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Cluster Munitions Ban

The European Parliament today considered the EU's role in relation to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and voted for a resolution to ban the weapons. Commenting on the vote Ulrike Lunacek, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson of the Greens/EFA said: "With an overwhelming majority, the European...
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ACTA

The Greens/ EFA group yesterday adopted an urgent appeal for transparency in the negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). With this action, the Greens/EFA protest against the decision by ACTA negotiators to keep a new version of the draft treaty secret after the 9th negotiatio...
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Human Rights in North Korea

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Novel food

The European Parliament today voted in second reading on the draft regulation on 'Novel foods'. Following the vote, Green MEP Bart Staes said: "Today, the European Parliament has sent a clear message to the Commission: we don't want clone food on our plates! Cloning causes unnecessary harm to a...
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Financial Supervision

Commenting on the state of negotiations and today's plenary vote on the Financial Supervision Package, Green MEP and Rapporteur for the European Securities and Markets Authority reportSven Giegold (Germany) said:"After two months of tenacious negotiations with Council, the European Parliament today ...
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Timber Trade

The European Parliament today formally adopted a compromise negotiated between the Environment Committee, Spanish Presidency and the Commission on the regulation of timber. Commenting on the result, Green MEP Satu Hassi (Finland), who replaced Caroline Lucas as the Parliament's Rapporteur on th...
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Industrial emissions

The European parliament today adopted new rules on industrial emissions aimed at curbing environmental pollution. Commenting on the vote Green MEP Bas Eickhout (Netherlands), said: "Today's vote on industrial emissions legislation is a step in the right direction for limiting the dama...
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Bankers' Bonuses

The European parliament today voted overwhelmingly in favour of stronger rules governing bankers' bonuses. Commenting on the vote, Green MEP Sven Giegold, economic and financial spokesman for the Greens / EFA group in the European Parliament, said: "Thanks to the pressure from the European parliame...
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Whaling

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Oil Platforms

European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger today addressed the European Parliament for the second time on offshore oil and gas exploitation and the European response to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. Green MEP's Bas Eickhout (Netherlands) and Bart Staes (Belgium) welcomed Mr. Oettinger's...