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EU investment plan

Review underlines concerns about repackaged funds and skewed priorities

The European Commission today presented a review of the EU investment plan (EFSI), which was presented in January 2015. Reacting to the review and the progress on the plan, Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts stated: "The 'Juncker Plan' was introduced with much fanfare but this review onl...


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EU needs to take action to clean up clothes industry

  A blog by MEP Davor Skrlec The clothing industry is arguably second only to oil as the world's most polluting industry[1]. From the many dyes and chemicals used which pollute the soil and water, to the pesticides used in cotton fields (without even mentioning the chemicals used in synthetic f...


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Trade secrets

New EU rules open the door to abuses and endanger whistleblowers

The European Parliament today adopted new EU rules on the protection of trade secrets. The Greens have expressed concern with the law, notably the excessive rights to secrecy for businesses and provisions that pose a threat to whistleblowers. After the vote Greens/EFA MEP Julia Reda stated: &ldqu...


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Trade Secrets

Must not outweigh the public interest

In many of the biggest political scandals of the past months – Luxleaks, Dieselgate and now the Panama Papers – we saw trade secret laws abused as a shield against investigation and exposure of how corporations are harming the public good, avoiding taxes and endangering public safety. Whistleblowers find themselves fighting for their freedom in court – or in hiding. And yet, the European Parliament is about to expand corporate secrecy and deter whistleblowing by adopting the Trade Secrets Directive.


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The Reform of the e-privacy Directive

06.04.2016

How to get it right?

This conference will deal with the following aspects : scope, relation to the general Data Protection Regulation; big data, tracking, cookies, notification fatigue; security, confidentiality, privacy by design


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European steel industry

Stop the blame game

Today the European Commission presented its communication on the challenges faced by the European steel industry. Reinhard Bütikofer, industrial policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, has called for more common European resolve in this matter: "We have no time...


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Greens/EFA Roadmap for the Committee of Inquiry

Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS)

Greens/EFA set up a six-step roadmap which aims at establishing the facts, hearing scientists and technology providers, interrogating vehicles manufacturers and investigating whether the EU Commission and Member States authorities failed to act


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Trade secrets

New EU rules open the door to abuses by unscrupulous firms

A legislative agreement on new EU rules on the protection of trade secrets was today endorsed by the European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee. The Greens have expressed concern with the law, with Greens/EFA MEP Julia Reda, commenting after the vote: “These new rules on 'trade s...


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Stop climate change - play your part

Keep up to date with all of the latest news on climate, policy and international negotiations from our campaign website.

The group of people who experience the most severe effects of climate change are mostly in the developing countries, and among them, women are worst off. At this year's Green European Summer University we presented the winner's of our essay contest on this very subject. Read on to find out more.


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The circular economy package

a transformation for all?

The European Greens believe that the EU's economy needs to work for both people and planet. The circular economy can contribute by creating jobs, protecting the environment and promoting growth in Europe, but like any other paradigm shift, it needs to have citizens' interests at its core.


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