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.

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MEP Spotlight

Catherine Grèze wins the 'Fair Politician' Award as best MEP of the year

Since 2009 the Evert Vermeer Foundation has been awarding the Fair Politician prize to the Member of the European Parliament who has contributed most to enhance Policy Coherence for Development. Without coherent policie...

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Green Round-up

Debriefing of the week including plenary session in Brussels (22-23 June 2011)

For the Greens, the main highlights of the week were the debates and votes on the economic governance pack legislation, on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, on spent fuel and radiactive waste and on strenghtening the consumer rights. Two committee votes - on implementation of EU legislation and on road safety in Europe - were also on the agenda.

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e-fa News Round-Up May/June 2011

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

Key issues over the past few weeks included: E-coli outbreak S4C future raised with European Commission EU calls for a new era of social justice Scots political bloggers EFA Group visit to Limburg Food security and pric...

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The Greens/EFA and EMAS

Greening the European Parliament

Our group has pushed for EMAS policies from the very beginning. There have been a number of successes along the way, but there is still a great deal of work to do. Find out about what we are doing internally, as well as the policies that we continue to push for the European Parliament as a whole to adopt.

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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 6-9 June 2011

The main issues were the multiannual financial framework, the Eurovignette, the application of Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania, EU-Canada trade relations, the European Arrest Warrant, the nuclear stress tests, the forthcoming EU-Russia Summit and the external dimension of social policy.

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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 9-12 May 2011

Highlights for the Greens included the votes of the reports on lobbying transparency and registering lobbyists, on the discharge of the EU's 2009 budget and on investment agreements with 3rd countries. The debates on Schengen, on nuclear safety, on novel foods and on Syria were also our priorities during this plenary week.

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e-fa News Round-Up April/May 2011

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

Key issues in April and early May included: SNP landslide victory at Scottish elections Middle East - Syria, Bahrain, Yemen Imported radioactive fish Promoting democracy in the Basque Country Fish discards EFA General A...

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e-fa News Round-Up March 2011

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

  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 European parli...

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e-fa News Round-Up February 2011

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 European parliamentar...

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e-fa News Round-Up January 2011

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 European parliamentar...

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e-fa News Round-Up December 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 European parliamentary...

Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 13-17 December 2010

Highlights for the Greens include the ongoing saga with the EU's 2011 budget and a legislative vote on setting up the European Citizens' Initiative. The Eurozone crisis, energy effiency, and rules on trafficking and protection for crime victims across Europe also feature on a busy agenda.

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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 6-10 Dec. 2010

Highlights for the Greens include the UN climate talks in Cancun and a Commission proposal on pricing in the dairy sector. Priorities in the EP include the ongoing saga of the EU budget for 2011.

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The End of the Road at ICCAT

Greens' blog about ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas)

ICCAT is over for another year and the diplomats have gone home. The entire meeting lasted for nine days and there were no serious discussions on the bluefin fishery on the floor of the meeting until the afternoon of the last day. ICCAT failed spectacularly to salvage its honour on bluefin tuna.

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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 29 Nov. - 3 Dec. 2010

There are important legislative votes in the EP committees this week, including on human trafficking, the European Citizens' Initiative and export credit agencies. The UN climate summit in Cancun also kicks off.

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e-fa News Round-Up November 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 European parliamentary...

Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 22-27 November 2010

Green priorities include legislative votes on prescription medication information and EU rules on hazardous substances in electrical goods, as well as a vote on a Commission proposal to phase out coal subsidies. The EU budget, climate change and fiscal governance also figure on a packed agenda.

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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 15-19 Nov. 2010

Priorities for the Greens on the EU agenda include negotiations on the EU's 2011 budget, as well as Commission proposals on energy infrastructure and the Common Agricultural Policy.

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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 8-12 Nov. 2010

MEPs will vote on EU rules on hedge funds, EU funds for energy efficiency and rules on coal subsidies this week. Outside the EP, the Commission will adopt its crucial 'enlargement package, as well as an EU energy strategy.

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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 25-29 October 2010

The EU summit, legislation on cross border healthcare and EU rules on hedge funds top the agenda of Green priorities for the coming week. There are also a number of Greens/EFA events.

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e-fa News Round-Up October 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 European parliamentary...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 18-22 October 2010

A busy plenary week includes legislative votes on maternity leave, the EU budget, and the external action service. MEPs will also discuss the Hungarian sludge disaster, the ACTA agreement and the Roma scandal in France, while the Sakharov Prize will also be decided.

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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 11-15 Oct. 2010

The Greens/EFA group will be in Nimes for the week for the group's 'study days' to discuss the policy priorities for the coming year. Back in Brussels, highlights include a Commission proposal on offshore exploration, as well as the environment council where ministers will discuss the EU negotiating position for the UN climate summit in Cancun.

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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 4-8 Oct. 2010

A ban on offshore drilling and biodiversity top the agenda for the parliament's plenary, while the Commission is expected to present a communication on a financial transaction tax. There are also a number of Greens/EFA events.

