Fair Trade

Baby food rules

EP votes to end misleading labels but MEPs lack appetite to ban toxic substances from baby food production

The European Parliament today voted on EU rules on food for young children and infants and food for special medical purposes. The Greens gave a mixed response to the vote, welcoming improvements on labelling but regretting the failure to back a Green proposal to ensure the most toxic pesticides cann...

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Rio+20 Press Conference


UN sustainable development summit and the EU position

The landmark Rio+20 UN sustainable development summit will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 20-22 June. Ahead of the summit, Green MEP Sandrine Bélier hosted a press conference outlining the key issues at stake and what the role of the EU should be in the process. Global environmental governance and promoting the global green economy are key themes.


Aid for North Africa

Outdated EBRD should be scrapped and other tools used to support Arab Spring countries

The European Parliament today voted on legislative proposals aimed at changing the mandate of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with a view to extending its area of operation beyond Central and Eastern Europe and enabling it to give funding to North African countries. The G...

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MEP launches 'EU - tube'

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

A leading Scottish politician is on a mission to strip away the mysteries of Europe – through his own ‘EU-tube’ television channel. MEP Alyn Smith will produce, present and set up a series of online videos. Viewers will have the chance to contact him directly and ask any question they like abo...


50 reasons to reject ACTA

Greens/EFA campaign

With the European Parliament set to decide on the fate of the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement, Green MEPs set out the reasons why they believe the parliament should vote to withhold its consent and reject the agreement. With your help we have put together 50 reasons to reject ACTA. See the video and join the anti-ACTA mobilisation on 9 June.

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50 reasons to reject ACTA

The reasons the matter to you

The vote of the European Parliament will be decisive for the future of ACTA. It has already been rejected by the Development, Civil Liberties, Legal Affairs, and Industry committees in the European Parliament, but the big votes are still to take place in the lead Trade committee and with the final P...


Democratic follow-up in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –   having regard to the Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union, on the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo of 9 December 2011 (A 507/1/11 REV 1), –   having regard to ...

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Sudan/South Sudan

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –   having regard to its previous resolutions on Sudan, –   having regard to the UN Security Council Resolution 2046 (2012) of 2 May 2012 on Sudan and Southern Sudan, –   having regard to the EU High Representative for Forei...

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European Parliament will listen to Citizens

Mandatory hearings for Citizens' Initiatives introduced

The European Parliament decided to change its Rules of Procedure and introduce mandatory hearings for successful European Citizens’ Initiatives. The new regulation will ensure that Europe keeps its ears open towards active citizens.


Stop climate change blog

Climate discussions - no backtracking by the EU!

Early this week, informal discussions took place in Brussels with Members of the "coalition of ambition" ahead of UN talks in Bonn. The Greens insist that Europe give concrete expression to this new alliance with least developped countries and that it continues to lead the climate debate forward...

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Greens-EFA Seminar Public Procurement


The purpose of this Seminar is to discuss the Commission's proposals on the revision of the Public Procurement Directives, and on the Concessions' Directive. These EU legislation proposals are very important and politically sensitive. 8 Committees will do an Opinion (TRAN, REGI, EMPL, ITRE, JURI, IN...