Turkish referendum

Reaction of the Greens/EFA group

After a campaign that took place in a climate of intimidation and fear, with outrageous restrictions on freedom of the press, Erdogan is now on track to transform the country into a one-man authoritarian regime. It is now high time for the EU to increase the pressure on Erdogan to end his fight against the free press and the opposition

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Opinion of Monstanto Tribunal

"For far too long, Monsanto has been able to act with impunity, causing massive destruction to our environment and severely damaging the lives of many people around the world" says Greens/EFA MEP Bart Staes.

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European Citizens' Initiative

Vice-President Timmermans has announced that the European Commission will present proposals to revise the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) later this year. The ECI in force today has so far failed to deliver on its original promise, which is why the Greens/EFA group, civil society and citizens who have tried to use the ECI, Josep-Maria Terricabras responds to the good news.

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Nestlé’s global tax practices: clear as clean water?

7th of April marks World’s Health Day. This year this day is a bit special: it follows the 150th anniversary of the Swiss company Nestlé. The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament decided to commemorate - so to speak - both, with a letter to one of the biggest food giants on the p...

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Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 3-6 April 2017

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included: Palm oil and deforestation of rainforests; One year anniversary of the Panama Papers; Dieselgate: inquiry report and type approval legislation; EU-Syria strategy; Brexit: Article 50 resolution; Money Market Funds; MFF revision; GMO objection; Roaming charges.

Green Publication on Countering antigypsyism in Europe

On the occasion of the International Romani Day on the 8th of April, a new publication by Green MEPs has been launched. It raises awareness of the most critical aspects of discrimination against European Roma and contributes to the fight against antigypsyism.

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Roaming

With the Parliament giving its approval to the results of the trialogue on roaming charges, lower prices have been secured for consumers and roaming costs will soon be a thing of the past. Not only this, but smaller providers will now also be able to compete with the big telecommunications corporations.

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EU-US Privacy Shield

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution strongly criticising the EU-US "Privacy Shield". The Privacy Shield regulates the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US, such as when using online services like search engines or social networks. Jan Philipp Albrecht, Vice-Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee, is now calling on the Commission to do more to protect personal data in the EU.

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EFA Press release from SNP MEPs Ian Hudghton & Alyn Smith

The SNP Members of the European Parliament Ian Hudghton MEP and Alyn Smith MEP have today (Wednesday) voted, with heavy hearts, to approve a European Parliament negotiating mandate in response to the UK commencing the Article 50 process to leave the EU. The mandate is not about the merits of Brex...

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According to MEPs from the European Free Alliance group, the negotiations should be fair and in good faith, with citizens' interests coming first and people not used as bargaining chips

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Agriculture

MEPs have rejected the European Commission's latest proposal for new GM authorisations. The proposal would allow imports of up to 20 different varieties, most of which have not even been tested for safety. This clear lack of support follows opposition from Member States and shows it's now time for the Commission to withdraw its proposal.

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New Ideas for a Globalised World

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Clean Energy for all South-East Europeans

The way forward

09:30   Opening by Davor Škrlec, MEP Greens/EFA Keynote speech by Johannes Hahn, Commissioner on European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations 09:45 Panel I - Energy transition in Sout...

Letter - Stay Strong, Musa

Letter from Greens/EFA to Musa Kart

Letter from Greens/EFA MEP Eva Joly and the group co-presidents to jailed Turkish cartoonist, Musa Kart.

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Refugee situation in the Greek island of Chios

During a three-day visit to Greece, Green Co-President Ska Keller and Green MEP Judith Sargentini went to Chios where they witnessed the situation of hundreds of refugees in the Souda camp

Brexit

Plenary speech by MEP Alyn Smith

"As a Scottish European I’ve long wondered how I’d feel today, and the answer is I’m heartbroken. Not for myself but for the people I serve, for future generations."

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Plenary speech by MEP Philippe Lamberts

"Prime Minister May, many of your own citizens are proud to call not just the UK, but Europe home. We can't let them down!"

Dieselgate scandal could have been prevented

Plenary speech by MEP Bas Eickhout

An independent agency would create much greater transparency, bringing any wrongdoing on the part of car manufacturers out into the open, and forcing the Commission to take action

Palm oil and deforestation of rainforests

Plenary speech by MEP Benedek Jávor

The European Parliament is showing the way forward on how to help protect the world’s rainforests from the devastation currently being caused by reckless palm oil production

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One-year anniversary of the Panama Papers scandal

Have we seen a revolution yet?

One year ago today, over 100 investigative journalists working together from 80 countries, published the biggest leak in history, the Panama Papers. The release of 11.5 million documents and thousands of press articles allowed the world to understand the global scandal of tax evasion and money laundering.

Europe needs independent oversight to prevent another Dieselgate

Dieselgate inquiry

The Dieselgate inquiry is at and end and its come forward with some important recommendations about how to stop further cheating. One of the key demands is the establishment of an independent agency to monitor the market. Bas Eickhout writes on the battle to make sure this happens.

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GM maize for cultivation

The Commission must accept the appeal committee’s vote and refuse new authorizations

With a clear majority of Member States voting against the cultivation of three GM maize varieties within the EU on Monday 27 March, it should now be clear to the European Commission that it is time to withdraw its proposals. But is the Commission paying attention?

Countering antigypsyism in Europe

A publication by Green MEPs

Although EU institutions and Member States have taken a range of measures to promote the social inclusion of disadvantaged Roma in Europe, there has been no substantial improvement in the situation over the last decade. Many Roma in Europe continue to face poverty, social exclusion, discrimination and violent racism.

Europe, our home, our future

Greens presence in Rome

On 25th March, thousands of people took to the streets in various European cities to mark the 60 years of the Rome Treaty. We were in Rome marching for a stronger and greener EU.

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Europe is not a destination. It's a journey

60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty

This is not just the time for commemoration, much less for nostalgia. It is more than ever the time to write together a new chapter of our common history, more cohesive and more sustainable.

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The European Commission is tabling science fiction legislation on GMOs

20 types of GM maize have been proposed for authorisation in feed and food... some of them do not even exist yet!

The European Commission is proposing to authorise a new GM maize developed by Syngenta that contains up to 20 types. This means that a single authorisation could lead to a 20-fold increase in the amount of GM maize in our food and feed.

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Parliament calls for improved citizen participation and transparency in report on e-democracy

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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Greens/EFA Round up

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.

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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

Still a long way to go until we reach gender equality in the EU

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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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'.

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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.