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Fishing

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a report on the conservation of fishery resources and protection of marine ecosystems. While Green MEPs backed the successful attempt to include a ban on pulse fishing, the Greens voted against the report, which fails to establish common objectives at an EU level.

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Single use plastics have no place in the EU economy

EU plastic strategy

Bas Eickhout and Davor Škrlec react to the European Commission's new Plastic Strategy: "There can be no room for unnecessary single use plastics in the European economy."


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Tatjana Ždanoka to stand down as MEP

Press Release from EFA in the European Parliament

Latvian and EFA MEP Tatjana Ždanoka has announced that she intends to stand down as a Member of the European Parliament from March 2018. Ms Ždanoka will then focus on her party's campaign for the Latvian national elections to the Saeima due to be held in October this year. Tatjana Ždano...


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Greens/EFA group offers full support to LuxLeaks whistleblowers in fight for justice

Luxleaks trial

“We are delighted that the court has overturned the verdict against Antoine Deltour. His brave action, and that of Raphael Halet who sadly lost his appeal today, was vital in bringing this tax scandal to public attention," said Greens/EFA transparency spokesperson Benedek Jávor.


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Bulgarian EU Presidency will inherit very important files

Comments from Greens/EFA group presidents

"Bulgaria takes on the presidency at a testing time, and we are hoping that by the end of the presidency, Europe will have taken a step forward," says Greens/EFA co-president Ska Keller.


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Europe shows its teeth against tax dodging

IKEA investigation after Greens' report

he European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced the opening of an investigation into the tax affairs of IKEA. As many other big companies, IKEA has been using a series of tax loopholes for years to avoid paying taxes. It is the duty of the European Commission to stop these unfair behaviours and make sure that companies pay their taxes where they make their profits.


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New legislation will deliver real benefits for citizens

Money Laundering

The European Parliament, Commission and Council successfully concluded trilogue negotiations on the revision to the anti-money laundering directive. The revised legislation includes a series of important measures for cracking down on money laundering, including the creation of ultimate beneficial ownership registers


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EU wide ban on Nazi and fascist symbols and slogans

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Solé (Catalonia)

The European Parliament this week held a debate with the participation of the European Commission on proposals for an EU wide ban on Nazi and fascist symbols and slogans. EFA MEP Jordi Solé took part in the debate and spoke of the current situation in the Spanish state. Speaking in the ...


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People must be at the heart of Brexit process

EFA MEPs comment on Brexit debate in European Parliament

The European Parliament has approved a resolution recommending that the Brexit negotiations move to phase two. MEPs emphasised that the UK government must respect the commitments already given in order for progress to be made in the next phase, and that outstanding issues will need to be resolved...


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Now the EU must turn plans into action

Panama Papers

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament is calling on the European Commission and European Council to take immediate steps to turn the recommendations of the Panama Papers inquiry into action.


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Disappointing result for consumer rights

Phosphate additives

The European Parliament has just voted on an objection to Commission proposals that would allow phosphates to be used as additives in products such as donor kebabs. The objection, which was co-tabled by Greens/EFA MEP Bart Staes, fell just short of the required absolute majority.


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Ska Keller on Brexit and Migration

European Council

This Thursday and Friday (14-15 December), leaders from the 28 EU member states will attend a meeting of the European Council in Brussels. The agenda includes migration and the decision on whether to progress to stage two of the Brexit negotiations.


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Greens/EFA group calls for Commission decision to be annulled

Glyphosate

The Greens/EFA group will try to build a majority in the European Parliament to refer the European Commission’s decision to renew the licence for glyphosate to the European Court of Justice.


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MEPs call for Paris Agreement to be translated into EU law

Energy governance

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health & Food Safety and Industry, Research & Energy committees have today adopted the report on the Governance of the Energy Union. This regulation will translate the outcome of the Paris climate agreement into EU law. The vote in plenary should take place in January 2018.


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Greens/EFA group calls for Special Committee on pesticide authorisation

Glyphosate

At today's Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, the Greens/EFA group will call for the establishment of a special committee to investigate the handling of the assessment process for pesticides. The call for a special committee follows negotiations with the S&D and GUE/NGL groups.


