Greens/EFA condemns Commission and MEPs’ attempts to re-open Common Agricultural Policy

MEPs will vote on the urgent procedure requested by the Agriculture Committee to hurriedly re-open the newly-implemented and painfully-negotiated Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), following the Commission’s proposal of 15 March 2024. This will make exemptions and widen derogations to the CAP’s environmental conditionality rules.

MEPs call for EU to recognise abortion as fundamental right

Today, Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for abortion to be included in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The report also denounces that some Member States still have highly restrictive laws prohibiting abortion except in strictly defined circumstances.

Greens/EFA call for investigation into and consequences for Russian interference

At the initiative of the Greens/EFA Group, Members of the European Parliament will debate the revelations about alleged Russian payments to, among others, German AfD MP Petr Bystron.

Migration Pact fails to deliver real solidarity & respect for fundamental rights

MEPs will vote on a series of files aimed at modifying the EU’s migration and asylum policies known as the Migration Pact. The Greens/EFA Group has long argued for a fair and responsible migration policy that is based on solidarity and respect for fundamental rights. The majority of the Migration Pact files fail to achieve this. The Greens/EFA Group will vote against the majority of the files.

EU’s withdrawal from Energy Charter Treaty is a victory against fossil companies

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on International Trade voted in favour of the EU's withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The exit from the Energy Charter Treaty is drawing closer. It is good news for climate protection, as well as for the switch to renewable energies and the growth of jobs in the green sectors.

MEPs set to approve agreement on reducing methane emissions in energy sector

Tomorrow, Members of the European Parliament will vote on the agreement on the EU Methane Regulation. With this regulation, the EU will for the first time adopt binding measures to reduce methane emissions. Methane is the main component of natural gas and is also released during oil and coal production. There are already cost-effective technical solutions to avoid methane emissions in the energy sector. The regulation also makes the inspection, and rapid repair of leaks in pipelines and leaking valves mandatory. The regulation will apply to imports of gas, oil and coal from 2026.

Patrick Breyer Sergey Lagodinsky Kim Van Sparrentak
Opinion by Patrick Breyer & Sergey Lagodinsky & Kim Van Sparrentak

Protecting Privacy: Biometric Mass Surveillance and the AI Act

In the face of emerging technologies like biometric mass surveillance, fighting for our right to privacy is more important than ever.

Without farmers, there’s no food

Farmers work hard to provide us with food. Day in, day out, with hardly any holidays or breaks. We all know that - and that is why they deserve to earn a decent income.

Right now, farmers are in distress. The profiteering in our food-system has reached its limits, with powerful agri-companies and supermarket chains making billions while most farmers struggle to make ends meet.

Politicians that pretend there is a contradiction between nature and farming are trying to hide their own failure. They are lying. There is no contradiction - farming and nature can only work hand in hand. Farmers know that in their hearts. And it is up to us to make that possible.

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