Digital world

Peace Prize for Snowden

Nomination of Edward Joseph Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

To the attention of the Norwegian Nobel Committee: We hereby wish to nominate Mr Edward Joseph Snowden (born 21 June 1983) for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his unique contribution to the advancement of democratic values and the global consciousness of human interdependency and interconnected...

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EU-US data protection

No EU data to unsafe harbours

Commenting in the context of a European Parliament debate on the EU-US Safe Harbour Agreement, which facilitates the transfer of data on EU citizens to US authorities by private enterprises, Green home affairs spokesperson and European Parliament draftsman/rapporteur on EU data protection legislatio...

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NSA/surveillance inquiry

Clarity on invitation of Snowden to address EP, as first conclusions of inquiry drawn

The initial draft of the report of the European Parliament's inquiry into the mass surveillance of European citizens will today be presented and debated in the EP's civil liberties and home affairs committee. Ahead of the presentation, MEPs finally agreed to invite whistleblower Edward Snowd...

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Software procurement

Greens/EFA group engages trustworthy email encryption in response to mass surveillance revelations

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has announced its decision to engage trustworthy email encryption based on free software. Commenting on the revelation, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "The world has had its eyes opened to the mass surveillance of the digital realm...


NSA Scandal

European Parliament’s Centre-right and Social Democrats delay possible questioning of Edward Snowden

  Following on from the creation in September of a European Parliament Inquiry into the electronic mass surveillance of European citizens, the European Parliament’s Justice and Home Affairs committee has again decided to postpone any discussion on a possible invitation to Edward Snowde...

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Victory in EP on the reform of collective rights management organisations

On 26 November, the Gallo report on Collective Rights Management was unanimously adopted by the Legal Affairs committee. This new directive is an important victory in the EU Parliament. It is a key step to increase the transparency of collective rights organisations in Europe, to improve the management of the money they collect and its proper distribution in the interest of the artists and the authors.


EU-US data protection agreement

Common approach instead of national solo efforts

Ministers of justice from the European Union and the United States met yesterday in Washington to discuss data protection and mass surveillance. Jan Philipp Albrecht, Greens/EFA spokesperson on justice and home affairs, comments:  "EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding has achieved impor...

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The BEE2BEES Project

Open Data for Healthy Bees

The B2B project just launched at EU level aims at developing an open source tool to follow up bee colony losses. Beekeepers can use this application, either on their smartphone or on a computer, to share information about the status of their bees. Regular reports will make it possible for beekeep...

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership


Trading away the European project?

CONFERENCE DOCUMENTATION     WATCH THE RECORDED VIDEO STREAM OF THE CONFERENCE Greens/EFA draft resolution on the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” (TTIP) agreement with the United States. A Greens/EFA contribution to the round table on TTIP organis...


EU summit

European values ignored

At today's EU summit in Brussels, the leaders have not made any clear policy decisions on data protection or refugee issues. Rebecca Harms, Co-President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, said: "The heads of state and government apparently do not want to be on an equal footi...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 21-25 October 2013

        Table of contents     EU data protection rules Towards a UN climate change deal Sexual and reproductive health and rights Medical implants and consumer safety Ship recycling: reducing the risk Sustainable fisheries at risk Mig...


EU data protection rules

Breakthrough vote seeks high level of protection for EU citizens

The European Parliament's civil liberties committee today voted on legislation revising core EU rules on data protection (1). Green MEP and European Parliament draftsperson/rapporteur on the data protection regulation Jan Philipp Albrecht welcomed the outcome, stating: "This evening's vote is a...

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