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Hungary: Government must scrap law targeting LGBTIQ community

The Hungarian Parliament has just voted through new rules that would ban teaching of LGBTIQ education and literature, advertisements and other materials, deemed by the government to be promoting LGBTIQ rights, under the guise of "protecting children". The ruling Fidesz party proposals echo similar legislation in Russia, aimed at singling …
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MEPs call for lifting of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines

MEPs have adopted a Green amendment expressing clear support for a temporary lifting of intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines and other related medical products. The resolution on Meeting the Global Covid-19 challenge also calls for increased production and manufacturing capacity in developing countries.
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National Recovery Plans must work towards aims of Green Deal

The European Parliament is voting on the European Parliament’s Scrutiny on the ongoing assessment by the Commission and the Council of the national recovery and resilience plans, as requested by the Greens/EFA Group. The recovery plans are part of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) for recovery following the Coronavirus pandemic. …
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Parliament votes to take Commission to court over inaction on breaches of the rule of law

The European Parliament has voted on a resolution paving the way to bring the European Commission to the European Court of Justice for inaction over the rule of law, as called for by the Greens/EFA Group. The EU's Rule of Law Mechanism, which has been in place since January the 1st this year, has yet to be triggered by the Commission over…
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G7/EU-US Summit: Greens/EFA call for global solidarity - Quotes from Philippe Lamberts & Ska Keller

On this morning's plenary debates in the European Parliament on the upcoming G7 meeting in Cornwall (11 to 13 June) and the EU-US-Summit (Brussels, 15 June), from 09:00-11:50, Philippe Lamberts MEP, and Ska Keller MEP, Co-Presidents of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, comments.
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Decentralise Covid Recovery and Resilience plans, say MEPs

EFA MEPs are calling for regions and sub-state governments to play a much stronger role in the preparation and roll-out of the EU's multi-billion Euro funding to drive economic recovery in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. They argue that decentralisation, both in terms of decision making ...
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Parliament vote on Andrej Babiš shows conflict of interest threat to EU decision making

Today, MEPs will vote on the conflict of interest of the Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš. The vote, which was called for by the Greens/EFA Group, calls for action from both the Commission and Council on the on-going conflict of interest surrounding the Czech Prime Minister and his Agrofert group of companies. The Commission recently re…
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Vote on EU COVID Certificate that will bring back freedom of movement

With this certificate travellers will be able to show an app or paper at EU borders or to transport companies to show that they have been vaccinated or have recently tested negative or recently recovered from Covid-19. The certificate should not form the basis for new travel restrictions, but should make free movement of people across Eur…
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Greens/EFA call for binding legislation to protect nature

The European Parliament will debate the Environment Committee report on the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The report calls for a legally binding EU Biodiversity Law. A number of amendments have been tabled that threaten to weaken the report. The Greens/EFA call on all members of the Parliament to vote down these amendments, and to …
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ECJ ruling shows Parliament right to launch proceedings against Hungarian government

The European Court of Justice has just issued its judgment in the Case C-650/18 Hungary v Parliament, which confirms that the Parliament was within its right to have initiated proceedings against Hungary for the situation regarding the rule of law. The ruling comes after the government of Hungary decided to challenge the European Parliame…