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Zdanoka welcomes EU Commissioner's intervention

Latvian MEP Tatjana Zdanoka has welcomed an indication from EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia that he will remind the Latvian government of its responsibilities to its citizens as it deals with the economic crisis.The Commissioner was responding to an oral question tabled...
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Air travel security

Security checks for liquids are costly and inconvenient for airport authorities and passengers alike, and their effectiveness is unproven. With an end to these measures due next year, the EU Commission is however proposing we continue the restrictions and use new, expensive machines to enforce them.
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MEP Joins the 65,000 Cyber Marchers

Make Animal Testing History  More than sixty five thousand people have joined a 'cyber march' calling for an EU ban on unnecessary experiments on animals.  Organisers of the protest met Plaid MEP Jill Evans in Brussels to discuss a new and stronger European law. More than tw...
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Telecoms package

Yesterday evening, the European Parliament and the EU Council (representing national governments) agreed on a compromise text regarding protection of internet users' rights in cases of action on grounds of alleged copyright infringement, e.g. via online file-sharing.
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MEP recognised for work on EU seal trade ban

Frieda Brepoels during the MEP Awards, together with Jo Swabe of HSI - Picture credit: Fabrice Debatty...
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Emissions Trading Scheme

A majority of European Parliament environment committee MEPs today voted against a proposed objection (1) to a draft European Commission decision, which would lead to serious exemptions for non-power sector industries under the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) from 2013 onwards.
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Energy efficiency labelling

At a "trialogue" meeting about the energy efficiency label, the Swedish Presidency controversially backed a proposal that would allow the introduction of new classifications up to "A++++" for domestic appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators. This would be good PR for the white goods industry but bad news for consumer informa…
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EU summit and Lisbon Treaty

The path is now open for final ratification of the Lisbon Treaty following agreement between EU heads of state and government for a Czech opt-out on the Charter of Fundamental Rights, concluded at their summit in Brussels. Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Co-presidents of the Greens/EFA Group i...
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EU summit - climate policy

At the EU summit, heads of state and government have failed to advance the EU negotiating position. According to the Greens, recycled rhetoric and double standards on climate policy were back on show. EU leaders speak loud and clear on the global challenges of climate change, but remain tongue-tied when it comes to meeting their own respo…
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EU summit and climate

Ahead of this week's European Council, Green MEPs have held a press conference calling for EU leaders to step up the ambition of their climate policies. In this context, they have also launched a online communications tool (www.climatecircus.com ) to show how far the climate policies of EU and world leaders are from their rhetoric on clim…