EU summit

EU leaders must resist urge to take a step back into our energy past

Ahead of tomorrow's EU summit and anticipated conclusions on energy policy and prices, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: “EU leaders must resist the urge to take a step back into our energy past. After all the recent progress we have made away from dirty fossil fuels and risky nuclear po...

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Energising Europe and Spain sustainably


Greens/EFA conference in Madrid

WATCH THE RECORDED STREAM OF THE CONFERENCE - Friday 10 May 9:45-12:30WATCH THE RECORDED STREAM OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE Opening 09:45 Introduction & ModerationRebecca Harms, Co-President, Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament  Energy policy in Spain10:00-11:00 Ho...

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Chernobyl/EU nuclear funds

EU sponsorship of Soviet-era plants effectively funding elevated nuclear risk in Ukraine

In the context of this Friday's 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Greens have hit out at proposed funding from the European Commission aimed at keeping outdated nuclear reactors in Ukraine online. Commenting on the funding proposals, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: ...

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Flawed Reactor Pressure Vessels in Belgian Nuclear Plants Doel-3 and Tihange-2

Some Comments on the FANC Provisional evaluation report (January 30, 2013)

An updated study on the fissures in Belgian nuclear reactors, which have led to the shutdown of reactors at Doel and Tihange, will be presented at this press conference. The operators of these nuclear power plants are currently carrying out additional tests on the reactors and have a deadline of end of March 2013 to present the results of these tests to the Belgian nuclear authorities. This study underlines the ineffectiveness of the European nuclear stress tests and the consequences for EU nuclear policy in view of the forthcoming review of the EU nuclear safety directive.


The truth about the EU nuclear stress tests

How safe are our nuclear power plants?

After the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima energy commissioner Oettinger promised comprehensive safety tests for the EU reactor fleet. But instead we got the EU nuclear stress tests that ignored important risks like aging plants and material fatigue, airplane crashes, terrorist attacks or sabotage. Also human failure or the combination of different problems were not investigated. But even these limited tests showed deficiencies in almost all of the EU reactors. It will cost billions of Euros to fix these flaws

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 11-14 March 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary week included the votes on the CAP reform, greenhouse gas emissions, European venture capital funds, economic governance, radioactive contamination of drinking water, the debate on the future EU budget,...


Safe drinking water

MEPs insist on say over EU rules on radioactive contamination

The European Parliament today adopted a report on radioactive contamination in drinking water, setting out its opinion on draft EU rules as part of a consultation process. The report, by Green draftsperson/rapporteur Michèle Rivasi calls for the legal base for the draft legislation to be changed to...

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Fukushima, 2 years after

Stop climate change blog

Two years have gone since the nuclear accident took place in Fukushima. Since the 11th March 2011, the Greens/EFA group has had numerous exchanges of views with Japanese citizens to learn from their experience and to make sure that the right decisions are made at EU level to ensure the safety of European citizens.

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When I think of Fukushima

Rebecca Harms

Two years have passed since Japan experienced the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant on 11 March 2011. The images of the destroyed nuclear reactors remain in our heads, but we know little about the consequences on daily life in Japan today. On the occasion of the second anniverary of the nuclear disaster the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament held an event in order to commemorate the everyday struggle of the Japanese people to find back to a normal life.


Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 11 - 15 March 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include greenhouse gas emissions and EU rules, nuclear stress tests, venture capital, common agricultural policy reform, food scandals and security, EU economic governance, radioactive contamination of drinking water, future EU budget, EP elections and the EU Commission, bee population decline and insecticide ban

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When I think of Fukushima...


Reading and film screening

On the occasion of the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. This evening will be dedicated to the people of Japan and Fukushima two years after the impossible happened.