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Enlargement

Today, the European Commission published progress reports on the progress of Western Balkan countries towards EU accession. The Greens/EFA Group is calling on the EU to step up its efforts towards the European integration of the region.Commenting on the Croatia report, Franziska Brantner – German G...
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EU-Turkey

The Commission's report underlines "limited progress" made by Turkey. It is true that democratisation initiatives are yet to be realised. Freedom of association, the right to trade union membership, freedom of expression and of the press and an independent justice system all remain priorities for reform.
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Brazilian beef still leaves bad taste in Brussels

SNP Member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee Alyn Smith has today (Tuesday) hailed a decision by the Agriculture Committee to haul the European Commission back to the floor of the full Parliament in Strasbourg to justify the continued refusal to ban Brazilian beef imports on grounds...
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Financial transaction tax

The Greens welcome the Parliament's support for a financial transaction tax, a long overdue and important recognition of its benefits in the wake of the financial crisis. The financial transaction tax would reduce speculation in international financial markets and generate revenue desperately needed for the social and ecological conversio…
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Nobel Prize for Literature

Commenting on the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller, Greens/EFA Group Co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit said: "We are delighted that this year's Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Herta Müller. Herta Müller is an ar...
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Human rights

Today, at 15.00 in the European Parliament plenary chamber, Greens/EFA MEPs will display images of Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist and human rights activist who was murdered three years ago on this day. This is to pay tribute not only to her, but to all those who have paid with their...
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SET-Plan

Commenting on today's EU Commission Communication on a financing plan for research and development of low carbon technologies (the so-called SET-Plan), Luxembourg Green MEP Claude Turmes said:"The Commission's plan is a mere public relations exercise, not a serious effort to prioritise and support t...
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Sakharov Prize

Today, a joint meeting of the European Parliament's foreign affairs and development committees selected a shortlist of three candidates for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. (1) Greens/EFA Co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit commented: "We are very pleased that Greens/EF...
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Latvian Trade Unions protest in Brussels

When: Wednesday 7 October - 11h00 to 12h30Where: European Commission, Berlaymont building, BrusselsLatvian Trade Union representatives will be in Brussels to take part in a protest action concerning the implications of a European Commission backed fiscal stimulus package for Latvia. The fiscal packa...
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Lisbon Treaty

The Greens have wholeheartedly welcomed the convincing yes vote (67.1%) from Ireland on the Lisbon Treaty. We call on the Czech President to end his blocking tactics so that the final stages of ratification can be closed. The Lisbon Treaty can now help a 27 Member State EU bloc face up to the global crisis.