Pollution

Circular economy

European Commission must deliver by the end of the year

The European Parliament today adopted a report on the circular economy. The report's central demands are for less waste, better product design, less dependence on imports of raw materials and more green job creation in the EU. Following the European Commission’s controversial withdrawal of its ini...


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Air pollution

European Parliament and Council agree a deal on pollution from medium combustion plants

The European Parliament, European Commission and Council Presidency today reached an agreement on a new Directive regarding pollutant emissions from medium combustion plants (capacity between 1 to 50 MW).[i] Medium combustion plants are used for, among others, electricity generation, residential hea...


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Circular economy

Cross-party majority calls for ambitious new circular economy package

The European Parliament’s Environment committee today adopted a report on the circular economy. The European Commission’s withdrawal of its initial legislative proposal on the circular economy drew heavy criticism from the European Parliament, EU Environment ministers and civil society. This rep...


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Road charging

10 Green principles

At a time when governments everywhere are struggling with budget constraints, it seems inevitable that road charging for passenger cars will be considered on a broad scale, as governments grapple with decaying infrastructure and look for means to generate additional revenue. In Germany a road charging scheme has been adopted this week with the final signature of the president setting the introduction date to 1 January 2016.


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 18-21 May 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included financial benchmarks, conflict minerals, the situation in Hungary, European agenda on migration, money laundering, maternity leave, the visit of Rajagopal, leader of the "sans terres" movement, “better regulation” package, the state of nature report.


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Conflict minerals

European Parliament supports Green proposal for binding rules on conflict minerals

The European Parliament today voted on draft EU legislation aimed at preventing conflict minerals through supply chain transparency. The vote significantly strengthened the original draft law proposed by the Commission by creating binding transparency rules, which would apply to firms throughout the...


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Better regulation

Shackling legislators would be a coup against EU democratic process

European Commission vice-president Franz Timmermans today presented the Commission's 'better regulation' proposals. Commenting on the plan, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said: "Today's proposals by commission vice-president Timmermans seem to be tailored to streng...


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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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Plastic bags

New rules to dramatically reduce use of environment-damaging bags get all-clear

The European Parliament today voted to give final approval to new EU rules to reduce plastic bag use. The new rules oblige EU governments to adopt measures to drastically reduce the use of single-use plastic carrier bags. Commenting after the vote, Green MEP Margrete Auken, the European Parliament's...


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Brussels plenary 25 March 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included tax policy; the Annual Tax Report; Macro-financial assistance to Ukraine; Minimum rates of pay in the transport sector; International Roma Day.


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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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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 9-12 March 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included Lux Leaks and tax evasion, gender equality, lorry design and road safety, credit card fees; services trade and liberalisation, EU enlargement progress; energy union and Ukraine, transparency and anti-corruption, Russia and Nemtsov's murder; counter-terrorism cooperation with third countries and human rights.


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