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The European Pillar of Social Rights: the tool for a just climate transition?

19.02.2021

Live Webinar - Register here!

Experts from civil society will discuss and put key questions to Greens/EFA MEPs Mounir Satouri and Kim van Sparrentak.


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Riba - 'Europe must act to save the Ebro Delta'

Press release from EFA MEP Diana Riba

EFA MEP Diana Riba is calling for concrete action at EU level to conserve Europe's deltas, including the Ebro Delta. Significant deltas in Europe include the Danube, the Vistula, the Rhine, the Po, the Rhone and the Ebro. They are all rich in biodiversity and of high socio-economic and env...


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French court ruling on climate action – L'affaire du siècle

Quote from Marie Toussaint MEP

The Paris Administrative Court has ruled that the French state is liable for inaction on the climate crisis. "From now on, climate inaction will no longer be tolerated by the courts" declared Marie Toussaint MEP, Greens/EFA member of the Environment Committee, who initiated the 'Affaire du Siècle' (the case of the century) petition and litigation against the French government


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A Digital and Green Transition: Will Artificial Intelligence foster or hamper the Green New Deal?

03.02.2021

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Two of the European Commission’s key priorities for the upcoming years are Europe fit for the Digital Age and the Green Deal. In our event the Greens/EFA will explore how we can ensure the two goals promote each other and which actions we need to ensure the digital transition and Green Deal are not mutually exclusive.


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Flash - Plenary session 18-22 January 2021

Greens/EFA priorities for the session

During this week plenary session, the European Parliament will debate and/or vote on Portuguese Council Presidency, vaccine strategy, new President of the US and the current situation, access to decent and affordable housing for all, EU gender strategy, TEN-T regulation, technical support instrument, more fish in the seas ...


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Negotiations on a European Climate Law crucial

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The Greens/EFA group welcomes the agreement of European Union leaders to raise their climate target to at least 55% net emissions reduction by 2030, but significantly more effort is needed to reach the Paris climate goals. The Greens/EFA group strongly criticise the overnight push to promote gas as a transitional technology. Now it comes down to the negotiations on European climate legislation. Saturday, December 12 marks the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement.


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Young climate protesters holding signs/ CC0 Callum Shaw
Young climate protesters holding signs/ CC0 Callum Shaw

The end of fossil fuels

There are many obvious and urgent climate policies like implementing a greenhouse gas budget, reforestation, halting destructive trade agreements, putting the money where it should be. But why don’t we just stop all fossil fuels?


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Wind turbines in sunflower field/ CC0 Gustavo Quepon
Wind turbines in sunflower field/ CC0 Gustavo Quepon

6 ways to make EU industry climate neutral

An opinion by MEPs Henrike Hahn, Damien Carême and Michael Bloss

We need a greener European industry, to keep our air fresh, our planet cool and to get a competitive, resilient and sustainable economy.


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Green industrial policy for climate protection & jobs

Industrial Strategy

The decarbonisation of our industry will pave the way to climate neutrality and create jobs. Protecting the climate is a job creator. We must switch from subsidising coal-fired power stations to investing in renewables. The Green Deal can make the European Union the market leader in energy-efficient and resource-saving industrial processes and cutting-edge technologies


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There is no plan b sign during climate march/ CC0 Markus Spiske
There is no plan b sign during climate march/ CC0 Markus Spiske

Getting out of the red: The Greenhouse Gas Budget

When the European Union decided to propose a European Green Deal to try and reach the climate targets of the Paris Agreement, they had to start with one important thing: reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Commission laid out their plans and proposed their own targets. Unfortunately, the targets that have been set are not being backed up with policies.


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Long-term budget stronger on climate, biodiversity & rule of law

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Negotiators for the European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed on a text for the EU's seven year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027. The Parliament succeeded in gaining an additional €16 billion in top-ups for EU programmes such as EU4health, Horizon, Erasmus and Rights and Values, on top of the €1,074bn MFF and €750bn Recovery Fund EUCO agreement from July.


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VDL CAP Green Deal

Update: Von Der Leyen promises to fix the CAP despite her refusal to withdraw it

On Friday October 24, Bas Eickhout, together with more than 40 other Members of the European Parliament - supported by over 3000 citizens - sent a letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen asking her to withdraw the CAP proposal, since it no longer aligns with the Commission's priorities on climate and biodiversity. Last week we received a reply by President Von der Leyen.


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