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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 3-6 April 2017

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included: Palm oil and deforestation of rainforests; One year anniversary of the Panama Papers; Dieselgate: inquiry report and type approval legislation; EU-Syria strategy; Brexit: Article 50 resolution; Money Market Funds; MFF revision; GMO objection; Roaming charges.


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

04.04.2017

LIVE press conference 4 April 2017 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Ska Keller 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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MEPs call for stricter rules on palm oil

Palm oil and rainforest deforestation

For the first time, Members of the European Parliament have called for stricter rules on the import of palm oil. For the Greens/EFA group, this represents a step forward on how to protect the world’s rainforests from the devastation caused by reckless palm oil production.


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One year on, the EU must call time on disastrous migration pact

EU-Turkey deal

As concerns with the deal continue to grow, the Greens/EFA group is reiterating calls for the deal to be scrapped, and for EU member states to fulfil their own responsibilities in ensuring access to protection, family reunification and realistic opportunities for regular migration in Europe.


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Huge step forward against financing of conflict

Conflict minerals

The European Parliament has approved new legislation aimed at tackling the problem of conflict minerals by ensuring companies source responsibly. For the first time in Europe, firms involved in the extraction and trade of minerals will be legally obliged to check their supply chain to ensure there are no links to armed conflicts or human rights abuse.


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

14.03.2017

LIVE press conference 14 March 2017 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Ska Keller 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-Turkey deal left in responsibility vacuum

EU-Turkey deal

At the Conference of Presidents, the Liberals and right wing parties blocked proposals for a plenary debate in Strasbourg on the EU-Turkey deal. The Greens/EFA group had proposed an oral question to ensure the Parliament maintains democratic oversight of the EU-Turkey deal.


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Disproportionate, ineffective and expensive

EU entry/exit system

The Greens/EFA group have voted against new measures to create an entry/exit system for people from third countries travelling to and from the EU. Under the measures, authorities will be able to gather and store personal data on non-EU citizens, including tourists and business people. These costly and largely ineffective measures are set to undermine fundamental liberties in the interests of looking tough on crime and terrorism.


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Comments from Greens/EFA co-presidents on EU-Canada relations

Canadian President Justin Trudeau addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg

It is of the utmost importance that Europe and Canada work together on human rights, justice and climate protection.


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New directive risks undermining the very freedoms it aims to protect

Terrorism

The definition of what constitutes a terrorist offence poses serious problems for individual freedoms.


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Ocupació al segle XXI:

Les barreres a la pau a Israel i Palestina

Produïda pel Grup de l'Aliança Lliure Europea al Parlament Europeu durant la seva visita a Israel i Palestina el juny de 2015. Aquesta pel·lícula, subtitulada en català, mira les realitats de la vida diària sota l'ocupació i les perspectives per a la pau i per a una solució de dos estats. (Imatges: Susanne Sgrazzuti).


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Austrian President addresses European Parliament

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg

"Van der Bellen embodies hope for the whole of Europe," said Greens/EFA co-presidents Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts.


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