International

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.

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Making the EU foreign policy a feminist one

Practicing what we preach

The principle of gender equality is a core value of the EU, and as such, it should be integrated into all EU policies, both internal and external. For years, a gender perspective has been absent from foreign and security policymaking, hindering an effective EU response to global challenges.


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Tiblissi, Georgia, Annette Bouvain/ Flickr/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Tiblissi, Georgia, Annette Bouvain/ Flickr/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Georgia’s crisis is the EU’s problem, too

An opinion by Greens/EFA MEP Markéta Gregorová

As Georgia will celebrate the first anniversary of the so-called 8th March Agreement, we, as the European Parliament, need to send a strong signal in order to let Georgians know that we watch the situation very closely and care about their democratic future.


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

Greens/EFA debriefing of the plenary session

8 - 11 February

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included: the EU’s Vaccination Strategy, the Economic Recovery and Resilience Facility, the de-facto abortion ban in Poland, the Circular Economy Action Plan, the report on ayslum border procedures, the situation in Yemen, and the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets.


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Asylum border procedures

Quote from Erik Marquardt MEP

Members of the European Parliament have approved the report by Greens/EFA rapporteur, Erik Marquardt, on: "Implementation of Article 43 of the Asylum Procedures Directive". The report calls for respect for human rights at the EU's external borders.


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Flash - Plenary session 8-12 February 2021

Greens/EFA priorities for the part-session

During the plenary session, the European Parliament will debate and/or vote on COVID vaccines, new circular economy action plan, recovery and resilience facility, report on border procedures, Ostrovets nuclear power plant, combating human trafficking, ghost flights in Europe, de facto abortion ban in Poland,...


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Navalny sentenced - quote from Sergey Lagodinsky MEP

Russia

The Moscow District Court has sentenced Alexei Navalny to three and a half years in prison for allegedly violating parole conditions. "This verdict and the crackdown by the security forces and judiciary show that Navalny and the demonstrators have hit a nerve. The Russian people need the backing of the European Union" said Sergey Lagodinsky MEP, Greens/EFA group spokesperson on Russia


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Syrian and Iraqi refugees arrive from Turkey to Lesbos, Greece
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New Frontex Scrutiny Working Group

Quote from Tineke Strik MEP

MEPs from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee have agreed to set up a Frontex Scrutiny Working Group, to look into allegations around the EU's border security agency's role in the illegal 'pushbacks' of refugees. The working group will carry out a fact-finding investigation, gathering all relevant information and evidence regarding alleged violations of fundamental rights in which Frontex was involved. The final report will also come up with recommendations on how to prevent fundamental rights violations in the future.


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Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers

Quote from Sergey Lagodinsky MEP

Commenting on today's virtual meeting of EU foreign ministers, Sergey Lagodinsky, spokesperson on Russia for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, said: "We in the Greens/EFA group condemn the arrests and brutal crackdown by Russian security forces against peaceful demons...


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Greens/EFA debriefing of the plenary session

18-22 January

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included: presentation of the Portuguese Presidency, EU global Strategy for COVID-19 vaccination, Inauguration of the new President of the United States and the current political situation, report on decent and affordable housing, the EU Strategy for Gender Equality, debate on the situation in the EU external borders, debate and resolution on human rights situation in Turkey, and the reform of the EU’s list of tax havens.


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EU & US must work together as close friends

Inauguration of President Joe Biden

Members of the European Parliament debated the inauguration of new United States President Joe Biden and the political situation in the US. The EU and US need to work together as close friends if we are going to overcome the climate crisis, tackle global threats to health and support democracy and human rights worldwide.


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Flash - Plenary session 18-22 January 2021

Greens/EFA priorities for the session

During this week plenary session, the European Parliament will debate and/or vote on Portuguese Council Presidency, vaccine strategy, new President of the US and the current situation, access to decent and affordable housing for all, EU gender strategy, TEN-T regulation, technical support instrument, more fish in the seas ...


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China: Forced labour and the situation of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang

Quote from Reinhard Bütikofer MEP

The atrocities against the Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang and rampant state-imposed forced labour are crimes against humanity. The European Parliament is calling on European companies to break off business relations with Chinese partners if they abet human rights violations.


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