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Parliament report on Frontex finds agency needs drastic reorganisation to uphold human rights standards

Today, MEPs from the Frontex Scrutiny Working Group presented their report on the EU’s border agency’s role in the illegal 'pushbacks' of refugees, during a meeting of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. The investigation finds that Frontex failed to deliver on its responsibilities to safeguard human rights at the …
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Commission launches infringement proceedings against Hungary

Today, the European Commission has just announced that it is launching infringement procedures against Hungary for its discrimination against LGBTIQ people. The Greens/EFA Group had called for the Commission to take action against the Hungarian government for its attacks on European values and fundamental rights, and welcome today's annou…
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Poland: ECJ ruling shows need for further Commission action - quotes from Terry Reintke & Dr Sylwia Spurek

Today, the European Court of Justice has ruled that the disciplinary regime for judges in Poland is not compatible with EU law. The Court of Justice has upheld the Commission's complaint on the matter. The ruling comes after yesterday's opinion from the unlawfully composed Polish "Constitutional Tribunal". The Tribunal has claimed that me…
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RRP - The south of Italy must get its fair share of Covid recovery funding

EFA MEP Piernicola Pedicini is calling for the south of Italy to receive its fair share of funding from Italy’s Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP). Each EU member state has set out in a national RRP how it will use EU funding intended to assist Europe’s economic recovery following the...
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Climate Package offers lift-off for climate protection

The European Commission has presented its climate package on Delivering the European Green Deal. This first of its kind package of climate legislation is the roadmap for the EU to reach its climate target of at least 52.8% emissions reduction and 2.2% removed by carbon sinks by 2030, climate neutrality by 2050 and for the implementation o…
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G20 finance ministers meeting – quote from Sven Giegold MEP

G20 finance ministers and central bankers are meeting in Venice to discuss plans for a global tax reform that is designed to ensure multinational corporations contribute more to the countries where they operate.
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Parliament endorses call for systemic change as well as deadlines for ending harmful subsidies

With a large majority, the Parliament adopted its negotiating position with Council on the General Union Environment Action Programme to 2030 (the ‘8th EAP’). The report, led by Greens/EFA rapporteur Grace O’Sullivan, strengthens the Commission’s proposal significantly. Strong emphasis is placed on the need for a just transition, inclu…
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Growing concern over human rights in Hong Kong

  MEPs have today expressed growing concerns about the state of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong. EFA MEP Jordi Solé spoke in the debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, which had been prompted by the recent closure of independent newspaper Apple Daily, and the dete...
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European Parliament calls for Political Boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

The European Parliament will vote on a resolution regarding the closure of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily in Hong Kong. The results of the vote are expected to be announced from 16:30. A large cross-party majority in favour of the resolution is expected. In the resolution, MEPs call for the first time for a political boycott of t…
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Commission and Council must use all available tools to safeguard rule of law & fundamental rights in Hungary & Poland

MEPs debate the recent Hungarian law against the LGBTIQ community, as well as the June General Affairs Council meeting of EU ministers on the Article 7 procedures for failings on the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.