Fair Trade

Horsemeat scandal

EU must take immediate action on food quality and labelling, and investigate fraud concerns

In response to the deepening and widening scandal surrounding the discovery of horse DNA in processed meat products in a number of EU member states, the Greens/EFA group is calling on the European Commission and relevant regulatory agencies to take action. The group is pushing for an emergency heari...

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EU rules on concessions

Wrongheaded legislation poses threat to basic service provision

The European Parliament's internal market committee today voted on new EU legislation on the award of concessions (1). The Greens voted against the outcome, expressing concern about the potential impact on the provision of basic public services, like water. Commenting after the vote, Green internal ...

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Wall - Living under occupation
Photo: Mahfouz Abturk

Living Under Occupation


Daily Life in Occupied Palestine

EFA MEPs François Alfonsi, Jill Evans and Ana Miranda invite you to a film screening and debate Living Under Occupation: Daily Life in Occupied Palestine A film made by EFA MEPs during their visit to the West Bank and East Jerusalem Wedesday 23 January 2013 18h30 - 20h30European Parliament, ...


Bee crisis and insecticides

Neonicotinoid ban urgently needed, wider EU action also necessary

populations and the impact of insecticides, the Greens have called for a ban on controversial neonicotinoid insecticides and other systemic neurotoxins. With the European Food Safety Authority having last week published a report highlighting concerns with neonicotinoids (1), and the European Environ...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 14-17 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included tackling youth unemployment in Europe, biopiracy and indigenous genetic resources, regulating credit rating agencies, corruption and misuse of EU funds, the controversial economic agreement with southern Africa and working conditions in Asia and EU retailers

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 14 - 18 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include tackling youth unemployment in Europe, Biopiracy and indigenous genetic resources, Regulating credit rating agencies, Corruption and misuse of EU funds, the controversial economic agreement with southern Africa and working conditions in Asia and EU retailers

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EU patent system

Eva Lichtenberger


Cacique Raouni

Opposing the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon

Twenty-five years after his last campaign, the Cacique Raoni returned to Europe to mobilise key political leaders against major risks posed by the mammoth dam project of Belo Monte. Green MEPs Eva Joly, Catherine Grèze and Ulrike Luncacek hosted a Press conference in the European Parliament in S...

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Intellectual property and genetic resources

MEPs take stand against biopiracy

The European Parliament's development committee today adopted a report by Green rapporteur/draftsperson Catherine Grèze on the intellectual property rights of genetic resources in developing countries. Commenting after the vote Catherine Grèze said: "Biopiracy is a major problem in developing...

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Free Trade Agreements and human rights

the EU's double standards

In its meeting today, the European Parliament's Development Committee rejected the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement between Eastern and Southern African States and the EU. This vote is a clear signal against the EU's trade policy at the expense of ACP countries' development agenda. In her ...


Guardians of the forests?


10 years of EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade

Deforestation and illegal logging, particularly in rain forest regions, threatens large scale biodiversity loss and serious adverse impacts on the global climate. For more than 10 years Brussels has been working on a comprehensive plan to tackle the problem. This international seminar looks at achievements and challenges to date by celebrating ten years of ‘FLEGT’ and looking ahead.


GMO contaminated honey

EU Commission attempting to market-GMO contaminated honey

In the midst of a new controversy about the health effects of GMOs, the EU Commission is attempting to market-GMO contaminated honey without any information to the consumers