Refugee crisis

EU-Turkey deal undermines international law and human rights

The EU-Turkey agreement to return refugees in Greece to Turkey, which has been implemented since Monday, will be discussed in the European Parliament's civil liberties and home affairs committee today. Ahead of the debate, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "The situation regarding the...

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EU asylum policy

EU Commission sets out piecemeal changes

The European Commission today presented its proposals for reforming the EU's asylum system. Commenting on the proposals, Green migration spokesperson Jean Lambert said: "The unravelling chaos in Greece and Turkey has underlined for the umpteenth time that a comprehensive European solution to th...

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The Reform of the e-privacy Directive


How to get it right?

This conference will deal with the following aspects : scope, relation to the general Data Protection Regulation; big data, tracking, cookies, notification fatigue; security, confidentiality, privacy by design


Brussels attacks

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the senseless attacks in Brussels. We must defend our values, whilst confronting this terrorism


EU summit

Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts at the European Council

Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts will be attending the European Council on 17/18 March. Philippe will be arriving at the summit at 16.15 and will be available for interviews and questions in the press area. Ahead of the summit, Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts said: "EU leader...


Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 7-11 March 2016

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included EU summit on the refugee crisis and Schengen, the possible re-approval of glyphosate, the report on tackling fraud with EU funds, women refugees and asylum seekers in focus on Women's Day, the controversial EU deal with tobacco industry, the report on children's rights in criminal proceedings

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Legal rights

Children to get guaranteed rights across the EU under new law

New EU rules setting out safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings were adopted by the European Parliament today. Commenting after the vote, Green civil liberties spokesperson Jean Lambert said: "This new EU legislation is a welcome step forward in ensuring children a...

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Otegi - Spanish government must change course in search of peace

European Free Alliance (EFA) press release

Responding to the release from prison of Basque political figure Arnaldo Otegi, and the implications for building a lasting peace in the Basque Country, politicians from the European Free Alliance have called on the Spanish government to revise its approach to Basque political prisoners. They have a...


EU-US data protection

New 'Privacy Shield' data transfer framework a cosmetic change

The European Commission today formally presented a new legal framework for the transfer of the private data of EU citizens to the US. The new 'Privacy Shield' framework is supposed to replace the Safe Harbour decision, which was deemed illegal by the European Court of Justice. Commenting on the Comm...

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ISDS/EU-Canada trade agreement

No to undemocratic arbitration courts for investors

The European Commission today published its final proposals on an EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA). Concerning the controversial investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS), the relevant chapter of the European Commission’s CETA proposal mirrors the proposals on ISDS made for the draft...

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The Green Alternative to the Dublin System

A contribution by MEPs Ska Keller, Jean Lambert, Judith Sargentini, Bodil Valero and Josep-Maria Terricabras

This paper aims to outline our vision for a Green alternative to the Dublin system. The Dublin system has been dysfunctional for years at great human and financial cost. It has effectively collapsed in the context of the current 'refugee crisis'.

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