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EU must act to prevent job losses, says MEP

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP Jill Evans has welcomed the European Parliament's support for new legislation to help workers whose jobs are put at risk when companies restructure. The new laws could force companies to properly inform and consult with their workers in the event of any restructuring taking place. This cou...


Recent casualties in textile factory fires, notably in Bangladesh

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Greens/EFA call on foreign companies operating in Bangladesh and Pakistan to favour commercial relations with manufacturers that operate in compliance with the basic ILO Conventions and the laws of the two countries


Airports and noise

No takeoff for flawed plans to liberalise airport services but MEPs fail to address concerns on noise

The European Parliament today voted on EU legislation dealing with airports, including noise and ground-handling. The Greens welcomed the vote to reject the proposed liberalisation of ground-handling services but regretted the decision to refer the proposal back to the EP's transport committee. The ...

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Youth employment

Commission proposes welcome action on youth employment; governments must follow-up

The European Commission today proposed an EU Youth Employment Package, including a youth guarantee scheme and a communication on promoting youth employment. The Greens have been strongly pushing for EU measures to address the high levels of youth unemployment in Europe and have been advocating a you...

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50/50 Campaign

Franziska Branter


Social partnership under threat

Open Letter to Commission President Barroso

In the report it published on "Labour Market Developments in Europe 2012", the European Commission set out a series of so-called "Reforms potentially leading to better employment outcomes". The Greens/EFA Group was shocked to see such reforms included reducing the role of Social ...


Gender equality

New coalition aims to ensure gender equality in EU decision-making bodies

A cross-political declaration calling on EU governments, European political parties and EU institutions to take action to achieve gender balance in European decision-making bodies was launched today (1). Over 50 MEPs from five political groups and from all over the EU are signato...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 19 - 23 November 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include the reports on the EU's economic and monetary union, rules for marketing agricultural products, shale gas, enforcing EU law, future EU budget, vote on new EU commission candidate, situation in Gaza, UN climate talks and the EU position, banning shark finning, the external dimension of EU fisheries

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Mobility - how to make it work?


Towards a new European paradigm on migration

In this conference, the Greens/EFA group wants to focus on the possible ways forward, in developing and supporting a positive, responsible and ambitious agenda on migration and mobility.

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Boardroom quotas for women

Important step for redressing a major outstanding barrier to gender equality

The European Commission today presented a proposal aimed at introducing an EU quota for a 40% representation of women on advisory boards. The Greens welcomed the much anticipated proposal as a first step, whilst highlighting the need to strengthen a number of provisions. Commenting on the proposals,...

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Rally against austerity

We need European solidarity

Europe itself is not the problem; it is the choices that have been made. Strengthening the union is essential but it will only succeed if we refocus and commit ourselves to a recovery rather than austerity, to solidarity, and build a more social and democratic Europe. Only then can it face the economic and environmental challenges



Green/EFA position paper

Greens/EFA argue for a life-course approach to pension policy. A life-course approach takes into account the whole career along a life-course, it takes into account career interruptions and changes. A life-course approach is flexible enough to adapt to individuals and if it is well-managed it can provide for financial sustainability of public pension systems. It directs the debate from a fixed retirement age to the core issues of adequacy and solidarity.