Environment

We are all concerned about the air we breathe, the water we use and the food we eat.

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Internal electricity market must deliver for citizens and the climate

Internal electricity market

The European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee has adopted a series of legislative reports on the internal electricity market. The Greens/EFA group welcomes the parliament’s position on limiting public support for coal, which is much stronger than the Council's, but questions the insufficient measures for fighting energy poverty.


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Białowieża forest: protect Poland and Europe's green lungs

European Court of Justice

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has today presented his opinion that the forestry management decisions taken by Poland concerning Białowieża forest infringe EU law.


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Five reasons not to allow the Bayer - Monsanto merger

Why the Commission should stop this "merger from hell"

In September 2016 Bayer and Monsanto announced their intention to merge. If authorised by the European Commission, this would create, in the Commission’s own words, “the world's largest integrated pesticides and seeds company”, and have devastating consequences. Join us in calling on Margrete Vestager, Commissioner for Competition, to stop this “merger from hell”!


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Greens/EFA Debriefing

Plenary week, 5-8 February 2018

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary week included: Emissions Trading System; Glyphosate: authorisation process for pesticides; Geoblocking; Visit of Croatian Prime Minister; Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation; Transnational lists for European elections; International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) address to Parliament; Rule of law in Romania; Special committee on tax.


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Committee will provide answers to the serious questions raised by glyphosate scandal

Glyphosate

"Pesticides can have a serious impact on the quality of the food on our plates and the health of our environment. That’s why it is so important that the authorisation process is made fit for purpose," says Greens/EFA MEP Bart Staes.


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Member States must lead the transition

EU Emissions Trading System

Bas Eickhout comments on the revision to the EU’s Emissions Trading System - "Thanks to the insistence of the Greens, EU governments can now shut down coal plants without having to pass the CO2 on to other sectors."


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Bisphenol A, an old artificial oestrogen, still allowed in out dated and industrial food packaging

Have you ever heard about endocrine disrupters (EDCs)? If so, then you’ve probably also heard of BPA, aka « bisphenol A », one of the world’s most famous EDCs. But if you never heard about those chemicals that irreversibly affect the hormonal system, there’s no way you’ve escaped « BPA- free » labels on food containers for our little ones.


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 15-18 January 2018

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary week included: Conservation of fishery resources and protection of marine ecosystems; Women, gender equality and climate justice; EU plastic strategy; No spyware for dictators: stricter rules for dual-use exports; Clean energy package: put Paris into practice; Priorities for the new Bulgarian presidency; Future of Europe with Irish PM: hard border must be avoided; Marrakesh Treaty: facilitating the access to published works; Glyphosate: presidents to decide on special committee; EU tax haven blacklist.


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European Parliament group presidents endorse Special Committee on Glyphosate

Following a Greens/EFA initiative, the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament endorsed the mandate of a Special Committee to analyse and assess the authorisation procedure for pesticides today. The decision will be endorsed by the next plenary.


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Enshrining the Paris Agreement in EU law

EU Energy Governance

Claude Turmes and Michele Rivasi herald a "great victory for the climate and citizens".


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Energy efficiency will keep bills down while protecting the climate

Energy Efficiency Directive

Greens/EFA MEP Benedek Jávor welcomes the passing of strong measures on energy efficiency: "It’s not just about keeping emissions down. It is also crucial to citizens’ health and to keeping energy bills down for citizens and businesses."


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Greens/EFA presidents on the Bulgarian Presidency and the visit of the Irish Prime Minister

Future of Europe

The Greens/EFA presidents look ahead to the debates on the Bulgarian Presidency and the visit of the Irish Prime Minister.


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