Biodiversity

EU seed legislation

MEPs vote to send Commission back to the drawing board, as half-baked proposal rejected

The European Parliament's agriculture committee today voted in favour of a resolution rejecting draft EU legislation on seeds and seed marketing. The Greens have been pushing for the proposal to be rejected and welcomed the outcome, with agriculture spokesperson Martin Häusling stating: "In vo...


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GM maize authorisation

Council opposition to GM maize authorisation must be recognised by EU Commission

EU governments today voted in the General Affairs Council on a proposal by the European Commission to authorise the cultivation of a variety of GM maize in the EU for the first time in 15 years (GM maize 1507). The outcome revealed a majority of EU member states against the authorisation but falling...


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Committee rejects draft seed regulation

1st positive signal for seed diversity and food security

Today the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development sent a positive signal in support of seed diversity and food security by voting in favour of a resolution calling for the rejection of the draft regulation on Seed production and marketing. The resolution will be voted by the whole Parliame...


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 10-14 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include seed diversity and EU rules, preventing the spread of mega trucks, tackling airport noise, shale gas, fracking and environmental impact assessments, labelling nano-materials in food, mass surveillance scandal and the EU response, money laundering, terrorism funding and the financial system, a more coherent EU financial supervisory system, regulating shadow banking, Ukrainian crisis and the EU's role, genetically modified maize authorisation


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Greening the streets  © Udo Weber
© Udo Weber

A Green Review

7th legislature of the European Parliament (2009-2014)

During this five-year term, Greens/EFA have been the driving force to promote crisis resilience through social justice, to secure our climate and energy future, to fight for a healthy environment, to defend human rights, social, democratic and digital rights, to promote global solidarity and security and to celebrate cultural diversity in the EU.


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Biodiversity

Environment committee undermines law to protect biodiversity from invasive alien species

The European Parliament’s Environment committee today voted on a proposal to tackle the problem of invasive alien species in the Union. Invasive alien species represent a major threat to native biodiversity in Europe and cause an estimated €12 billion in damage every year. Commenting on the vote...


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Seed
Young seedling © Meriel Jane Waissman

Seed diversity and food security threatened by an overly concentrated EU seed market

29.01.2014

Greens/EFA conference

The event will highlight the question of the already existing market concentration in the EU seed market and the dominance of a small group of multinational companies in the EU seed market. Therefore, the proposed regulation of the EC is based on false assumptions and benefits the seed lobby and giant seed companies.


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Seed
Young seedling © Meriel Jane Waissman

Concentration of market power in the EU seed market

A study commissioned by the Greens/EFA

Is the EU seed market really as diversified as the European Commission wants lawmakers and the general public to believe? Or is this market in fact transforming rapidly from a seed sector with a large number of competing small firms and farmers into an oligopoly, increasingly dominated by a small number of transnational agro-chemical-seed firms? This study shows that the EU market – in reality a number of smaller Member State (MS) markets - is undergoing a concentration process, with some MS becoming much more concentrated than others.


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Public Eye Awards 2014

Bees thank you for the massive support!

The Public Eye Awards call on people all over the world to choose the worst case of offences against the environment and human rights Once again this year, the Berne Declaration (BD) and Greenpeace presented the awards. Just behind the winner Gazprom, Syngenta, Bayer and BASF, companies producing am...


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 27-31 January 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Europe's banking sector, F-gases' climate damage, emissions trading, pollution from shipping, airline emissions, data protection and Europol. Greens/EFA events will deal with human trafficking and smuggling, seed diversity, food security and the role of industry, greening regional policy, LGBT rights


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 20-24 January 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include EU climate and energy policy to 2030, shale gas, fracking and EU rules, data protection and EU-US cooperation, EU enlargement and the Balkans, tobacco rules, meat origin and clear labels, waste shipments and EU rules; genetic resources and benefit sharing, money laundering, terrorism funding and the finance system, preventing trade dumping and ensuring social and environmental standards


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GMO authorisations

New GM maize authorisation must be rejected according to EP

The European Parliament today voted in favour of a resolution initiated by the Greens calling on EU governments to reject a proposal by the European Commission to authorise the cultivation of a variety of GM maize in the EU for the first time in 15 years. The Greens welcomed the outcome, with health...


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