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Industrial farming seen from above / CCO no one cares
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MEPs working on protection of the EU's budget from the Greens/EFA group have just released a new report: "Where does the EU money go?", which looks at the misuse of European agricultural funds in Central and Eastern Europe.

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EU Human Rights Sanctions

Russia - Quote from Heidi Hautala MEP

Today, EU foreign ministers have agreed to sanction four Russian officials over the jailing of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, which is the first listings on the EU's new Global Human Right's Sanctions Regime.


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European Council

Victory for tax justice

Council likely to agree to corporate tax transparency measures

Today (25 February), an informal meeting of EU (COMPET) ministers is expected to give the greenlight to corporate tax transparency measures, known as country-by-country reporting (CbCR).


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Covid-19 vaccine/ CC0 Hakan Nural

European Council Summit and Corona virus

Quote from Ska Keller MEP

Greens/EFA group Co-President calls for a global response to the Corona crisis, in particular the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights to allow global production and distribution of vaccines:


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Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant

Quote from Bronis Ropė MEP

Today (11 February), the European Parliament will debate and vote on the "Safety of the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets, Belarus," which borders Lithuania. EU experts are visiting the power plant project in Belarus this week.


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Covid-19 vaccine/ CC0 Hakan Nural

Greens/EFA call for global & equitable access to vaccines & European containment strategy

Vaccination strategy

MEPs will debate the European Vaccination Strategy with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament are calling for global and equitable access to vaccines, among other measures. Read more.


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Asylum border procedures

Quote from Erik Marquardt MEP

Members of the European Parliament have approved the report by Greens/EFA rapporteur, Erik Marquardt, on: "Implementation of Article 43 of the Asylum Procedures Directive". The report calls for respect for human rights at the EU's external borders.


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RRF - Acting locally will be key to EU's Covid Recovery Plan

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Solé

Small and medium sized enterprises and sub-state and regional governments have a key role to play in making a success of the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility, according to EFA President Jordi Solé. The 672.5 billion euro fund is the cornerstone of the EU’s Covid-19 economi...


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Poland: De facto abortion ban

Quote from Dr Sylwia Spurek MEP

Members of the European Parliament are debating the de facto ban on abortion in Poland, as called for by the Greens/EFA group. The Greens/EFA group supports the Women's Strike protests and call on the Commission and Council to act in defence of the rule of law in Poland.


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Recovery Fund essential to ecological transition

Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)

Today (9 February), Members of the European Parliament will vote on the outcome of the negotiations into the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), designed to help EU Member States through the economic fallout from the pandemic. The Greens/EFA group welcome the allocation of at least 37% of the total national envelopes to biodiversity and climate, as well as at least 20% on digital spending.


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Wind turbines in a field/ CC0 Alex Eckermann

Parliament wants EU to slash material use and consumption

Circular Economy

The European Parliament will vote today (9 February) on the Parliament's position the European Commissions' New Circular Economy Action Plan, a main pillar of the Green Deal. The Greens/EFA group are calling for binding targets to reduce the use of resources, the right to repair, and a digital product passport that should inform consumers on the reparability, and legal measures to prevent premature obsolescence.


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Luxembourg / CC0 Cedric Letsch

OpenLux

Quote from Sven Giegold MEP

The new investigation "OpenLux" by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and others, reveals that Luxembourg is still a thriving tax haven.


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Riba - 'Europe must act to save the Ebro Delta'

Press release from EFA MEP Diana Riba

EFA MEP Diana Riba is calling for concrete action at EU level to conserve Europe's deltas, including the Ebro Delta. Significant deltas in Europe include the Danube, the Vistula, the Rhine, the Po, the Rhone and the Ebro. They are all rich in biodiversity and of high socio-economic and env...


