Evacuate Moria now
@ErikMarquardt
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Refugees

European politicians cannot turn a blind eye to the situation in Greece, Italy and other countries hosting large numbers of people simply because they fear a far-right backlash. Essential medical assistance and care must be provided to survivors of the fire and anyone infected with the Coronavirus. The EU has a responsibility to act and to leave no one behind.

For a Europe that protects human dignity

Commission plans will not prevent another Moria disaster

Migration Pact

The Commission's Pact won't stop another Moria, despite promises to the European Parliament last week. The EU must end the systematic suffering at its borders but this plan doesn't do that. EU Member States need to share responsibility for asylum through relocation and show solidarity with both refugees and border countries.


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Money Laundering
Images_of_Money | CC BY 2.0

Revelations about government failures must be a wake-up call

FinCEN files

The latest revelations by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) reveal the involvement of internationally operating banks in money laundering operations by the Mafia and by despots, oligarchs, terrorists and drug lords.


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ice melting_climate
©alex-talmon

Commission impact assessment

Climate

"The European Commission must not play around with numbers to calculate the climate target. Tricks in the calculation of such a vital target damages the climate and undermines trust. We need concrete steps to halt climate collapse such as phasing out coal by 2030 and using 100% renewable energy" said Bas Eickhout


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Tanks
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Parliament votes for stricter criteria, control and transparency

Quote from Hannah Neumann

The report by Green/EFA MEP Hannah Neumann was adopted by a majority. The European Parliament calls for stricter EU-wide controls on EU arms exports, better end-use control of exported arms, more coordination of national decisions on arms exports, a publicly accessible database on national arms exports and, for arms subsidised through the European Defence Fund, a sanctions mechanism for breaches of the eight EU export criteria.


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Jordi Solé: #SOTEU - 'Europe must stand by its citizens'

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

EU has a duty to act when democracy and self-determination is threatened within its borders Speaking in today's State of the Union debate in the European Parliament with European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament Jordi Solé...


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State of the Union debate - President of EU Commission von der Leyen
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EU must act on refugees, climate and rule of law

State of the Union

Today (Wednesday 16 Sept.), the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, is debating the 'State of the European Union' withe Members of the European Parliament. The Greens/EFA group are calling for support for refugees, climate protection and a permanent binding mechanism to uphold the rule of law in Europe.


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CC0 Cameron Venti Container ship

MEPs vote for emissions reductions in shipping

Environment

Today, MEPs have voted for shipping to be included in the European emissions trading scheme (ETS) from 1 January 2022 and shipping companies will be obliged to reduce their CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030. Until now, maritime transport has been excluded from the ETS.


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Rule of law debate & LGBTI photo action

Quote from Terry Reintke MEP

The European Parliament debates the rule of law and attacks against the LGBTI community in Poland. The report: "Determination of a clear risk of a serious breach by the Republic of Poland of the rule of law" will be voted on 17 September.


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European Union

Jordi Solé elected President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament

Press Release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

- Jordi Solé replaces Oriol Junqueras and becomes Vice President of Greens/EFA Group Catalan MEP Jordi Solé has today been elected President of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament and becomes First Vice President of the Greens/EFA Group. He replaces ...


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© Brandon Laufenberg

"We call for new and free elections in Belarus"

Belarus: Common Statement from EPP, S&D, Renew Europe, Greens/EFA and ECR

In a common statement, political leaders from EPP, S&D, Renew Europe, Greens/EFA and ECR groups in the European Parliament join forces to call for new and free elections in Belarus and strongly condemn the violence and torture perpetrated against peaceful protesters organised by Lukashenko&rsquo...


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Sunflower
Sunflower

The European Union must finally take action

Belarus

Ahead of tomorrow's (Friday 14 August) video conference of EU foreign ministers, Philippe Lamberts and Ska Keller, leader of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, call for condemnation of electoral fraud and police violence, support for the release of political prisoners and new elections, targeted sanctions and entry bans on those responsible for the repression, and a safe haven to those who are no longer safe in Belarus.


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European Union

European Parliament stands up for the rule of law and future generations

MFF

"The Council's vision for the MFF does not match the scope of the challenges before us. The reductions in grants over loans does not go far enough to support the long term needs of the recovery. Countries that have chosen frugality over solidarity do so at the expense of European unity. It is now up to the European Parliament to stand up for the rule of law and to invest in future generations", says Philippe Lamberts, co-President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament.


