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A blog by Ciarán Cuffe, Greens/EFA MEP

Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and the renovation rate in Europe is a win-win. It’s a chance to tackle poverty, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says Ciarán Cuffe, Greens/EFA MEP and rapporteur on the European Parliament’s report: ‘Maximising the energy efficiency of the EU Building stock’.

Greek crisis and a Green way out

The European Council is meeting this Thursday, with Greece and the economic crisis once more high on the agenda. A blinkered austerity focused strategy has held sway since the beginning of the crisis, but it is not too...

Somalia

Has the EU a Comprehensive Approach to the Crisis?

Somalia is on everyone's lips once more. A Somali conference in London promises new solutions. The Al-Shabaab militias talk once again of joining Al-Qaeda. And the EU announces it will extend its anti-piracy naval miss...

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Stop Climate Change Blog

More energy efficiency - A solution to the EU economic crisis

Tomorrow the Industry committee of the European Parliament will vote on the Energy Efficiency Directive. The Greens hope the committee will vote for the strongest and most ambitious text possible......

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly Preview of the Greens/EFA Group - 27 February - 2 March 2012

Priorities for the Greens/EFA group this week include introducing tougher energy efficiency rules, reducing mobile phone roaming chanrges, improving air passenger rights, women and climate change and Serbia's move towards EU menbership.

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Stop Climate Change Blog

Europe must keep tar sands out of its territory!

Today, the EU Members States will vote on a draft law to label fuel from tar sands as highly polluting. The Greens hope that the EU will remain firm in its target...

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e-fa: News Round-Up February 2012

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

February 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 session 13-16 February 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary week included Eurobonds and the response to the crisis, the controversial EU-Morocco trade protocol, elections in Russia, reform of the milk and dairy sector, homelessness strategy in the EU...

Access to Books

EP asks Commission to stop blocking blind persons' right to read

The European Parliament today adopted by a large majority a resolution on access by visually impaired people to books. Visually impaired and other print-disabled persons suffer from a book famine. Over 95% of published b...

Belarus

Politically-motivated show trials are not acceptable

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the situation in Belarus regarding the recent death sentences and harassment of human rights activists. Following credible reports of an unfair trial and an investi...

Aviation/ international

the EU must convince of the fairness of including the sector into the ETS

Today the EU/ China summit was held in China. There were many items which the Greens had called on to be discussed with the Chinese leadership, including aviation and the EU ETS

Say No to ACTA!

Greens/EFA MEPs demonstrate at the European Parliament

Greens/EFA MEPs demonstrated today against ACTA (The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) in Strasbourg as pressure builds on the European Parliament to take action.  The group has long campaigned on the agreem...

ACTA and basic rights

Opposition to ACTA gathering pace, as ratification process falters

This Saturday will witness Europe-wide demonstrations against the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) - with Green MEPs set to take part. Public pressure against this secretive and far-reaching agree...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 13 - 16 February 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the next weeks Strasbourg Plenary include Eurobonds and the response to the crisis, the controversial EU-Morocco trade protocol, elections in Russia, reform of the milk and dairy sector, homelessness stratgy in the EU...

Hungarian laws cannot be put above European Values

The Greens were disappointed yesterday by the the remarks of Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics in a hearing with Commissioner Neelie Kroes. In an ignorant if not scandalous reply to a clear demand from the...

GMO Campaign Blog

EU rules on GMOs - No GMOs by the backdoor

EU member states are currently discussing (1) a set of rules that concern how applications for the authorisation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are assessed. The rules themselves are quite technical but the imp...

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Stop Climate Change Newsletter

February 2012 - Issue 51

Keep up to date with all of the latest news on climate, policy and international negotiations from our campaign website.

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EU-India Summit

Free Trade Agreement - Bad deal for India?

On 10th February the next EU-India summit will take place in New Delhi. The Commission is pushing for the rapid conclusion of negotiations over the controversial EU-India Free Trade Agreement. But what would further "liberalisation" mean for India and its poorest people?

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Bill Gates fails to address concerns on Foundation's investments

Bill Gates addressed the Development committee of the European Parliament last week and received a warm welcome from the MEPs present. The questions that followed his address were light and easy with one exception: Gre...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session 1-2 February 2012

Priorities for the Greens/EFA group for the plenary session included the Euro crisis summit, the debate on Iran and its nuclear programme and the misleading health claims in food

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly Preview of the Greens/EFA Group - 6-10 February 2012

Priorities for the Greens/EFA group this week include the Commission report on macro-economic imbalances in EU member states, the Commission proposals on posted workers and on the right to strike in the European Union. Two Greens/EFA hearings on the fiscal compact and on patents on plants and animals are also worth mentioning

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Stop climate change blog

Moving to a 30% carbon target makes eco-nomic sense

Today the Environment Committee gives its position on the EU low carbon roadmap. The Greens ask for the EU ETS to be fixed urgently in order to put and end to high-carbon investments and prevent a carbon price crash...

GMO (In)Digest

Issue 2 of the GMO Campaign Newsletter

Download the newsletter here (pdf) EU Work Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) At the 12th January meeting of the SCFCAH, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) presented its opinion on 2 ...

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly Preview of the Greens/EFA Group - 30 January - 3 February 2012

Priorities for the Greens/EFA group this week include ...

Digital and fundamental rights (ACTA)

ACTA signing an unfortunate symbolic step for controversial agreement

The EU and 22 of its member states (1) signed up to the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Tokyo today. While the signing process is symbolic - and the agreement must still be ratified by member ...

Climate change blog

Great hopes for the new EU Presidency!

The new year is bringing some new hopes with the new Danish EU Presidency, and the Greens thus have great expectations for the six months to come....

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e-fa: News Round-Up January 2012

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January 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 ...

