Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the Brussels plenary session 2-3 April 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary session included Car engine noise; EU nuclear safety rules; Europe's Magnitsky law; Emissions from aviation; Net neutrality; Clinical trials for medicines; outside the Plenary: Putin's Russia: USSR reloaded?; Bee Week 2014


Car noise

Nuisance of noisy cars not tackled, as loud lobby wins out

The European Parliament today voted to confirm a legislative agreement revising EU rules on noise from vehicles. The Greens criticised the outcome of the legislative review, with Green environment and public health spokesperson Satu Hassi (MEP, Finland) stating: "The outcome of this legislative...

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Bee Week 2014

Greens/EFA actions to Give Bees a Chance!

Bees and pollinators are bio-indicators of biodiversity and food security: when they start dying in huge numbers then something is seriously wrong with the system. As part of 2014’s European Week of bees and pollinators, the Greens/EFA Group will organise a series of events from 1 to 4 April to...


EU organic farming rules

Commission proposals need fine-tuning

The European Commission today presented long-awaited proposals to revise EU legislation on organic farming. Commenting on the proposals, Green agriculture spokesperson Martin Häusling said: "The broad thrust of today's proposals goes in right direction, but certain aspects will have to be fine...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 10-13 March 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included the Plastic bags and the environment; Remembering Fukushima; EU seed legislation; EU financial supervision; Money laundering; Genetic resources and benefit sharing; Data protection; NSA surveillance and fundamental rights; Phasing out super greenhouse F-gases; Shale gas, fracking and environmental impact; Nanomaterials and EU labelling; EU-IMF Troika Inquiry; Ukrainian crisis and Europe's role; TTIP Beware: EU-US Trade Agreement


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 ...