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European Council
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Agreement comes at a high price

EU Summit

"In exchange for a smaller recovery fund and higher rebates the rule of law mechanism was significantly watered down. The rule of law conditionality remains too fuzzy to constitute a real lever to bring Member States to respect what they signed up for when becoming members" says Philippe Lamberts, Co-President of the Greens/EFA group.


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Apple ruling wake-up call for EU on tax legislation

Tax Justice

On Wednesday 15th of July the General Court of the European Union annulled the Commission's 2016 state aid decision concerning Apple in Ireland. The ruling by the General Court on illegal state aid to Apple in Ireland is a huge setback in the fight against tax dumping in Europe.


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Time to hammer out historic deal

Council 'negotiation box' on recovery package/MFF

Now is the time to hammer out a historic deal. Angela Merkel's U-turn on grants needs to be reflected in the recovery package and EU budget, in that the rule of law and climate protection are the main focal points.


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Money Laundering

MEPs vote for more action to tackle money laundering

Quotes from Saskia Bricmont MEP and Sven Giegold MEP

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted on amendments to its resolution on Anti-Money Laundering (AML). The final vote will take place this afternoon. It is expected that the text will be carried with a large majority. The resolution is a reaction to the Commission’s recent Anti-Money Launder...


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European Investment Bank
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Parliament votes set out steps for EIB to become EU Climate Bank

European Investment Bank

The European Parliament has made clear its demands on the level of ambition that the Bank would have to reach to become the European Climate Bank. The European Investment Bank has set climate ambitious targets for itself, but it’s time for words to be followed by actions.


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European Parliament calls for paradigm shift for sustainable chemicals and toxic-free environment

Chemical Strategy

The Greens/EFA group are calling for endocrine disrupters, used in cosmetics, toys and food packaging to be banned, as well as long-life fluorochemicals in all non-essential applications. The combination or 'cocktail' effects of chemicals should be addressed, rather than looking at the toxicity of individual chemicals.


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Angela Merkel present the priorities of the German Presidency of the European Council to the plenary of the European Parliament

Merkel must seize opportunity to put Green Deal at heart of recovery

German Presidency

Today (Wednesday 8 July), Chancellor Angela Merkel will present the priorities of the German Presidency of the European Council to the plenary of the European Parliament. The German presidency will have a great opportunity to contribute to these efforts by building an ecological, solidarity-based and gender-equitable Europe and by making the Green Deal and climate protection a motor for jobs and the transformation into a green economy.


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Hydrogen drive alternative rail
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Hydrogen Strategy must not be excuse to continue polluting the planet

Green Deal

Hydrogen can play a role in decarbonisation and in promoting the greening of European industries and the economy. However, the Hydrogen Strategy must not be allowed to become a greenwashing exercise used to subsidise obsolete gas pipelines. Funding hydrogen from fossil fuels is not sustainable and not in line with our climate commitments.


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German Chancellor Merkel
European Union

Green Deal and climate protection must be engine for jobs & recovery

German Council Presidency

Ahead of the start of the German Presidency of the European Council tomorrow, the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament are calling for the Green Deal and climate protection to be the engine for job creation and recovery and for the launch of a rule of law initiative.


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Green Budget
ashraf-ali

The Commission & Council must match Parliament's ambition

Budget 2021

Only last week, the Parliament called for a total of 30% of the 2021 budget to be spent on climate change and 10% on biodiversity, but the EU Commission's proposal of 25% is very unambitious.


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Parliament pushes through EU-wide class action in deal on collective redress

Consumer protection

"This directive fills the legal vacuum in the EU consumer legislation. With such new ground breaking instrument European consumers will no longer be left on their own, like in the Volkswagen emission cheating scandal. Empowering consumers and citizens is the way of the future." declared Heidi Hautala, Greens/EFA shadow rapporteur on the file in the Legal Affairs Committee


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European Council

European Council

Quote from Ska Keller

The European Council summit has ended without any notable progress on the Coronavirus Recovery Plan.


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Andrej Babiš - Parliament report

Parliament report on conflicts of interest exposes flaws in system for managing EU funds

Andrej Babiš

Today (Friday 19 June), Members of the European Parliament will vote on the report into conflicts of interest in the case of the Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš.


