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Vaccination certificate must not lead to discrimination

The European Commission presented its proposal for a "Digital Green Certificate", which will attest to whether the holder has been vaccinated against Covid-19 or tested negative, or recovered from the virus, to facilitate free movement within the EU. The Green Certificate will need to be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council …
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Regions must play key role in Europe's recovery

Catalan MEP Jordi Solé has called on the European Commission to ensure that regional and local governments are at the heart of Europe’s plans for economic recovery following the Covid-19 crisis. The EU is putting together a Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) of some 672.5 billion...
© Stefano Corso
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Government attempts to silence free media in Poland, Hungary & Slovenia

The European Parliament will debate Government attempts to silence free media in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia. In Hungary, almost all press outlets are controlled by groups or individuals close to the ruling Fidesz party; in Poland, the government has replaced key figures in the public broadcaster and is making it harder for independent o…
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Businesses must be held accountable for human rights & environmental abuses

The European Parliament will vote on an ambitious legislative initiative on corporate responsibility and accountability. The Commission is expected to propose a binding due diligence law for all companies operating in the European market by June. In its report, the EP is calling for binding rules for companies that will have to identify a…
© Aaron Kohr
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Free pass to pollute holds future of industry & planet hostage

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. For the Greens/EFA group, the introduction of a fair carbon border adjustment mechanism should not only honour our climate commitments but also to help to rebuild a secure and innovative European industrial base that generates new jobs. The revenues f…
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EFA reaction to waiving immunity of Catalan MEPs

"Ultimately, Catalonia’s future will be determined by the people of Catalonia" - Solé The EFA Group in the European Parliament has responded to the outcome of a vote in the European Parliament to lift the parliamentary immunity of three Catalan MEPs involved in Catalonia...
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Conference on the Future of Europe

The Presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament, will sign a joint declaration kicking off the process for the Conference on the Future of Europe. The Conference will be the first opportunity at comprehensive reform of the EU in more than a decade. It will include randomly selected citizens' assemblies as a key component…
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Vote to declare EU LGBTIQ Freedom Zone

Members of the European Parliament will debate a resolution to declare the European Union an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone, initiated by Greens/EFA MEP Terry Reintke, as Co-Chair of the LGBTI Intergroup in the European Parliament. LGBTIQ persons experience discrimination on a daily basis in the European Union. The resolution will be voted on Wednes…
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Austrian government rejects EU-Mercosur Agreement

The Austrian Vice-Chancellor, Werner Kogler, has rejected the signing of the EU-Mercosur agreement. The Austrian government stresses that the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement is in contradiction with the objectives of the Green Deal and the Paris Agreement. The Portuguese EU Presidency had announced that it would attempt to complete the r…
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Greens/EFA rejects the waiver of immunity of three Catalan MEPs

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament believes that the political conflict in Catalonia and Spain needs to be resolved by political means, and that an important condition for this to succeed is to avoid the continuous judicialization of politics. The Group fully supports the so-called 'Dialogue Table' established between the Cat…