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European Climate Law: Not enough to meet Paris climate targets

MEPs will vote on the first ever European Climate Law. The main tenet of the European Climate Law is the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. This calculation, however, includes carbon sinks such as forests and wetlands. If these natural CO2 reservoirs are deducted, the climate target shrinks to only 52.8%. The climat…
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Slovenian PM blockage of European Public Prosecutor must end – quotes from Saskia Bricmont & Daniel Freund

On the initiative of the Greens/EFA Group, MEPs will debate the nominations for the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) in Slovenia. The debate follows attempts by Prime Minister Janša to block the Slovenian candidates for Deputy Prosecutor to the EPPO's office from moving forward.
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European Council Summit – Quote from Philippe Lamberts MEP

Ahead of today's European Council Summit of heads of state and government, Greens/EFA Group President Philippe Lamberts MEP, comments: "The EU is based on fundamental rights, dignity, equality, the rule of law, human rights and respect for minorities. But these principles are being tramp...
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No fossil fuels or nuclear power in the Public Sector Loan Facility of the Just Transition Fund

Today, the European Parliament will debate and then vote on the agreement on the Public Sector Loan Facility of the Just Transition Mechanism. The scheme is a building block of the Just Transition Fund. Through EU grants of around €1.5 billion, in combination with loans from the European Investment Bank of €10 billion, the Public Sector L…
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European Parliament needs to send strong message to Member States that abortion rights are human rights

The European Parliament will debate a report on Sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU, in the frame of women's health. The adoption of this report shows the European Parliament is fully committed to protect and promote SRHR. The report also denounces that some Member States still have highly restrictive laws prohibiting abor…
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EFA welcomes pardons for Catalan leaders, but recalls that the political conflict is not over

The European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament has welcomed the announcement by the Spanish government of pardons for Catalan leaders imprisoned for their role in organising a peaceful and democratic referendum on self-determination in 2017. EFA Group President Jordi Solé...
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Catalonia: Greens/EFA welcomes “pardons” as a first step towards a political solution

The Spanish Government has announced pardons for the nine Catalan political leaders for their participation in the Catalan referendum in 2017. The Greens/EFA welcome this decision that comes after a disproportionate judicial sentence and almost four years of unfair imprisonment.
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Rule of Law: Article 7 discussions shows urgent need for action

EU Ministers discussed the Article 7 procedures for failings on the rule of law against the governments of Hungary and Poland in the General Affairs Council. The Greens/EFA Group are calling for the Council to come out with recommendations for both Hungary and Poland on how to improve the situation around the rule of law. Last week the Hu…
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CoFoE – Historic opportunity to ensure the EU fully reflects Europe’s diversity

The EU is about much more than 27 member states. It is a mosaic of peoples and cultures willing to share the present and construct a common, better future. Europe needs to adapt so that it can properly reflect citizens’ legitimate demands for democratic change within member states.
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Hungary: Government must scrap law targeting LGBTIQ community

The Hungarian Parliament has just voted through new rules that would ban teaching of LGBTIQ education and literature, advertisements and other materials, deemed by the government to be promoting LGBTIQ rights, under the guise of "protecting children". The ruling Fidesz party proposals echo similar legislation in Russia, aimed at singling …