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Congratulations to “anti-Schäuble” Centeno

New Eurogroup leader

Today, the Eurogroup elected Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno as its new President. Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, comments.


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The fight against corruption and how to win it

Defeating the disease

New estimates released this year have shown the staggering amount of money that is lost due to corruption in the EU: between 179 and 990 billion euros, every single year. To play with a metaphor, corruption is like a contagious disease, a virus that spreads quickly, infecting people in ways that are not always visible, and ravishing our public services in its wake. The virus was created by humans, but we don’t need doctors to eradicate it, just a lot of hard work - or better said, a lot of teamwork! We need your support for these campaigns and we are happy to lend you ours as well – just get in touch, and let’s get to work.


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Panama Papers: The Final Vote

One scandal chases another: LuxLeaks, Panama Papers, Paradise Papers... they all show there is a global system of corruption and injustice in place. On 12 December, we have a great opportunity to fight money laundering and tax avoidance. The European Parliament will vote on its Panama Papers report and we need to make this a victory for tax justice!


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Transparency of legislative work within Council preparatory bodies

European Ombudsman - Public consultation and invitation to submit comments

As a first step in the inquiry, the Ombudsman asked the Council 14 questions, to which the Council replied on 26 July 2017 [2]. The Council listed various improvements that will enhance the public’s ability to follow its decision-making process, including (i) a new system to record Counci...


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Make the Panama Papers report a victory for tax justice!

During the last plenary session of 2017, the European Parliament will vote on the final Panama Papers report and its recommendations. Thanks to the Greens/EFA group, the report contains many important findings and tools to tackle money laundering and tax dodging. Read more to find out the seven key recommendations that are in danger and that we need to protect.


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Diverting funding towards military capacity building would be a backwards step and incompatible with EU law

Civilian conflict prevention

The European Parliament will today debate the outcome of trilogues on the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP). The Greens/EFA group has consistently argued against the reform of the regulation which aims at introducing a military capacity building program to the EU's only instrument for civilian conflict prevention.


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Commission must do more for small farmers

Common Agricultural Policy

The European Commission has today published a communication on the future of the common agricultural policy (CAP). The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament is calling for much greater support for small farmers.


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MEP delegation to visit Catalan political prisoners

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Solé (Catalonia)

A delegation of seventeen MEPs from different political groups is set to travel to Madrid in the coming weeks to visit the prisons where Catalan political prisoners are being held following the recent referendum and declaration of independence in the Catalan Parliament. Eight members of the legit...


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EU still doesn't have rules in place to ensure whistleblower protection

LuxLeaks

"This trial shows why we need protection for whistleblowers. It is thanks to people like Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet that the public was made aware of the many tax and fraud scandals to break in recent years," says Greens/EFA transparency spokesperson Benedek Jávor.


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Study: Major changes needed if CAP is to be made fit for purpose

Common Agricultural Policy

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not fit for purpose, according to a new study co-commissioned by the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament.


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First step towards Article 7

Rule of law in Poland

Europe must be united in telling the Polish government that there will be consequences if they to stray from the path of democracy.


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Terricabras – Why this unequal treatment for Catalonia?

Press release from EFA MEP J-M Terricabras (Catalonia)

The European Commission has been accused of 'unequal treatment' in respect of Catalonia during a debate today in the European Parliament on the rule of law in Malta. Today's debate was in response to the recent brutal murder of a Maltese journalist. However the EU institutions are ...


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