Fair Trade

EU development aid

Diverting development aid to military projects would be scandalous

The European Commission today presented a controversial proposal to transfer EU development aid, earmarked for peace and poverty reduction, towards military projects in third countries in Africa (1). The Greens hit out at the ‘Capacity Building in support of Security and Development proposal, with...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

07.06.2016

LIVE press conference 7 June 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group


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EU funding for New Alliance ignores murky world of land-grabs and human rights violations

On the face of it, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition looks like an extremely worthy project: encouraging private investment in African farming to help improve food production and reduce hunger and poverty.


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GMOs are back

and they’re worse than before

A brochure to explain the technical and political issue with new GMOs In the European Union, genetically modified organisms are subjected to a specific regulation. Before being authorized for planting or used in food or feed, they have to undergo a health and environment impact assessment by ...


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New GMOs

GMOs by the back door

The biotech industry and the US government are lobbying hard to have a whole new generation of genetic engineering techniques excluded from European regulations. A pending decision of the European Commission could open the door to these 'new GMOs'. They could soon be on our fields and plates, with...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

10.05.2016

LIVE press conference 10 May 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group


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The "New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition"

A threat to local populations in Africa

Family farmers and small-holders are the main investors in African agriculture, collectively producing about 70% of the food in Africa and providing about 60% of employment in rural Africa. They need to be at the core of efforts to combat food and nutrition insecurity and be given a strong voice whe...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

12.04.2016

LIVE press conference 12 April 2016 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group


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No REFIT on consumers' right to know!

Today the European Parliament voted on Kaufmann (S&D) report on the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT). According to the Commission the purpose of REFIT is to ensure that the EU legislation remains fit for purpose and delivers the results intended by EU law-makers. It is supposed to remove red tape and lower costs without compromising policy objectives.


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Glyphosate

extending its authorisation is anti-democratic and goes against the common interest

The European Parliament will tomorrow vote a non-binding resolution opposing the renewal of the license for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate.


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Trade Secrets

Must not outweigh the public interest

In many of the biggest political scandals of the past months – Luxleaks, Dieselgate and now the Panama Papers – we saw trade secret laws abused as a shield against investigation and exposure of how corporations are harming the public good, avoiding taxes and endangering public safety. Whistleblowers find themselves fighting for their freedom in court – or in hiding. And yet, the European Parliament is about to expand corporate secrecy and deter whistleblowing by adopting the Trade Secrets Directive.


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