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Animal transport in the EU should ensure highest possible welfare standards

Today, the Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport (ANIT) voted on a report and its recommendations to the Commission and Member States. The recommendations, which will be voted on in plenary in January, will be the basis for new rules for transporting animals in the EU, including specific standards for animal w…
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Trains
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Global Gateway Strategy - quote from Reinhard Bütikofer MEP

The European Commission has unveiled the new "Global Gateway Strategy" infrastructure programme, in response to China's Belt and Road initiative.
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Belarus OUT (Photo by Leonid Shcheglov / BELTA / AFP)
A picture taken on November 8, 2021 shows migrants at the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region.
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Commission plans tantamount to accepting pushbacks

The European Commission has just announced that it will allow Poland, Lithuania and Latvia to ‘re-direct’ asylum seekers to a formal border crossing point, where they can be detained for up to 20 weeks. The proposal implicitly endorses the current practice of pushbacks at the borders with Belarus, which brings asylum seekers, including fa…
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Government must halt attacks on ‘Memorial’ & civil society

Memorial, one of the most prominent Russian human rights organisations, and a former Sakharov Prize laureate, is facing threats of being dismantled by the Russian courts. The action by prosecutors is based on allegations that Memorial has failed to comply with requirements of the controversial law on ‘foreign agents’, legislation that sti…
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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya meeting the Greens/EFA in Strasbourg
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EU must stand in solidarity against Belarusian regime

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the democratic opposition in Belarus will address Members of the European Parliament. The Greens/EFA Group are calling for the EU’s unequivocal support for the democratic opposition and independent civil society in Belarus. The Greens/EFA Group condem the instrumentalisation of refugees and migrants…
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EU Industry must play its part in tackling climate change

MEPs have today debated the outcome of the COP26 conference on climate change that took place recently in Glasgow. EFA MEP Piernicola Pedicini spoke in the debate where European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans was also present. Pedicini called for the EU to ensure that industry play...
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Mostar Bridge
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EU has responsibility to support peace in Bosnia & Western Balkans

MEPs will debate the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the request of the Greens/EFA Group, following the recent worrying political developments in the country. The Greens/EFA Group are calling for the EU to take the lead in finding a political solution to the current crisis. Any political agreement must not further deepen ethnic di…
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No green light from Greens/EFA - CAP reform is set to again fail farmers, climate & environment

The majority of MEPs voted in favour of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2023-2027. Rather than using this next CAP period, and one third of the EU budget, to help solve the climate and environment emergency, or the loss of thousands of farmers per day, the final agreement repackages the status quo and falls short of the promises …
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Farmland
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We must reject this CAP!

The European Parliament has today debated the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). While it was hoped that the reform would prepare the CAP to support the EU’s climate and environmental commitments for the years to come, many MEPs are disappointed with the outcome. EFA MEP Fran&c...
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farm
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Groundbreaking strategy chance to achieve healthy soils

The European Commission announced a first of its kind strategy for the protection of European soils. The degradation of topsoils poses enormous threats to biodiversity, agriculture, human health and the climate. The European Commission has announced it will propose a Soil Health Law in 2023 to significantly improve the state of soils by 2…