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Call on the European Commission to urgently propose a directive to prevent, respond and end gender-based violence

On International Women’s Day, we call on the European Commission to propose a comprehensive and inclusive directive to prevent, respond to and end gender-based violence online and offline.
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Person with raised fist during protest/ shutterstock
Person with raised fist during protest/ shutterstock
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Why the EU urgently needs to act on gender-based violence

Terry Reintke
Opinion by Terry Reintke
Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations in the world, claiming thousands of lives every year even before the pandemic. Under COVID-19, it has surged worldwide into a shadow pandemic. It’s time the EU moves from empty words to concrete actions.
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We desperately need stronger action on social rights

The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound health, economic, employment and social impacts. We desperately need a stronger Social Europe. Here are the Greens/EFA's proposals ahead of the launch of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
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Tiblissi, Georgia, Annette Bouvain/ Flickr/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Tiblissi, Georgia, Annette Bouvain/ Flickr/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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Georgia’s crisis is the EU’s problem, too

Markéta Gregorová
Opinion by Markéta Gregorová
As Georgia will celebrate the first anniversary of the so-called 8th March Agreement, we, as the European Parliament, need to send a strong signal in order to let Georgians know that we watch the situation very closely and care about their democratic future.
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Live animal transports across the EU are out of control

Caroline Roose
Opinion by Caroline Roose
Over a billion farm animals a year are transported across the EU and to third countries, often in poor conditions that breach EU law.
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Black mailboxes / CC0 Bernard Hermant
Black mailboxes / CC0 Bernard Hermant
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Protecting people's rights online

The European Commission has replied to our crowd-sourced model law on how online platforms should deal with content moderation procedures whilst respecting fundamental rights. Read it here.
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New GM technology has no place in sustainable farming

Benoît Biteau Martin Häusling
Opinion by Benoît Biteau & Martin Häusling
New report shows that new GM technology won’t solve the problems of industrial agriculture and will undermine nature, climate protection and the European Green Deal.
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Old phone taken apart/ CC0 James Jewis
Old phone taken apart/ CC0 James Jewis
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E-WASTE IS JUST LIKE LOVE

Have you ever heard about premature obsolescence? Negligent – and sometimes intentional – design practices that reduce the lifetime of products. We want a common EU market that favours products that last. Good for your pockets, good for consumers, and good for the planet!
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Shoal of fish/ CC0 Sebastian Pena Lambarri
Shoal of fish/ CC0 Sebastian Pena Lambarri
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Maritime Spatial Planning

Grace O'Sullivan
Opinion by Grace O'Sullivan
New study shows that effective Maritime Spatial Planning does not view the marine space through prisms of exploitation and economic development, or environmental protection alone.
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Surveillance Cameras/CC0 Milosz Klinowski
Surveillance Cameras/CC0 Milosz Klinowski
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Ban Biometric Mass Surveillance

Governments are experimenting with highly intrusive facial recognition systems and other biometric mass surveillance in public spaces in the EU. We think they have alarming consequences for fundamental rights and want them to be banned.