Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 6 - 12 May 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Hungary and democratic freedoms, EU funding for the most deprived, Weak targets for van emissions, New seeds regulation endangers genetic diversity, More transparent bank charging, Alternative responses to the ecological, economic and social crises, Energising Europe and Spain sustainably

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Social Housing in the EU

A lever to help the EU out of the economic, social and environmental crisis

La Commission de l'emploi et des affaires sociales du Parlement européen s'est prononcée mardi 23 avril en faveur du rapport de l'eurodéputée verte Karima Delli sur le logement social dans l'Union européenne. Ce rapport cherche à montrer à quel point le secteur du logement social est un levier pour aider l'Union européenne à sortir de la crise économique, sociale et environnementale.

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 15-18 April 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary week included emissions trading scheme, emissions from flights, airport ground handling, capping bank bonuses and increasing banking transparency, preventing dolphin by-catch, Hungary and democratic freedoms, the fall out from the Cyprus bail-out debacle, EU enlargement progress assessed, EU Arctic policy, ship scrappage and worker protection ...

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Sven Giegold


EU climate and energy policy

EU must avoid cutting off nose to spite face and ensure ambitious and coherent 2030 policy

The European Commission today presented a communication on EU climate change and energy policy to 2030. Commenting on the communication, Green MEP and EP draftsperson on EU emissions targets Bas Eickhout said:  "2030 is the next crucial milestone for EU climate and energy policy and it is ...

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Green paper on 2030 targets

The Greens call for three ambitious binding targets

Tomorrow, the Commission will publish its new Green Paper on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework. The Greens/EFA group is pushing for three different climate and energy targets: a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (also known as 'Climate target'), an EU-wide renewables target and an EU-wide energy efficiency target.


Earth Hour 2013

Raising awareness about the importance of energy saving

The initiative 'Earth Hour' launched by the NGO WWF attracts a growing number of participants each year. This year, the European Parliament will once again commit to turn off all its lights on Saturday 23rd March from 20.30 to 21.30 to raise awareness about the importance of energy saving. The Greens urge the EU Parliament and the other EU institutions to commit to real measures to cut our energy consumption for good, not just for one hour!


Renewable energy

Mixed message on renewable energy balanced by defence of national support schemes

The energy and industry committee today adopted a report setting out its position on renewable energy policy up to and beyond 2020. The report adopted by the committee was significantly improved from original drafts, notably underlining the importance of renewable energy and the need to pres...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 4-8 February 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary week included the votes on the CFP reform, car/vehicle noise, EU rules protecting endangered species, the debate on the future EU budget,...

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Debate with French President Hollande

Speech by Daniel Cohn-Bendit

"It takes imagination to build the world of tomorrow".Greens/EFA Co-President Dany Cohn-Bendit addresses French President Francois Hollande in the European Parliament, Tuesday 5th February 2013. "If we try to create the world of tomorrow with yesterday's ideas, it won't work".

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 21-25 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include votes on preventing bee decline, CAP reform, radioactive contaminants in drinking water, recognising professional qualifications and maintaining standards, provision of water as a basic public service, EU energy policy towards 2050 and renewables

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EU energy infrastructure

Mixed outcome as MEPs vote to prioritise renewables smart grid but also for CO2 pipes

Proposals on EU funds for cross border energy infrastructure projects from 2014-20 (Connecting Europe Facility), as well as defining the criteria for the selection of these projects, were today voted on by MEPs on the transport and energy committees (1). The Greens gave a mixed verdict to the energy...