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The EU should play a more active role at its doorstep and in the world, in promoting peace and in preventing the need for military intervention.

European Parliament Building Strasbourg © European Union 2017 - Source : EP
European Parliament Building Strasbourg © European Union 2017 - Source : EP

A Greens/EFA take on the plenary session

19-23 October

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Digital Services Act, Artificial Intelligence, deforestation, gender equality in EU’s foreign and security policy, the state of the Energy Union, the Energy Charter Treaty, serious security threats through the sale of EU passports and visas and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.


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EFA Webinar - Nagorno-Karabakh

21.10.2020

EFA Webinar on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

European Free Alliance MEPs, with the European Free Alliance political party, organise a webinar to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, on Wednesday 21 October at 16h00.   Join here: EFA Webinar - Nagorno-Karabakh    ...


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European flag with women symbol
Promoting women's rights

Gender equality in EU's foreign and security policy

Info mail on the report by Greens/EFA MEP Urtasun

"The European Parliament will adopt the first-ever report calling on gender equality in EU’s foreign and security policy. While several countries around the world have already adopted a foreign policy with a strong focus on gender equality, the EU continues to lack one. This is why we call on the EU and its leaders to promote a gender transformative vision of foreign policy that protects and promotes women’s human rights" said the rapporteur


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No to golden passports

Commission launches proceedings against Malta & Cyprus

Golden passports: quote from Sven Giegold MEP

Today, the European Commission announced that it is launching infringement proceedings against Malta and Cyprus over their programmes that sell citizenship through investment or real estate purchases. This follows on from revelations by Al Jazeera that showed links between...


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armenia

Respect for self-determination key to resolving Nagorno Karabakh conflict

EFA MEPs call for immediate ceasefire, de-escalation and talks

EFA MEPs have called for an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh. The European Parliament held a debate on the issue with the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. EFA MEPs Jordi Solé a...


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Justus Lipsius EU Council
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European Council summit

Quote from Philippe Lamberts MEP

Nearly two months after the stolen election in Belarus, the European Council has finally agreed to sanctions against members of Lukashenka's illegitimate regime, which is better late than never. The EU supports the people of Belarus and their right to live in a free and democratic country.


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For a Europe that protects human dignity
ECRE / R. Carvalho

Commission plans will not prevent another Moria disaster

Migration Pact

The Commission's Pact won't stop another Moria, despite promises to the European Parliament last week. The EU must end the systematic suffering at its borders but this plan doesn't do that. EU Member States need to share responsibility for asylum through relocation and show solidarity with both refugees and border countries.


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Greens/EFA take on the plenary session

14-18 September

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the Just Transition Fund, arms exports, the state of the Union, global data collection system for ship fuel oil consumption data, the situation in Moria refugee camp, the situation in Poland and LGBTI rights, strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment, the situation in Belarus, the EU Roma Strategy, and maximising the energy efficiency potential of the EU building stock.


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Tanks
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Parliament votes for stricter criteria, control and transparency

Quote from Hannah Neumann

The report by Green/EFA MEP Hannah Neumann was adopted by a majority. The European Parliament calls for stricter EU-wide controls on EU arms exports, better end-use control of exported arms, more coordination of national decisions on arms exports, a publicly accessible database on national arms exports and, for arms subsidised through the European Defence Fund, a sanctions mechanism for breaches of the eight EU export criteria.


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Evacuate Moria now
@ErikMarquardt

EU must support victims of Moria fire

Refugees

European politicians cannot turn a blind eye to the situation in Greece, Italy and other countries hosting large numbers of people simply because they fear a far-right backlash. Essential medical assistance and care must be provided to survivors of the fire and anyone infected with the Coronavirus. The EU has a responsibility to act and to leave no one behind.


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The Crucial Role of Third-Country Migrant Workers in the European Union

A Greens/EFA Position Paper

The Greens/EFA Group and the European Parliament have consistently called for a more holistic approach covering all pillars of the European Union's asylum and migration system. This is becoming even more important in times of COVID-19 pandemic crisis, showing that migrant workers are an integral part of European societies.


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riot police  © Brandon Laufenberg
© Brandon Laufenberg

"We call for new and free elections in Belarus"

Belarus: Common Statement from EPP, S&D, Renew Europe, Greens/EFA and ECR

In a common statement, political leaders from EPP, S&D, Renew Europe, Greens/EFA and ECR groups in the European Parliament join forces to call for new and free elections in Belarus and strongly condemn the violence and torture perpetrated against peaceful protesters organised by Lukashenko&rsquo...


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