Patenting of animal breeding

Revocation of 'XY patent' an important step against the monopolisation of breeding

The European Patent Office in Munich today revoked a patent previously awarded to US firm Inguran and its affiliate XY LLC for a process of animal breeding, which allows the selection of the sex of offspring, as well as sperm cells. The so-called 'XY patent' was revoked on technical grounds but the ...

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ACTA - Anti-counterfeiting agreement

EP must move forward and torpedo ACTA once and for all

The European Parliament's trade committee, the lead committee in the ratification process for the controversial Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), will today debate ACTA and the recommendation by the EP rapporteur to reject the agreement. The debate comes a day after the EU's data protectio...

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Collective rights management reform

Time for a fair remuneration of artists

Collective rights management is key for artists. However, in many cases the way it is organised and implemented at national or European level raises important issues: transparency, governance, fair remuneration and sharing of the resources, licensing practices, to name but a few. Too many artists do...


Towards the reform of collective rights management


Time for a fair remuneration of artists

Collective rights management is key for artists. However, too many artists do not benefit from this system and are ignored by its management. How do we improve the situation and make sure that collecting societies serve artists best?

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the week and plenary session 26-30 March 2012

Priorities for the Greens/EFA group this week included the next step in the fight against ACTA, protecting passenger data, repression in Belarus, strenghtening air passenger rights, enlargement reports, refugee fund, ...

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ACTA - Anti-counterfeiting agreement

EP to push ahead with ratification procedure and ensure democratic due process

The European Parliament is set to continue with the ratification process for the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the foreseen timetable with a view to taking a decision as regards whether or not to give its consent by the summer. MEPs on the EP trade committee today decided not to pus...

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Climate Change, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property

Green Position Paper

Although technological innovation is only part of the overall solution to climate change, it is an essential aspect of it. The current situation requires overcoming the dilemma between the need for widespread and rapid diffusion of knowledge and climate technologies to developing countries; and the need for incentives for technology developments and innovations.



Referral to ECJ hopefully a nail in the ACTA coffin

EU trade commissioner de Gucht today announced that the European Commission will refer the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice to verify its compatibility with EU law. The Greens/EFA group, which has long argued that ACTA is in conflict with EU l...

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Access to Books

EP asks Commission to stop blocking blind persons' right to read

The European Parliament today adopted by a large majority a resolution on access by visually impaired people to books. Visually impaired and other print-disabled persons suffer from a book famine. Over 95% of published books are not available in accessible formats that visually impaired and print-di...


Say No to ACTA!

Greens/EFA MEPs demonstrate at the European Parliament

Greens/EFA MEPs demonstrated today against ACTA (The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) in Strasbourg as pressure builds on the European Parliament to take action.  The group has long campaigned on the agreement, alarmed at the lack of transparency surrounding negotiations and now hopes ...


Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

EU governments wave through ACTA deal, ignoring major legal concerns

EU fisheries ministers gave the go-ahead for the Council Presidency to formally sign the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The agreement can now be signed by the Council Presidency on behalf of the EU. The Greens strongly criticised the decision, highlighting persisting conce...

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Free Trade Agreements

EU-India and Human Rights

Free Trade Agreements always have serious consequences for domestic European policy and economy. As negotiations continue on the EU India FTA, Greens are particularly concerned about its effects on an emerging economy with huge pockets of poverty.

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