Digital world

Document Freedom Day


Open standards in the eBook market

Giving voice to the movement for a free information infrastructure, and to highlight the importance of Open Standards and how they impact both universal access to the Public Domain and business opportunities in the eBook market.

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Mobile phone roaming

Deal will reduce artificially high roaming costs but falls short of delivering realistic prices

A deal on new EU rules on mobile phone roaming, concluded last night between negotiators from the European Parliament and Council, today received the go-ahead from the Council (1). The deal will lead to lower charges for mobile phone users when roaming across border and, as such, is welcome but the ...


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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Open Standards

Document Freedom Day, transparency and the eBook market

Document Freedom Day is coming to the European Parliament on the 28th March with the Greens and free software community organising an event to highlight the importance of Open Standards. With a topical focus on the eBook market, the event will highlight how Open Standards impact both business oppo...


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session 12-15 March 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary session included the state of nuclear power on the Fukushima anniversary, strengthening the role of cooperatives in European society, the recent elections in Russia, government violence in Syria, the low carbon roadmap...

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Online discrimination in the Netherlands

EP defends core EU values and condemns Dutch government's indifference

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution criticising the Dutch government's handling of an openly discriminatory website being promoted by Dutch far right party PVV (1). After the vote, Dutch Green MEP Marije Cornelissen stated: "This opprobrious website, which actively promotes discr...

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Palestine, the raids of the Israeli forces on Palestinian TV stations

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution - debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

The European Parliament, - having regard to its previous resolutions, - having regard to the statement by the Spokesperson of the High Representative Catherine Ashton on the closure of two Palestinian television stations of 3 March 2012, - having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and P...


Discriminatory internet sites and government reactions

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –   having regard to Articles 2, 3, 4 and 6 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), Articles 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 45, 49, 56, 67, 83 and 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the Charter of Fundamental Rights ...

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Commission should investigate all options as regards Data Retention

Currently the Commission is assessing whether to revise or abandon the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC. The Directive was adopted in 2006 as a reaction to, amongst others, the London Bombings in 2005. It makes blanket retention of all citizens' communications data mandatory. Several EU member ...


Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Commission president must clarify procedure and timing on ACTA ratification and ECJ referral

Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms today wrote to Commission president Barroso (1), asking him to clarify the announcement that the Commission will refer the controversial Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice for a legal opinion (2). Co...

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Mobile phone roaming

No comprehensive solution for tackling artificially high roaming costs

The European Parliament industry committee (ITRE) today voted on new EU legislation on mobile phone roaming. The Greens expressed regret that the EP vote will fail to provide a comprehensive solution to bring down roaming costs. After the vote, Green industry spokesperson Philippe Lamberts said: &q...

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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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