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Eurogroup inaction poses grave risks to Greek future

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.


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EU institutions must end exploitation of interns

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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Greens/EFA Round up

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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EU Commission must create a legal framework

Robots and artificial intelligence

The European Parliament has opened an urgently needed debate on creating an ethical and legal framework for the development and use of autonomous and intelligent machines. The European Commission must act and develop concrete legislative proposals.


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Parliament fails first test on Paris Agreement

EU Emissions Trading

Intensive lobbying has weakened climate progress.


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European Parliament votes to protect whistleblowers

Citizens across Europe should be able to speak up about crimes

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a report on the protection of whistleblowers.


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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.


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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...


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Progress on executive pay, but not on taxes

Shareholder Rights Directive

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee has approved the final agreement with the Council on the revised directive on shareholders' rights. We are pleased to have ensured greater transparency on executive pay, but progress remains stalled on measures to ensure tax justice.


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New regulation will help protect public interest in the financial sector

Economy committee backs report from Green MEP

The European Parliament’s Economy committee has backed a report from Greens/EFA rapporteur Philippe Lamberts. It will ensure greater financial stability for Finance Watch and Better Finance, who represent the public interest in financial regulation.


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Tax evasion

New report looks at the role of the middle-men

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has published a report looking at the role of intermediaries (banks, accountants, lawyers) in tax evasion. The report draws on information from a database created by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists using data from the Panama Papers, Bahamas Leaks and Offshore Leaks.


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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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