BASF out of Europe

Chemical giant ends GMO push in Europe

The World's Number 1 chemical company, German giant BASF, announced that it is stopping the development of genetically modified crops in the EU and moving its headquarters for Plant Science to the USA. After battling ...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session Strasbourg 16-19 January 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the first session of 2012 included the debates on the economic crisis and treaty response, the political situation in Hungary and the initiation of an infringement procedure under Art.7 as well as the reports on waste electrical equipment, biocides and food wastage

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly Preview of the Greens/EFA Group - 23-27 January 2012

Priorities for the Greens/EFA group this week include Kosovo's progress towards the EU, the controversial EU-Morocco trade agreement, the Euro crisis - intergovernmental agreement, the EU data protection rules,...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 16 - 20 January 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the first session of the second half of the parliamentary term will include the debates on the economic crisis and treaty response, the political situation in Hungary and the initiation of an infringement procedure under Art.7 as well as the reports on waste electrical equipment, biocides and food wastage

Hungary

Democracy on the edge

International pressure continues to grow on Hungary as the political situation in Budapest deteriorates. The new Hungarian Constitution has added to concerns from the US and EU over the erosion of freedom and democracy that had already grown from the media law of a year ago. Fundamental values of the Euroepan Union are being challenged and democracy is on the edge.

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Stop Climate Change Newsletter

Issue 50 - January 2012

Keep up to date with all of the latest news on climate, policy and international negotiations from our campaign website.

Green EP leader Rebecca Harms to visit Japan

Debate to focus on nuclear stress tests after Fukushima

The core issue of the visit will be the question of whether the EU nuclear stress tests can be used as an example for the evaluation of the security of Japanese nuclear plants after the catastrophe in Fukushima.

GMO (In)Digest

Issue 1 of the GMO Campaign Newsletter

Download the newsletter here (pdf) EU Work Honey The European Commission seems unsure about how to proceed after the ECJ decision that pollen and honey contaminated with MON810 are illegal (Case C‑442/09). It has met...

Democracy at risk

Alarming news from Hungary

The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents express their concern about the determination of Viktor Orbán's government to take Hungary in a direction that is far from the core values of the European Union.

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e-fa: News Round-Up December 2011

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

December 2011 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 session Strasbourg 12-15 December 2011

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week in Strasbourg included the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, ITER nuclear fusion and EU funds, single EU work permit, criminal proceedings and the right to information, the Euro crisis, banning environment-damaging phosphates and many others

Defence Spending

Report opens EU budget to defence industry

The European Parliament today adopted the report on the impact of the financial crisis on the defence sector (Lisek report), voting in favour of allocating additional funds of the EU budget for defence research and seve...

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Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

Five activists from the Arab Spring Awarded

Five activists from the Arab Spring will today be awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament. The vast majority of MEPs voted for these activists sending an important signal of support. The award acknowledges the successes of the movements in the region in the last year and reminds us all also of the big challenges which the people in the Arab states continue to face. The decision is also a call for the EU to question its foreign policy and to highlight the central position that human rights must have.

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European Anti-Terror Policies will finally be evaluated

Resolution passed with clear majority

After long negotiations, the European Parliament today has adopted a resolution[1] on the EU counter-terror policies of the last ten years with a clear majority. It calls on the Commission to do a comprehensive evaluatio...

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Greens/EFA Group

Bureau elected for Second Half of the Legislature

The end of 2011 marks the middle of the legislative period in the European Parliament. From January on, the European Parliament will have a new President and possibly new Vice-Presidents. The Greens/EFA Group today...

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Stop climate change blog

Canadian government chooses to invest in the energy of the past rather than the one of the future

Yesterday, Canada officially announced that it will pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. The Greens strongly criticize this move, which shows that Canada puts polluters before people.

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Lisbon MEPs

Greens/EFA gain two Members

The last European Parliament elections took place in June 2009. At the time, the Nice Treaty - fixing the number of Members of Parliament to 736 - was still in force. With the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty on ...

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Stop climate change blog

COP 17 - talks about future talks

The COP 17 finally ended with an agreement early on Sunday morning after 35 hours of intense negotiations. But the deal will not be enough to avoid dangerous climate change before it is too late...

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International Human Rights Day

Added symbolism as Peace Prize Awarded to Three Women

  Three women from African and Arab states will today be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  With added symbolism, the Liberians Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee as well as the Yemeni Tawakkul Karman will r...

COP17 Durban Blog

A glimmer of hope?

We are now on the last day of the COP, but the negotiations might well last until very late tomorrow morning … or even be extended by hours, possibly days. The developments in the recent hours seem to give more reason for hope than those of the first three days, when many of us feared what seemed to be a very laid back atmosphere, the feeling of emergency seriously lacking.

Presidency of the European Union

Greens/EFA MEPs met the forthcoming Danish Presidency of the EU

On Wednesday 7 December, a delegation of the Greens/EFA Group went to Copenhagen and met the incoming Danish Presidency of the European Union to discuss its priorities

EU summit

Europe's leaders must provide durable and democratic answers on core issues facing Eurozone

This week's EU summit, the latest in a seemingly never-ending cycle of 'crisis summits', is being billed by many as the last chance saloon for the Euro. If that is the case, the portents are not good, with Monday's Merko...

UN Climate summit

One step forward, two steps back?

With the high level discussions underway, the atmosphere at the UN climate summit is getting more and more tense. There is growing frustration among green NGOs regarding the position of the US, which continues to delay any positive development on several key aspects of the negotiations.

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Free Trade Agreements

EU-India and Human Rights

Free Trade Agreements always have serious consequences for domestic European policy and economy. As negotiations continue on the EU India FTA, Greens are particularly concerned about its effects on an emerging economy with huge pockets of poverty.