The European Parliament is currently working on the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) which is the EU's chief instrument for funding scientific research and technological development over the period 2007 to 2013.
Greens/EFA consider that the post-electoral stability will mainly depend upon the cooperation of all political parties and the population and call therefore on all political parties to participate genuinely in the election and build a parliamentary democracy on the result obtained
The New European energy policy is discussed today in Brussels during an extraordinary Energy Council. It will adopt a contribution by the Energy Ministers to the Spring Summit (23 and 24 March). The discussion on the new European energy policy is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2006.
The contribution of aviation to climate change is substantial - currently accounting for 5-12% of emissions in the EU - and growing rapidly. The EU international aviation emissions of CO2 between 1990 and 2003 increased by 73%, corresponding to an annual growth rate of 4.3% per year!
South East Europe - from crisis zone to peaceful European region
The title of this panel sets out an objective; 'from crisis zone to peaceful European region'. The panel defined the major challenges faced by the region - economic, social and others - and suggested possible approaches to the issue.
Critical voices and opposition against economic globalisation is likely, and rightly, to gain momentum in the near future, unless globalisation is combined with politically driven initiatives to reallocate wealth and to protect the environment.
EU Environment Council of Ministers on Climate Change
The EU Environment Ministers discussed on how to take forward measures to combat climate change agreed at the UN conference in Montreal last December. They had to decide post-2012 commitments by developed nations which have ratified the Kyoto Protocol.
The European Constitution has to be improved, and this goal is unrealistic without the cooperation of national parliaments with the European Parliament. This task demands the definition of fundamental principles without neglecting the concerns of European citizens.
Vulnerable Arctic - Warning signal of global warming
The seminar will look at the global impacts of the Arctic climate change, the Gulf Stream and the consequences for indigenous peoples. Both events are organised by Finnish Green MEP Satu Hassi. The exhibition (available online!) is organised in cooperation with the AMAP Secretariat (Norway).