EU medicine regulation in the new Commission

About-turn on Medicines Agency ensures patients remain the priority

The European Medicines Agency, which is responsible for the evaluation and supervision of medicines in the EU, has been something of a political hot potato over the past weeks. President-elect Juncker tried to shift responsibility for this crucial regulatory agency to the EU Commission's directorate...


Agriculture and Rural Development

Green MEP Martin Hausling gives our assessment of ommissioner-designate Phil Hogan

What is your overall impression of how commissioner-designate performed? Well briefed and prepared. For the complex issues he read his answers nicely. Mr Hogan clearly has a neoliberal world view. Were there particular issues or answers that stood out – either in a positive or negative se...


Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Green MEP Heidi Hautala gives our assessment of Commissioner-designate Vera Jourová

What is your overall impression of how Commissioner-Designate Jourová performed? It certainly seems that she has been given a portfolio with such breadth and depth that tending to all relevant issues satisfactorily seems impossible. She did not explain how she would defend her portfolio within the...


Greens/EFA Roundup

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 15-19 September 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included access to life-saving medicines in Europe, EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, UN climate talks and the EU's role, the European Youth Initiative, nominations for the Sakharov Prize and the EU response to the Ebola outbreak.

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Food Waste Plan Dumped

European Commission withholds its own action plan against food waste

This weekend a Belgian umbrella organisation of NGO's called 11.11.11 launched their campaign "Sorry is not enough" with the aim to call on the general public to put pressure on policy makers to act strongly against food waste.  Green MEP Bart  Staes: "Saying sorry will su...


Any hope for sustainable and safe food policy with new proposed EU commissioner?

Jean-Claude Juncker proposed Vytenis Andriukatis as commissioner for Health and Food safety. Despite some promising elements in Andriukatis' mission letter, for example on energy efficiency and public investment, overall we may doubt about any positive influence on our health, nor food safety as Juncker is clearly in favour of the currently negotiated TTIP EU-US agreement.


Sustainable and safe food under Team Juncker?

Green MEP Bart Staes gives his initial assessment of the proposals

  So, overall, are you happy with the proposal from Jean Claude Juncker? Not really. There are some promising elements in it, for example on energy efficiency and public investment, but overall it looks like a very meagre beast. I am particularly concerned that Juncker is clearly in favor...

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EU response to the Ebola outbreak

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Michèle Rivasi, Maria Heubuch, Keith Taylor, Judith Sargentini, Claude Turmes, Jean Lambert, Bart Staes on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, – having regard to the ‘public health emergency of international concern’ announcement by the World Health Organis...


Join the Food Revolution Newsletter

Issue n°4 September 2014

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Start of school year for food issues in the EP Food and the Italian Presidency: A serious priority?  FOOD FOR THOUGHT Rosa Chicken and Labelling Matters campaign Chef Jamie Oliver embarks on campaign against TTIP  JOIN THE FO...


GMO (In)digest

Issue 14 of the GMO Campaign Newsletter

EU Work: Renationalisation Proposal See (GMO (In)digest 13) EU Governments’ representatives agreed at a Coreper meeting on 28th May to send the draft Greek Presidency proposal to allow Member States to ban a GMO that would have been authorised in the EU to the Environment Council on 12th June...


TTIP EU-US talks

Election promises already being broken in EU Parliament

The sixth negotiating round of the controversial EU-US TTIP trade negotiations will start on Monday, with MEPs set to debate the talks on Tuesday. The Greens/EFA group had proposed the European Parliament adopt a resolution, as the logical conclusion of this plenary debate, but this proposal was blo...