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SET-Plan

Commenting on today's EU Commission Communication on a financing plan for research and development of low carbon technologies (the so-called SET-Plan), Luxembourg Green MEP Claude Turmes said:"The Commission's plan is a mere public relations exercise, not a serious effort to prioritise and support t...
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Sakharov Prize

Today, a joint meeting of the European Parliament's foreign affairs and development committees selected a shortlist of three candidates for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. (1) Greens/EFA Co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit commented: "We are very pleased that Greens/EF...
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Latvian Trade Unions protest in Brussels

When: Wednesday 7 October - 11h00 to 12h30Where: European Commission, Berlaymont building, BrusselsLatvian Trade Union representatives will be in Brussels to take part in a protest action concerning the implications of a European Commission backed fiscal stimulus package for Latvia. The fiscal packa...
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Lisbon Treaty

The Greens have wholeheartedly welcomed the convincing yes vote (67.1%) from Ireland on the Lisbon Treaty. We call on the Czech President to end his blocking tactics so that the final stages of ratification can be closed. The Lisbon Treaty can now help a 27 Member State EU bloc face up to the global crisis.
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Israel-Gaza

UN Human Rights Council will today defer a vote on the Goldstone Gaza report until March 2010. The vote on the UN resolution concerning the report was mainly blocked by the US, with the silent support of the EU. The report of the Goldstone fact-finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict concluded that bot...
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Natura 2000 - Biodiversity

A study presented to the European Parliament petitions committee highlights how EU Member States are often reticent to protect habitats and biodiversity according to their obligations under EU law. National reports include cases from Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
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Guinea-Conakry

The Greens/EFA Group have succeeded in winning a majority in the EP fisheries committee to reject a fisheries agreement with Guinea, in the wake of the bruital suppression of protests in Conakry. This will block first year payments of over € 1 million to the military régime.
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No EU cash for dictator

SNP MEP and Party President Ian Hudghton has welcomed a vote by the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee to hold up the payment of more than £400,000 a year to the military dictatorship in Guinea.  The Fisheries Committee had been due to approve the payment this week as part of ...
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Urban Mobility Action Plan

The European Commission has published its long-awaited Urban Mobility Action Plan. Greens/EFA MEP Michael Cramer has criticised the lack of concrete measures to increase road safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities.
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EP delegations

The last of the Greens/EFA Group's European Parliament delegation presidencies was confirmed today. Greens/EFA Group members now hold the following posts: President of the EP delegation for relations with Turkey: Hélène Flautre (France)President of the EP delegation for relations with Iran: Ba...