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MEPs back copyright exceptions on books for people who are blind or visually impaired

Marrakesh Treaty

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee has taken the next step towards ensuring access to published works for people who are blind or visually impaired.

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Glyphosate

On a Greens/EFA initiative, a cross-party group of MEPs has written to the European Commission, expressing concern about the studies being used in the assessment of the safety of the controversial herbicide, glyphosate.

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Energy Labelling

Negotiations between the European Parliament, Commission and Council on the revision of EU energy labelling rules have come to a close. The Greens/EFA group welcomes a decision that will see consumers benefit from simplified energy labelling, but regrets the lengthy transition for so many products.

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20 GM maizes have been proposed for authorisation in feed and food... some of which do not even exist!

20 different GM maizes in the same text The European Commission has come forward with  a proposal for the authorisation of a new GM maize for use in food and feed - meaning it could be imported into the EU, where it is fortunately not allowed for cultivation. Except it is not only ONE GM...

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Constitutional committee backs report

If MEPs are to demand the European Commission be more transparent, they need to do ask the same of themselves, says Sven Giegold.

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GMOs

The European Parliament's Environment Committee has voted against the import of a range of genetically modified maize varieties for use in feed and food. The majority of MEPs voted against the European Commission's proposal to authorize several Genetic Engineering Maize varieties from Syngenta.

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Money laundering of Russian funds by European banks

Reports that EU banks have laundered hundreds of millions of Russian money show just how important the revision of the money-laundering directive is, says Judith Sargentini.

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One year after the Brussels attacks

A year on from the attacks in Brussels, EU Member States should end their policy of blanket suspicion and focus on better police cooperation, says Jan Philipp Albrecht, Vice-Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee and Greens/EFA home affairs spokesperson.

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From the Greens/EFA Transparency and Democracy Campaign

The European Parliament recently adopted a report on e-democracy which makes a series of recommendations on digital tools, citizen participation, and internal party democracy. Since transparency and democracy is one of our key priorities, we tabled a number of amendments to give the report some teeth.

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Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 13-16 March 2017

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included: Mercury rules; Gender equality: still a long way to go on equality; Arctic policy; Animal welfare; Firearms control; LuxLeaks appeal verdict; Official controls in the food chain; Shareholders' rights; Conclusions of the European Council/Rome Declaration; Conflict minerals; Fishing sector data collection.

Report by Green MEP Ernest Urtasun

We continue to have many reasons to keep on fighting for equality. In the current political atmosphere in Europe, we need the EU’s leaders to take a firm stance on gender equality and make it a priority

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Green Trade Policy in a Globalised World

Roundtable debate with Green parliamentarians/NGO experts

The Greens/EFA organise a roundtable debate with parliamentarians and NGO experts from all around the world on the occasion of the Global Greens and European Greens Congress in Liverpool.

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Undocumented lives

A Greens/EFA seminar

Is the current EU migration policy and suggested reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) pushing people into irregularity?

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Sixty years. What next?

60th anniversary of the Rome treaty

The Greens/EFA in the European Parliament together with the European Green Party express their vision on the future of Europe in a paper issued on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Rome treaty

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European political parties should respect European values

Plenary debate with Josep-Maria Terricabras

MEPs have been discussing a request to review how the European parliament funds European political parties. The main concern is to avoid a misuse of public money and to ensure that European political parties respect European values.

Scotland's place in Europe's family of nations

Plenary intervention by Alyn Smith

Scotland faces the prospect of being removed from our family of nations against our clearly expressed democratic will. It's not fair, and if the EU is not a community of justice and law and democracy then what are we for?

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Europe must ban drilling in the Arctic!

A blog from our climate campaign

The European Parliament is going to adopt its position on an ‘integrated EU Policy for the Arctic’. The Greens call on the EP to prevent dirty lobby from putting the Arctic even more at risk than it already is, and to strongly oppose any offshore hydrocarbon or mineral exploration and extraction in this very vulnerable corner of our planet

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Will the European Commission give the Parliament more powers to deliver tax justice?

A look at the LuxLeaks tax debate

The European Parliament held a debate to look at the work that’s been done so far in response to the LuxLeaks scandal. The debate, which came on the back of a request from the Greens/EFA group, was quite revealing about where Europe stands in its fight for tax justice.

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Rabbits and animal welfare

No to factory farming!

The European Parliament adopted Tuesday 14 March a report on minimum standards for the Protection of Farm Rabbits 2016/2077(INI) calling for specific legislation on minimum standards. Animal welfare is of a very high priority for the Greens/EFA group.

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What's coming up next week in Parliament

Strasbourg Flash 13-16 March 2017

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include notably gender equality, EU Arctic policy, circular economy, LuxLeaks appeal verdict, animal welfare and rabbit farming, firearms, official controls in the food chain, shareholders' rights, conflict minerals, ...

Remember Fukushima, 6 years ago

Anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi I Nuclear Plant

The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed us once again that nuclear reactors will always remain extremely dangerous. Nuclear disasters damage the health of the local population but also create a huge financial burden for society.

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Radioactive contamination of water and food

EU protection rules still decided behind closed doors

Many of the current nuclear reactors in the world are the result of technological choices of people who are not necessarily alive anymore. Yet the consequences of those choices affect people today all around the world, as well as generations to come, far beyond political borders and timeframes.

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Palm oil

Time to stop fuelling deforestation and land-grabbing, to help victims of corporate abuses and to apply agroforestry

The environment and food safety committee of the European Parliament adopted on 8 March 2017 a strong report tackling the issue of palm-oil related deforestation and its human and environmental consequences. The Greens/EFA group is an active change driver in the EU and had taken the responsibility of drafting the opinions from the development and agricultural committees.

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International Women's Day - 8 March 2017

Ska Keller interviews Vandana Shiva

To mark International Women's Day, Ska Keller interviewed Vandana Shiva, the renowned environmental feminist scholar and farmers' rights activist.

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Panama Papers investigation

Has Société Générale told us the truth?

Almost one year after the Panama Papers scandal, the European Parliament committee (PANA committee) set up to investigate this matter is still looking into the issue and one of the key focuses of our work within the committee is the role of middlemen.

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Principles for European whistleblower legislation

From the Greens/EFA Transparency and Democracy Team

The need to protect whistleblowers is increasingly recognised at international, national and local level, and in many different sectors, ranging from health care, to public spending, to banking or the environment.

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Europe must embrace strongly pro-European historic nations like Scotland and Catalonia

Terricabras on the future of Europe

Terricabras was speaking in a debate in the European Parliament with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on his much awaited 'White paper on the future of Europe', which sets out five scenarios for the future course of the EU post-Brexit.

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Anti-Corruption

Greens/EFA members call on Council of Europe to monitor Romanian government

Concerned about the recent attempts of the Romanian government to decriminalise corruption and weaken the country’s conflicts of interest rules, a group of Greens/EFA Members of the European Parliament have written on 27 February 2017 to Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland, and to the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) led by Mr. Gianluca Esposito.

Dear Minister, support She Decides!

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'.

Food campaign - The Greens/EFA in the EP

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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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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.

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.

Stop glyphosate

A European Citizens Initiative

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

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EFA Group in the European Parliament

Who we are

An introduction to the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament, part of the Greens/EFA

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.