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EU Finance Ministers agree on whitewashed blacklist

Tax Havens

The EU Finance Ministers have today approved the EU’s tax haven blacklist. This lists 17 countries that have not responded to information requests from the European Council or that have not committed themselves to make their tax policy compliant with EU criteria.


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Congratulations to “anti-Schäuble” Centeno

New Eurogroup leader

Today, the Eurogroup elected Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno as its new President. Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, comments.


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Tax must be at the heart of Brexit negotiations

New report from Greens/EFA group

Cleaning up the UK's overseas territories should be a condition of any UK-EU trade deal after Brexit, according to the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. The call comes as the group launches a new report which argues that the fight against tax havens, tax evasion and tax avoidance must be at the centre of Brexit negotiations.


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Diverting funding towards military capacity building would be a backwards step and incompatible with EU law

Civilian conflict prevention

The European Parliament will today debate the outcome of trilogues on the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP). The Greens/EFA group has consistently argued against the reform of the regulation which aims at introducing a military capacity building program to the EU's only instrument for civilian conflict prevention.


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EU must impose an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia

Situation in Yemen

The Greens/EFA group is calling on the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, to launch an initiative in the Foreign Affairs Council to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. The European Parliament will hold a debate this afternoon on the situation in Yemen, with a vote on a motion for a resolution tomorrow.


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Commission must do more for small farmers

Common Agricultural Policy

The European Commission has today published a communication on the future of the common agricultural policy (CAP). The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament is calling for much greater support for small farmers.


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MEP delegation to visit Catalan political prisoners

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Solé (Catalonia)

A delegation of seventeen MEPs from different political groups is set to travel to Madrid in the coming weeks to visit the prisons where Catalan political prisoners are being held following the recent referendum and declaration of independence in the Catalan Parliament. Eight members of the legit...


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Binding targets are needed if EU is to be world leader on renewables

Renewable energy directive

Claude Turmes and Bas Eickhout respond to the weak renewable energy targets agreed by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy committee. "“The EU should be striving to become the world leader in renewables. An ambitious renewables policy with national binding targets is key to cutting costs and accelerating the energy transition."


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Binding targets will help cut bills and combat energy poverty

Energy efficiency

The European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy committee has today backed a report on the energy efficiency directive, setting out efficiency targets for 2030. "An ambitious energy efficiency policy is needed to bring down energy bills for European citizens and businesses," says Benedek Jávor.


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EU should not let its own member states off the hook

Tax havens blacklist

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has welcomes a report from Oxfam, which sets out an alternative EU tax haven blacklist. "EU tax havens should not be let off the hook", says Sven Giegold.


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Dark day for consumers, farmers and the environment

Glyphosate

The Appeals Committee of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed has today approved the European Commission's proposal to renew glyphosate’s licence for five years. Greens/EFA food safety spokesperson Bart Staes comments.


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EU still doesn't have rules in place to ensure whistleblower protection

LuxLeaks

"This trial shows why we need protection for whistleblowers. It is thanks to people like Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet that the public was made aware of the many tax and fraud scandals to break in recent years," says Greens/EFA transparency spokesperson Benedek Jávor.


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Study: Major changes needed if CAP is to be made fit for purpose

Common Agricultural Policy

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not fit for purpose, according to a new study co-commissioned by the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament.


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New organic regulation one step closer to becoming a reality

Organic farming

"With a strong majority in favour of the new regulation, there is now a consensus in favour of bringing organic regulations up to speed so that they address the needs of this rapidly growing market," said Greens/EFA spokesman on agricultural policy Martin Häusling.


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EU must lead the way in 2018

COP23

If the EU is to truly live up to its role as global climate leader, it must up its ambitions in 2018. The EU must arrive at COP24 in Katowice having gotten much closer to what is needed to implement the Paris Agreement.


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Greens/EFA group calls for final adoption

Organic regulation

The EU Member States will vote on the negotiated compromise for a new EU organic regulation in the Council's special committee on agriculture.


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EU must transform intent into real benefits for citizens

Social Summit

We welcome intentions to create a more socially conscious European Union. But good intentions are not enough. We need to see concrete action, with social issues at heart of the policy agenda.


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First step towards Article 7

Rule of law in Poland

Europe must be united in telling the Polish government that there will be consequences if they to stray from the path of democracy.


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Terricabras – Why this unequal treatment for Catalonia?

