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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 7-12 May 2012

Highlights of the week for the Greens/EFA include plenary votes on mobile phone roaming, on financial transaction tax, on rejecting patents on biological processes,...


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 23-27 April 2012

Highlights of the week for the Greens/EFA include EP committee votes on mobile phone roaming, equal pay for equal work, taxing financial transactions, resource efficiency, reform of EU staff regulations. Other EU priorities are the 2013 EU budget, PNR and Schengen


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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 17 - 20 April 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for next week's Strasbourg Plenary include the humanitarian crisis in Syria, shifting the focus from austerity in the eurozone crisis and easing access to structural funds, the passenger data agreement with the US, energy and carbon taxation, a common coporate tax base, the ever expanding ITER budget, preserving Schengen, Mali and the Azawad region


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Stop Climate Change Blog

Climate roadmap: both our climate and the EU´s international reputation at stake

Because of Poland, the EU environment council did not manage to reach a consensus on the climate roadmap last week. All eyes are now on the European Parliament...


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Climate Change, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property

Green Position Paper

Although technological innovation is only part of the overall solution to climate change, it is an essential aspect of it. The current situation requires overcoming the dilemma between the need for widespread and rapid diffusion of knowledge and climate technologies to developing countries; and the need for incentives for technology developments and innovations.


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Technology transfer

Flexibility needed as well as innovation

Everybody is quick when it comes to asking for more technology transfer to developing countries. The parliament has stated several times in different resolutions the need to foster technology transfer. Obviously, developing countries need better access to climate friendly technology if we want to...


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Mobile phone roaming

No comprehensive solution for tackling artificially high roaming costs

The European Parliament industry committee (ITRE) today voted on new EU legislation on mobile phone roaming. The Greens expressed regret that the EP vote will fail to provide a comprehensive solution to bring down roaming costs. After the vote, Green industry spokesperson Philippe Lamberts said: &q...


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EU-China Summit

Emissions trading, Syria, human rights: EU must not avoid sensitive issues in Beijing

The 14th EU-China summit will take place tomorrow in Beijing. The Greens/EFA believe that there are many points which have to be thoroughly discussed with the Chinese leadership - from emissions trade in air traffic, export restrictions of rare earths, to human rights and Tibet. Ahead of the EU-Chin...


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Stop climate change blog

Moving to a 30% carbon target makes eco-nomic sense

Today the Environment Committee gives its position on the EU low carbon roadmap. The Greens ask for the EU ETS to be fixed urgently in order to put and end to high-carbon investments and prevent a carbon price crash...


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Rare Earths

EU needs an innovation offensive for rare earths

Commenting on China’s announced cuts in its export quotas for rare earths for the first half year of 2012, Reinhard Bütikofer, spokesperson on industrial affairs for the Greens/EFA Group and Rapporteur on raw materials for the European Parliament, said: “China continues to revise its export quo...


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The Green New Deal

More than a policy, a programme for living

The Green New Deal is more than just another “eco-friendly” policy - it’s a plan for a rethink of priorities in addressing the way we live and work. Therefore the Green New Deal proposes a comprehensive, economic, social and environmental transformation, from infrastructure and sustainable industrial policies to investment in peoples’ wellbeing and redistribution of wealth.


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ITER nuclear fusion

No austerity for ITER with EU budget to bankroll ballooning funding costs

The European Parliament's budget committee is today set to approve a deal reached between EP negotiators and the Council on how to meet €1.3 billion in additional funding requirements for the ITER nuclear fusion project under the EU budget (1). The Greens have hit out at the deal, which will see m...


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