Fair Trade

ACTA and access to medicines

A study by Sean Flynn and Bijan Madhani, commissioned by the Greens/EFA Group

The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament commissioned this analysis of potential impacts of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on access to medicines in developing countries.” On the whole, ACTA negotiators created an agreement that shifts international “hard law” rule...

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e-fa: News Round-Up September 2011

news bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

Key issues over the past few weeks included: Oriol elected party leader Plaid Conference Developments in the Basque peace process Welcome for transaction tax announcement SNP disappointment at fish quota proposals Call for ban on eggs from caged hens Strong backing for Palestinian statehood Eu...


Stop Climate Change Blog

RIO+ 20 : for a green, equitable and just future

In June next year all eyes will be on the UN sustainable development conference in Rio de Janeiro, which will mark 20 years since the original Rio Earth Summit. Unfortunately, many of the goals agreed in 1992 still remain elusive. It is now time to put an end to the 'business-as-usual’ approach - which will only further increase the burden of financial and ecological debt - and ensure that a new approach triumphs

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EU-Moroccan Fisheries Agreement

4 reasons to Vote 'Yes' in Strasbourg Thursday 29 September 2011 !

The European Parliament will have a historic vote to refer the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement to the European Court of Justice. Read why the agreement is wrong and the vote is important...

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Famine in East Africa

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –    having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,             A.     Whereas the drought in the horn of Africa is affecting more than 12 million people; whereas the countr...



EU urgently needs to deliver emergency aid in response to Somalian famine

With the famine in Somalia and the surrounding region continuing to deteriorate, Green MEPs have called for the EU to urgently mobilise emergency humanitarian aid for the region. Green development spokesperson Ska Keller said: "The situation in Somalia and the surrounding region has deteriorate...

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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 4-8 July 2011

Priorities for the Greens this week include the banning of naked short selling and tougher rules on derivatives, the controversial passenger data agreements, the restriction or prohibition of GMO cultivation, the changes to Schengen, the security scanners in airports...

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Food labelling

New food label rules a step forward but clearer, more comprehensive labelling elusive

The European Parliament today endorsed a final agreement on new EU legislation on information on food products. The Greens supported the final agreement, which will include some important concrete improvements for consumers, but the group would have preferred more ambitious rules, notably full front...

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MEP Spotlight

Catherine Grèze wins the 'Fair Politician' Award as best MEP of the year

Since 2009 the Evert Vermeer Foundation has been awarding the Fair Politician prize to the Member of the European Parliament who has contributed most to enhance Policy Coherence for Development. Without coherent policies, development cooperation cannot be fully effective. In Brussels,  the Ev...

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© Don Bayley

MEP backs clearer food labelling

A press release by Jill Evans

Jill Evans MEP today hosted a meeting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the Women's Institute (WI) to present their campaign for mandatory country of origin labelling to fellow MEPs. The debate was held in advance of a vote on food labelling, due to take place at the plenary session of th...


The EU's approach to Somalia


Where do we stand?

The EU's engagement in Somalia constantly increases. The EU conducts a Anti-Piracy mission (ATALANTA) and is financing a huge part of international aid for the country. Since less than a year the EU is also engaged in training of Somali security forces aiming at shifting the balance of power to the benefit of the Transitional Federal Goverment. The expert hearing will discuss the following question: How effective is the current approach and which aspects need to be adjusted?

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