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Greens/EFA call for EU Defence Ministers to end arms exports to autocracies & stand up for human rights in Kazakhstan

Today and tomorrow, EU Defence Ministers are meeting in Brest, France, to discuss the broad outlines of the European Security and Defence Policy until 2030. Ministers will discuss the "Strategic Compass" presented by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in November.
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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EU must stand with peaceful protesters & uphold human rights

President Tokayev invited predominantly Russian troops to suppress the protests of his own people, majority of whom is marching peacefully and with legitimate demands. The EU needs to stand with those protesting peacefully and uphold human rights that are now more than ever under attack in Kazakhstan.
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Investment in gas and nuclear power contradicts Green Deal

In the newly proposed delegated act of the catalogue of criteria for sustainable investments ("taxonomy") the Commission classifies some investments in gas and nuclear power as sustainable. The Greens/EFA reject any greenwashing of gas and nuclear power and call on MEPs to vote against the proposal.
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Commission must act to stop Poland's attack on women's rights

The European Parliament debated the plans to undermine further fundamental rights in Poland, in particular regarding the standards of the European Convention of Human Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Greens/EFA call on the Commission to stop Poland’s violations of human and women's rights.
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European Commission rejects calls for EU-wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses

The European Commission declined to introduce a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses in the European Union, in response to an oral question posed by MEPs. MEPs’ concerns include the risks associated with illegal wildlife trade, public health, and security. Opponents of the use of wildlife animals in circuses state that the practice …
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European Summit and Russia

EU leaders should follow the European Parliament´s call for sanctions against strategically important economic sectors such as oil and gas companies and Russia's exclusion from the SWIFT payment system. The EU must show energy solidarity with Ukraine and end its energy dependence on Russia.
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Commission’s new energy package vague & falls short of Green Deal

The European Commission presented its legislative package on European Energy Policy. Among the proposed measures are tools for the decarbonisation of the European gas market and the creation of a hydrogen market, definition of low CO2 hydrogen, the so-called low carbon gasses, a regulation to reduce methane emissions and the revision of t…
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European Parliament to vote on milestone regulation of digital giants

The European Parliament will vote on its position on the Digital Markets Act, which, along with its sister legislation the Digital Services Act (DSA), has been heavily lobbied and debated. The EU has taken the global lead in regulating tech giants such as Facebook and Google in an effort to ensure market fairness and data protection. With…
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EU must tackle lack of vaccine solidarity

MEPs have been debating the EU’s response to the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, ahead of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels later this week. EFA MEP Jordi Solé intervened in the debate to highlight the dangers of vaccine inequality, and pointed to the alarming disparit...
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Greens/EFA calls for strong economic sanctions in case of Russian escalation

The European Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution on the situation at the Ukrainian-Russian border. The Greens/EFA Group calls on the EU to impose additional economic sanctions and to exclude Russia from the international payment system SWIFT if Russia continues to escalate tensions. Ahead of Wednesday’s Eastern Partnership Sum…