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Unity in diversity - EFA
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Listen to all Europe's languages to shape Europe's future

With the launch of a digital platform to allow citizens’ voices to be heard in the Conference on the Future of Europe, EFA MEPs have expressed regret that the platform is restricted solely to the EU’s 24 official languages.
© Sigal Suhler Moran
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Greens/EFA in the European Parliament call on Vice-President Dombrovskis to respect social dialogue on the labour reform in Spain

Vladis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission has recently stated that he expects "a comprehensive and ambitious labour reform" from Spain, noting his dissatisfaction that, in the framework of the social dialogue, priority is being given to the reform of the ultra-activity of collective agreements.
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Kosovo & Serbia Progress Reports: quote from Viola von Cramon MEP

The European Parliament will debate and vote on its position regarding the European Commission’s Progress Reports for Kosovo and Serbia. Viola von Cramon, Greens/EFA MEP and European Parliament rapporteur on Kosovo and shadow rapporteur on Serbia, comments:
Surveillance Cameras/CC0 Milosz Klinowski
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New rules make export of surveillance technology more difficult

Dual-use goods can be used for civilian and military purposes, including, for example, drones and computer technologies. The Dual-use Regulation will for the first time contain strict export controls for surveillance technology, due diligence obligations for EU governments and transparency provisions on the type of surveillance technology…
European Council
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European Council Summit: quote from Philippe Lamberts MEP

EU leaders will meet virtually for an EU Council Summit, to discuss among other things, the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccine roll out, and transatlantic relations with US President Joe Biden, who will join for part of the meeting. This summit is the first time EU leader sit together after China announced sanctions against several MEPs, inclu…
poland supreme court (CC BY 2.0) David Berkowitz
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Rule of Law Mechanism: quotes from Terry Reintke MEP & Daniel Freund MEP

MEPs will vote on a resolution on the EU's rule of law mechanism, which has been in place since January 1st. The mechanism is designed to hold Member States to account for breaches of the rule of law.
globe on grass ©Guillaume de Germain
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Greens/EFA condemn sanctions against MEPs by Chinese government

The Chinese government listed sanctions against Greens/EFA Member Reinhard Bütikofer and fellow MEPs Raphael Glucksmann, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Miriam Lexmann, and Michael Gahler and the Parliament's Human Rights Subcommittee, as well as Belgian Green MP Samuel Cogolati and MPs from the Netherlands and Lithuania and think tanks experts. The move…
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European Peace Facility

EU Foreign Affairs Ministers will decide on the establishment of a European Peace Facility. The new instrument will allow the EU (as a bloc) to export arms to third countries for the first time. The budget for financing joint civilian and military operations is to be €5 billion by 2027.
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Greens/EFA welcome targeted sanctions against Chinese officials & others

European Union Foreign Ministers have adopted targeted sanctions against Chinese officials in response to ongoing human rights abuses, internment and forced labour of more than one million Uighurs in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region and for restrictions on freedoms in Hong Kong. The updated list of sanctions now also includes individual…
@constantine-fountos
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EU Environment Council and climate law

EU Environment Ministers will discuss the on-going negotiations around the European Climate Law. Trilogue negotiations with the European Parliament and Council are stalling, the Council has so far rejected an independent scientific climate council, as demanded by the European Parliament, and is blocking progress on the 2030 emissions targ…