Illegal fishing

Korea let off hook despite ongoing concerns, as trade policy trump played

The European Commission today revised its rating of third countries it lists as failing to address illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Commission issued a yellow card to Thailand for its fishing practices but rescinded yellow cards previously issued to South Korea and the Philippi...

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Welcome for legal clarity on discards ban

EFA Press Release from SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee which will see new legislation put in place aimed at preventing discards. The elimination of fish discards formed a key part of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy which came into effect l...


Human trafficking, forced labour and land grabbing

Europe's share of responsibility

Barbara Lochbihler, foreign policy and human rights spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group, visited Thailand and Cambodia from 12 to 20 February to follow up on the group’s work on human trafficking and land grabbing. This included a short film produced by Greens/EFA staff in 2012. Land grabbing in...


The European Free Alliance

Video presentation - 2015


Fit for the job of environment and fisheries commissioner?

Greens/EFA assessment of Karmenu Vella, following his EP hearing

Greens/EFA environment spokesperson Bas Eickhout and fisheries spokesperson Isabella Lövin give their assessment of the European Parliament hearing with Karmenu Vella, EU commissioner-designate for the environment and fisheries. What is your impression of how Commissioner-...


Fisheries and nature under Team Juncker

Green MEP Isabella Lövin expresses concern at the downgraded commitment to nature and environment protection

So, overall, are you happy with the proposal from Jean Claude Juncker? I am worried about the direction the new Commission seems to be taking. My overall impression is that there is a clear risk that both environmental and fisheries policy is demoted and that Jean-Claude Juncker is putting more emp...

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Taste the change

The Greens' cookbook

In this cookbook, Greens/EFA MEPs share local/personal recipes from throughout Europe: from south to north and from east to west.Eating local – even home-grown and organic – food that you cook yourself is safer and feels good. Be the change you want to see on your plate.

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 9-13 December 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included trotecting migrants' lives in Mediterranean, reforming EU fisheries policy, deep sea fishing and destructive trawling, EU-Morocco fisheries and Western Sahara, the situation in Ukraine, repairing the emissions trading scheme, EU rules on mortgages, sexual and reproductive health and rights, promoting stability and peace beyond Europe, combatting tax avoidance through transparency, the EU as a human rights defender, bank accounts, posted workers

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EU-Morocco fisheries agreement/Western Sahara

EP ignores major concerns and backs controversial agreement

The European Parliament today voted in favour of a new EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, two years after decisively rejecting an earlier version. The Greens criticised the vote and the agreement, which would give the EU the right to fish in Western Saharan waters despite the fact the government of Mor...

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