It is no news that one of the main problem of the EU farming system is the huge insufficiency of locally grown protein crops. Only 3% of arable lands are dedicated to protein crops in the EU and we import 75% of our vegetable protein supply - soya for the most part, mainly from Brazil, Argentina and the United States. The consequences of this situation go far deeper than a simple trade question. Is the report just voted by the European parliament answering these concerns?

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Issue n°21 June 2016

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Glyphosate approval: EU governments should begin glyphosate phase-out following Commission intransigence Toxic substances: Shameful Commission compounds wrongs on endocrine disru...

Scotland and Europe

Statement by Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts after meeting with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Greens/EFA co-presidents Philippe Lamberts and Rebecca Harms today met with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Commenting after the meeting Philippe Lamberts and Rebecca Harms said: “While deeply regrettable...

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Outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom

Plenary debate in the European Parliament

LIVE - Greens/EFA Co-President Philippe Lamberts will intervene on behalf of his Group during extraordinary plenary debate on the outcome of the UK referendum

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EU Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security

Greens/EFA Group issues alternative EU strategy

The Greens/EFA Group has today issued 27 specific recommendations on how to make a substantial contribution to security and peace. They welcome parts of Mogherini's strategy but stress that sets the wrong priorities in many respect

More EU transparency needed

Experts provide testimony before the European Parliament

  Last week, the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament hosted a public hearing at which legal experts, academics, civil society organisations and representatives of the European Ombudsman's office highlight...

Luxleaks committee delivers final verdict

A blog from our Tax Justice campaign

In the same week as Finance Ministers agreed a weak package of reforms on tax avoidance, the European Parliament Special Committee TAXE has published a harsh assessment of Member States' willingness to adopt tax reforms. The committee, created in February 2015 to investigate the Luxleaks scandal, also put forward a series of recommendations on how to make corporate taxation fairer.

Member States agree on anti-tax avoidance measures - but at what cost?

A blog from our Tax Justice campaign

If there is one thing that matters in politics, it is accountability towards citizens. So when European leaders tell us that we must tackle tax avoidance, you would think that that they would deliver on their promises when they get the chance.

EMIS hearing 20 June 2016

Nick Molden, Emission analytics “People preferred not to know there was a problem.”

Latest speaker of the day in the Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) was Nick Molden from Emission analytics.

EMIS hearing 21 June 2016

ADAC representative Mr Christoph Gauss ADAC representative acknowledges evidence of irregularities for over 10 years, but failed to inform authorities

Just two working days after the last meeting of the Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) members met again, on the 20th and 21st of June.

EMIS hearing 20 June 2016

Representatives of the European Commission “No investigation was set up as there was no evidence”

The first hearing of the Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) with representatives of the European Commission was held on 21st of June with representatives of the Technical Committee of Motor Vehicles (TCMV) and the Type-Approval Authorities Expert Group (TAAEG), who coordinate the work on RDE-LDV expert group on real driving emissions and light-duty vehicles).

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Greens/EFA launch public consultation

Momentum for protection of whistle-blowers in Europe continues to grow

What's your opinion on whistle-blower protection? We want to hear from you. Have your say through our online public consultation.

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Paris Agreement’s ratification

Every minute counts

With the European Commission's proposal to ratify the Paris Agreement early, it is time for the EU Council to ensure the European Union doesn't get left behind.

EMIS hearing 16 June 2016

Ms Dorothee Saar, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) German authorities still reluctant to confront car manufacturers

On Thursday 16th June the Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) heard Dorothee Saar as a witness. She

EMIS hearing 16 June 2016

Daniel Lange, software firm Faster IT “Management of car industry knew quite well about shortcomings”

The second part of the afternoon session of the Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) saw Mr Daniel Lange, a long time veteran of the software side of the car industry who at the moment is working for software firm Faster IT as a consultant.

EMIS hearing 16 June 2016

Pascoe Sabido and Olivier Hoedeman, Corporate Europe Observatory 66% of expert groups involved in European Commission´s legislative process are industry representatives

The Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) heard Pascoe Sabido and Olivier Hoedeman as witnesses.

EMIS hearing 16 June 2016

Prof Dr-Ing Kai Borgeest, Aschaffenburg University of Applied Science

In the afternoon of the same day, Prof Dr-Ing Kai Borgeest followed his invitation to the Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS).

Controlling Conflicts of Interest

Greens/EFA group works to ensure proper scrutiny of EU Commissioners’ Declarations of Interest

The controversy surrounding the appointment of EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete led to unprecedented civil engagement in the nomination process, which included the launch of a specific hashtag, #StopCanete, and an ...

