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orange flowers © Henry Be

A blog by MEPs Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg and Grace O’Sullivan

Biodiversity is all around us. Even for those restricted to home in these trying and sad times, a cursory look around shows a world teeming with life.

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 18 - 22 February 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the future EU budget, horsemeat scandal and EU meat labelling rules, Emissions trading, Strengthening EU economic governance, offshore oil and gas drilling and Social investment in Europe

Show Your Support for Fisheries Reform!

Real Fisheries Reform all the way through to the Council

A revolution took place last week as the European Parliament voted for a radical overhaul of the EU fisheries policy with a stunning majority of 502 – 137. We got support for our key Green demands. The parliament said "no more of the old failed practices" and approved calls to:

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 4-8 February 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary week included the votes on the CFP reform, car/vehicle noise, EU rules protecting endangered species, the debate on the future EU budget,...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 4 - 8 February 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include CFP reform, car/vehicle noise, EU rules Protecting endangered species, Future EU budget

Sustainable fishing is possible

10 demands in the EU Common Fisheries Policy reform

Green MEPs hosted a press breakfast this morning to highlight their 10 demands for the EU Common Fisheries Policy reform. Marine resources are in crisis. European fish stocks are at critical levels and a dysfuncti...

Total ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides needed

Open letter to Commissioner Borg on Bees and neonicotinoids

Dear Mr Borg, On 16th January 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published three reports on the toxicity risk to bees of the neonicotinoid insecticides imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin. The Aut...

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e-fa: News Round-Up

news bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

January 2013 Round-Up The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a ...

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 28 January - 1 February 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include EU banking supervision rules, Modernising the railway market - new EU rules, Campaign against violence towards women - One Billion Rising, Data protection in the EU

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Competition: Europe seeks the most dangerous financial product

Submit your proposals now

During their establishment in 2011 the new European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) in charge of the supervision of Banks (EBA), Financial Markets & Investment Funds (ESMA) and Insurance Institutions (EIOPA) were give...

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Give bees a chance!

New campaign priority of the Greens/EFA Food-GMO campaign

Beekeepers appeared in front of the Petitions Committee today to highlight the real threats to their industry and livelihoods. One petition highlights the sharp rise in mortality among bees in the EU due to the extensi...

World Nuclear Industry Status Report

Essential News Updates

The annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report is the independent assessment of nuclear developments in the world. Famous US-based energy thinker Amory Lovins called it a "vital public service" and well-known Indian journalist Praful Bidwai values the publication as the "most reliable, strikingly original, comprehensive and penetrating assessment of the global nuclear industry". The frequent updates to the report that we present hereunder cover essential news on reactor cost estimates, construction, startups, shutdowns as well as major program decisions and policy orientations. The World Nuclear Industry Status Report is a Mycle Schneider Consulting Project and the Essential News clips are prepared by the same team that works on the annual publication.

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 14-17 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included tackling youth unemployment in Europe, biopiracy and indigenous genetic resources, regulating credit rating agencies, corruption and misuse of EU funds, the controversial economic agreement with southern Africa and working conditions in Asia and EU retailers

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 21-25 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include votes on preventing bee decline, CAP reform, radioactive contaminants in drinking water, recognising professional qualifications and maintaining standards, provision of water as a basic public service, EU energy policy towards 2050 and renewables

Nuclear-free Middle East

Conference needs an urgent go-ahead

The proliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction represents one of the most serious threats to international stability and security, particularly in the region of the Middle East. With momentu...

Anti-GMO activists on Trial

Deliberate attempt to criminalise opposition to GMOs in Belgium

In Spring 2011, a few hundred activists from the Field Liberation Movement that opposes GMO crops interfered with an outdoor field experimental trial by uprooting "mold resistant" GMO potatoes and replacing t...