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French court ruling on climate action – L'affaire du siècle

Quote from Marie Toussaint MEP

The Paris Administrative Court has ruled that the French state is liable for inaction on the climate crisis. "From now on, climate inaction will no longer be tolerated by the courts" declared Marie Toussaint MEP, Greens/EFA member of the Environment Committee, who initiated the 'Affaire du Siècle' (the case of the century) petition and litigation against the French government


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Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers

Quote from Sergey Lagodinsky MEP

Commenting on today's virtual meeting of EU foreign ministers, Sergey Lagodinsky, spokesperson on Russia for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, said: "We in the Greens/EFA group condemn the arrests and brutal crackdown by Russian security forces against peaceful demons...


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Caution nuclear radioactive/ CC0 Dan Meyers

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - One step closer to a safer world

Quote from Mounir Satouri MEP

Today (22 January), the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament celebrates the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which bans the most destructive class of weapons of mass destruction.


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Decent and affordable housing for all

Quote from Kim van Sparrentak MEP

The European Parliament adopted the report ‘access to decent and affordable housing for all’ by Greens/EFA MEP Kim van Sparrentak. The Parliament report is calling on the European Commission to propose an integrated strategy on affordable and social housing, to ensure that housing rights are put before market interests, and for an end to homelessness by 2030.


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European Council

European Council Summit

Quote from Philippe Lamberts MEP

Philippe Lamberts MEP, President of the Greens/EFA group, comments ahead of the European Council on Covid-19: "The only way out of this pandemic is if we work together. By acting together we best serve the common European interest."


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EFA MEPs welcome self-determination caucus

Press release from the EFA MEPs

EFA MEPs have welcomed the establishment of a self-determination caucus within the European Parliament. This new initiative brings together MEPs from different political groups in support of the right to self-determination for the peoples and communities of the EU's stateless nations and nati...


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Gender Equality Strategy must respond to the needs of all women in Europe

Today, Members of the European Parliament will vote on a report on the Gender Equality Strategy, released by the Commission last March. The report welcomes the Commission's strategy, which lays out strategic objectives on how to strengthen women’s rights and gender equality in the EU for the coming five years. However, it addresses several shortcomings of the strategy and the fact that it remains vague in terms of concrete measures, and concrete gender equality targets.


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Reform of the EU's list of tax havens

Quote from Sven Giegold MEP

The European Parliament adopted a resolution with proposals to reform the EU's list of tax havens. Central demands are stricter criteria as well as a transparent and independent decision-making process on listing or delisting countries as tax havens. The criteria should also be applied to EU countries.


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Turkish Flag/ CC0 Dima Rogachevskiy

Prisoners of conscience in Turkey

Quotes from Ska Keller and Sergey Lagodinsky

Thursday, 21 January, MEPs will debate and vote on an urgency resolution on the human rights situation in Turkey, notably the case of Selahattin Demirtaş and other prisoners of conscience, and urge for their immediate release. One of the less known prisoners of conscience is Cihan Erdal, a member of the youth wing of Turkey’s Green Left Party.


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Justice

European Arrest Warrant must not be exploited for political reasons

Press release from EFA MEPs Jordi Solé and Diana Riba

EFA MEPs Diana Riba and Jordi Solé have spoken out against attempts to politicise the operation of the European Arrest Warrant. The European Parliament has been reviewing the implementation of the European Arrest Warrant, which allows those accused of serious crimes to be extradited from o...


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EU & US must work together as close friends

Inauguration of President Joe Biden

Members of the European Parliament debated the inauguration of new United States President Joe Biden and the political situation in the US. The EU and US need to work together as close friends if we are going to overcome the climate crisis, tackle global threats to health and support democracy and human rights worldwide.


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Humanitarian situation of refugees and migrants at the EU's external borders

Quote from Tineke Strik MEP

Members of the European Parliament will debate the situation facing refugees and migrants on the EU's external borders, following reports of the dire situation in Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Canary islands and elsewhere.


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Covid-19 vaccine/ CC0 Hakan Nural

Greens/EFA call for more European cooperation & unity

Covid-19 Vaccinations

Members of the European Parliament will debate the global vaccination strategy. The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament are calling for more coordination among EU countries and support a European approach. The Greens/EFA group calls on the European Commission to build trust with more transparency and advocates for international equitable access to vaccines and a global vaccination strategy.


