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MEP recognised for work on EU seal trade ban

Frieda Brepoels during the MEP Awards, together with Jo Swabe of HSI - Picture credit: Fabrice Debatty...
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Emissions Trading Scheme

A majority of European Parliament environment committee MEPs today voted against a proposed objection (1) to a draft European Commission decision, which would lead to serious exemptions for non-power sector industries under the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) from 2013 onwards.
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Energy efficiency labelling

At a "trialogue" meeting about the energy efficiency label, the Swedish Presidency controversially backed a proposal that would allow the introduction of new classifications up to "A++++" for domestic appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators. This would be good PR for the white goods industry but bad news for consumer informa…
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EU summit and Lisbon Treaty

The path is now open for final ratification of the Lisbon Treaty following agreement between EU heads of state and government for a Czech opt-out on the Charter of Fundamental Rights, concluded at their summit in Brussels. Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Co-presidents of the Greens/EFA Group i...
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EU summit - climate policy

At the EU summit, heads of state and government have failed to advance the EU negotiating position. According to the Greens, recycled rhetoric and double standards on climate policy were back on show. EU leaders speak loud and clear on the global challenges of climate change, but remain tongue-tied when it comes to meeting their own respo…
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EU summit and climate

Ahead of this week's European Council, Green MEPs have held a press conference calling for EU leaders to step up the ambition of their climate policies. In this context, they have also launched a online communications tool (www.climatecircus.com ) to show how far the climate policies of EU and world leaders are from their rhetoric on clim…
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Russia

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Press conference

Press conference:European climate leadership? The EU summit and Europe's role in the UN climate negotiationsWhen: Tuesday, 27 October, 11.00-11.30Where: Press Room, PHS 0A50, European Parliament, BrusselsWho: Green MEPs Satu Hassi (member of the EP delegation to COP15), Claude Turmes and Caroline Lu...
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Sakharov Prize

Today, the European Parliament's Conference of Presidents selected Oleg Orlov, Sergeï Kovalev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva for the institution's 2009 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, in the name of human rights organisation 'Memorial' and all human rights defenders in Russia.
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European External Action Service

Regarding today's vote of the European Parliament on the Brok Report on the European External Action Service (EEAS), Indrek Tarand, Greens/EFA shadow rapporteur and Franziska Brantner, Greens/EFA foreign affairs spokesperson, commented:"We welcome the fact that work on the new External Action Serv...