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Monsanto is the hideous tree that hides the forest

How Bayer buying Monsanto is more than just another merger

The acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer threatens to undermine current safeguards, and this is why we strongly oppose the potential deal.

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Checking the spending of public funds

It’s that time of the year again, when the European Parliament reviews the spending of public funds by 52 EU institutions, and formally signs-off on the final accounting, this for time for the year 2015. Every year, there are a number of controversies that emerge, and this year is no different...

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European Parliament calls for access to land for small and medium farmers, not corporations

For a long time "landgrabbing" - that is, the large-scale purchase of land for financial investment and industrial agricultural production - was considered primarily as a problem for developing countries. But Europe faces the same problem: Large investors are discovering arable land as a safe investment.

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A first Greens/EFA assessment on Commission initiatives

On 26 April 2017, the Commission presented its proposals for a European Pillar of Social Rights and Work-Life Balance. Since advancing social Europe is a key objective of GreensEFA, we had a closer look at the different parts of the proposals and made a first assessment.   Commission ini...

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Turkey

Talks on Turkey's accession to the EU should remain frozen until Turkey returns to democracy and substantially improves its approach to human rights, says Greens/EFA co-president, Ska Keller.

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Commission statement on Hungary

The European Commission has decided to open infringement proceedings against Hungary as a result of the restrictions on international universities in the country. The Greens/EFA Group is calling for the European Parliament to launch the Article 7 procedure for the protection of the rule of law in Hungary.

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European Commission proposals on Social Europe

The European Commission has presented its proposals for a European pillar of social rights and work-life balance. This coincides with the publication of a reflection paper in which it sets out its long term vision for a social Europe. For the Greens/EFA group, this may be a first step, but there is still a long way to go.

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Geoblocking

The European Parliament has voted on a new regulation designed to limit the practice of “geoblocking”. While the regulation goes further than what was originally proposed by the European Commission, it falls far short of ending the practice.

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Audiovisual Media Services

The European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee has voted on proposals to reform the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. This revision will extend the scope of the regulation to include video sharing platforms.

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Cohesion Policy

The Greens/EFA group has helped to block a proposal originating from the European Commission that would have given Member States the ability to transfer unlimited funds from European Structural and Investment Funds to the 'Juncker plan'.

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It is beyond dispute that there is an increasing trend across the world to undermine democratic principles and shrink the freedoms and liberties that citizens and civil society organisations now enjoy. Hungary, Poland and Romania are recent EU examples of this.

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How to Save Trade Policy

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...

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Let's stop Baysanto

It’s time to stop the marriage of Monsanto-Bayer! The Monsanto tribunal proved it: Monsanto violates human rights and threatens our planet. But the worst might be to come: German drug and chemical company Bayer announced last year that it plans to buy Monsanto

Garment workers remain unsafe four years after Rana Plaza

Blog post by Jean Lambert MEP and Judith Sargentini MEP

Four years on from the Rana Plaza disaster, urgent action is needed to clean up the garment industry, say Green MEPs Jean Lambert and Judith Sargentini.

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

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World health day

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 150...

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Greens/EFA Round up

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.

International Romani Day

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.

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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Citizens must be central to Brexit talks

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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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.