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Ecofin council

Tomorrow (7th September 2010), EU finance ministers will meet at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Brussels to discuss the issue of financial sector taxation. As well as coordinating the establishment of a bank levy, the ministers will also discuss the introduction of a European...
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Roma expulsions

An analysis by the European Commission, which was reported today, has underlined concerns that the current expulsions of Roma by France are in conflict with European law. For the Greens, the French government must immediately stop these appalling expulsions and bring itself back in line with European law.
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EU financial supervision

European Parliament negotiators have reached a provisional deal with the Council on legislation setting out a new EU financial architecture in trialogue negotiations today. The legislation, which will now be formally adopted by the Parliament in the coming weeks, will set up three new European Super...
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International Criminal Court

Commenting on reports, that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will travel to Kenya today, Heidi Hautala, President of the Sub-Committee for Human Rights of the European Parliament, said: "According to information I have received, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will be travelling to Kenya tod...
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Recruitment of new EU ambassadors

Commenting on media reports that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton intends to appoint hardly any women and Eastern Europeans as EU ambassadors, Franziska Brantner, foreign affairs spokesperson of the Greens/EFA Group, said:"Ms Ashton's first staffing decisions could hardly be worse: not even ...
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European electricity interconnection

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Stress test

Commenting on the disclosure of the stress tests of the EU banking system, Sven Giegold, coordinator of the Greens/EFA in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament said: "As the purpose of the stress test exercise is to increase transparency and bolster confidence, we hav...
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Kosovo ruling of the ICJ

Commenting on today's ruling of the International Court of Justice on the legality of Kosovo's secession from Serbia, Ulrike Lunacek (Austria) Greens/EFA Foreign Affairs Spokesperson and Rapporteur of the European Parliament for Kosovo, said: "The Advisory Opinion of the International Court of ...
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MEPs welcome Kosovo ruling

MEPs from the EFA Group in the European Parliament have welcomed today's International Court of Justice  ruling confirming the legality of Kosovo's 2008 independence declaration.Scottish National Party MEP Alyn Smith commented:"While this decision alone is not determinative of the actual i...
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Human rights in China

On the occasion of the hearing on Human rights in China organised in the premises of the European Parliament, Green MEP Heidi Hautala (Finland), Chairwoman of the Sub-Committee for Human Rights, deplored the deterioration of working conditions for the civil society and the harassment of human r...