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Illegal logging

Today the EP negotiators have agreed to a compromise in the second reading with the Council on the illegal timber regulation. Upon taking up her mandate in the UK Parliament, Caroline Lucas was succeeded by Satu Hassi as the rapporteur for the regulation. Satu Hassi commented on the result: "I ...
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Development Policy

The European parliament today adopted a report assessing the progress made in reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals (1). Commenting on the vote, Green MEPJudith Sargentini, Member of the Development Committee,said:"Four months before the mid-term review of the achievement of the Millennium De...
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SWIFT Agreement

Commenting on the presentation of the new SWIFT agreement by EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Greens/EFA expert on home affairs in the European Parliament, Jan Philipp Albrecht, comments:"The European Commission risks another rejection in the European Parliament with its proposal for...
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Regional policy

The European Parliament today adopted a report on transparency in regional policy with 629 votes in favour and 6 against. Commenting on the result of the vote, the rapporteur, Green MEP Michail Tremopoulos, said: "European Parliament today has called for greater transparency in the funding of r...
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No longer lost in translation

New EU legislation to guarantee the right to translation in criminal proceedings in other member states are set to be approved by the European Parliament this week. The new rules were welcomed by Civil Liberties Committee Member Tatjana Zdanoka.But speaking in the debate in parliament, Ms Zdanoka sa...
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Biofuels

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SWIFT-Agreement

After the presentation of the new agreement on the transfer of SWIFT bank data to US authorities, the Green home affairs expert in the European Parliament, Jan Philipp Albrecht, comments: "The new agreement, which is close to being finalized, has serious flaws. It still allows the transfer of m...
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EU economic governance

Today the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament insisted that the strengthened European economic governance should be based on the "Community method" and not on the intergovernmental one. During a meeting with the chairman of the Eurogroup, Jean-Claude Juncker, they su...
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Bluefin tuna fishery closure

After scarcely a week of fishing, the purse seinebluefin tuna quotas (1) allocated to European fishermen in the Mediterranean have been reached. Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Fisheries, acting on behalf of the commission has been compelled to close the fishery to prevent further wea...
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SNP welcomes EU shift on healthcare

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has welcomed news that the EU is moving away from plans which would have treated the Scottish NHS as an economic competitor on a Europe-wide healthcare market.The European Commission had previously proposed legislation on cross-border healthcare provision under interna...