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G20

Commenting on the outcome of the G20 summit in Toronto, Rebecca Harms and Dany Cohn-Bendit, co-chairs of the Greens / EFA group in the European Parliament said:"As expected, there has been no progress at the G20 Summit in Toronto. The lessons from the financial crisis that erupted almost two year...
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Emissions standards for Vans

The Industry Committee of the European Parliament today voted on CO2 regulations for light commercial vehicles. Commenting on the vote, Green MEP Rebecca Harms, President of the Greens/EFA group, said:"In voting for watering down the legislation on van emissions, a majority of the Industry Committee...
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Bank Data Agreement

German Green MEP and member of the Civil Liberties Committee, Jan Philipp Albrecht, comments on the ongoing negotiations between Council, Commission and Parliament over the transfer of bank data to US authorities ("SWIFT agreement"):"Now the cat is out of the bag: The grand coalition of Conservative...
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Carbon and energy tax

The European Commission has begun considering a proposal to revise the energy taxation directive, including a carbon tax component. Green MEPs support the revision but call for the proposal to set the rate at the right level and limit exemptions.
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Kosovo-Report

Commenting on the vote today in the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) on the Kosovo report, Ulrike Lunacek, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament and Kosovo-Rapporteur, said:"With a clear majority for my Kosovo-report, the Foreign Affairs Committee has given an imp...
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Offshore oil drilling

The Greens/EFA group has highlighted the lack of EU regulation on offshore oil drilling, notably on safety and liability. In addition to calling for stronger and more coherent EU rules, the Greens have called for a moratorium on offshore drilling - at least until stronger rules are in place.
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European External Action Service

Commenting on the outcome of yesterday's inter-institutional negotiations on the European External Action Service in Madrid, Franziska Brantner, foreign affairs spokesperson of the Greens/EFA Group, said: "The political agreement reached yesterday is a step in the right direction compared to th...
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Electrical and electronic waste

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Call for civil society financial lobbying

For the first time, 22 MEPs in charge of regulating banks and financial markets have launched a multi-party call criticizing the asymmetry in the representation of interests. This call was initiated by Green MEP Pascal Canfin.
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Export of torture

Onthe occasion of the resolution on the export of torture instruments today in the European Parliament, Barbara Lochbihler, Green/EFA coordinator for the Human Rights Subcommittee,Declares: "We welcome that the European Parliament, aroused by an NGO report, now calls for concrete measures to implem...