Greens/EFA Proposals to end fraud in farm subsidies

On the occasion of the International Day Against Corruption, the Greens/EFA Group is publishing a series of recommendations on how to end the abuse of EU farm subsidies. Farm subsidies make up the biggest portion of EU spending and are an indispensable measure to protect European farmers, ensure food sovereignty, and promote healthy and sustainable food production in Europe. However, the lack of controls on the way EU funding is disbursed by European governments means that in some cases, unscrupulous politicians and people in positions of power are able to abuse the EU funding system for their own personal gain.

The circular economy package

a transformation for all?

Transparency of Meetings with Lobbyists

Lobby Calendar

The Green/EFA group is committed to lobbying transparency and to the equal access of stakeholders to the decision-making process. That is why we are now the first political group in the European Parliament to automatically publish information about meetings held with lobbyists and interest representatives such as civil society organisations.

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Issue n°16 November 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Novel Foods: Greens won't mess with citizens' health and freedom of choice Animal Welfare: A weak vote showing little appetite for improvement of animals' rights. Conference Why Soil matters?: 1st feedback

Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 23-27 November 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included EU cohesion policy and marginalised communities; EP tax investigation; Energy Union: stuttering European energy transition; European cooperation and defending democratic freedoms following the Paris attacks; Diesel gate, car pollution rules and the EU response; Greens/EFA events around the COP21 climate talks.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

This year's international day of eliminating violence against women coincides with the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Beijing Platform for Action, where for the first time, after centuries of silence, it was established that violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relationships between women and men

Corporate tax

European Parliament hearing on companies' tax practices

Walt Disney was one of the 11 big companies that participated in a hearing of the Special committee investigating tax scandals (TAXE) on Monday, but it was Lewis Carroll who was with us in spirit. On 16 November, for fiv...

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Scotland’s place in the UK’s EU Renegotiations

As the UK Government seeks to renegotiate the UK's EU membership, SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP hosted a press briefing at the European Parliament in Brussels on Scotland's place in the UK's EU Renegotiations. He was jo...

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Working towards a summit on language diversity in Europe

EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià has hosted a seminar at the European Parliament to prepare for a Summit on Language Diversity in Europe, scheduled for December 2016. A Protocol on Language Diversity, an effective tool supportin...

A global climate deal is possible

OK, so we're dreaming. But is it so hard to believe that world leaders would put aside short-term interests and differences were set aside for the sake of future generations? Help us make sure world leaders hear the calls of citizens for action on climate change ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris this December. Visit: parismoment.eu

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Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 26-29 October 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included EP tax investigation; preventing the trade in torture products; strengthening the European citizens' initiative; refugee crisis and EU governments' response; Diesel gate and the EU car pollution rules; A real end to roaming and protection of net neutrality; Commission work programme and better regulation; Gender equality at the European Court of Justice; Reforming GMO food and feed authorisations in Europe; EU air pollution rules; Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought.

Historical commitment towards gender balance with the European court reform

The European Parliament approved the long-awaited European Union general court reform today in the plenary. Amending the statute of the court, the court's operating conditions were enforced by increasing the number of judges by 28 to a total of 56. We also witnessed a historical step towards gender balance.

EP tax investigation

Report adopted but special committee must be granted extension to allow more complete investigation

On 26 October, the European Parliament's special committee investigating tax issues voted on a report summarising the findings of the investigation so far. While the Greens voted in favour of the report, which contains some ambitious proposals, we criticise the incomplete nature of the investigation, with member states and corporations refusing to cooperate with Parliament.

Novel Foods

Greens won't mess with citizens' health and freedom of choice

Novel food is defined as food that has not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU prior to 1997, when the first Regulation on novel food came into force. For the Greens/EFA, this weak definition should be improved.

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Stop carmakers evading pollution laws

Ensure all cars pollutant emissions are tested based on real driving conditions in Europe

The 'diesel gate' scandal has showed the lengths car manufacturers are willing to go to avoid pollution limiting laws in Europe and beyond. The Greens are pushing for a proper EU investigation of the scandal, with conse...

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Transport, energy and biodiversity – EFA Group visit to Valencia

Transport, energy and biodiversity were the focus of a visit to Valencia by a delegation of MEPs from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament. The visit was organised and led by EFA's Valencian M...