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Pigs in a field / CC0 Pascal Debrunner
Pigs in a field / CC0 Pascal Debrunner

Victory for animal welfare – MEPs vote for inquiry committee on animal transport

Quote from Tilly Metz MEP

Today (Friday 19 June), after long-standing calls from the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, MEPs have just voted in favour of setting up a committee of inquiry into animal transport.


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Justus Lipsius EU Council/JLogan (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Justus Lipsius EU Council/JLogan (CC BY-SA 3.0)

European Council Summit

Quotes from Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts

EU leaders will meet (Friday 19 June) to discuss the recovery fund to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).


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MORE TRANSPARENCY TO FIGHT TAX AVOIDANCE

European Parliament permanent subcommittee on tax a victory for tax justice

The European Parliament’s plenary session has voted to support a standing subcommittee to look at tax transparency and to tackle tax evasion and avoidance.


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Womens wheelchair basketball / Audi Nissen

Discrimination has to stop: European Parliament to vote on resolution for strong Disability Strategy

Disability Strategy

Today, (Thursday 18 June) on the initiative of Katrin Langensiepen, Greens/EFA MEP, the European Parliament will vote on a resolution that calls on the Commission to put forward a comprehensive, ambitious and long-term post-2020 European Disability Strategy.


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European Parliament approval paves way for sustainable investments

Taxonomy

The European Parliament has approved a law on sustainable investments known as 'taxonomy', designed to make the financial sector more sustainable.


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Black Lives Matter Protest
Black Lives Matter Protest/Twitter - @MARCPUIGPEREZ

Parliament must vote for clear stance against racism

Anti-racism resolution

Following the tragic murder of George Floyd and protests in the US and around the world, the European Parliament will (today) debate and (Friday) vote on the Resolution on the anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd.


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HK PROTEST
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EU must not tolerate encroachment on autonomy

Hong Kong Security Law

Ahead of tomorrow's (Thursday 18 June) plenary debate and vote on the resolution on the situation in Hong Kong and national security law (Friday 19 June), Greens/EFA, along with EPP, S&D, Renew and ECR, call on EU governments and the European Commission to make it clear to China's leadership that the EU is not prepared to respond with "business as usual" in the face of the violation of Hong Kong's autonomy and freedoms.


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Covid-19 frontline workers
@united-nations

Commission agrees to additional protections for frontline workers

COVID-19

Member States will be required to include written instructions for workers in order to protect them in the workplace. The Commission will report back to the European Parliament on this revision by the end of 2020. This follows the demands of the Greens/EFA group to improve protections for frontline workers potentially exposed to the virus through their roles.


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Hong Kong

EU Foreign Ministers must condemn Beijing's attacks on Hong Kong's autonomy

The EU foreign ministers must strongly condemn Beijing's attacks on Hong Kong’s autonomy. For the EU, as a community of values, such a restriction of civil liberties is unacceptable.


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People in a busy street © Ruby Doan

European Commission seizes the momentum of the Franco-German initiative

Recovery Plan

Today (Wednesday, 27th May), the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented the new Recovery Plan under the umbrella of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).


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© texasmary

EU Commission proposals must kick-start agricultural reform

Farm to Fork/Biodiversity

Today (20 May), the European Commission has just released its "Farm to Fork" and Biodiversity strategies. The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament applaud the fact that the Commission has not caved into calls to delay these strategies, and is moving forward to help tackle the loss of species and seems to be pursuing a more sustainable approach to agricultural policy.


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Reindustrialising-Europe
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Franco-German proposal good base for recovery, but more needed to ensure success

COVID-Recovery

The French and German governments proposed an initiative for a recovery plan for the consequences of the Corona crisis includes recovery bonds and grants for the EU countries that were hard hit by the crisis, as proposed by the European Parliament last week. However, with a planned volume of €500 billion, the plan falls short of the €2 trillion called for by the European Parliament. With regard to the climate target for 2030, the wording is vague.


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European Parliament calls for solidarity & Green Deal to be at heart of recovery

Covid19 Recovery

The European Parliament has just adopted a resolution on the economic recovery plan following the Covid19 pandemic, which puts the Green Deal at its core. The European Parliament is proposing a socio-economic recovery and transformation plan backed by the MFF amounting to €2 trillion, of which at least €1 trillion would be in the form of grants financed through a common loan guaranteed by the EU budget.