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Brexit

Greens/EFA welcome that deal has been reached but insist on time for parliamentary scrutiny

Brexit

A deal has been reached between negotiators from the European Union and United Kingdom on a future relationship, to follow the end of the Brexit transition period, which concludes at the end of this year. The deal will still need to be approved by the European Council and the European Parliament. The Greens/EFA group are calling for the European Parliament to have sufficient time to scrutinise all elements of this agreement before it is voted on.


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Green light for financing sustainable recovery

Recovery and Resilience Facility

Early this morning, negotiations were concluded on the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the central piece of the Next Generation EU package, designed to help the EU through the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. The, RRF will make €672.5 billion (€312.5 billion in grants and €360 billion in loans) available to member states to support their investments and reforms in favour of the ecological and digital transition. The priorities are: Green transformation, digital transformation, resilience, economic cohesion, social and territorial cohesion, institutional resilience, and policies for the next generation, children and youth.


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Rubber-stamping of Brexit deal ignores European Parliament's responsibilities

Brexit

European Parliament group leaders agreed in the Conference of Presidents of the Parliament to push ahead with a vote on a potential Brexit deal before the end of the year. The Greens/EFA group express concern that expediting the consent procedure will not allow adequate time for proper democratic scrutiny of any potential deal with the UK on a future relationship.


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China: Forced labour and the situation of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang

Quote from Reinhard Bütikofer MEP

The atrocities against the Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang and rampant state-imposed forced labour are crimes against humanity. The European Parliament is calling on European companies to break off business relations with Chinese partners if they abet human rights violations.


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Parliamentary unity in negotiations on long-term budget paid-off

MFF

Members of the European Parliament are voting on a resolution on the outcome of last week's European Council summit on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (MFF), the InterInstitutional Agreement, the EU Recovery Instrument and the Rule of Law Regulation.


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Sakharov Prize - Belarussian democratic opposition

Quote from Heidi Hautala MEP

Today (Wednesday 16 December), the European Parliament formally awards the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Belarusian opposition.


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People sitting at a table with laptops/ CC0 Headway

Commission proposal first step to end Wild West of Internet giants

Digital Services Act

We welcome the European Commission's move to end the Wild West style Internet giants and to make online platforms accountable for how they spread content and when they remove content from users.


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LGBTI strategy photo action

Hungarian Parliament adopts constitutional amendments against LGBTI community

Quote from Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield MEP

The Hungarian Parliament has adopted, Tuesday 15 December, new legislation with constitutional amendments that will further remove the rights of LGBTI citizens in the country.


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EFA MEPs welcome Minority Safepack initiative

Press release from the EFA MEPs

The European Free Alliance (EFA) in the European Parliament has welcomed the opportunity to debate the Minority Safepack initiative during this week's plenary session. EFA MEPs congratulated the initiative's organisers for gaining over a million signatures across the EU for their citizens...


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Photo by Luis Tosta on Unsplash

Clean water for the whole EU

Drinking Water Directive

EU-wide clean drinking water is a great success for the initiative from civil society. We owe it to the efforts of civil society that our drinking water will be cleaner in the future. For the first time, limit values for endocrine disruptors and stricter values for lead will make tap water cleaner. All of Europe will see the roll out of public drinking water dispensers.


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Negotiations on a European Climate Law crucial

EUCO

The Greens/EFA group welcomes the agreement of European Union leaders to raise their climate target to at least 55% net emissions reduction by 2030, but significantly more effort is needed to reach the Paris climate goals. The Greens/EFA group strongly criticise the overnight push to promote gas as a transitional technology. Now it comes down to the negotiations on European climate legislation. Saturday, December 12 marks the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement.


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Italian MEPs Rosa D'Amato, Ignazio Corrao, Eleonora Evi and Piernicola Pedicini

Greens/EFA group welcomes four Italian MEPs

On 9 December, four Italian MEPs, Rosa D'Amato, Ignazio Corrao, Eleonora Evi, and Piernicola Pedicini, joined the Greens/EFA group by unanimous acclamation. The Greens/EFA group now has 73 Members.


