Co-Presidents' session briefing


Live stream 5th February 2013 | 14:00-14:20

Press briefing with Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and dany Cohn-Bendit on the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group

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Strasbourg Flash

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

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include CFP reform, car/vehicle noise, EU rules Protecting endangered species, Future EU budget

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Dangerous pesticides

Bees urgently need to be protected from pesticides

Commenting on the European Commission's proposals to suspend three neonicotinoid insecticides (imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin) Greens/EFA MEP Bart Staes stated:  "We applaud the regulatory action proposed by the European Commission's Directorate General for Health & Con...

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Bee crisis and insecticides

Neonicotinoid ban urgently needed, wider EU action also necessary

populations and the impact of insecticides, the Greens have called for a ban on controversial neonicotinoid insecticides and other systemic neurotoxins. With the European Food Safety Authority having last week published a report highlighting concerns with neonicotinoids (1), and the European Environ...

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Give bees a chance!

New campaign priority of the Greens/EFA Food-GMO campaign

Beekeepers appeared in front of the Petitions Committee today to highlight the real threats to their industry and livelihoods. One petition highlights the sharp rise in mortality among bees in the EU due to the extensive use of pesticides and the other asks for the protection of bees and beekeeper...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 14-17 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included tackling youth unemployment in Europe, biopiracy and indigenous genetic resources, regulating credit rating agencies, corruption and misuse of EU funds, the controversial economic agreement with southern Africa and working conditions in Asia and EU retailers

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 21-25 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include votes on preventing bee decline, CAP reform, radioactive contaminants in drinking water, recognising professional qualifications and maintaining standards, provision of water as a basic public service, EU energy policy towards 2050 and renewables

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Genetic resources and Biopiracy

Protecting genetic resources and traditional knowledge in developing countries

  Update:Attempts by Conservative (EPP) MEPs to weaken the report were defeated, and in the end the report by Green MEP Catherine Grèze was carried by a large majority. The EU must now support the request of developing countries that the granting of patents be dependent on the dislcosure of...