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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’.

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Blog from Durban

Some of us may have had the same dream last night

Yesterday was even more hectic than the day before, the state of negotiations and the positions of parties going back and forth. Several of us in Durban had the same dream last night ...

Elections in Russia

Voters refuse to blindly follow Putin

Following the elections to the Russian State Duma on the 4th December, Vladimir Putin's "United Russia" party lost its two-thirds majority in the parliament and around 12 Million of its previous voters. Comme...

Macedonia

No more alibis for the Council, negotiations must start immediately

  The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled yesterday that Greece has breached an earlier deal with Macedonia, when it blocked Skopje’s bid to join NATO in 2008, because of the dispute over the country’s n...

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UN climate conference in Durban

talks are heating up as the second week starts

Despite the fact that last week proceeded smoothly with positive progress on several technical aspects, this week ahead looks much busier. Ministers are arriving and getting ready for the political part of the COP17, which will officially start on Tuesday.

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Durban / COP 17

Green MEPs depart for International Climate talks.

After outlining their demands for the Durban conference and what Europe must do, Green MEPs hace left for the International Climate negotiations in Durban.

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Brussels 30 November-1 December 2011

A look back at the highlights of the Greens/EFA group during this week's plenary session in Brussels

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Stop climate change blog

Why we cannot wait until after the debt crisis to deal with the climate challenge

Many would acknowledge that environmental concerns and climate change have disappeared from the political agenda because of the economic crisis. Yet it would be wrong to think that we should wait until the financial crisis is solved before taking any further action to deal with the climate challenge

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Greens launch study on Nuclear "Stress Test"

Independent study shows weaknesses of assessment

The “Stress test” of the European nuclear power plants does not meet the requirements of the EU council nor the expectations of the European public. It neither provides a method for comparing the safety of the different plants, nor does it answer how safe European plants actually are.

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e-fa: News Round-Up November 2011

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November 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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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 14-18 November 2011

Priorities for the Greens during the plenary week included the European railway area, the nuclear energy research and EU funds, short selling and sovereign debt speculation, the UN climate change summit 2011, illegal fishing, honeybees and beekeeping

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Geneva Arms Conference

European Parliament strongly warns of the relaxation of Cluster Munitions Ban

The European Parliament today considered the EU's role in relation to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and voted for a resolution against any watering down to ban these weapons. Commenting on the vote, Ulrike Lu...

European Parliament & EMAS

Greens welcome new European Parliament carbon offsetting policy

During its last plenary session in October, the European Parliament adopted a budget proposal to set-aside funds for a carbon offsetting policy. As the institution has committed to reduce 30% of its carbon emissions...

Food security and patents

European Patent Office casts doubt on patenting of a tomato breed

The technical board of appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) has decided to refer a decision on the legality of a patent on a tomato breed (riddled tomato) to the enlarged board of appeal, raising doubts about the l...

EU-Morocco fisheries deal

Double rejection of Morocco fisheries deal by EP committees

The budget and development committees of the European Parliament voted on Monday evening to reject extending the EU-Morocco fisheries partnership agreement. The votes, which were passed by large majorities, send a strong...

G20 summit

Failure looms as French G20 presidency promises ring hollow

Commenting on the G20 summit in Cannes, Green economic spokesperson Sven Giegold said: "The French G20 presidency has failed to live up to its promises to address the main challenges of the world economy. There has ...

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e-fa: News Round-Up October 2011

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

October 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 ...

Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 24-28 October 2011

Modernisation of public procurement Initiative report by Green MEP Heide RühleCommittee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)Plenary debate Monday 24 October - vote Tuesday ...

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Stop Climate Change Blog

Why the next UN talks in Durban should (and do) matter

For some Durban will only be a step in the process of agreeing to a global climate treaty. Yet, it would be wrong to ignore the next COP as many decisions are still needed to steer us away from the worst impacts of the climate crisis...

What should the Eurozone and EU Summits achieve?

Five priority issues for the Greens

EU and Eurozone heads of state are set to meet this weekend with expectations high that the summit will deliver a comprehensive set of solutions to the ongoing Eurozone crisis. Ahead of the summit, Green economic spokesp...

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International Day for Eradication of Poverty

Renewed focus needed

Green MEP for London, Jean Lambert has marked the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by calling on governments across Europe to prioritise the alleviation of poverty over excessive and severe austerity m...

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Stop Climate Change Blog

EU Proposals on energy infrastructure - Greens against exemptions from Natura 2000 rules

This Wednesday, the EU Commission will present its legislative proposals on European energy infrastructure. The Greens have seen the proposal and fear that it contains major problems and shortcomings...