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Europol reform and counter-terrorism agenda must protect people, preserve rights

The European Commission presented, on 9 December, two new proposals, on the revision of Europol's mandate and the new counter-terrorism strategy. While the reform must protect people, it must also preserve rights.


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New study shows breaches of rule of law during first Covid wave

Covid-19

Greens/EFA group MEPs working on rights and democracy, have released a first of kind legal study into the emergency measures taken by EU member states during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, assessing the impact on the democracy and the rule of law, free movement of people, asylum and refugee protections and data protection.


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Human Rights: EU sanctions regime agreed

Quotes from Hannah Neumann & Heidi Hautala

The new sanctions mechanism is a big success, the European Parliament, and our group in particular, have repeatedly called for the adoption of such a regime. Our efforts now have finally paid off. With the mechanism, the EU will have a toolbox at its disposal allowing targeted, smart sanctions, such as asset freezes or travel bans.


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Conflicts of interest - Commission letter on Andrej Babiš leaked

Quotes from Viola von Cramon & Mikuláš Peksa

According to a leaked letter in Czech media, the European Commission has reiterated its position that the Prime Minister of Czech Republic, Andrej Babiš, is in conflict of interest between his role as PM and his business dealings.


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Frontex hearing on illegal pushbacks

Quote from Tineke Strik MEP

The evidence continues to pile up that Frontex is aware of Greek authorities engaging in 'pushbacks' of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. Pushbacks deprive refugees of their right to asylum, puts lives at risk and are illegal under international law.


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EFA MEPs: Elections review ignores 'flagrant democratic violations'

Press release from the EFA MEPs in the European Parliament

MEPs have debated and adopted a report taking stock of the 2019 European elections. Whilst the review contains some positive points, such as increased voter turnout and the spitzenkandidaten process, it ignores some of the flagrant democratic violations related to the election, notably with regar...


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Abortion rights must be protected

Poland

The ruling of the Polish constitutional tribunal is in effect a ban on abortion. The ruling puts people's lives at risk, has brought tens of thousands to the streets, and shows the extent in the breakdown in the rule of law in Poland. The PiS government has attacked the independence of the judiciary so that they can pursue a far-right agenda that undermines fundamental rights.


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Circular economy

Towards a sustainable Single Market focused on consumers

Single Market

The European Parliament voted in favour of the report by Greens/EFA MEP David Cormand which is part of the action plan for the Circular Economy, one of the pillars of the European Green Deal. In particular, it calls for the sustainability and reparability of products, reuse and the development of the collaborative economy sector.


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Vaccines & medicines must be affordable & accessible to all

Pharmaceutical Strategy

The European Commission presented its Pharmaceutical Strategy. The Strategy aims to ensure the supply of medicines and vaccines to all people in the European Union and to encourage innovation by European pharmaceutical companies. The Greens/EFA group welcomes the Pharmaceutical Strategy and calls for more transparency in investment and the avoidance of pharmaceutical monopolies.


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© Brandon Laufenberg

Milestone for consumer protection

Class action lawsuits

This is a milestone for European consumer protection and an example of the power and influence of the EU law. EU-wide class action will give consumers better means to combat adverse commercial practices. This is a tool for the EU and the member states to improve consumer protection.


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EFA MEPs: Unacceptable 'censorship' of EP Report on Fundamental Rights

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

EFA MEPs have described as unacceptable the 'censorship' of the European Parliament's report on fundamental rights in the European Union 2018-2019. The report gives a broad overview of the situation on fundamental rights across the EU, and has been the product of many months of prepar...


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Green industrial policy for climate protection & jobs

Industrial Strategy

The decarbonisation of our industry will pave the way to climate neutrality and create jobs. Protecting the climate is a job creator. We must switch from subsidising coal-fired power stations to investing in renewables. The Green Deal can make the European Union the market leader in energy-efficient and resource-saving industrial processes and cutting-edge technologies


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European Council Summit & Rule of Law

Quote from Philippe Lamberts MEP

It's shameful that Hungary and Poland are attempting to derail the entire Recovery Plan and MFF because their governments no longer stand for the values on which this Union is built. There is no European Union without European values, which include democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights.


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