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Slovenian Presidency must be constructive partner on climate, recovery & rule of law

The European Parliament is debating the start of the Slovenian Presidency of the European Council, which began on July 1st. Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša has launched a 'war on the media' targeting national and international journalists, launched personal attacks against judges, and blocked the appointment of the country's candidat…
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Slovenian EU Presidency – ‘the last thing the EU needs is more division on fundamental values’

As Slovenia takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the next six months, EFA President Jordi Solé MEP said that ‘the last thing the EU needs is more division on fundamental values’. Slovenia holds the EU Presidency for the second half of 2021 and MEPs in Strasbou...
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Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy falls short of the ambitions of the Green Deal

Today, the Commission has put forward a new proposal for a regulation on a EU green bond standard together with a communication on the Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy. The Renewed Strategy builds on the Action Plan 2018 on Sustainable Finance and covers several areas, from continuing the work on Taxonomy, to climate and sustainabilit…
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LuxLetters show Luxembourg tried to bypass exchange of information implemented after LuxLeaks - quote from Sven Giegold MEP

New revelations from an international investigation reveals secret tax practices in Luxembourg that could be in breach of EU tax transparency rules. The "LuxLetters" show the existence of a system of 'information letters' between the authorities in Luxembourg and multinational companies designed to gather information on permissible tax pr…
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French Council of State rules against government for inaction on climate

The French Council of State has just rule against the French government for climate inaction in a landmark legal case, initiated by Greens/EFA MEP Damien Carême.
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Better tackle unsafe products sold online

The Commission has presented its proposal to revise the Product Safety Directive. The Commission wants to ensure that products on the EU internal market meet the high requirements of EU-wide safety standards. Safety deficiencies are regularly found in gadgets containing toxic chemicals, technical devices such as smoke detectors and medic…
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Commission announces plan to end the cage age - quotes from Francisco Guerreiro MEP & Eleonora Evi MEP

The European Commission has announced a legislative proposal by 2023 to end the cage age, of intensive caged farming. The Commission's proposal is in response to the European Citizens' initiative "End the Cage Age," which attracted more than 1.4 million signatories from 18 different member states, and is supported by the Greens/EFA Group.
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Cross-Party Letter on Hungarian Recovery Plan

A cross-party group of MEPs working on the situation in Hungary have sent a letter to the Commission on concerns around the Hungarian government’s Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP). The letter, which was initiated by the Greens/EFA Group, calls on the Commission to reject the draft RRP and ensure that an updated plan is in line with the…
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CAP: Agreement falls far short of Green Deal goals

Negotiations were concluded on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the years 2023 to 2027. The agreement by representatives of the European Parliament, Council and Commission falls far short of the promises of the Green Deal to use less pesticides, protect the environment, climate and biodiversity and to promote organic farming. The …
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European Climate Law: Not enough to meet Paris climate targets

MEPs will vote on the first ever European Climate Law. The main tenet of the European Climate Law is the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. This calculation, however, includes carbon sinks such as forests and wetlands. If these natural CO2 reservoirs are deducted, the climate target shrinks to only 52.8%. The climat…