Fair Trade

EU NOx emissions - how the automotive industry shaped policy

A report by InfluenceMap

The subject of this report is to thoroughly map out the activities and positions of the key participants in the EU NOx policy process over the last decade and in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal to show in an objective fashion how the original, public health motivated intent of the EU system on NOx policy was captured to suit the economic needs of the automotive industry


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The circular economy package

a transformation for all?

The European Greens believe that the EU's economy needs to work for both people and planet. The circular economy can contribute by creating jobs, protecting the environment and promoting growth in Europe, but like any other paradigm shift, it needs to have citizens' interests at its core.


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EFA logo

New initiative to publish details of lobbying

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans is using a new online tool which will publish details of any meetings she has with lobbyists as and when they happen. MEP Jill Evans The tool called LobbyCal has been developed by her parliamentary group to help elected members share details online of lobbyist meetings (ht...


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Insurance sector

EU strengthens consumer protection on insurance products

The European Parliament today voted to adopt proposals revising the Insurance Mediation Directive (IMD II/IDD), with the IMD II/IDD replacing the first Directive on insurance mediation (IMD I). The IMD II sets out the new legislative framework for the sale of insurance products and will need to be i...


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Novel foods

Plenary speech by Bart Staes


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Novel Foods

Greens won't mess with citizens' health and freedom of choice

Novel food is defined as food that has not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU prior to 1997, when the first Regulation on novel food came into force. For the Greens/EFA, this weak definition should be improved.


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For a GMO-free Europe

Information campaign website

GMOs represent a global threat to environment, health, biodiversity and long-term food security. European citizens have a right to a GMO-free environment and food.


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Food culture

Join the food revolution

Food is essential. We need it for our lives, health and well being. Good food is political. Join us in our fight for increased public awareness, personal engagement and participative democracy in determining and improving food policies throughout Europe.


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Insurance sector

EU strengthens consumer protection on insurance products

After two years of negotiations the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission last night agreed on a compromise on the revision of the Insurance Mediation Directive (IMD II)/Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) (1). The IMD II replaces the first Directive on insurance ...


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Roaming and net neutrality

Agreement reached but major loopholes remain

The European Commission, Council and European Parliament, meeting last night, agreed on the foundations of the package of legislative proposals on a telecommunications single market. According to the agreement, roaming charges will be abolished by mid-2017. However, companies retain the possibi...


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TiSA international services agreement

Leak reveals major interference in European regulation

Yesterday, Wikileaks released 17 secret texts of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations (1), including annexes covering a wide range of issues and sectors but also a document on member states exceptions from the liberalisation requirement. The leak came on the same day as ministers dis...


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Conflict minerals

European Parliament supports Green proposal for binding rules on conflict minerals

The European Parliament today voted on draft EU legislation aimed at preventing conflict minerals through supply chain transparency. The vote significantly strengthened the original draft law proposed by the Commission by creating binding transparency rules, which would apply to firms throughout the...


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