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New rules on middle-men from EU Commission

"The Commission has stepped up a gear in the fight against tax dumping in the EU," says Sven Giegold.

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New fishing legislation will ensure EU boats meet standards worldwide

Comment from Greens/EFA MEP Linnéa Engström

This new legislation will do a great deal to safeguard the future of international fish stocks and communities dependent upon them globally, says Linnéa Engström.


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Parliament supports measures to stop social and environmental dumping

International Trade

"We want open trade, but we do not want trade that undermines social or environmental standards," says Greens/EFA MEP Heidi Hautala.


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Possibilities for keeping EU citizenship after leaving EU set out in new report

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Wales)

As formal negotiations get underway in Brussels, Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans is publishing a new report that explores how UK citizens could retain EU citizenship after the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The study was launched in the European Parliament on Tuesday, and the researchers will present t...


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Stop blocking reforms and open legal channels for migrants and refugees

Ska Keller and Gianni Pittella joint open letter to the European Council

The S&D and Greens/EFA Groups in the European Parliament have sent a joint open letter to European Council President, Donald Tusk, and the Heads of States and Governments, ahead of the next European Council meeting on 22/23 June, asking for immediate action to reform the Dublin system and open legal channels for migrants and refugees.


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Political groups block lobby transparency

Lobbying Transparency Register

Citizens have a right to know which lobbyists politicians have met in the process of creating a law. Regrettably, such a binding legislative footprint was not included in today's mandate. The objectors to mandatory lobby transparency will use the protection of their free mandate as a fig leaf.


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Fair and thorough investigation urgently needed

Malta / Money Laundering

MEPs have today held a debate on the Panama Papers and the rule of law in Malta in the presence of Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat. Prime Minister Muscat faces allegations that senior members of his government were involved in money laundering. Despite several senior officials being implicated...


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Parliament signals prospect of future EU membership for Kosovo

Kosovo report

The European Parliament has backed a report from Greens/EFA rapporteur Ulrike Lunacek on Kosovo. The report forms the Parliament's response to the Commission's annual progress reports on candidate and potential candidate countries.


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EU needs to do more than Trump bashing

Climate

"It is heartening that so many European leaders have lined up to attack Trump’s reckless decision and to pledge their renewed commitment to the Paris climate agreement. However, leadership requires action as well as words," says Greens/EFA climate spokesperson Bas Eickhout.


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Improved cooperation could save billions of euros

Preparation of the European Council of 22 and 23 June 2017

"EU member states need to make pooling and sharing resources the rule, not the exception. Improved cooperation could save billions of euros, money that is urgently needed to prevent conflicts and violence in the world," comments Greens/EFA co-president Ska Keller, ahead of the Council summit.


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EU countries must not shirk their shared responsibilities towards refugees in Europe

Refugee relocation

The European Commission has announced that it will start infringement proceedings against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic in response to their boycotting of the relocation of refugees from Greece and Italy to other Member States. Greens/EFA co-president Ska Keller responds.


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Country by country reporting can help end tax dodging

Tax Justice

The European Parliament has taken a major step to curb the secrecy which allows businesses to minimise their tax liabilities.


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European Commission must take action in response to Monsanto Papers

Glyphosate

"With so many unanswered questions, and an ongoing scientific debate regarding the safety of glyphosate, the European public has a right to know if Monsanto had any undue influence on the outcomes of the EFSA and ECHA assessments," says Greens/EFA food safety spokesperson, Bart Staes.


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European Parliament adopts simpler labelling

EU energy labelling

The European Parliament has voted in favour of the final agreement on revisions to EU rules on energy labelling. This will see the reintroduction of a simplified, colour-coded A-G system. For the Greens/EFA group, the simplified energy labelling is to be welcomed, but the pace of change is unacceptably slow.


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EU Member States must not allow organic reform to fail

Organic farming

"We urgently need a decision on whether we will continue with an outdated and flawed regulation or bring about a positive end to the negotiations on this important package" says Martin Hausling.


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No mandate for hard Brexit

UK general election result

Reaction to the results of the UK general election from Greens/EFA co-presidents Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts.


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Great step towards European security union

European Public Prosecutor

The Justice and Home Affairs Council has come to a political agreement on the European Public Prosecutor (EPPO). The EPPO is tasked with identifying instances of fraud using EU money, for example in cross-border EU-funded construction projects. The European Commission estimates that this amounts to €500 million per year, with a large share being VAT fraud.


