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EU finance ministers ignore Pandora Papers

EU finance ministers agreed on an updated EU list of tax havens. Despite the latest Pandora Papers revelations, the list has been shortened with Anguilla, Dominica and the Seychelles having been removed from the list. The Greens/EFA Group successfully secured a plenary debate on the Pandora Papers on October 6. The following day, MEPs wil…
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Greater say for citizens in EU environmental policy

The European Parliament adopted the agreement negotiated in trilogue on the EU revision of the implementing regulation of the Aarhus Convention regarding access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. The convention had already entered into force in EU countries, but the rule…
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European Parliament vote will call for close-knit partnership on equal footing

The European Parliament will vote on a new report on EU-US relations. A positive result will show that MEPs reaffirm their shared vision for the expanded transatlantic relations between the EU and US under the Biden Administration.
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Pandora Papers show urgent need for more action on tax evasion and money laundering

New revelations, known as the Pandora Papers, were released by the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and partners which reveal apparent tax evasion and money laundering by the global elite. The investigations show that tax evasion and financial crime continue on a vast scale through letterbox companies and trus…
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Greens/EFA welcome Commission's push in the fight against cable clutter

The European Commission presented its long-awaited proposal for standardised charging cables. The proposal is part of the revision of the Radio Equipment Directive from 2014. The proposals will see uniform charging cables for mobile phones, headphones, cameras and loudspeakers, to save resources, reduce waste and as a building block of th…
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WHO recommends tighter limits on air pollutants - EU must catch up

The World Health Organisation's guidelines send a clear signal for clean air and our health. The recommendations are a call for the European Commission to do more for air quality in the EU. People in the EU have a right to clean air.
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EFA welcomes €5 billion Brexit Adjustment Reserve

After months of negotiations, the European Parliament has given the green light for a €5 billion fund to help regions worst affected by Brexit. EFA MEP François Alfonsi, who participated in the negotiations, has welcomed the fund as significant boost for Europe’s hardest hit reg...
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European Parliament calls for gender-based violence to become a crime across the EU

Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of a report calling for gender-based violence to be added to the list of Eurocrimes and for the Commission to come out with a proposal for an EU-wide directive on gender-based violence. This report provides a clear legal basis for establishing minimum rules concerning the definition …
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Parliament report shows Member States must raise the bar on tax cooperation in Europe

Members of the European Parliament voted on a report from Greens/EFA MEP Sven Giegold that assesses the implementation of EU rules regarding the exchange of tax information between Member States. It is the first implementation report the European Parliament has ever put forward in the area of economic and monetary policy. The European “Di…
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Greens/EFA call for faster action on climate protection

"The Green Deal has ambitions for the green transformation of climate policy, agricultural policy, transport policy and in financial and economic policy. But, the EU must live up to these promises" said Greens/EFA Co-President to Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, during the annual State of the European Union debate.