Trade secrets can harm

your health, your environment, your career

The European Parliament is now discussing a draft proposal to establish a EU directive on trade secrets. A proper balance needs to be found to avoid abusive claims of improper use of trade secrets and overbroad protection.

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Change the logic!

The right to health and access to life-saving medicines has to be ensured in Europe. Everyone must have access to effective, safe and available medicines at unaffordable prices. The logic of medicines must change! Check out our infographics

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Smart specialisation – a smarter approach to EU structural funding

The concept of smart specialisation will play a key role in ensuring the success of EU structural funding in future, according to a seminar organised in the European Parliament by Catalan MEP Ernest Maragall. Whilst the idea of 'smart specialisation' is nothing new, it is significant that for the ...


EU investment plan

Repackaging EU funds already foreseen for investment fails to convince

The European Commission today presented a legislative proposal for delivering the EU investment plan outlined by Commission president Juncker. Commenting on the proposal, Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts stated: "While we are glad the Commission is looking to move swiftly forward with ...

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A Green Investment Plan for Europe

A new path towards sustainable development, prosperity and quality jobs

In response to the European investment plan elaborated by the EU Commission, the Greens/EFA group has outlined an alternative investment plan for Europe

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A smooth but maybe too cautious operator

Greens/EFA assessment of Carlos Moedas, following his hearing

  Greens/EFA MEP Reinhard Bütikofer comments the hearing of Carlos Moedas What is your overall impression of how commissioner-designate Moedas performed? He certainly is an experienced politician and a smooth operator. He avoided the danger zones. He did not trip up, did not offend, he...


State aid rules

Commission's proposals fall short of what is needed to support shift to sustainable economy

The European Commission today presented proposals to revise EU rules on state aid, notably regarding general exemptions. Commenting on the proposals, Green industry policy spokesperson Reinhard Bütikofer said: “The proposals from the Commission on general exemptions to EU state aid rules fall sho...

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European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Food industry lobbyists proposed for EFSA Management Board

Representatives of the EU Member States today decided to nominate food industry lobbyists to the Management Board of EFSA, the EU’s Food Safety Authority.  Commenting on these nominations, José Bové, Greens/EFA MEP and Vice-Chair of the agriculture committee, stated:  “This decisio...

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EU Industrial Policy


What Role for the Service Sector?

With this conference, we would like to take the opportunity to discuss the role of the service sector and the myriad of challenges it is facing, such as the drive for liberalisation. This is even more interesting in the context of the negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). We will give the floor to representatives of trade unions, governments, think tank and universities. The key note speech will be held by Frank Bsirske, chairman of the trade union on service industries in Germany


Deflating the Financial Carbon Bubble


A Presentation & Panel Debate on a Greens/EFA Study

The so called 'carbon bubble' - which refers to the overvaluation of oil, gas and coal mining companies because of the need to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources - poses a growing risk to our economies.


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 3-6 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included fighting homophobia, smart grids and decentralised renewables, enforcing EU law, insider trading, trade dumping, EU climate and energy policy to 2030, air passenger rights and compensation, securing basic rights for seasonal workers, winding up failing banks, fatal pushback of refugees, the Ukrainian crisis and the EU’s role and the progress report on Macedonia.

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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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