Digital world

Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session 13-16 February 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary week included Eurobonds and the response to the crisis, the controversial EU-Morocco trade protocol, elections in Russia, reform of the milk and dairy sector, homelessness strategy in the EU...


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ACT on ACTA say NO

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 will do everything it can in the coming weeks to convince MEPs from other groups to reject ACTA. In light of the growing public pressure and anger, a number of EU member states are now having second thoughts about proceeding with ratification. We need your support to convince the other members of the European Parliament to reject this deal. It is time to increase the pressure inside and outside the Parliament. Tell your MEPs Say No to ACTA!


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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 ...


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ACTA and basic rights

Opposition to ACTA gathering pace, as ratification process falters

This Saturday will witness Europe-wide demonstrations against the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) - with Green MEPs set to take part. Public pressure against this secretive and far-reaching agreement is ramping up, while a number of EU governments are now having second thoug...


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Digital and fundamental rights (ACTA)

ACTA signing an unfortunate symbolic step for controversial agreement

The EU and 22 of its member states (1) signed up to the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Tokyo today. While the signing process is symbolic - and the agreement must still be ratified by member states and the European Parliament - it has provoked demonstrations across Europ...


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Data protection

Commission proposals would bring data protection rules into 21st Century

The European Commission will today present the data protection package, including legislative proposals. The Greens gave a broad welcome to the proposals. Ahead of the presentation, Green home affairs expert Jan Philipp Albrecht MEP said: "These proposals would be an important step forward, br...


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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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Open internet

European court ruling an important landmark for open internet

The European Court of Justice today issued a significant ruling in the SABAM vs Scarlet case, judging that internet service providers cannot be obliged to filter or block internet content. The Greens welcomed the ruling, hailing it as a landmark in guaranteeing the openness of the internet. Commenti...


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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 14-18 November 2011

Priorities for the Greens during the plenary week included the European railway area, the nuclear energy research and EU funds, short selling and sovereign debt speculation, the UN climate change summit 2011, illegal fishing, honeybees and beekeeping


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Open internet

Commission must enshrine principle of net neutrality in EU law

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution calling on the Commission to do more to guarantee open internet and net neutrality. The Greens welcomed the vote and called on the Commission to come forward with legislation that enshrines the principle of net neutrality. After the vote, Green MEP ...


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Creation and Copyright in the Digital Era

A Greens/EFA position paper

With the digital technologies and the Internet, the production, dissemination, access and use of cultural productions changed greatly during the past 20 years. We believe these transformations must be seized as opportunities to increase access to cultural productions for all while finding sustainable ways to improve the financing of creation and the status of those who are creating, creators and artists.


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