Green Social Summit

On 29 and 30 September, the Green Social Summit will gather 300 leaders from across Europe to discuss how to build a stronger European Union based on social and ecological justice, and centered on human dignity. It will be a chance to discuss with politicians, trade unions, civil society organisations, experts and academia, and find common solutions to the most pressing crises facing the European Union

Greens/EFA urge the Council to ban glyphosate

Today, the Commission published their proposal to renew the authorisation to use glyphosate for an additional 10 years. The Council will now hold an exchange of views and is expected to vote on the proposal in mid October. Greens/EFA group urge the Council to not approve the Commission's proposed prolongation but instead ban the use of glyphosate within the EU.

Tax the rich: from slogan to reality

Having fair societies where everyone contributes proportionately is not a dream, it can be a reality, all it takes is the political will to put the billions at the service of the millions.

Success as MEPs vote for integrity overhaul in essential step following Qatargate

MEPs have just voted in favour of a series of measures designed at improving the integrity standards inside the European Parliament, following the Qatargate scandal. The measures include new rules on asset declarations, lobby meetings, conflicts of interest, and the revolving door.

Commission must hold its ground on the Green Deal

The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, gave her annual State of the European Union speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. She made some flowery proclamations in her address, including a lot about promoting business and industry but remained vague when it came to concrete public investments.

MEPs clear the way for a massive boost to energy transition, cheap electricity and EU industry

Members of the European Parliament adopted the final agreement on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive. This vote is a vital step towards the energy transition and for the EUs competitiveness for industries. The Greens/EFA Group ensured that the share of renewable energies will increase from 32% to 42.5% by 2030, with the target to reach 45%.

MEPs to vote on greener flights in new rules for aviation fuels

"ReFuelEU is the first international agreement of its kind and can encourage other regions to get on board with greener airline fuels. The aviation industry needs to play its part in tackling the climate crisis and start putting fossil fuels on the No-Fly list. This regulation marks a departure from the industry’s reliance on heavily polluting fuels.", said Green MEP Ciáran Cuffe

Ban glyphosate (and protect our nature)

Glyphosate, the acting agent in Roundup, is a pesticide not only used in farming, but also in urban areas. And we know it is devastating for biodiversity: it just kills (almost) everything.

We don’t need glyphosate for productive farming, nor for weed control. Glyphosate should be banned.

Five years ago, we were very close to banning glyphosate in Europe, with millions of Europeans citizens calling a for it. However, in a very close vote in the Council of Ministers the use was approved for another five years.

This year the European Commission started a new process of approval for glyphosate. But while millions of Europeans have been asking to end the use of glyphosate for years, the European Commission and EU member states refuse to listen. They are expected to renew approval of glyphosate-use soon in a closed-door meeting.

In the coming weeks, we have the chance to ban the use of glyphosate in Europe.

Debriefing of the September Plenary Session

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the State of the Union, air quality, energy transition, MEPs' code of conduct and the Critical Raw Materials Act.


Low waters of the Rhine river in summer 2022 / CC0 Bernd Dittrich
Low waters of the Rhine river in summer 2022 / CC0 Bernd Dittrich