Tar sands

Commission proposal to clamp down on fuel from environment-damaging tar sands welcomed

The European Commission today presented proposals to account for the life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions from oil from tar sands (1), which would effectively rule out imports of this environmentally-damaging fuel source. The Greens welcomed the proposals and called on EU governments to swiftly adopt...


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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 26-29 September 2011

The Green priorities for the plenary session were the situation in Palestine, the economic governance package of legislation, the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement and Western Sahara, road safety, the debate on the State of the Union...


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Controversial dam in Brazil (Belo Monte)

EP supports call to halt construction

The European Parliament adopted a report this week on dam construction, which included a call to halt the construction of a controversial hydro-electric project in Belo Monte, in the Amazon region Brazil. Yesterday, a court in Brazil also ruled that construction should be halted. The Greens wel...


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Palestine

EU must support Palestine; EP sends clear message

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on Palestine in the context of the current bid for UN recognition of the Palestinian state. The Greens welcomed the strong majority in favour of the resolution, which represents a clear message on how the EU should orient itself to supporting Palest...


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EU-Morocco fisheries agreement/Western Sahara

Democratic process muzzled as MEPs block referral of controversial agreement to ECJ

The European Parliament today voted against a proposal to refer the controversial EU-Morocco fisheries agreement (1) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to assess its compatibility with the EU treaties and international law. The initiative was launched by Catalan Green MEP Raül Romeva and would ...


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Controversial dam in Brazil (Belo Monte)

EP supports call to halt construction

The European Parliament adopted a report this week on dam construction, which included a call to halt the construction of a controversial hydro-electric project in Belo Monte, in the Amazon region Brazil. Yesterday, a court in Brazil also ruled that construction should be halted. The Greens welcomed...


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Stop Climate Change Blog

RIO+ 20 : for a green, equitable and just future

In June next year all eyes will be on the UN sustainable development conference in Rio de Janeiro, which will mark 20 years since the original Rio Earth Summit. Unfortunately, many of the goals agreed in 1992 still remain elusive. It is now time to put an end to the 'business-as-usual’ approach - which will only further increase the burden of financial and ecological debt - and ensure that a new approach triumphs


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Ulrike Lunacek

Sexual orientation and gender identity at the UN Human Rights Council


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Financial transaction tax

Commission proposals better late than never but must now be swiftly implemented

European Commission president Barroso today announced that the Commission has adopted proposals for a financial transaction tax (FTT). The Greens have long advocated the introduction of an FTT both as a means of curbing harmful speculation and as a new source for generating public revenue, and welco...


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EU economic governance

Divisive vote on governance package underlines shortcomings of one-sided approach

The European Parliament today voted to adopt a final compromise on the economic governance package of legislation (the so-called 6-Pack) (1). The Greens believe the agreement falls short of providing the economic governance structures Europe needs. After the vote, Green economic affairs spokesperson...


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peace symbol on wall

EU must step up support for Basque peace process

Press release by EFA MEPs Francois Alfonsi and Frieda Brepoels

MEPs from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament have called on the EU to step up its support for the Basque peace process following recent developments. MEPs François Alfonsi (Corsica) and Frieda Brepoels (Flanders) have raised the issue in the European Parliament and both are...


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State of the Union

Commission president Barroso must follow through on promises

European Commission president Barroso today delivered his 'State of the Union' speech to the European Parliament. In the context of the debate, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "President Barroso correctly sought to head-off those who want to pronounce the demise of the Euro by clea...


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