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Plenary Flash 4-7 October 2021

During the plenary session, the European Parliament will debate the role of development policy in response to biodiversity loss in developing countries, EU solutions to the rise of energy prices, artificial intelligence in criminal law and biometric surveillance, state of play of RRF recovery plans, EU-US relations, European health prepar…
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Greens/EFA welcome Commission's push in the fight against cable clutter

The European Commission presented its long-awaited proposal for standardised charging cables. The proposal is part of the revision of the Radio Equipment Directive from 2014. The proposals will see uniform charging cables for mobile phones, headphones, cameras and loudspeakers, to save resources, reduce waste and as a building block of th…
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WHO recommends tighter limits on air pollutants - EU must catch up

The World Health Organisation's guidelines send a clear signal for clean air and our health. The recommendations are a call for the European Commission to do more for air quality in the EU. People in the EU have a right to clean air.
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Debriefing of the September plenary session

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the State of the European Union, new proposal for a ban on products made with forced labour, the situation in Afghanistan, identifying gender-based violence as a new area of crime listed in Article 83(1) TFEU, media freedom and further deterioration of the Rule of law in Poland, the Fit …
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EFA welcomes €5 billion Brexit Adjustment Reserve

After months of negotiations, the European Parliament has given the green light for a €5 billion fund to help regions worst affected by Brexit. EFA MEP François Alfonsi, who participated in the negotiations, has welcomed the fund as significant boost for Europe’s hardest hit reg...
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European Parliament calls for gender-based violence to become a crime across the EU

Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of a report calling for gender-based violence to be added to the list of Eurocrimes and for the Commission to come out with a proposal for an EU-wide directive on gender-based violence. This report provides a clear legal basis for establishing minimum rules concerning the definition …
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Parliament report shows Member States must raise the bar on tax cooperation in Europe

Members of the European Parliament voted on a report from Greens/EFA MEP Sven Giegold that assesses the implementation of EU rules regarding the exchange of tax information between Member States. It is the first implementation report the European Parliament has ever put forward in the area of economic and monetary policy. The European “Di…
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Greens/EFA call for faster action on climate protection

"The Green Deal has ambitions for the green transformation of climate policy, agricultural policy, transport policy and in financial and economic policy. But, the EU must live up to these promises" said Greens/EFA Co-President to Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, during the annual State of the European Union debate.
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Poland: Media law latest step in dismantling of democracy

Today, on the initiative of the Greens/EFA Group, MEPs will debate Media freedom and further deterioration of the Rule of law in Poland. MEPs will vote on a resolution on the matter on Thursday.
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EFA calls for more EU leadership against common challenges

EFA President in the European Parliament Jordi Solé has called on the EU to step up its solidarity and face today’s major challenges with the same ‘leadership and determination’ shown during the pandemic. MEPs were responding to the annual State of the Union address by Eu...