Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 4 - 8 November 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Limiting CO2 emissions from vans, Reducing the use of plastic bags, Forcing through GMO authorisations, A pollinator-friendly agricultural model: the way forward, Nuclear Transparency Watch: launch of a European civil society initiative to improve nuclear safety and transparency

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Arctic 30

EU must do more to ensure release of detainees from Greenpeace boat

Ahead of a debate in the European Parliament on the continuing detention of the 'Arctic 30' group of 28 environmental activists and 2 journalists in Murmansk, Russia, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "The continued detention of the 'Arctic 30' on spurious charges is unacceptable. T...

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Shale gas

Key step for regulating shale gas, as MEPs endorse compulsory environmental impact assessments

The European Parliament today voted to revise EU legislation on environmental impact assessments (EIAs). The Greens strongly welcomed provisions to make EIAs compulsory for non-conventional fossil fuel projects, notably shale gas extraction and exploration involving fracking. Commenting on the vote,...

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Join the seed freedom campaign

European Greens and Vandana Shiva launch joint petition on seed legislation

The Greens together with Navdanya , the organisation of Indian activist and scientist Vandana Shiva, launch a petition on the new legislative proposal of the European Commission on the production and commercialisation of seeds.


EU seed regulation

Inspired by Vandana Shiva's visit Europe should take the lead in shifting the flawed logic of seed laws

  International activist and scientist Dr Vandana Shiva is currently travelling the world on a campaign on seed freedom and has published, together with the 'International Commission on the future of Seed' a small book called "The Law of the Seed". Watch the recorded livestream of V...


GMO (In)Digest

Issue 10 of the GMO Campaign Newsletter

In this issue : no qualified majority in appeal committee on GMO imports; honey contamination; EFSA; is Monsanto dropping the EU?


Vandana Shiva

GMOs are a death knell to biodiversity and farming

Expanding GMO use would deprive farmers of control over seeds, with the rights for GMOs controlled by a handful of multinational agrochemical companies. This would give these companies significant influence over our food supply system.


The law of the seed - lecture by Vandana Shiva


Watch the video of the event

The Greens/EFA invite you to an exclusive public lecture 'The Law of the Seed ' by the international activist and scientist Vandana Shiva. She will explain why the newly proposed European seed legislation is a threat to biodiversity and our common heritage.


Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 16 - 20 September 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the committee votes on organised crime, on risky medical devices, on emissions trading scheme. Two Greens/EFA events: 'The law of the seed' public debate and press conference with Vandana Shiva & an event in the framework of the mobility week 'Sustainable 2 Wheels'



Endangered eel stock needs urgent attention say MEPs

The European Parliament today voted on legislative proposals on management of eel fisheries. Crucially, MEPs endorsed the call by Green draftsperson/rapporteur Isabella Lövin for the European Commission to come forward with a new EU regulation on the management of this endangered species. Commentin...