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Why the EU urgently needs to act on gender-based violence

An opinion by MEP Terry Reintke

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations in the world, claiming thousands of lives every year even before the pandemic. Under COVID-19, it has surged worldwide into a shadow pandemic. It’s time the EU moves from empty words to concrete actions.

Catalonia Protest
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EFA reaction to waiving immunity of Catalan MEPs

Press release from EFA MEPs Jordi Solé and Diana Riba

"Ultimately, Catalonia’s future will be determined by the people of Catalonia" - Solé The EFA Group in the European Parliament has responded to the outcome of a vote in the European Parliament t...

Call on the European Commission to urgently propose a directive to prevent, respond and end gender-based violence

An opinion by the Greens/EFA Group

On International Women’s Day, we call on the European Commission to propose a comprehensive and inclusive directive to prevent, respond to and end gender-based violence online and offline.

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Greens/EFA rejects the waiver of immunity of three Catalan MEPs

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament believes that the political conflict in Catalonia and Spain needs to be resolved by political means, and that an important condition for this to succeed is to avoid the continuous judicialization of politics. The Group fully supports the so-called 'Dialogue Table' established between the Catalan and the Spanish governments

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Austrian government rejects EU-Mercosur Agreement

Trade

The Austrian Vice-Chancellor, Werner Kogler, has rejected the signing of the EU-Mercosur agreement, in a letter to Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa. The Austrian government stresses that the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement is in contradiction with the objectives of the Green Deal and the Paris Agreement. The Portuguese EU Presidency had announced that it would attempt to complete the ratification of the agreement in the coming months. On Thursday (11 March), the representatives of EU member states will meet to discuss a possible additional protocol on deforestation and climate.

Study - Achieving 60% emission reductions by 2030
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Achieving 60% emission reductions by 2030

Assessment of policy options

This study from Cambridge Econometrics analyses impacts of increased climate action in the EU27 using a macroeconomic model. The key questions are: is an increase to a 60% GHG reduction target possible? What could be key policy elements? What would be the economic and employment effects of meeting this target?

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Making the EU foreign policy a feminist one

Practicing what we preach

The principle of gender equality is a core value of the EU, and as such, it should be integrated into all EU policies, both internal and external. For years, a gender perspective has been absent from foreign and security policymaking, hindering an effective EU response to global challenges.

We desperately need stronger action on social rights

Greens/EFA opinion ahead of the launch of the EPSR action plan

The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound health, economic, employment and social impacts. We desperately need a stronger Social Europe. Here are the Greens/EFA's proposals ahead of the launch of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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Tiblissi, Georgia, Annette Bouvain/ Flickr/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Georgia’s crisis is the EU’s problem, too

An opinion by Greens/EFA MEP Markéta Gregorová

As Georgia will celebrate the first anniversary of the so-called 8th March Agreement, we, as the European Parliament, need to send a strong signal in order to let Georgians know that we watch the situation very closely and care about their democratic future.

Live animal transports across the EU are out of control

Over a billion farm animals a year are transported across the EU and to third countries, often in poor conditions that breach EU law.

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Black mailboxes / CC0 Bernard Hermant
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Protecting people's rights online

Influencing the new EU law on digital platforms

The European Commission has replied to our crowd-sourced model law on how online platforms should deal with content moderation procedures whilst respecting fundamental rights. Read it here.