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Commission proposal a boost for youth employment scheme roll-out

The European Parliament today approved a proposal to increase the initial pre-financing amount of the European Youth Employment Initiative (1). After the vote, Green employment and youth spokesperson Terry Reintke said: "This will give a welcome boost to the Youth Employment Initiative and hop...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

28.04.2015

LIVE - press conference 28 April 2015 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group


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EU investment plan

MEPs vote to give clearer focus to Juncker Plan

The European Parliament's budgetary and economic affairs committee today voted on the draft European Fund for Strategic Investments. The outcome will serve as the basis for the Parliament's position in negotiations with EU governments and the European Commission. Commenting after the vote, Greens/EF...


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TTIP and sustainable food production: water and fire?

The currently negotiated and disputed free trade agreement (TTIP) between the EU and US could have deep impacts on how we produce our food. Even if there are not many policy areas that have a more direct impact on people and the planet, this was one of the issues that were largely left out in the TTIP-debate. That is why the Greens-Efa group in the European Parliament (EP) organised (together with a broad range of organisations: ARC2020, Compassion in World Farming, Corporate Europe Observatory, Eurocoop, European Coordination Via Campesina, European Milk Board, Friends of the Earth Europe and Slowfood) a big conference and debate “TTIP talks – What’s Cooking? – Perspectives on Food and Farming” on 10 December 2014. The Greens-Efa now publish the report that summarises the presentations and discussions of this conference.


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Working conditions

Lorry drivers cannot be subject to race to the bottom in labour standards

The European Parliament will today debate the situation regarding working conditions and the application of the minimum wage for lorry drivers. The European Commission has asked Germany to clarify its application of new minimum wage legislation on lorry drivers carrying out activities within Germany...


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Europe's Roma Community

Basic human rights must not be compromised

International Roma Day on April 8 is not just about celebrating Roma culture, it is also intended to highlight the persecution and discrimination that the Roma people face in all aspects of life. The Greens have long fought for an effective strategy on Roma inclusion, and we continue this work as the European Parliament now prepares a resolution on Roma rights.


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Greens/EFA meet EU Commissioner Moscovici

17.03.2015

MEETING CANCELLED - Postponed to a later date

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici, will take part in a public meeting with the Greens/EFA group in a questions-and-answers format with MEPs.


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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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Save Maternity Leave

Directive on gender equality and women's rights cannot be scrapped

The Directive on pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth, also known as the Maternity Leave Directive, was first adopted by the European Parliament by a large majority in October 2010. 4 years later, the passage of this Directive remains blocked in the European Council by opposi...


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Environmental Outlook

Environmental alarm bell must be heard by Juncker Commission

The European Environment Agency today released its five-yearly assessment of the state and outlook of the environment in Europe (1). Commenting on the outlook, Green environment policy spokesperson Benedek Javor said: “The EEA has today sounded a clear alarm bell about the state of the environme...


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Greece/Eurogroup

EU must now move to find solution to make debt sustainable and give Greece a perspective

Commenting after today's phone conference of Eurozone finance ministers, which endorsed the list of reforms proposed by the Greek government in the context of its request for extended financial assistance, Greens/EFA co-presidents Philippe Lamberts and Rebecca Harms said: "After the theatrics o...


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Let’s use our money wisely! Let’s divest!

Climate campaign blog

Despite that some constructive proposals have been put forward at the new round of climate negotiations that is currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, a growing number of citizens are getting tired of these never ending talks. This is the reason why some citizens and businessmen have decided to take the lead themselves and are now calling for divestment.


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