Equal Opportunities

Making economic governance serve social justice


A response to the Commission proposal on the "Social Dimension of the EMU"

On 17 October 2013 - the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - the Greens/EFA Group invites you to a public conference on "Making Economic governance serve social justice". Green MEPs, experts and stakeholders will discuss and debate a response to the Commission proposal on the "Social Dimension of the EMU".


Boardroom quota for women

Step forward for binding EU rules as MEPs vote to address exclusion of women from management

A legislative proposal aimed at introducing binding legislation to increase the share of women on company boards was today endorsed by MEPs in a joint vote by the two responsible parliamentary committees: women's rights and legal affairs. Commenting after the vote, Green equality spokesperson Marij...

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Local language healthcare threatened by EU rules

EFA Press release from Mark Demesmaeker and Inaki Irazabalbeitia

MEPs from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament have expressed concerns that new EU rules on recognition of qualifications could have unforeseen consequences for speakers of languages in bilingual areas such as Brussels and the Basque country. Whilst supporting moves to make it...


Flight times

Safety concerns ignored, as MEPs clear proposals on longer EU flight times

The European Parliament today voted to support proposals from the European Commission, revising EU rules on flight times. The Greens had proposed to reject the new rules due to concerns the Commission's draft would lead to an increase in flight times and more strenuous working conditions for pilots,...

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European Social Fund

Youth employment and poverty to get greater focus under EU social programme

The European Parliament and Council reached an agreement yesterday evening on the European Social Fund for 2014-20. Commenting on the outcome, Green social policy spokesperson and vice-chair of the European Parliament’s employment committee Elisabeth Schroedter said: "Yesterday’s agreement ...

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Greens/EFA Study Days


1-2 October 2013

Greens/EFA hold a two-day internal meeting to exchange views and debate on strategies.


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 9-13 September 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included the reports on the climate impact of biofuels, the right of access to a lawyer, innovative, sustainable transport technologies, supervising European banks, mortgages, eel stocks under threat, covert surveillance and threats to media freedom, preserving endangered languages in Europe, access to genetic resources and rights, Egypt crisis and the EU's role


Youth Unemployment

Karima Delli, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Rui Tavares

Telling young people “you must try harder and we’ll provide you with better training” is not a sufficient response to the massive challenge that the EU is currently facing. Instead, Member States and the EU should go further and look at job creation for young people and immediately end any measures which are counterproductive to youth employment.


Cohesion fund

The European Parliament should push for more ambitious and greener measures for 2014-2020

The European Parliament's regional development committee today voted on the Cohesion Fund for 2014–2020. This vote was on the proposals agreed between the EU Council and the European Parliament on the regulations for the different funds under EU Cohesion Policy for 2014-2020. Commenting on the vo...


Access to care

EP calls on EU to improve access to care of vulnerable groups

The European Parliament today adopted a report by Green MEP Jean Lambert on access to care for vulnerable groups. With access to healthcare and other social support services threatened by budget cuts, the report uncovers important findings and proposes measures to improve the access to care, support...


EU summit

A summit full of empty promises and words

Commenting on the result of the European Summit Dany Cohn-Bendit, Co-President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament said: "Once again, petty narrow national interests dominated this summit. That the UK will get an even higher rebate is unacceptable. This ongoing bargaining betwee...

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