impacts on health, human rights and/or the environment at the political level where they belong.

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What's coming up next week in Parliament

Strasbourg Flash week commencing 13th February

The European Parliament is in session in Strasbourg from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th February. We take a look at the main issues coming up, including the vote on CETA and the revision of the Emission Trading System.

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TAAKS AVOID: A PRODUCT NO LONGER AVAILABLE?

How to hide tax money if you know the right tricks

A year ago, the Greens presented the latest IKEA product: Taaks Avoid, an easy-to-assemble item of furniture providing the opportunity to hide tax money if you know the right tricks.

MEPs, let’s keep the spirit of the Paris agreement alive!

EU Emissions Trading System

A little more than a year on from the historic decision in Paris, Europe will soon have its first chance to show that it is taking the Paris climate agreement seriously.

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Keep the spirit of the Paris agreement alive!

MEPs must bring emissions trading scheme up to scratch

On 15th February, the European Parliament will vote on an extremely important piece of legislation: the European Emission Trading Scheme!

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New Swedish climate law

Interview with Jakop Dalunde MEP

On 2nd February, the Swedish government unveiled a very ambitious new climate law. We are interviewi...

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Conclusion of the EU-Canada CETA

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

The EU-Canada agreement 'CETA' is different from TTIP, but its contents are just as concerning. In their motion for resolution, the Greens/EFA explain the reasons why they are opposed to the conclusion of this trade deal.

The Green corner

Philippe Lamberts on the February plenary session

The European Parliament is in session in Strasbourg from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th February. We take a look at the main issues coming up, including the vote on CETA and the revision of the Emission Trading System.

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Stop glyphosate

A European Citizens Initiative

Take action and sign the petition launched by a coalition of NGOs and environmental associations.

EU/Azerbaijan partnership

Human Rights under the red carpet?

In recent years, the Azerbaijan government has made concerted efforts to restrict independent activism, critical journalism, and political opposition by imprisoning and harassing many activists, prominent human rights defenders, and journalists. Ulrike Lunacek (EP-Vice President and Green Member of the EP) together with Kati Piri, (S&D Member of the EP) hosted a panel discussion “: Human Rights under the red carpet?” during Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev visit in Brussels on February 6, 2017.

World Cancer day

Glyphosate resistant GMOs enter the EU without member states’ validation

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer published its conclusions on glyphosate, classifying it as “probably carcinogenic for humans”.

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Parliamentarians from all over Europe unite against tax dodging

When the Panama Papers committee met their national counterparts

Every year, national Parliamentarians from all European countries meet with their peers in the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss hot topics and foster greater cooperation. This year, the fallout from the Panama Papers was one of the key issues...

Europe needs to reaffirm its commitment to solidarity in response to Trump's travel ban

The decision by President Donald Trump to suspend the US refugee programme will cause tremendous harm to refugees and do nothing to address national security issues. In response, “we need to make our European Union stronger,” says Greens/EFA co-president, Ska Keller.

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Energy Union

The EU should put its citizens at the core of the energy transition

A few weeks ago, the EU Commission presented the ‘winter package’, a series of eight legislative proposals which will enable the Energy Union project to be put in place. For the Greens, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and the citizens of the EU are the three key elements that should be at the heart of this project.

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Electricity price scandal in the Spanish state

Scandalously high electricity prices in the Spanish state have been highlighted by Esquerra Republic...

The revolving door phenomenon is a systemic issue that must be urgently addressed

Conflict of interests

Whilst the revolving door phenomenon is neither new nor unique to Brussels, the latest research by Transparency International Europe has highlighted a dramatic lack of regulation in the European Parliament and serious under-regulation in the European Commission when it comes to revolving doors.

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GMO cultivation

Lack of support from Member States means Commission must withdraw its proposals

Today, the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, voted on draft regulations for the cultivation in the EU of two GM maize varieties (Bt11 and 1507) and the renewal of one further variety (Mon 810).

30 Years Erasmus

A European Success Story

The European student exchange programme, Erasmus, turns 30 this year! Since 1987, almost 10 million people gained experiences in another European country.

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Who are the middlemen helping to dodge tax or launder dirty money?

New report from the Tax Justice Campaign

Nine months ago, the biggest leak and international tax dodging scandal to date was revealed to the public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Greens have used the public data from the ICIJ to find out more about the intermediaries between wealthy clients and corporate service providers like Mossack Fonseca,

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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 16-19 January 2017

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included: EP Presidency; Greens/EFA candidate for EP Presidency; EP Vice-Presidency; New MEPs joins Greens/EFA Group; Brexit; European Pillar of Social Rights; International Science and Technology Centre; Union Customs Code implementation; Money-laundering blacklist.

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No new GM plants!

Tell your Ministries to block 3 genetically modified maize from entering EU fields!

No new GM plants have been authorised for cultivation in the EU in almost 20 years.

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Glyphosate

Green MEPs demand access to full studies

Four Green MEPs have submitted an appeal to the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), calling for access to the full studies used to determine the safety of controversial herbicide, glyphosate.

Jean Lambert for EP President

Statement from Jean Lambert on her candidacy

The Greens/EFA group nominated British MEP Jean Lambert as their candidate for the presidency of the European Parliament.

Jean Lambert for President of the European Parliament

Statement from Jean Lambert on her candidacy

The European Parliament will elect its new President for the second half of this Parliamentary term. Jean Lambert, MEP for London, is the Greens/EFA candidate.

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Implications of Maltese presidency for EU tax reforms

Is Malta a Tax Haven?

The Greens publish a new report on Malta’s tax system, which offers a number of advantages for foreign multinationals and wealthy individuals.

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The trial of a “Faucheur de Chaise”

Do you know the difference between Antoine Deltour, whistleblower in the Luxleaks scandal, and Jon Palais, French citizen seizing chairs? When it comes to justice: none. They are both prosecuted for denouncing something morally wrong and costly to our societies, while the real culprits walk free.

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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 12-15 December 2016

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included: LuxLeaks appeal trial; 4th Railway Package: missed opportunity for progress; New Greens/EFA co-presidents and bureau announced; Commission Statement: rule of law in Poland; Sakharov Prize presentation; Commission Statement: Energy Union Package; Parliament’s rules of Procedure; Commission: Labour mobility package - coordination of social security systems; Revision of the Research fund for Coal and Steel; Council and Commission statements ahead of European Council; European Parliament presidency: Greens/EFA candidate; ETS vote in ENVI.

European Parliament timidly improves transparency, integrity and ethics

Good news from the European Parliament, kind of! The tireless efforts of the Greens/EFA transparency...

Support for Thalidomide Victims

Plaid Cymru and EFA MEP Jill Evans has spoken up in support of thalidomide victims at a key debate i...