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ECB executive board

EP takes steps to address exclusion of women from ECB board

The European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee has halted the appointment process for a new nominee to the executive board of the European Central Bank, after cross-party criticisms about the failure to consider any female candidates for the vacancy. Coordinators of the committee ...

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Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 25-29 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include rendition and illegal detention by CIA in EU countries, European patent, new energy saving rules, tackling climate-damaging car emissions, rights management in the digital age and implementing the European Citizens' Initiative

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European Social Fund

EP agrees to put focus on fighting poverty

The European Parliament's employment and social affairs committee voted on a mandate for negotiations with the Council on the European Social Fund from 2014 on. Commenting on the vote, Green MEP and vice-chair of the committee Elisabeth Schroedter stated:“The ESF should be focusing on fighting pov...

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Another Road for Europe


A joint forum supported by the Greens/EFA

Many appeals, texts, proposals are being launched about the future of Europe and about the way out of the crisis. The aim of this event is to contribute to open up a debate at the European level between activists, experts, political forces and policy makers on the viable actions that European and national institutions, political forces and social organisations can take to move beyond neoliberal policies, and towards a sustainable and democratic Europe, free from discriminations and inequalities.


Preparation of the Commission Work Programme 2013

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –   having regard to the Commission Work Programme 2012 (COM (2011)777), –   having regard to the Framework Agreement between the European Parliament and the Commission adopted on 20 October 2010, in particular Annex IV thereof, – &nb...


Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 25-29 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the commission proposal on combating tax fraud and evasion in the EU, the EU summit and several Greens/EFA events...

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Co-Presidents' session briefing


Recorded stream of the press conference 12 June 2012

During the Strasbourg Plenary session briefing, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit present the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group

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Equal pay for equal work

Franziska Brantner

Equal pay for equal work is a basic principle in the EU. Despite this, women continue to earn less than men. Equal Pay was in the Treaty since Rome in 1957 and we have EU legislation since 1975, yet the pay gap still exists,


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session Strasbourg 21-24 May 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary session included shifting the focus from austerity in the Euro crisis, bluefin tuna on the brink, balancing trade with China, rights and democracy in Ukraine, taxing financial transactions, equal pay for equal work, resource efficiency,...

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Equal pay for equal work!

Gender pay gap still exists in all member states

Equal pay for equal work has been one of the most basic principals of the European Community since its foundation in 1957.  However, despite legislation, women continue to earn less than men. On average women needed to work until 2nd March in order to earn as much as men had earned the year bef...


How to lift Greece out of the crisis


Recorded stream of the press conference - Weds. 23 May 2012

Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms were joined by Greek Green MEP Nikos Chrysogelos to present a detailed Green alternative response to the Euro crisis, focusing on measures to stimulate the economy and address the sovereign debt crisis.

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Europe must reject failed austerity

Press release from Jill Evans MEP

Speaking on the occasion of today's European Summit, Plaid MEP Jill Evans has called on EU leaders to reject failed austerity measures, and refocus on investment to promote growth and jobs. EU leaders are meeting in Brussels for an informal summit that will focus on Europe's economic difficulties in...