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European Commission defence proposals

More cooperation needed instead of cash injection for arms industry

We do not need more money for the defence industry, much less a new arms fund. When the EU Member States pool projects, money is saved and our defence is better and more efficient.


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Greens/EFA MEPs go to ECJ over access to studies

A group of Greens/EFA MEPs has filed a case with the European Court of Justice demanding public access to the studies used by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in assessing the safety of glyphosate.


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Commission sets out options for Eurozone's future

Reflection paper

The European Commission has today (31 May) released a reflection paper setting out options for the completion of a robust economic and monetary union. The proposal contains almost nothing on social and taxation issues, which leaves the EU lagging far behind French President Macron's proposals for social minimum standards, as well as a minimum corporate tax.


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As sources signal Trump likely to pull out, all parties must stand together

Paris Agreement

It seems likely that Donald Trump will this week announce the US's intention to leave the Paris climate deal agreed in 2015.


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New rules for finance industry sign of political amnesia

Securitisation agreement

The European Parliament and Council of ministers agreed on new legislation designed to resuscitate the market for "securitisation" - one of the key causes of the financial crisis that began 10 years ago and that Europe has yet to fully recover from.


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Road mobility package

Road transport sector let down by Commission's proposals

The European Commission has today (31 May) presented the first part of its road mobility package. The package contains proposals for controversial changes to current laws on the social and environmental aspects of the road transport sector, as well as an update that will affect the working conditions of freight drivers working abroad.


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Commission proposal lacks real ambition

EU budget 2018

The European Commissioner for Budget, Günther Oettinger, has presented his draft EU budget for the year 2018. This officially launches the annual budget procedure that will continue until the end of this year. For the Greens/EFA group, the draft budget shows little ambition.


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New emissions targets for 2030 show progress but Member States can do more

ENVI committee

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has today voted to strengthen climate protection in Europe and has adopted a package that sets out targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by EU countries during the period 2021 to 2030.


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European Commission must invest more to promote solidarity

European Solidarity Corps

“Promoting solidarity between young people across the EU is something we strongly support, but the European Commission will have to do better than this to make it happen," comments Greens/EFA education and policy spokesperson, Helga Trüpel.


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Juncker’s Luxembourg made money from the sidestepping of European law

Panama Papers inquiry committee

On Tuesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will attend the PANA inquiry committee in the European Parliament. The former finance minister and prime minister of Luxembourg will face questions about his current and past record when it comes to tax transparency and justice.


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Eurogroup needs to follow through on commitments to Greece

Greece

"Greek people continue to suffer under largely harmful reforms and failure to agree on debt relief does nothing to improve the situation," says Greens/EFA MEP Sven Giegold.


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Road Mobility Package must deliver for workers and the environment

Road transport

The European Parliament has voted on a resolution setting out its position on EU road transport policy. This comes ahead of the European Commission’s Road Mobility Package. The Greens/EFA group wants to see significant improvements to the conditions of workers in the transport sector.


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European Parliament denounces Member States' failure to relocate refugees

Relocation

Member States must finally implement the relocation of 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy. Those Member States that continue to boycott relocation cannot be allowed to get away with their refusal to show solidarity. The Commission must initiate infringement procedures against them.


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Digital borders in Europe to remain

Digital Single Market

The European Parliament has today adopted a new regulation that will ensure that Europeans who buy or subscribe to online content services are able to access them when they travel in other EU countries. Services like Netflix and Spotify will now be obliged to enable cross-border portability of their...


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Eurogroup must deliver on Greek debt relief

"Greece has made huge progress on the many difficult asks that have been made of it. It is now time that the Eurogroup delivered on its side of the bargain," says Ska Keller.


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Call for early agreement on protecting citizens' rights in Brexit talks

Quote from EFA MEP Alyn Smith (Scotland)

Speaking in this morning's European Parliament debate on the Brexit negotiations with EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Scottish National Party MEP Alyn Smith said: "I'd pick up on Guy Verhofstadt's point about how Eurosceptic...


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EU must learn the lessons of Brexit

Response to guidelines for the Brexit negotiations

We need to learn the lessons of Brexit, says Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts.


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European Parliament rejects Commission proposals for a second time

Money laundering

The European Parliament has today rejected for a second time a delegated act on third countries at high-risk of money laundering (1). The fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD), adopted in 2015, empowers the European Commission to identify high-risk third countries. The Commission now propose...


