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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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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya meeting the Greens/EFA in Strasbourg
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EU must stand in solidarity against Belarusian regime

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the democratic opposition in Belarus will address Members of the European Parliament. The Greens/EFA Group are calling for the EU’s unequivocal support for the democratic opposition and independent civil society in Belarus. The Greens/EFA Group condem the instrumentalisation of refugees and migrants…
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EU Industry must play its part in tackling climate change

MEPs have today debated the outcome of the COP26 conference on climate change that took place recently in Glasgow. EFA MEP Piernicola Pedicini spoke in the debate where European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans was also present.   Pedicini called for the EU to ensure that ind...
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Mostar Bridge
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EU has responsibility to support peace in Bosnia & Western Balkans

MEPs will debate the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the request of the Greens/EFA Group, following the recent worrying political developments in the country. The Greens/EFA Group are calling for the EU to take the lead in finding a political solution to the current crisis. Any political agreement must not further deepen ethnic di…
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No green light from Greens/EFA - CAP reform is set to again fail farmers, climate & environment

The majority of MEPs voted in favour of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2023-2027. Rather than using this next CAP period, and one third of the EU budget, to help solve the climate and environment emergency, or the loss of thousands of farmers per day, the final agreement repackages the status quo and falls short of the promises …
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Farmland
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We must reject this CAP!

The European Parliament has today debated the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). While it was hoped that the reform would prepare the CAP to support the EU’s climate and environmental commitments for the years to come, many MEPs are disappointed with the outcome.   EFA ...
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Groundbreaking strategy chance to achieve healthy soils

The European Commission announced a first of its kind strategy for the protection of European soils. The degradation of topsoils poses enormous threats to biodiversity, agriculture, human health and the climate. The European Commission has announced it will propose a Soil Health Law in 2023 to significantly improve the state of soils by 2…
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Commission proposal welcome but more needed to protect ecosystems & human rights

The Commission published its legislative proposal on reducing the risks of deforestation and forest degradation associated with all products on the EU market. The proposal is part of the package on soil, waste shipment and deforestation and it will require companies to ensure that their products sold in the EU do not come from areas where…
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Last Minute Agreement: Quotes Damian Boeselager and Henrike Hahn

Last night, negotiators from the European Parliament, Commission and Council reached a last-minute agreement on the EU budget for 2022.
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Fence on Lesvos
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Greens/EFA MEPs call for end to criminal charges against Humanitarian Workers

Over 71 MEPs have sent an open letter to the European Commission and the Greek government, in support of humanitarian workers facing possible 25 years’ imprisonment as Greece cracks down on activists engaged in search and rescue. This Thursday, the trial of humanitarian workers will start in Greece and could result in the activists spend…