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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 6-9 June 2016

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included: Glyphosate: decision on extending the controversial substance; Food security and a fair food supply chain; Watering down EU rules on financial speculation; legal EU migration tainted by outsourcing to 3rd countries; Tobacco, health and the role of industry: international rules; Panama Papers: EP inquiry into tax evasion and money laundering in the EU; EU Commission refusing to act on health-damaging chemicals; Preventing further approvals of GMOs; MEPs demand regulation on open, efficient and independent EU administration.

Transparency and Independence

EU Parliament presents the Commission with a ready-made regulation to improve the EU administration

Over three years ago, the European Parliament - by an overwhelming majority - called on the Commission to present legislation that would improve the openness, efficiency and independence of the EU administration.

Panama Papers Inquiry

Meet our Green Team!

As the Plenary Chamber of the European Parliament voted yesterday to support an inquiry committee on the Panama Papers scandal, the Greens have been busy voting as well for their 8 representatives to seat in this committee.

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The European Parliament says

No "old" GMOs, no "new" GMOs, no GMOs in the EU, no GMOs in Africa

June’s European Parliament Plenary saw five different votes related to GMOs. Altogether they give a good idea of the EP's very coherent opinion on GMOs, which can be summarized as being a resounding no.

CETA

Luxembourg parliament resolution demands legal clarification, not ready to vote on deal

The Luxembourg parliament voted in support of a resolution on the EU-Canada deal CETA on Tuesday (June 8), that calls upon the government to seek legal clarification on the investor rights provisions in the agreement. It also demands that CETA is a “mixed deal” requiring ratification in Member State parliaments once these legal irregularities have been addressed.

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EU funding for New Alliance ignores murky world of land-grabs and human rights violations

On the face of it, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition looks like an extremely worthy project: encouraging private investment in African farming to help improve food production and reduce hunger and poverty.

Inquiry Committee on Panama Papers

A Green idea come true

Our Green MEPs have been busy signing autographs this week. The Greens were the first political group to call for an investigation by the European Parliament after the revelations of the "Panama Papers" in April of this year.

Ulrike Lunacek meets Azeri political prisoners

Ulrike Lunacek met today with Rasul Jafarov and Anar Mamadli, two of the Azeri political prisoners recently released from jail.

ALL OF US – Mobilising for rainbow families

Joint declaration of Members of the European Parliament

LGBTI rights are human rights. Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans and intersex persons should enjoy the same rights, duties and opportunities as well as the same level of protection as any other person within the EU. However, discrimination against LGBTI persons in the EU persists. ALL OF US want this discrimination to end.

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EU Food Safety Authority proposes “secure reading room” for access to controversial glyphosate studies

The EU's Food Safety Authority, in charge of reviewing whether or not to approve glyphosate – a herbicide used for example in Monsanto's Roundup products – has responded to a freedom of information request made by 4 Greens/EFA MEPs by proposing that access to the controversial studies may be provided via a secure “reading room”, a set-up now being used for Members' access to TTIP and Tax-justice related documents.

European Commission reforms Expert Groups

But transparency remains optional

The European Commission adopted new rules to increase the transparency of its expert groups, which give expert advice that shapes the very first drafts of EU laws. This follows a high-level political commitment made by Juncker to improve the transparency of the EU institutions when he first took office.

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Issue n°20 May 2016

  GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY     Good for business, bad for us - Why Bayer buying Monsanto is more than just another merger No privatisation of life - No patent on our tomatoes! W...

Lost in Translation

Back-room debates about the impact of trade secrets on whistle-blowers shows urgent need for EU wide whistle-blower protection

Today, unfortunately, the controversial Trade Secrets directive was formally adopted by the Council, but only after several delays due to disagreements over how specifically to translate a key provision in the text: the word "wrongdoing".

Has the G7 learned its lesson?

Not at all!

The G7 club of industrialised nations met this week in Japan against a backdrop of economic gloom, geopolitical tension and rising concerns on climate change. Despite being viewed by many as remote and undemocratic, th...

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Demolishing Palestine - Israel's demolition policies

Greens/EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià together with colleagues from the GUE/NGL group organised a hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels to consider the impact of Israel's demolition policies in East Jerusalem and the W...

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No privatisation of life

No patent on our tomatoes!

A few weeks ago a European-wide coalition of NGOs launched a mass opposition against a patent held by the Swiss agrochemical company Syngenta on tomatoes produced by conventional breeding.

Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 9-13 May 2016

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included improving transparency of foreign direct investment; Greek bailout and Euro crisis in the spotlight again; Situation in Turkey and visa liberalisation; Reforming EU asylum policy; Saving the Schengen free movement system; Small step towards corporate tax transparency; Panama Papers: EP inquiry into tax evasion and money laundering in the EU.

We are pissed off!

MEPs test positive for glyphosate

Last month, the Green group in the European Parliament took the initiative of inviting colleague MEPs to have their urine tested for residues of the herbicide glyphosate. The results of this symbolic action demonstrate just how omnipresent this suspected carcinogenic substance is in our lives.

New GMOs

GMOs by the back door

The biotech industry and the US government are lobbying hard to have a whole new generation of genetic engineering techniques excluded from European regulations. A pending decision of the European Commission could open...

The role of the United States as a tax haven

New Greens/EFA research looks at implications for Europe

On the same week of the publication of the Panama Papers’ database by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, providing a useful resource to track shell companies often created with the objective to evade taxes or launder dirty money, the Greens launch a new report on why the United States are becoming the biggest tax haven on the planet.

The clock is ticking - it's time for aviation to take action on emissions

The International Civil Aviation Organisation meets this week in Montreal to discuss how the sector will respond to climate change. But will their deal be sufficient to meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement?

Luxleaks case

Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament expresses outrage at prosecutor's demand

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament today expressed its concern and shock at the decision of the Luxleaks prosecutor to demand an 18 month suspended jail sentence and fine for the two whistle-blowers who uncovered the details of "sweetheart" tax deals in Luxembourg, as well as a fine for the journalist that initially reported on the scandal.

What the Panama Papers tell us about today's world

Even if tax scandals have been in the European media for years now, the Panama Papers revelations take the problem to a whole new level. This Panama Papers leak is an unprecedented event, by the size of the consortium of journalists coordinating the investigation (376 journalists from 109 media outlets) but also by the scope of the revelations, involving politicians, stars and many other celebrities.

Whistle-blowers Directive

Time to prioritise the protection of whistle-blowers instead of attempting to silence them!

Whistleblowing is not just about freedom of speech. It's not just about protecting working conditions, and it's not just about protecting the internal market. It's about all those things and more. It's the only way in which a lot of otherwise secret information can be brought to light, and hence it's often the best way, at least for now, to uncover wrong-doing, corruption, and downright immoral behaviour.

Make the digital single market inclusive!

The Juncker Commission placed the completion of the Digital Single Market (DSM) as one of its ten priorities. However, the current approach of the European Commission is way too narrow.

Financial benchmarks

EP adopts a much too timid response to recent Libor, Forex and commodity index rigging scandals

The Greens/EFA group today voted against the proposed Regulation of financial benchmarks, which was adopted by a large majority of MEPs.

Greens push the European Investment Bank to clean up its act!

Blog post by Benedek Jávor, Bart Staes and Ernest Urtasun

Citizens and activists working on transparency and accountability issues tend to follow one simple rule: "Follow the Money"! However, this is not just because we want to know how public money is being spent; i...

General Expenditure Allowance

European Parliament demands full transparency over how MEPs spend public funds

Today the plenary of the European Parliament adopted a demand for full transparency of the General Expenditure Allowance - the 4,320 EUR that Members of the European Parliament receive each month to cover their office c...

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Issue n°19 April 2016

  GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY     Glyphosate: Will the Commission finally listen to the call to end glyphosate use? Unfair trading practices in food supply chain: The "New Allia...

Glyphosat

Europäische Kommission und Bundesregierung wollen Glyphosat-Verlängerung mit laxen Gesetzesänderungen zustimmen

Voraussichtlich am 18./19.5. werden die EU-Mitgliedsländer darüber abstimmen, ob und unter welchen Bedingungen sie einer Neuzulassung von Glyphosat zustimmen. Die Europäische Kommission hatte die ursprünglich für A...

IKEA flat pack tax avoidance

new episode

You may remember that in February, the Greens published a report demonstrating how IKEA companies were avoiding €1 billion across Europe over the last six years. Six weeks later, we finally got a reply from Inter-IKEA Group - one of the 2 IKEA companies.

From seed to store, clothes production should be safe and sustainable

How many different stages do you think it takes to produce your clothes? Two? Twenty? In fact, the average number is closer to six, from planting the cotton seed to distribution on the shop floor. Six is not a big number. So why it is that retailers often don't know the conditions under which the clothes they sell were made?

EU needs to take action to clean up clothes industry

  A blog by MEP Davor Skrlec The clothing industry is arguably second only to oil as the world's most polluting industry[1]. From the many dyes and chemicals used which pollute the soil and water, to the pesticides ...