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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 27 Sept. - 1 Oct. 2010

A busy week with crucial EP committee votes on van emissions rules, prescription medication and the setting up of the EU external action service. Outside the EP, economic and financial issues will be high on the agenda of the Council and Commission, with the Commission also due to report on Roma discrimination.

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e-fa News Round-Up September 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 European parliamentary...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 20-24 September 2010

Priorities for a busy session include new EU laws on European financial supervision, security of gas supply, biocides and medicinal products. Readmission agreements, aviation emissions, biodiversity protection and IP enforcement also feature as highlights.

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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 13-17 September 2010

Priorities for the Greens/EFA group this week include Thursday's European Council, as well as EU Commission legislative proposals on derivatives and short selling.

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Greens/EFA weekly preview for 6-10 September 2010

Priorities for the coming week include the EP debates on the State of the Union and on the situation of the Roma.

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e-fa News Round-Up July 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 European parliame...

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Strasbourg Flash

Greens/EFA plenary session priorities 5 - 9 July 2010

Next week's agenda has important issues for the Greens. The SWIFT agreement on the transfer of passenger data will be voted on as will the improved agreement on the External Action Service. There will be reports on financial supervision, including from Green MEP Sven Giegold. Green MEPs will present a study on the environmental risks of GMOs and the Council and Commission will make a statement on the risks of oil exploration.

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e-fa News Round-Up June 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 joint European parliam...

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Strasbourg Flash

Greens/EFA plenary session priorities 14 -17 June 2010

The highlight of the European Parliament plenary week is the debate and the vote on the EP resolution on Israeli military operation against the humanitarian flotilla and the Gaza blockade. Other priorities for the Greens/EFA will be the reports by Green Members on EU policies in favour of human rights defenders, catch documentation programme for bluefin tuna and on gender aspects of the economic downturn and financial crisis.

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Greens/EFA priorities and events 7-12 June 2010

Greens/EFA events this week include several conferences and hearings on financing culture in the digital era, carbon leakage, CAP, green jobs and nuclear waste. See the Agenda for a full listing

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e-fa News Round-Up May 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 joint European parliam...

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Strasbourg Flash

Greens/EFA plenary session priorities 17-20 April 2010

Monday, 17 May 2010 Energy performance of buildings - Report: Silvia-Adriana ?ic?u New developments in public procurement - Report: Heide Rühle The EU Policy Coherence for Development and the 'Official Development Assis...

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Greens/EFA events 12-16 April 2010

Greens/EFA events next week include a debate with civil society and Commission representatives on the forthcoming European External Action Service and a conference on on authors' intellectual property rights in the digital context. See the Agenda for a full listing.

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e-fa News Round-Up March 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 joint European parliam...

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e-fa News Round-Up February 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 joint European parliam...

Greens/EFA Round-up 8-11 February 2010

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg

Priorities for the Greens included the vote on the new European Commission, a vote to support protection of bluefin tuna, the EU Parliament's verdict on the EU agreement to share SWIFT bank data with the US as well as the progress reports on Croatia, FYROM and Turkey. The European Parliament also voted the resolutions on Iran, Haiti and on the outcome of the Copenhagen Summit which were debated during the January session.

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e-fa News Round-Up February I 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 joint European parliam...

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Greens/EFA priorities and events for 1-5 February 2010

Agenda priorities for the Greens include the hearing of new Commissioner-designate Kristalina Georgieva and an EP committee vote on SWIFT. Green events and press releases will focus on the illegal tobacco trade, human rights and press/trade union rights in Iran and reflections post-Copenhagen climate talks.

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Greens/EFA priorities and events 25-29 January 2010

In the upcoming European Parliament committee week, Greens/EFA agenda priorities and events include Haiti, discussions on the EU-US SWIFT agreement and medicine safety with particular regard to the swine flu vaccine.

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e-fa News Round-Up January 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 joint European parliam...

Greens/EFA Round-up 18-21 January 2010

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg

Priorities for the Greens included the last hearings of the Commissioner-designates, the debate on Iran, the presentation of the programme of the Spanish Presidency of the EU, the EU-US agreement on bank data transfers and Green MEP Eva Joly's report on the EU-ACP Cotonou Agreement revision.

Greens/EFA Round-up 14-17 December 2009

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg

Priorities for the Greens included the Commission statement on toy safety, the report on microfinance facility, the resolution on access to documents, the award of the Sakharov Prize, the resolution on violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the EU budget.

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e-fa Strasbourg Round-Up December 2009

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 joint European parliam...

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Greens/EFA priorities and events 7-11 December 2009

Greens/European Free Alliance major priorities for next week are the COP15 UN climate change conference in Copenhagen and the EU summit of heads of state and government in Brussels. Greens/EFA events also include a presentation of a study on CO2 reduction targets and joint conferences on tax and development, Afghanistan and Opensource and free software.

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Greens/EFA Priorities for 30 November - 4 December 2009

Greens/European Free Alliance priorities and events for next week include EU-USA bank data transfer agreement, the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the exchange of views with the newly-appointed EU foreign affairs high-representative Catherine Ashton. See also Greens/EFA events...

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e-fa Strasbourg Round-Up November 2009

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

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 joint European parliam...