Pollution

Shale gas and fracking

Cop out as EU Commission bows to fossil fuel lobby and its political cheerleaders

The European Commission today presented proposals for mere recommendations on the exploitation of unconventional fossil fuels, notably shale gas.  The Greens condemned the failure to propose binding measures to address shale gas and minimise the associated risks. Commenting on the proposals, Gr...


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Waste shipments

MEPs vote to clamp down on illegal waste shipments

The European Parliament's environment committee today voted on proposals to revise EU rules on waste shipments. The Greens welcomed the vote on the legislation, which is being shepherded through parliament by Green MEP Bart Staes, parliament's rapporteur/draftsman. After the vote, Bart Staes said: &...


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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 13-16 January 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included, carbon capture and storage, CO2 emissions from vans, plastic waste in the environment, honey labels and GMOs, public procurement, public services and innovation, Spain's new abortion law, free movement for all EU citizens, data protection and EU-US relations, EU passports for sale, Serbia and Kosovo and the EU's role, EU-ASEAN relations, new GMO authorisation, investment products and commodity speculation and the troika's flawed role under scrutiny.


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 20-24 January 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include EU climate and energy policy to 2030, shale gas, fracking and EU rules, data protection and EU-US cooperation, EU enlargement and the Balkans, tobacco rules, meat origin and clear labels, waste shipments and EU rules; genetic resources and benefit sharing, money laundering, terrorism funding and the finance system, preventing trade dumping and ensuring social and environmental standards


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Van CO2 emissions

Missed opportunity for cleaner, more efficient vans

The European Parliament today voted to confirm a legislative agreement on rules setting CO2 emissions limits for light commercial vehicles (vans). The Greens expressed regret about the lack of ambition in the outcome, which merely confirms previously set limits for 2020 (1). Commenting after the vot...


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Plastic waste

European Parliament sends strong signal on need to tackle plastic waste

The European Parliament today adopted a report including a series of recommendations dealing with the problem of plastic in the environment. Commenting after the vote, Greens/EFA MEP Margrete Auken, the parliament's rapporteur/draftsperson for forthcoming EU legislation on single-use plastic bags, s...


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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 13-17 January 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include carbon capture and storage, climate-damaging emissions from vans, plastic waste in the environment, honey labels, bee health and GMOs, public procurement, public services and innovation, free movement for all EU citizens, data protection and EU-US relations, European citizenship, EU-ASEAN relations, GMO authorisation and democratic process, investment products and commodity speculation, Troika's flawed role under scrutiny


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Passenger Rights for All

09.01.2014

Greens/EFA conference

The conference will deal with topics such as barrier-free access for disabled and PRMs, carriage of bicycles with all transport modes, extra-ordinary circumstances, enforcement of passenger rights with justice, independent mediation bodies,...


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Fracking in Romania

Greens call on President Schulz to denounce the ongoing rights abuses in Pungești, Romania

Green MEPs have written to Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, calling on him to denounce the current situation in Pungești, Romania, where villagers have been lawfully protesting against Chevron's plans to drill for shale gas and have been brutally treated by riot police, with s...


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 16 - 20 December 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include final trialogue negotiations on tobacco, GMO authorisation and democratic process, winding up failing banks and protecting taxpayers, EU car emissions rules, railway safety, investment products and commodity speculation, cloning and food production, tackling air pollution at EU level


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 25 - 29 November 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include sexual and reproductive health and rights, railway safety, European investigation order, rules on car noise, honey labels, bee health and GMOs, sustainable reindustrialisation and competitiveness


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