Press release from EFA MEP J-M Terricabras (Catalonia)

The European Commission has been accused of 'unequal treatment' in respect of Catalonia during a debate today in the European Parliament on the rule of law in Malta. Today's debate was in response to the recent brutal murder of a Maltese journalist. However the EU institutions are ...


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European Council must stop dragging its heels

Money Laundering

"Each successive major tax scandal has shown the need for increased transparency. With the Paradise Papers, the list of revelations has grown even longer, yet still member states refuse to act," says Judith Sargentini, Greens/EFA member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee.


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Rule of law in Malta

Quote from Sven Giegold

Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group, comments on on the rule of law in Malta and the proposal to establish a prize to recognize Daphne Caruana Galizia’s work.


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No excuse for inaction on Paradise Papers

Greens/EFA president, Philippe Lamberts, and Green MEP and member of the EU Parliament’s Panama Papers committee, Molly Scott Cato, set out their agenda for change following the Paradise Papers.


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Reaction of Greens/EFA presidents

European defence cooperation

Comments from Greens/EFA co-presidents Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts on the news that 23 Member States have signed a joint notification on European defence cooperation.


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Missed opportunity for the Commission to show ambition on climate

CO2 limits for cars

"We need to see much greater ambition if we are to protect our environment and secure the long-term future of Europe’s car industry" says Bas Eickhout.


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Tough criminal provisions needed for fraudsters

Tax crimes and money laundering

The European Parliament's committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) has voted in favour of a report from Greens/EFA MEP Eva Joly on "Countering money laundering by criminal law". This proposal for a directive aims at strengthening and harmonising the definitions and penalties f...


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New leak shows urgent need for action

Paradise Papers

Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP and member of the European Parliament’s Panama Papers committee, comments on the latest big tax leak, the Paradise Papers.


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Greens/EFA asks for release of political leaders

Catalonia

Yesterday, nine Catalan political leaders (including 2 former MEPs) were imprisoned. Whatever the charges levelled at them by the Spanish judiciary, the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament consider that this action was unwise and disappropriate and can only further poison the political situation i...


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Concrete action must be taken to prevent sexual harassment in EU

Comments from Terry Reintke

The European Parliament has today backed a joint resolution on combating sexual harassment and abuse in the EU. The text includes proposals designed to address the recent reports of sexual harassment in the European Parliament and other EU institutions.


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Greens/EFA group demands Monsanto inquiry

Glyphosate

26 October - At the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, the Greens/EFA group announced that it will start collecting signatures for the establishment of an inquiry committee on glyphosate. The purpose of the committee would be to investigate the handling of the decision-making process for the proposed renewal of glyphosate's licence.


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Revised directive will help reduce workplace cancer

Occupational Health

The European Parliament has voted on the final agreement on the revision to the directive on limiting exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work.


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Entry/exit system is unfit for purpose

Passenger data collection

The proposed entry/exit system is unfit for purpose, says Jan Philipp Albrecht.


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Concerns over situation in Catalonia

Statement from EFA MEPs J-M Terricabras & Jordi Solé (Catalonia)

The European Parliament has this week heard concerns about the situation in Catalonia following the independence referendum held on 1 October. The Spanish authorities are preparing to suspend the democratically elected Catalan government and impose direct rule from Madrid. Two civil society leade...


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Last chance to establish dialogue

Catalonia

Ahead of decisive meetings in Spain later this week, the Presidents of the Greens in the European Parliament, Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts urge the European Institutions to offer mediation and call on both the Spanish and the Catalan government to come back to dialogue.


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Malta’s government must step down

Murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Following the horrible murder of the Maltese journalist and blogger, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Green MEPs Eva Joly and Sven Giegold call for the resignation of the Maltese government over its failure to properly investigate allegations of money laundering.


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European Parliament calls for urgent action to protect those who reveal public interest information

Whistleblowers

There is an urgent need for effective protection for whistleblowers at EU level. That is the key demand of a report from the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee, which won the backing of the majority of the MEPs today.


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European Parliament demands an end to glyphosate

Glyphosate

The European Parliament has objected to the European Commission’s proposal to extend the EU licence for glyphosate by ten years. It calls on the Commission not to renew the licence at the end of the year, and for the substance to be phased out entirely within five years.


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