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Budget
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'Discharge' vote on EU spending

quotes from Viola von Cramon-Taubadel MEP & Daniel Freund MEP

This week, the European Parliament has voted on the so-called 'Discharge' procedure, signing-off on the spending for 52 European institutions and agencies for 2018. The discharge is a key opportunity for the Parliament to scrutinise the spending and functioning of European institutions and agencies.


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© Jaap Hart

European Parliament to debate emergency law in Hungary

Quote from Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield MEP

Today (14 May) at 09:00, the European Parliament plenary session will debate the Emergency Legislation in Hungary and its impact on the Rule of Law and fundamental rights, at the request of the Greens/EFA group.


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Migrants
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Greens/EFA Proposal for a Fair and Efficient Asylum System in Europe

New Paper

In view of the European Commission’s upcoming proposal for a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has just released a "Proposal for a fair and efficient asylum system in Europe.” This paper calls for increased support for the willingness of cities and municipalities to receive refugees and asylum seekers, a fair distribution of refugees and asylum seekers in the European Union, and compulsory compensation payments from EU governments that refuse European solidarity.


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ggia (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Reports of shooting incident by Greek border guards must not go unanswered

Greek border/Migration

Using violence against people who are seeking help is not only a brutal violation of fundamental rights, but it is also the very antithesis of what the EU is about. The Greek government, Frontex and the European Commission must clarify exactly what happened and outline what steps they will take to ensure that force is not used against innocent people.


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Forrest and mountain range with windmill | Renewable energy
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Draft Environment Committee report calls for 65% less greenhouse gases by 2030

EU climate law

The European Parliament Environment Committee's draft for a European Climate Law calls for a 65% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, going beyond the European Commission's proposal of 55%. The draft report also calls for a CO2 budget and a European Climate Council.


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Money Laundering
Images_of_Money | CC BY 2.0

Fight against money laundering in times of the Corona crisis more important than ever

Anti-Money Laundering Action Plan

The European Commission presented its new Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Action Plan. The plan, which is the first step before the legislative proposals expected at the beginning of next year, supports long-standing Greens/EFA calls for increased action on money laundering. The Commission also published an updated list of countries that pose a risk of money laundering.


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A wake-up call for common fiscal policy in the eurozone

German Constitutional Court ruling/ECB

The German Constitutional Court declared the decisions of the European Central Bank on the Public Sector Purchase Programme to be contrary to its powers. The lesson to be learnt from this judgment must be that the governments of the eurozone must come back to terms with reality. A common fiscal policy will ease the burden on monetary policy.


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Andrej Babiš - Parliament report

Parliament report: no mechanism to address conflict of interest in Czechia

Andrej Babiš

This Thursday, the Budgetary Control Committee will adopt a report into the conflicts of interest around Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, following a fact-finding mission to the Czech Republic, February 26-28. The report finds there is no clear mechanism in place in Czechia to prevent and address situations which may objectively be perceived as conflict of interests.


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Commission announcement of due diligence legislation

Quote from Heidi Hautala MEP

Yesterday, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders announced, in a webinar hosted by Greens/EFA MEP Heidi Hautala, that the Commission will introduce a legislative initiative next year on mandatory due diligence for companies.


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Conclusion of negotiations for a trade agreement between the EU & Mexico

Quote from Anna Cavazzini MEP

The European Commission is still stuck in the old patterns of outdated trade policy. The regulations on environmental protection are insufficient. The Paris Climate Convention is not effectively anchored and there are no obligations to reduce emissions.


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Commission initiates infringement proceedings

Poland/Rule of law

The European Commission's decision is the right response to the undue interference of the Polish government in the independence of the judiciary. This concrete step was long overdue after months of finger pointing at the Polish government.


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sign saying planet earth first © Tobias VJ

Greens/EFA group propose €5 trillion sustainable recovery plan

Corona crisis

Tuesday 28 April, the Greens/EFA group has just released an in-depth sustainable recovery plan for the EU to exit the Corona virus crisis. The Greens/EFA group are calling for a €5 trillion green recovery to build a more resilient, sustainable, and fairer future for Europe and the world.


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