Tax Justice

The European Commission undermines Parliament's rights to access tax information

This is mission (almost) impossible. A few hours in a secured room in the European Commission to look into over 800 pages of complex tax documents discussed by EU Member States since 2010, with no possibility to take no...

Greens/EFA group calls for greater EU engagement with the Arab Community in Israel

in the face of a new cycle of deadly violence, reaching out to the minority communities in Israel and addressing the occupation are critical for peace

On Wednesday 14th of October, Greens/EFA Members met with Mossawa Center Director, Jafar Farah and other members of the Palestinian Arab community in Israel. During the meeting, they discussed the current situation in Israel and Palestine and the possibility of strengthening cooperation.

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Issue n°15 October 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Organic farming rules: MEPs vote to boost sustainability and credibility of organic farming GMOs: A serious reform of the authorisation procedure is urgently needed FOOD FOR THOUGHT The...

COP21 - The EU cannot afford to fail a second time

Vote in the European Parliament

Tomorrow, the European Parliament is to debate and vote on a report on the international climate agreement that is to be sealed in Paris at the COP21 in December. While the mood has changed since the last key summit that took place in Copenhagen 6 years ago, the EU cannot afford to miss the boat on another key event within its borders

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Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 5-8 October 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included, car pollution rules in Europe after the Volkswagen scandal; air pollution and industrial emissions rules; Hollande and Merkel; Turkey's worrying escalation; Syria; EU payment service rules; Corporate tax avoidance, rulings and the EU response; Data, privacy rights and the Facebook ruling; EU railway rules.

Self-organised ECI reaches 3 million signatures!

Greens join in celebrating huge milestone for citizen engagement against TTIP, CETA

Over 3.2 million signatures against TTIP and CETA were presented to the European Commission by activists this morning, following a year of campaigning across Europe. The self-organised European Citizens Initiative- which was officially rejected by the European Commission last September on legal grounds- continued to collect signatures regardless, becoming the largest petition of its kind in Europe.

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

The European Ombudswoman asks the European Commission for more transparency

The European Ombudswoman, Ms O’Reilly, today published a report on the links between the European Commission and the tobacco industry. This report follows a complaint brought by an NGO which claimed the...

Greens/EFA work to improve European Citizens' Initiative to make it a real tool for democracy in the EU

The European Citizens' Initiative was touted as the world's first transnational tool for direct democracy and was heralded as a breakthrough in citizen participation because it allowed for 1 million citizens to call on the European Commission to propose EU legislation. However, three years later, citizens and campaign groups are unhappy with the results, and the Greens/EFA have denounced several deficiencies in the way the ECI works.

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Catalan Elections – MEPs complain of 'manipulation' in EU Commission answer

A group of MEPs, including Josep-Maria Terricabras and Ernest Maragall from the EFA group, have written to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker calling for an investigation into the apparent 'manipulation' o...

Big companies paying their fair share of taxes

one step closer towards real transparency?

This week, the European Commission published the outcome of its online public consultation on fiscal transparency. Following the Luxleaks scandal, the European Commission promised some concrete actions in 2015 to promot...

President Jean-Claude Juncker is making a farce of the fight against tax avoidance

Exchange of views with Mr Juncker in TAXE - 17 September 2015

It was a long-awaited and well-attended hearing of the European Parliament Special Committee on tax rulings (TAXE) which took place last week. It is indeed not every day that the President of the European Commission him...

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Issue n°14 September 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Animal Cloning: to be worth it the new legislation must include a ban on food from descendants of clones Ongoing Agriculture crisis: Chronicle of a disaster foretold FOOD FOR THOUGHT S...

Ongoing Agriculture crisis

chronicle of a disaster foretold

The European Parliament will today hold a plenary debate with Agriculture Commissioner Hogan and the Council on the ongoing agricultural crisis. This debate takes place following the European Commission and Council agre...

Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 7-11 September 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included, seal products ban reinforced; keeping water as a basic right and public service; animal cloning and EU rules; the refugee crisis and Europe's chaotic response; the State of the Union debate.

Greens call for stronger recommendations to fight corporate tax avoidance in Europe

Meeting of the Special Committee on Tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect (TAXE)

On September 7th, the European Parliament's Special Committee on Tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect (TAXE) met for a first discussion on its draft report. After the Luxleaks scandal in November 2...

