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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 11-15 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included border controls and preserving Schengen, preferential trade for poor countries, Eurozone economic governance, regulating the global arms trade, own resources and the EU budget, safer baby food through EU rules, fixing EU fisheries, ...


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IT Security

Confusion in EP over internet security and infrastructure

Intellectual property rights infringements are not related to network stability and internet security issues. While the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted in favour of a report from MEP Ivailo Kalfin (S&D, Bulgaria), aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of vital informati...


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Global changes in the production and consumption of culture

07.06.2012

A Greens/EFA conference

Exploring the new trends in culture production and consumption across the world is necessary to be able to build the future policies needed to promote creation and access to knowledge. While the issue of copyright and the Internet has often occupied the debates in the European Parliament during the past years, offering a very narrow approach to industrial and social realities, we instead decided to broaden the focus in order to better understand the changes and challenges. We, thus, invited several analysts and experts, journalists, researchers and writers, who will speak about the results of their investigations and reflection; from Hollywood to China, from Australia back to Europe and to Brussels...


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50 reasons to reject ACTA

The reasons the matter to you

The vote of the European Parliament will be decisive for the future of ACTA. It has already been rejected by the Development, Civil Liberties, Legal Affairs, and Industry committees in the European Parliament, but the big votes are still to take place in the lead Trade committee and with the final P...


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 4 - 8 June 2012

Highlights of the week for the Greens/EFA include events on Rio+20, reindustrialising Europe, research and innovation culture production and consumption and human rights activists in Turkey, as well as upgrading EU rules on credit rating agencies and a Europe wide action against ACTA


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ACTA - anti-counterfeiting treaty

Further blows to ACTA as EP moves to finish off controversial treaty

Three European Parliament committees today adopted opinion reports on the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (1). The Greens welcomed the outcome of the votes on the different opinion reports recommending that the EP reject ACTA. Greens/EFA MEP and draftsperson for the industry c...


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ACTA rejection welcomed

Press Release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today (Thursday) hailed a vote to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the European Parliament's Industry Committee (ITRE), of which he is the only Scots member.  The committee vote was for the adoption of a draft opinion by Alyn's group colleague Amel...


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 28 May -1 June 2012

Highlights of the week for the Greens/EFA include rejecting ACTA, EU data protection rules, keeping track of the EU's climate change efforts, EU project bonds to boost investments, promoting rail transport, encouraging investment in start-ups and social enterprises,...


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50 reasons to reject ACTA

Tell us about yours!

The vote of the European Parliament will be decisive for the future of ACTA. Discussions are currently taking place. We believe it is essential to survey the various fields and sectors impacted by ACTA.


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ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement

EP raises questions over Commission's legal handling of ACTA

The chair of the European Parliament's legal affairs committee has written to EU trade commissioner De Gucht outlining the committee's dissatisfaction with how the Commission has handled the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement from a legal standpoint. The letter came after pressure from...


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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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Towards the reform of collective rights management

12.04.2012

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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