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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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 17-21 March 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include preventing the spread of mega trucks, clamping down on corporate tax evasion, nuclear safety, EU communications legislation and net neutrality, posted workers, waste shipments, honey labels, bee health and GMOs, emissions from global aviation, Ukrainian crisis and the EU's response, right to water citizens' initiative, EU climate and energy policy in the balance

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Plant breeding

Report outlines the worst option for increasing quality and yields

Despite the opposition of the Greens/EFA MEPs, the Agriculture Committee voted with a huge majority in favour of this report, which misguidedly promotes the potential of new breeding techniques, such as GMOs and gene stacking[i], to increase quality and yields. For the plenary vote on 25 February, t...


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Issue n°1 February 2014

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY EU rules on the labelling of meat: European Commission sent back to the drawing board Committee rejects draft seed regulation: 1st positive signal for seed diversity and food security GM maize 1507 authorisation: Commission insistence must be met with censure Veget...


EU-US trade agreement (TTIP)

True stocktaking would lead to suspension of negotiations

Commenting on the ongoing stocktaking meeting between EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht and US trade representative Michael Froman on the EU-US trade negotiations (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), Green trade policy spokesperson Yannick Jadot stated: "Instead of blindly pushi...

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GM maize authorisation

Commission insistence must be met with censure

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has threatened the European Commission with censure if it pushes ahead with the authorisation of a new GM crop variety for cultivation. Following yesterday's decision in the EU General Affairs Council, in which a record number of EU member states oppos...

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GM maize authorisation

Council opposition to GM maize authorisation must be recognised by EU Commission

EU governments today voted in the General Affairs Council on a proposal by the European Commission to authorise the cultivation of a variety of GM maize in the EU for the first time in 15 years (GM maize 1507). The outcome revealed a majority of EU member states against the authorisation but falling...

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 10-14 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include seed diversity and EU rules, preventing the spread of mega trucks, tackling airport noise, shale gas, fracking and environmental impact assessments, labelling nano-materials in food, mass surveillance scandal and the EU response, money laundering, terrorism funding and the financial system, a more coherent EU financial supervisory system, regulating shadow banking, Ukrainian crisis and the EU's role, genetically modified maize authorisation

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Environment committee undermines law to protect biodiversity from invasive alien species

The European Parliament’s Environment committee today voted on a proposal to tackle the problem of invasive alien species in the Union. Invasive alien species represent a major threat to native biodiversity in Europe and cause an estimated €12 billion in damage every year. Commenting on the vote...

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Young seedling © Meriel Jane Waissman

Seed market regulation

New study highlights concentration in seed market and implications for draft EU rules

The Greens/EFA group today presented a new study highlighting the concentration of the European seed market (1). In contrast with claims by the European Commission that market concentration is not a problem, the study revealed five companies (also producing agrochemical products) control more than 5...

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EU-US trade negotiations (TTIP)

Investor dispute mechanism Trojan horse must be excluded from TTIP

The European Commission today decided that it would be freezing negotiations on an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism in the context of the EU-US trade and investment partnership (TTIP), with a view to launching a public consultation. Commenting on the development, Green trade spokesperson ...

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GMO authorisations

New GM maize authorisation must be rejected according to EP

The European Parliament today voted in favour of a resolution initiated by the Greens calling on EU governments to reject a proposal by the European Commission to authorise the cultivation of a variety of GM maize in the EU for the first time in 15 years. The Greens welcomed the outcome, with health...

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