EU seed legislation

Flawed seed law nipped in the bud, as MEPs vote to reject proposal

The European Parliament today voted to reject draft EU legislation on seeds and seed marketing. The Greens have been pushing for the controversial proposal from the European Commission to be rejected and welcomed the clear outcome (1), which puts pressure on the Commission to withdraw its proposal. ...

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Plastic bags

MEPs vote for tougher rules on reducing single-use plastic bags

New EU legislation aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastic carrier bags was this evening voted on by the European Parliament's environment committee. The Greens welcomed the outcome, which would significantly strengthen proposals from the European Commission, with Green MEP Margrete Auken, t...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 10-13 March 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include reports on plastic bags, EU seed rules, EU financial supervision, money laundering, genetic resources and benefit sharing, data protection, NSA surveillance and basic rights, greenhouse F-gases, EU climate and energy policy to 2030, shale gas, fracking and environmental impact, nanomaterials and EU labelling, the EU-IMF Troika, Ukrainian crisis and Europe's role, EU-US trade and investment negotiations, Fukushima 3rd anniversary, mass torture in Syria

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Conflict minerals

EU Parliament calls for tough, binding EU rules to root out conflict minerals

The European Parliament today adopted a report on conflict minerals, drafted by Green MEP Judith Sargentini. The report comes at a crucial moment, with the European Commission set to present proposals on conflict minerals next week. Commenting after the vote, Judith Sargentini said: "MEPs have ...


Let’s Bag It !


Greens/EFA conference on plastic bags

The conference will give all stakeholders the possibility to air their concerns with regards to the future role of plastic bags in our society. It will focus on the benefits of addressing current shortcomings on plastic bags in EU legislation and draw on initiatives as well as current legislation in Member States. Participants include NGOs, representatives from the business community, national and European legislators and regulators.

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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...


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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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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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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