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Weekly Round-up

Debriefing of the week (including the plenary session in Brussels 12-13 October 2011)

Priorities for the Greens this week included the Green report on illegal fishing, the CAP reform, the preparation of the European Council, the debate on Schengen and Bulgaria/Romania, the situation in Ukraine and the debate on uprisings in Yemen and Bahrain.

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Parlamentarium

Brand new Visitor's Centre opens to public

The European Parliament's brand new visitor's centre opened to the Public today with crowds queueing up to get a first glance at the workings....

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Stop Climate Change Blog

Next international climate talks: the EU should not lose its climate credibility...

The environment council has adopted its conclusions on the preparations for the UN climate discussions in Durban in December. The Greens consider that the position of the EU should be clearer and more ambitious if it were willing to ensure agreements on the most pressing issues at the end of the year....

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e-fa: News Round-Up September 2011

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Key issues over the past few weeks included: Oriol elected party leader Plaid Conference Developments in the Basque peace process Welcome for transaction tax announcement SNP disappointment at fish quota proposals ...

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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 26-29 September 2011

The Green priorities for the plenary session were the situation in Palestine, the economic governance package of legislation, the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement and Western Sahara, road safety, the debate on the State of the Union...

Controversial dam in Brazil (Belo Monte)

EP supports call to halt construction

The European Parliament adopted a report this week on dam construction, which included a call to halt the construction of a controversial hydro-electric project in Belo Monte, in the Amazon region Brazil. Yesterday, ...

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Stop Climate Change Blog

RIO+ 20 : for a green, equitable and just future

In June next year all eyes will be on the UN sustainable development conference in Rio de Janeiro, which will mark 20 years since the original Rio Earth Summit. Unfortunately, many of the goals agreed in 1992 still remain elusive. It is now time to put an end to the 'business-as-usual’ approach - which will only further increase the burden of financial and ecological debt - and ensure that a new approach triumphs

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EU-Moroccan Fisheries Agreement

4 reasons to Vote 'Yes' in Strasbourg Thursday 29 September 2011 !

The European Parliament will have a historic vote to refer the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement to the European Court of Justice. Read why the agreement is wrong and the vote is important...

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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 12-16 September 2011

Priorities for the Greens during the plenary week included the debates on offshore oil exploration, raw materials strategy, EU rules on export credits, the Eurozone crisis, the situation in Syria, public access to documents, EU homelessness strategy...

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EU cohesion funds back on track

Poland revises plans on funds for railway sector

  According to reports, the Polish government has changed its mind about proposals to redirect €1.2 billion in cohesion funds from rail to road projects. The money will now be spent, as originally foreseen,&nbs...

Belarus

No dialogue without releases, no money without reforms

The arrest and continued detention of Belarusian activist Ales Bejazki is further evidence of President Alexander Lukashenkos's intention to silence any critics of his regime.  The arrests and intimidation of oppo...

Libya after Gaddafi

We must not turn blind eye on Europe's own mistakes

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the situation in Libya in the aftermath of the fall of its former ruler Gaddafi. The Greens welcome the fact that the resolution reflects numerous of their demands, i...

Sakharov Prize 2011

The Greens/EFA support candidates from the 'Arab Spring' revolution

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was set up in 1988 and is awarded each year by the European Parliament. The prize is awarded for a particular achievement in one of the following fields: defence of human right...

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Stop Climate Change Blog

Is shale gas really a bridge fuel to clean energy?

If shale gas is presented by certain countries as being a bridge fuel to clean energy, more and more researchers across the globe warn that it may have an even worse climate change impact than coal...

Israel/Gaza

Israel has to guarantee safety of captured Gaza-activists

Urgent letter from Greens/EFA Co-Presidents to High Representative Catherine Ashton this morning after the French ship "Dignity al-Karama", the only remaining vessel from the "Gaza Flotilla", was surrounded by the Israeli navy upon nearing the Gaza coast. The boat's lines of communication have been jammed and the Israeli navy have boarded the boat and are now taking it to the port of Ashdod.

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e-fa: News Round-Up June/July 2011

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Key issues over the past few weeks included: EFA Visit to Catalonia CFP Reforms present new risks MEPs back clearer food labelling Roaming rip-offs must be tackled Common approach to road safety The first Macedonian - Gr...

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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 4-8 July 2011

Priorities for the Greens this week include the banning of naked short selling and tougher rules on derivatives, the controversial passenger data agreements, the restriction or prohibition of GMO cultivation, the changes to Schengen, the security scanners in airports...

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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

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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

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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...