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Commission proposal underwhelming, underpowered & uninspired

The European Commission has come out with its proposals for an ‘EU Ethics Body’. The Greens/EFA Group have long been calling for an independent EU Ethics Body that would handle issues of corruption, conflicts of interest and breaches of ethics in the EU institutions.
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protecting the eu against corruption visual
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Greens/EFA Group remain steadfast in push for reforming Parliament six months after scandal

Tomorrow marks the six month anniversary of the ‘Qatargate’ scandal, which exposed cases of foreign influence among MEPs in the European Parliament. The Greens/EFA Group have long led the calls for higher standards of transparency, accountability and integrity inside the EU institutions and strongly support efforts to reform the rules.…
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Rough sea
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Greens/EFA Group reject Council's inhuman asylum deal

This evening, Ministers in the Justice and Home Affairs Council have agreed their position on reforms to the EU’s Asylum system under the Pact on Migration. The Greens/EFA Group have long been fighting for a fair and efficient asylum system that protects human rights and dignity. The Council’s agreement fails to deliver on multiple fronts…
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Word-leading binding rules take shape

The European Parliament has adopted its report on the Corporate Sustainability and Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). The Greens/EFA group have long advocated for mandatory rules requiring companies to identify and remedy risks to human rights arising from the activities throughout their value chain. We welcome this new step forward.
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MEPs pushes for stronger measures to combat sexual harassment

Members of the European Parliament adopted the fifth report on combating sexual harassment in the EU since the #MeToo movement swept through the globe. The report reiterates calls for the European Parliament to implement mandatory anti-harassment trainings for MEPs and staff.
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EPP blocking of Nature Restoration Law harms food security & small farms

The EPP group walked out of the negotiations on the European Parliament's position on the Commission's proposal for the Nature Restoration Law.
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Industrial farming seen from above / CCO no one cares
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EPP and Renew align with far-right extremists against nature restoration

A majority of EPP, Renew and right-wing populists in the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee rejected the European Commission's proposal for a Directive on Nature Restoration. The rejection is part of an ideological right-wing campaign against the Green Deal and key legislation to protect the climate and conserve natural resources.
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We will not be silenced/ Women's rights
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MEPs vote for EU accession to the Istanbul Convention

Members of the European Parliament voted to give consent for the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (IC). Following today’s vote, the Council is expected to ratify the convention on behalf of the EU as a whole in June.
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European Parliament determined to reduce methane emissions in energy sector

A broad majority of Members of the European Parliament have approved a strong negotiating mandate for the proposal to reduce methane emissions in the energy sector. The proposal includes a ban on the routine flaring and venting of methane, obligations to detect and quickly repair leaks from pipelines and valves, obliges the Commission to …
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Super yacht in Greece
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Proposals for sanctions against corrupt oligarchs welcomed but EU institutions still excluded

The European Commission has just presented a series of proposals on tackling corruption in Europe. In the wake of the Qatargate scandal and the scale of Russian money in Europe exposed following the invasion of Ukraine, the Greens/EFA Group are calling for strengthened legal framework and investigative tools, greater cooperation between c…