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Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 9-13 December 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included trotecting migrants' lives in Mediterranean, reforming EU fisheries policy, deep sea fishing and destructive trawling, EU-Morocco fisheries and Western Sahara, the situation in Ukraine, repairing the emissions trading scheme, EU rules on mortgages, sexual and reproductive health and rights, promoting stability and peace beyond Europe, combatting tax avoidance through transparency, the EU as a human rights defender, bank accounts, posted workers


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

10.12.2013

Video - press briefing Strasbourg 10 December 2013

The Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms presented the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group


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Posted workers rules

Control system set to be preserved as EU governments follow EP line

EU employment and social affairs ministers today agreed a common position on draft proposals on the enforcement of EU rules on posted workers. After months of deadlock, negotiations between the European Parliament, Council and Commission can finally start, with the EP's employment and social affairs...


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Questions and Answers session

04.12.2013

Wednesday 4th December 2013 (#IS International Sign) #GreenQ&A

Are you interested in politics or Europe or both and always wanted to talk directly to a member of the European Parliament? But you think that they are sitting too far away in Brussels and it is difficult to get in touch with them as a member of the deaf and hard of hearing communities?


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Women in management

MEPs vote to address exclusion of women from boardrooms, Council must now deliver

A legislative proposal aimed at introducing binding legislation to increase the share of women on company boards was today endorsed by the European Parliament. The vote coincides with moves in Germany to introduce binding rules on the same issue and raises hopes for concluding EU legislation. Commen...


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Social funding

MEPs endorse opaque Council deal, depriving crisis countries of much-needed social funds

The European Parliament today voted to approve a proposal from the Commission on new financial allocations for certain member states under the European Social Fund (ESF) for the current period. The proposal would see additional funds for action on unemployment exclusively allocated to France, Spain ...


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Macroeconomic conditionality

Cohesion policy must not be used to sanction regions in member states with fiscal problems

The European Parliament today voted on the Common Provisions Regulation, new rules governing how EU structural and investment funds are disbursed. The Greens/EFA hit out at provisions on macroeconomic conditionality, which would allow the Commission to propose suspending EU funds for regions in memb...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

19.11.2013

Video - press briefing Strasbourg 19 November 2013

The Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms presented the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group


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Reform of the Cohesion and Structural Funds 2014-2020

Greens are against sanction mechanism

The Permanent Representations of the Member States (COREPER) yesterday approved the negotiation results on the outstanding chapters of the Structural and Cohesion Funds regulations for 2014-2020. This agreement includes the European Council's demand for EU structural and coh...


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Making economic governance serve social justice

17.10.2013

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".


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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...


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