Cloning for farming purposes

to be worth it the new legislation must include a ban on food from descendants of cloned animals

The European Parliament's environment and food safety and agriculture committees today voted on draft EU legislation on the cloning of animals. The Greens welcomed the vote since they have always opposed to cloning of animals. Read the reasons why

State of the Union 2015

Plenary debate on 9 September

Statement by Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts ahead of the debate on the State of the European Union 2015.

A greener Europe through interconnected electricity grids

The main arguments of Greens/EFA MEP Peter Eriksson’s initiative report to be debated on 15 July 2015 in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE).

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EFA MEP publishes open letter on TTIP

Detailed response from SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP

In response to unprecedented interest and lobbying about TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), SNP MEP Ian Hudghton has published the following open letter detailing his own and his party's posit...

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Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 6-9 July 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included corporate tax transparency and reporting, TTIP, circular economy, emissions trading system – market stability reserve, energy transition and green job creation, debate with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras, Greens/EFA group nomination for the Sakharov Prize, copyright reform, Srebrenica Commemoration.

Sakharov Prize

Greens/EFA group nominates the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi

The Greens/EFA group nominates the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

Prospects for the EU dairy sector

Greens call for stronger proposals to reform milk production in the EU

The EU's milk quota regime ended on 31 March 2015 after 30 years of production limits for milk farmers and dairy processing industries.

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EFA MEPs show support for Greece

MEPs from the European Free Alliance Group have shown their solidarity with the Greek people, and their support for a fair deal for Greece following the recent referendum on the country's bailout conditions. EFA MEPs sy...

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The reform of EU Electoral Law

Conference organised by EFA MEPs

Josep-Maria Terricabras, President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament has welcomed the debate taking place on reform of the European electoral law. The European Parliament is due to consider proposals in the co...

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Empowering the regional dimension and minority rights in the new Member States

Empowering the regional dimension and minority rights in the new member states was the focus of a conference organised at the European Parliament this week by the European Free Alliance Group. The event heard from speake...

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Gaza Freedom Flotilla - End the blockade

Several MEPs from the European Parliament's EFA Group have shown their support for lifting the blockade of Gaza to allow much needed humanitarian supplies to reach the local population. Former EFA MEP Ana Miranda is amon...

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Issue n°13 June 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Full ban on cloned animals in food approved by MEPs Circular economy package: Cross-party majority calls for a new ambitious proposal including sustainable food aspects FOOD FOR...

Road charging

10 Green principles

At a time when governments everywhere are struggling with budget constraints, it seems inevitable that road charging for passenger cars will be considered on a broad scale, as governments grapple with decaying infrastructure and look for means to generate additional revenue. In Germany a road charging scheme has been adopted this week with the final signature of the president setting the introduction date to 1 January 2016.

Green jobs

Will the EU lead the transition or watch from the side lines?

The European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee adopted Tuesday 16 June a report on green employment. Driven by Green draftswoman Jean Lambert, the report looks at how to tap into the job creation potential of the green economy.

Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 8-11 June 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included TTIP vote and debate; the situation in Hungary; EU-Russia relations; Azerbaijan, human rights and the Baku Games; Turkey's shifting relations with the EU; FIFA corruption case; an EU strategy on equality between women and men post 2015; investigative journalism fund...

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EFA MEPs say No to TTIP

MEPs from the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament are saying 'no' to TTIP in Strasbourg this week. TTIP is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a bilateral free trade a...

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EFA - Visit to Israel and Palestine

Blog by EFA MEP Jill Evans

Day One - Wednesday 3 June I have been to Palestine and Israel many times in the past fifteen years and I have seen many changes, but some things stay the same. The occupation, of course. The siege of Gaza. The settlemen...

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Spain, no rule of law?

Conference on freedom of expression and separation of powers in Spain

-           The conference “Spain, no rule of law?” took place at the European Parliament two days after the controversial booing of the Spanish anthem at Camp Nou st...

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Issue n°12 May 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Commission’s cynical moves to ease way for GMOs in Europe Organic: driving force towards paradigm change for our broken food system School Fruit and Milk Schemes: nat...

Organic food and farming

Driving force towards paradigm change for our broken food system

The promotion of organic food and farming has been one of the European Greens’ core values since entering the European Parliament in 1984.