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First step towards EU proceedings against Hungary

Hungary

The European Parliament agreed to take the first step towards initiating Article 7 proceedings against the Hungarian Government. Only the extreme right groups, the ECR and many members of the EPP voted against the resolution. Co-president of the Greens/EFA group, Ska Keller, says work needs to start in the responsible Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee as soon as possible.


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GMOs again fail to secure Member State support

GMOs rejected in appeal committee

"We will continue to make the case that we can feed ourselves and our farm animals without resorting to dangerous and unnecessary GM crops" says Green MEP Bart Staes.


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MEP calls for Syria war crimes tribunal

EFA Press Release from Jordi Solé MEP (Catalonia)

  MEP Jordi Solé (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya) has called for the EU to support the establishment of a Syrian war crimes tribunal to ensure crimes against humanity committed during the conflict do not go unpunished. The MEP – a member of the EFA Group in the Europea...


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Tackling food waste

EFA Press Release from Jill Evans MEP (Wales)

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament in favour of binding food waste reduction targets. MEPs are calling for an EU waste reduction target of 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030 compared to the 2014 baseline. Plaid Cymru has previously called for large food retailer...


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European Parliament demands greater ambition

Food Waste

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament welcome the findings of a report on reducing food waste that was today backed by the Parliament. The report calls for a coordinated policy response and binding targets for food waste reduction.


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Europe needs a new approach to globalisation

Greens/EFA co-president comments ahead of debate

The European Parliament is today debating the Commission's recent reflection paper on globalisation. According to Greens/EFA co-president Ska Keller, the EU needs to develop a new purpose as a power that controls globalisation and delivers fair trade.


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ECJ ruling will change the way future deals are made

EU-Singapore trade deal

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement is a matter of mixed competence, requiring the ratification of Member States to come into force. The ruling will have major implications for future EU trade deals, says Greens/EFA trade spokesperson Heidi Hautala.


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Change needed if Juncker plan is to deliver

European Investment Fund

MEPs have voted to impose much stricter conditions on the sorts of projects that can benefit from the European Fund for Strategic Investments, also known as "the Juncker plan". The Greens/EFA group want funding to go only to projects that need it to be viable, and to see more energy efficiency and social infrastructure investments in future.


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EU reaches deal on copyright exceptions on books for the blind or visually impaired

Marrakesh Treaty

The European Parliament, Council and Commission have reached a compromise deal on the implementation of the Marrakesh treaty in the EU. The treaty makes exceptions to some copyright rules for books and other materials in accessible formats for people who are blind or visually impaired (such as audiobooks, large print, and braille).


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Defending the rights of Breton Speakers

EFA Press Release from Jill Evans MEP (Wales)

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans and UDB (Breton Democratic Union), both members of the European Free Alliance (EFA) stand together to defend the rights of four Breton activists who had participated in the struggle against France's 'Labour Law'. Many people in Brittany have fought this law,...


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European Court rejects Commission's attempt to block anti TTIP citizens' initiative

Ruling from the General Court of the European Union

The General Court of the European Union has annulled the European Commission's decision to refuse the registration of the Stop TTIP European citizens’ initiative. "We owe it to the over 3,000,000 citizens that signed this ECI to finally make the European Citizens' Initiative a fully functional tool of direct democracy in Europe", says Greens/EFA Vice-President Josep Maria Terricabras.


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European Commission lacks a vision for fair globalisation

Greens/EFA response to Commission reflection paper

"We want openness and a fair and global system of trade, not a return to nationalist protectionism. But this does not mean we want to give a free pass to uncontrolled greed", says Ska Keller.


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Macron must be bold to prevent another far-right challenge

French presidential election

While it is a deep relief to see the majority of voters standing together when democracy and rule of law are at stake, this is no time for complacency, says Philippe Lamberts.


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EU Parliament debates current situation

Turkey

Talks on Turkey's accession to the EU should remain frozen until Turkey returns to democracy and substantially improves its approach to human rights, says Greens/EFA co-president, Ska Keller.


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Conservatives must not block action against Hungary

Commission statement on Hungary

The European Commission has decided to open infringement proceedings against Hungary as a result of the restrictions on international universities in the country. The Greens/EFA Group is calling for the European Parliament to launch the Article 7 procedure for the protection of the rule of law in Hungary.


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Gulf between vision and action is far too wide

European Commission proposals on Social Europe

The European Commission has presented its proposals for a European pillar of social rights and work-life balance. This coincides with the publication of a reflection paper in which it sets out its long term vision for a social Europe. For the Greens/EFA group, this may be a first step, but there is still a long way to go.


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