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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’.

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...

Greens/EFA Round-up 23-26 November 2009

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg

Greens/EFA priorities for the session included the Stockholm Programme, the preparation for the Copenhagen climate summit, the EU enlargement strategy, the reports on Europol, the vote on the conciliation agreement on telecoms legislation, the resolution on elimination of violence against women, the report on the European Year of Volunteering (2011) and the resolution on China and the rights of minorities.

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Greens/EFA Group agenda priorities and events 16-20 November 2009

Greens/European Free Alliance priorities and events for next week include the Special summit of EU leaders due to decide on EU top posts, the trialogue on energy efficiency and the EU-Russia Summit. In this context, Greens/EFA organise the screening of the documentary 'Letter to Anna' which pays tribute to Anna Politkovskaya and the struggle for democracy and human rights in Russia.

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Greens/EFA Group agenda priorities and events 9-12 November 2009

Greens/European Free Alliance priorities and events for next week include the ICCAT meeting on bluefin tuna in Brazil, the EU Parliament mini plenary session and a joint committee vote on the Stockholm programme.

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Greens/EFA priorities and events 2-6 November 2009

EU agenda priorities and planned events for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. Energy efficiency labelling, internet users' rights, emissions trading and bluefin tuna are among the top topics.

Greens/EFA round-up 19-22 October 2009

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg

Priorities for the Greens included the Council and Commission statements on climate change and developing countries as well as the vote on resolution on freedom of information in Europe and in Italy and on Guinea. The draft EU budget 2010 and the decision on the 2009 Sakharov Prize laureate were also plenary highlights.

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e-fa Strasbourg Round-Up October 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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Strasbourg Flash October 2009

Greens/EFA priorities for 19-22 October 2009

Priorities for the Greens include the Council and Commission statements on climate change and developing countries as well as on the preparation of EU summit 29-30 October. The vote on resolution on freedom of information in Europe and in Italy is also an highlight. Greens/EFA also organise a debate on Guinea and a film screening about Silvio Berlusconi's media empire 'Videocracy'.

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Greens/EFA priorities and events for 12-18 October

Greens/EFA agenda priorities Wednesday 14 October: The European Commission will publish progress reports on the accession of Turkey and Western Balkan countries. The Greens will also examine the Commission's proposal to ...

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Greens/EFA priorities and events 5-9 October 2009

Greens/EFA priorities from rhe EU agenda and events including a press conference on press freedom in Italy.

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E-fa Strasbourg Round-Up September 2009

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

This week in Strasbourg: 14 - 17 SeptemberThe European Parliament has been meeting in Strasbourg this week. Issues on the agenda have included the re-appointment of José Manuel Barroso as EU Commission President, milk p...

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Strasbourg Flash September 2009

Greens/EFA priorities for 14-17 September 2009

The highlight of next week's European Parliament plenary week is the scheduled vote on Barroso's second term on Wednesday, 16 September. On Monday, however, the Greens will call for a vote on the agenda to postpone this decision to after the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.