Genetic resources and Biopiracy

Protecting genetic resources and traditional knowledge in developing countries

  Update:Attempts by Conservative (EPP) MEPs to weaken the report were defeated, and in the end the report by Green MEP Catherine Grèze was carried by a large majority. The EU must now support the request of dev...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 14 - 18 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include tackling youth unemployment in Europe, Biopiracy and indigenous genetic resources, Regulating credit rating agencies, Corruption and misuse of EU funds, the controversial economic agreement with southern Africa and working conditions in Asia and EU retailers

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Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 7-11 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the legislative report on the EU data protection regulation and a press conference on tobacco lobbying, EU Commission ethics and transparency and the Dalli controversy

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e-fa: News Round-up

news bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

December 2012 Round-Up The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 10-14 December 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included the EU budget 2012-2013, the controversial EU-Latin American free trade agreement, wrongheaded EU patent system, airport noise and working conditions, Financial transaction tax, animal transport and welfare, addressing fundamental rights in the EU, EU summit and the continuing crisis, EU-Russia agreement, Human rights and EU policy, Israeli settlements and opposing the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon.

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Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 17-21 December 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include controversial EU fingerprint database proposals, Fisheries policy reform takes step forward, Noise from cars/vehicles and EU rules, EU cross-border energy infrastructure, EU cross-border transport infrastructure, Tackling youth unemployment, EU tobacco rules and public health

Greens congratulate Sotoudeh and Panahi for Sakharov Prize

EP stands beside the Iranian people

Representataives of Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh and Iranian film director, screenwriter and film editor Jafar Panahi accepted the "Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought" in the E...

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Cacique Raouni

Opposing the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon

Twenty-five years after his last campaign, the Cacique Raoni returned to Europe to mobilise key political leaders against major risks posed by the mammoth dam project of Belo Monte. Green MEPs Eva Joly, Catherine Grè...

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Opposing the Belo Monte dam with Cacique Raoni

This press conference, which took place on the very same day of the visit of Dilma Rousseff to France, aimed at questioning the key role of European companies that are taking part in this social, environmental and economic disaster.

Digital Freedom in Foreign Policy

EU must be a force for positive change

The internet and new technologies are playing an increasingly important role in the lives of Europeans and citizens everywhere. While several EU Member States have identified access to internet as a fundamental right, mo...

Doha COP18: game nearly over?

Blog from COP18 in Doha

It is seems like it is becoming a trend: Like COP17 in Durban, the climate talks went through the night and will certainly continue for some hours before the final plenary takes place... If the final agreement is far from being reached yet, the enormous lack of ambition is already very clear...

Different planets in Doha

Blog from COP18 in Doha

Green MEP Satu Hassi, official member of the Greens/EFA group in the delegation of the European Parliament in COP18, shares her personal impressions on the UN climate talks

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 10 - 14 December 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include the EU budget 2012-2013, the controversial EU-Latin American free trade agreement, wrongheaded EU patent system, airport noise and working conditions, Financial transaction tax, animal transport and welfare, addressing fundamental rights in the EU, EU summit and the continuing crisis, EU-Russia agreement, Human rights and EU policy, Israeli settlements and opposing the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon.

Free Trade Agreements and human rights

the EU's double standards

In its meeting today, the European Parliament's Development Committee rejected the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement between Eastern and Southern African States and the EU. This vote is a clear signal against the EU...

COP17 - 'No more delays, no more excuses'

Blog from COP18 in Doha

Doha, COP18, day 10. Things are still progressing at snail's pace on the future Kyoto Protocol and on the two other LCA and ADP tracks. With only a day and a half left before the UN talks resume the Greens/EFA group urges the EU to stop procrastinating and show real leadership.

So much hot air about hot air

Blog from COP18 in Doha

The 'hot air' issue has been under discussion for several years but yet the EU is still uncapable of agreeing on cancelling those surplus emission permits. The Greens/EFA urge EU members states to do this quickly in order for the EU to be able to play a leading role at the COP18 and ensure that this internal split does not derail what is currently the world's most important discussion.

From mitigation and adaptation to loss and damage

Blog from COP18 in Doha

Day 9. COP18. Ministers and some heads of state have now arrived and the high-level segment of the conference has started. The Greens/EFA encourage the EU leaders to come with concrete action and clear financial pledges so Europe can show to the most vulnerable countries that it is serious about its promises.

Let's be consistent, let's end fossil fuels subsidies!

