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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 20-23 May 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary week included bank resolution and economic stability, renewable energy policy in Europe, a missed chance for offshore drilling rules, tax avoidance and EU action, supervising European banks, the EU Commission and Dalligate, concerns with EU-US trade deal, defending EU standards in trade agreements, EU rules on ports, the cultural sector and the EU-US trade deal

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Syrian refugees

How Europe is "helping"

Europe must accept more Syrian refugees. Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey each offer shelter to more than half a million Syrian refugees. In contrast, all 28 EU member states together have so far accepted only about 8000 refugees.

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GMO (In)Digest

Issue 8 of the GMO Campaign Newsletter

EU Work: The Greens/EFA GMO campaign is now on twitter. Follow it @GMOFreeEU And of course you should also be following our other campaigns on twitter at: @greens_climate (climate campaign) @FoodRevEU (food campaign) Conference: How GMO-free labelling of food products can contribute to increase GMO-...


World Social Forum 2013 Blog

Another world is possible

Another world is possible - Malika Benarab-Attou "Thousands of people of all nationalities, are gathering in Tunis at the World Social Forum, sharing the same aspirations, the same common desire - that another world is possible. More and more people believe and say that the world today does ...

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 25 - 28 March 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include aviation and the emissions trading scheme, ship recycling and EU rules, EU climate and energy policy to 2030, the World Social Forum, Document freedom day, prisoners as the key to the Basque peace process

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GMO-free labelling

Conference shows real demand from consumers and practical solutions

The conference has shown that the issue of GMO-free labelling has gained a lot of importance and momentum. There is a wide diversity of initiatives, actors, practices and rules that are being taken and need now to be promoted and harmonised in order to allow EU wide distribution and recognition of...


Air passenger rights

Softening EU rules on not an option

The European Commission today presented a communication outlining plans to review EU rules on air passenger rights. Commenting on the plans, Green transport spokesperson Keith Taylor (MEP, UK), who was draftsman for the European Parliament on air passenger rights, said: "There is a clear need t...

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GMO-free labelling of food products


a way to increase GMO-free supplies for animal feed?

The conference will look at whether voluntary GMO-free labelling of food products can contribute to increase GMO-free supplies for animal feed, and under which conditions. Food products that contain GMOs must be labelled in the EU. But this obligation has not been imposed on animal products from animals that have been fed with GMOs.

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Horsemeat scandal

EU response must be comprehensive and include fundamental reform of agri-food system

Ahead of today's council of EU agriculture ministers, who will discuss the ongoing horsemeat scandal, Green MEPs have set out their demands for EU-level action (1). The scandal has highlighted deficiencies with the procedures for verifying food quality, as well as shortcomings in EU legislation, n...

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Horsemeat scandal and the necessary EU response


Recorded livestream of Greens/EFA press-conference

With: Rebbeca Harms (Germany - co-president of the Greens/EFA group), Bart Staes (Belgium) and Carl Schlyter (Sweden - vice-chair of the EP committee on environment, public health and food safety) Coming ahead of the forthcoming EU Council of Agriculture Minsters (Monday-Tuesday, 25-26 February), the Greens are hosting a press conference to outline a more comprehensive EU response to the ongoing horsemeat scandal. The discovery of meat from horses and pigs in processed food marketed as beef products, has raised serious questions about the European food supply system. In addition to immediate questions about applicable rules and responsibility for controls and ensuring compliance, there are wider questions both in terms of legislation and the agriculture and food system in Europe.

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