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The EU Commission has to cut funding to Hungary: the legal case

Today, we are calling for the European Commission to trigger the new Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2092 with respect to Hungary. Specifically, we are calling on the Commission to issue a written notification to the government of Hungary pursuant to Article 6 (1) of the Regulation, the first step in a process tha…
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G20 finance ministers meeting – quote from Sven Giegold MEP

G20 finance ministers and central bankers are meeting in Venice to discuss plans for a global tax reform that is designed to ensure multinational corporations contribute more to the countries where they operate.
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Parliament endorses call for systemic change as well as deadlines for ending harmful subsidies

With a large majority, the Parliament adopted its negotiating position with Council on the General Union Environment Action Programme to 2030 (the ‘8th EAP’). The report, led by Greens/EFA rapporteur Grace O’Sullivan, strengthens the Commission’s proposal significantly. Strong emphasis is placed on the need for a just transition, inclu…
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Growing concern over human rights in Hong Kong

  MEPs have today expressed growing concerns about the state of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong. EFA MEP Jordi Solé spoke in the debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, which had been prompted by the recent closure of independent newspaper Apple Daily, and the dete...
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European Parliament calls for Political Boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

The European Parliament will vote on a resolution regarding the closure of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily in Hong Kong. The results of the vote are expected to be announced from 16:30. A large cross-party majority in favour of the resolution is expected. In the resolution, MEPs call for the first time for a political boycott of t…
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Commission and Council must use all available tools to safeguard rule of law & fundamental rights in Hungary & Poland

MEPs debate the recent Hungarian law against the LGBTIQ community, as well as the June General Affairs Council meeting of EU ministers on the Article 7 procedures for failings on the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.
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EFA MEPs welcome Catalan politicians

EFA MEPs welcomed Catalan politicians Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa to the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week. The four former members of the Catalan government were recently released after four years in prison, having been sentenced by Spanish authoritie...
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Slovenian Presidency must be constructive partner on climate, recovery & rule of law

The European Parliament is debating the start of the Slovenian Presidency of the European Council, which began on July 1st. Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša has launched a 'war on the media' targeting national and international journalists, launched personal attacks against judges, and blocked the appointment of the country's candidat…
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Slovenian EU Presidency – ‘the last thing the EU needs is more division on fundamental values’

As Slovenia takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the next six months, EFA President Jordi Solé MEP said that ‘the last thing the EU needs is more division on fundamental values’. Slovenia holds the EU Presidency for the second half of 2021 and MEPs in Strasbou...
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Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy falls short of the ambitions of the Green Deal

Today, the Commission has put forward a new proposal for a regulation on a EU green bond standard together with a communication on the Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy. The Renewed Strategy builds on the Action Plan 2018 on Sustainable Finance and covers several areas, from continuing the work on Taxonomy, to climate and sustainabilit…