Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 13 - 17 May 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Tax evasion and banking transparency, EU-Ukraine agreement and ongoing concerns, Reindustrialising Europe the right way, Collective rights management: how to make it work, & Biodiversity: a European instrument for access and benefit sharing

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Accounting transparency

New rules shed light on extractive industry; limited scope a source of regret

Negotiators from the European Parliament and Council reached agreement on crucial new EU legislation on accounting and transparency this evening. The Greens welcomed the agreement, notably provisions on project reporting and transparency on payments to governments, which will help prevent unethical ...

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ArcelorMittal. Manifestation à Strasbourg

José Bové, Sandrine Bélier


Call for a progressive agenda on creation and innovation

Second phase of consultation

Send us your input and contribute to the building of a progressive agenda! After the rejection of ACTA, Greens/EFA want to protect the users of the Internet and their fundamental rights, but also have the ambition to tackle issues related to the way society is organized. Creation and innovation depend on how knowledge and information are managed, while they can considerably benefit from the Internet and the new technologies. Their blooming can also play a key role in making society a better place!


Horizon 2020

MEPs vote to ensure Horizon 2020 delivers for EU innovation overshadowed by budget negotiations

The European Parliament's industry and research committee today adopted its position on Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation from 2014-20 (1). Commenting after the vote, Green research and innovation spokesperson Philippe Lamberts (MEP, Belgium) said: "Today's ...

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Astroturfing in the EP

Shale Gas Industry dresses up in sheep's clothing before votes

This week's plenary session in Strasbourg came to and end with questions hanging over the presence of the shale gas industry outside where MEPs vote. Posing as civil society before crucial votes took place on fracking Wednesday, this dishonest industry lobbying was in stark contrast to the real gras...


Glencore and Xstrata Merger

Commissioner Almunia on the wrong track

Today the European Commission announced its approval of the merger of the resource companies Glencore and Xstrata. Criticising this fast-track approval, Green industrial policy spokesperson Reinhard Bütikofer (MEP, Germany) stated: "The decision by Commissioner Almunia to give the green light ...

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Towards the end of oil

A Greens/EFA study

The European Union faces one of its greatest ever challenges: preparing for a post-oil society Oil enabled Europe to become one of the richest economies on the planet. Our continent is the world's second largest consumer of oil, yet its oil production has halved since 1999. Today it only meets 13% of its needs, and soon the European Union will be importing all the oil it consumes. Taking a broader view, since the 1980s the world has been consuming more oil than it has found. This Greens/EFA study aims to provide the reader with a picture of the oil situation, including the consequences of various developments and the vulnerabilities affecting the European Union and its population as a result of diminishing oil reserves and higher oil prices.