Blog from COP18 in Doha

A recent analysis made by Oil change International revealed that rich countries spend five times more on fossil-fuel subsidies than on aid to help developing nations cut their emissions and protect against the effects of climate change...

International Day of people with Disabilities

Removing barriers and 'accessibility'

Monday 3rd of December is the International Day of people with Disabilities. All citizens have equal rights and are entitled to dignity, equal treatment, independent living and full participation in society. Greens/EFA M...

COP 18 - Doha

Representing 7 billion people, 1 challenge ... 1 chance

Here we are at a new COP again, in Doha this time. The first week of the UN climate talks is now slowly coming to an end, and sadly none of the developed countries have shown willigness to go beyond their usual arguments defending their climate inaction. From next Tuesday onwards, all eyes will be on high-level ministers who are slowly arriving in the Qatari capital. The Greens/EFA hope that much more positive announcements will be made in next 7 days and that this year again, the EU will be determined to have a constructive approach...

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Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 3-7 December 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include events on Bloggers for democracy, Car transport and EU criminal justice as well as the EU budget 2012, preventing biopiracy, expanding renewable energy in Europe, banking supervision, clamping down on tax avoidance and fraud, tackling youth unemployment

Amygdaleza Detention Centre

"The five star Detention Centre"

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e-fa: News Round-Up

news bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

November 2012 Round-Up The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a...

EFSA jeopardises public confidence

Food Safety Agency fails to recognise need for long term risk assessments

Unsurprisingly, after a preliminary negative opinion, EFSA has now rejected once more the conclusions of the Séralini et al. study on the long term health impacts of GM maize NK603 and its associated herbicide, Round-...

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Bloggers for democracy

Autocracies fighting back?

The Arab Spring was initiated by a new generation of activists and engaged citizens, who came together on the internet in platforms and social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and many other blogs searching for info...

Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 19-22 November 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included the reports on the EU's economic and monetary union, rules for marketing agricultural products, shale gas, enforcing EU law, future EU budget, vote on new EU commission candidate, situation in Gaza, UN climate talks and the EU position, banning shark finning, the external dimension of EU fisheries

Astroturfing in the EP

Shale Gas Industry dresses up in sheep's clothing before votes

This week's plenary session in Strasbourg came to and end with questions hanging over the presence of the shale gas industry outside where MEPs vote. Posing as civil society before crucial votes took place on fracking We...

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Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 26-30 November 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include humanitarian aspects of border control, rejecting the EU-Colombia/Peru free trade agreements, funding European research and innovation, limiting hazardous substances in water, the EU budget, financial transaction tax, EU banking supervision, the euro crisis, promoting European economic recovery

Social partnership under threat

Open Letter to Commission President Barroso

In the report it published on "Labour Market Developments in Europe 2012", the European Commission set out a series of so-called "Reforms potentially leading to better employment outcomes". The Greens...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 19 - 23 November 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include the reports on the EU's economic and monetary union, rules for marketing agricultural products, shale gas, enforcing EU law, future EU budget, vote on new EU commission candidate, situation in Gaza, UN climate talks and the EU position, banning shark finning, the external dimension of EU fisheries

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GMOs and food safety

More transparency and independence!

Concerned by the health implications arising from the only life-long GMO feeding study on rats and the immediate trashing of the study from industry-influenced scientists, a number of MEPs, under the initiative of Green...

Rally against austerity

We need European solidarity

Europe itself is not the problem; it is the choices that have been made. Strengthening the union is essential but it will only succeed if we refocus and commit ourselves to a recovery rather than austerity, to solidarity, and build a more social and democratic Europe. Only then can it face the economic and environmental challenges

Road safety

EU-wide 30 km/h speed limit for urban areas - citizens' initiative launched

Another important milestone in the push for an EU-wide urban speed limit of 30 km/h has been reached, with the European Commission having accepted a proposed EU citizens' initiative on the subject. The Greens/EFA group h...

10th anniversary of ICC

Budget cuts send wrong signal

On Wednesday, the Assembly of State Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will meet in The Hague to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Only recently, Germany and the UK have both asked for cuts to the ICC budge...