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European Commission rejects calls for EU-wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses

The European Commission declined to introduce a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses in the European Union, in response to an oral question posed by MEPs. MEPs’ concerns include the risks associated with illegal wildlife trade, public health, and security. Opponents of the use of wildlife animals in circuses state that the practice …
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Commission’s new energy package vague & falls short of Green Deal

The European Commission presented its legislative package on European Energy Policy. Among the proposed measures are tools for the decarbonisation of the European gas market and the creation of a hydrogen market, definition of low CO2 hydrogen, the so-called low carbon gasses, a regulation to reduce methane emissions and the revision of t…
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European Parliament to vote on milestone regulation of digital giants

The European Parliament will vote on its position on the Digital Markets Act, which, along with its sister legislation the Digital Services Act (DSA), has been heavily lobbied and debated. The EU has taken the global lead in regulating tech giants such as Facebook and Google in an effort to ensure market fairness and data protection. With…
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Covid-19 vaccine/ CC0 Hakan Nural
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EU must tackle lack of vaccine solidarity

MEPs have been debating the EU’s response to the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, ahead of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels later this week. EFA MEP Jordi Solé intervened in the debate to highlight the dangers of vaccine inequality, and pointed to the alarming disparit...
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Greens/EFA calls for strong economic sanctions in case of Russian escalation

The European Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution on the situation at the Ukrainian-Russian border. The Greens/EFA Group calls on the EU to impose additional economic sanctions and to exclude Russia from the international payment system SWIFT if Russia continues to escalate tensions. Ahead of Wednesday’s Eastern Partnership Sum…
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Rethinking mobility means prioritising rail and active travel

The European Commission presented its legislative package on sustainable and intelligent mobility. This package includes a revision of the Trans-European Transport Network, a proposal on Intelligent Transport Systems, an Urban Mobility Framework, and an action plan to promote long-distance rail passenger transport in the European Union, i…
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Greens/EFA urge Member States to better tackle buildings' carbon emissions and energy poverty

Ahead of the release of the European Commission’s legislative revision of the implementation report on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and this plenary week's debate and vote on the current Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the Greens/EFA are calling for more ambition in its scope. The EPBD will have a far ra…
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Greens/EFA Group call for EU Directive to put an end to gender-based violence, including cyberviolence

The European Parliament will debate on combating gender-based cyberviolence. Gender-based cyberviolence is a continuation of offline gender-based violence, which has been increasing with the rapid spread of mobile information and the use of social media. It puts vulnerable people, such as women and LBTIQ+ persons, particularly at risk. Th…
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Debriefing of the November plenary session

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), 2022 budgetary procedure, the outcome of the COP26 in Glasgow, the critical materials INI report, taxonomy, condemning Police Violence against Romani people, the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Belarus debate and address by Sviatlana Tsikhanousk…
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Government must halt attacks on ‘Memorial’ & civil society

Memorial, one of the most prominent Russian human rights organisations, and a former Sakharov Prize laureate, is facing threats of being dismantled by the Russian courts. The action by prosecutors is based on allegations that Memorial has failed to comply with requirements of the controversial law on ‘foreign agents’, legislation that sti…

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