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Commission proposal will ensure rainbow children's rights to their parents

The European Commission has published their proposal on the Equal recognition of parenthood. The proposal has been long awaited and is aimed at ensuring the right of every child to each of their parents. We welcome the proposal of the Commission which is prioritising the best interest of the child and safeguarding the fundamental right o…
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Budapest
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Hungary’s blackmail attempts shows urgent need to drop national vetoes

During the ECOFIN meeting of EU economic and finance ministers, the Hungarian government announced that it intends to block a decision on approving 18 billion EUR of financial assistance to Ukraine. Decisions on the issues of the global minimum tax rate, the Hungarian government's Recovery Plan, and the Commission’s Rule of Law Conditiona…
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Commission’s assessment of Hungary welcome, now Council must defend democracy

The European Commission has just presented its assessment of the Hungarian government’s 17 measures aimed at tackling the rampant corruption in the country surrounding the misuse of EU funds. The Commission’s assessment, if agreed by the Council, will result in a freezing of certain European funds to Hungary.
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Reinhard Bütikofer at the plenary
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Charles Michel’s visit

Charles Michel must address the unprecedented nation-wide protest movement in China against Xi Jinping's ruthless zero-COVID policy, comment by Reinhard Bütikofer.
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Anna Cavazzini at the plenary
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European Parliament calls for EU’s withdrawal from the ECT

MEPs voted to adopt the report by Greens/EFA MEP Anna Cavazzini, calling on the European Union to exit the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The European Parliament calls on the Commission to withdraw its proposal to modernise the ECT and to immediately present a coordinated exit plan for the EU and its Member States.
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Hungarian parliament
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Commission and Council must stand firm on the rule of law

Members of the European Parliament have voted by an overwhelming majority to call on the Commission to continue to stand firm on the Rule of Law Conditionality Mechanism in the case of Hungary.
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Refugees at sea
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EU intervention urgently needed to save lives at sea

MEPs debate the need for a European solution on asylum and migration including search and rescue in the Mediterranean sea. Nearly 6,000 people have died in the Med trying to reach Europe since the start of last year and nearly 30,000 have died since 2014. The Greens/EFA Group are calling on Member States to respect international law.
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Jordi Solè: "We are facing a shocking failure of European solidarity."

EFA Group President Jordi Solè intervened today on plenary to alert the startling situation of Migrants crossing European borders and the dire situation for NGOs and activists who try to help.
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Flowers and bees
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COP15 must be a turning point for the protection of nature

Members of the European Parliament debated the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montréal, Canada. The Greens/EFA Group call for swift action to protect species and habitats, including the rewetting of wetlands such as peatlands and the protection of rainforests and oceans.
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Terry Reintke at the plenary
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EU quotas for Women on boards not enough

Members of the European Parliament debated and adopted the Directive on Gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges (Women on Boards). However, the final text of the Directive is lacking in ambition.