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A destructive deal for biodiversity

Factsheet on EU-Mercosur trade agreement - While the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report rang an alarm bell in 2019 concerning the rapidly worsening state of biodiversity, this deal will only exacerbate the phenomenon further.
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A trade-off at the expense of animal welfare

Factsheet on EU-Mercosur trade agreement - The trade agreement will increase Mercosur exports of live animals and animal products to the EU as well as EU exports of dairy products to the Mercosur market. According to Eurobarometer, more than 90% of EU consumers want to see imported products respect animal welfare standards equivalent to …
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Fuelling conflict and human rights violations

Factsheet on EU-Mercosur trade agreement - This agreement insufficiently protects the rights of indigenous people, farmers, and consumers, whose health and lives are at risk. It is unacceptable that trade interests prevail over human rights.
Tax avoidance
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French government business links show need for tax transparency measures to work for citizens

Negotiators from the European Parliament, Commission and Council will hold crucial negotiations on the country-by-country reporting file on tax transparency for multinational companies. The file had been stuck in the Council for years. Today, revelations in Contexte show that the position of the French government on the file was drafted b…
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Plenary flash 26 - 29 April 2021

During the plenary session, the European Parliament will debate and/or vote EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, Chinese counter sanctions on EU entities, MEPs and MPs, EU-Turkey relations, Russia - Navalny, Ukraine border and Czech Republic diplomatic conflict, Covid certificate, digital taxation, ...
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Save our forests​

We all know that natural forests are indispensable and that we need to protect them in order to save nature and stop runaway climate change. We need a strong law to stop EU-driven deforestation all over the world.
Greens/EFA
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Weak climate targets risks undermining European Green Deal

Negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached an agreement on the European Climate Law. The sticking point in the negotiations was the emission reductions target for 2030, which now stands at net 55%. This equates to only 52.8% of direct emissions reductions when excluding carbon sinks. The Parl…
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European Parliament leaders call for solidarity over Russian attack in the Czech Republic

Leaders of political groups are shocked by the recent reports of the involvement of Russian GRU intelligence services in the 2014 explosion of an arms depot in the Czech Republic. This is another attack by people affiliated to the Russian state on a sovereign territory in the European Union.
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Commission proposal on AI good first step but fails to tackle biometric surveillance

The European Commission has presented its proposal for a regulation on artificial intelligence (AI). The Greens/EFA Group welcomes clear rules in the Commission's first legislative proposal on AI, but criticises the fact that automatic facial recognition continues to be allowed in public spaces.
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Sustainable investment criteria released but uphill battle continues to exclude gas & nuclear

The European Commission has presented its criteria for sustainable investments, following the Taxonomy Regulation that was negotiated by Greens/EFA MEP Bas Eickhout in late 2019 and approved by the Parliament in June 2020. The criteria released today provides more insight into how sustainable financial products can be labelled and allows …