Social Rights

State of the Union 2015

Plenary debate on 9 September

Statement by Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts ahead of the debate on the State of the European Union 2015.


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Water services and basic rights

Centre-right coalition seeks to slap down important Citizens' Initiative on Right to Water

The European Parliament will next week vote on a report setting out its response to the massively popular European Citizens' Initiative aimed at protecting the right to water (Right2Water). Parliament's environment and public health committee had adopted a strong report, which gave explicit ...


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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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Green jobs

European Parliament calls for measures supporting green job creation

The European Parliament today adopted a report on green jobs drafted by Greens/EFA MEP and Green employment spokesperson Jean Lambert. This report looks at how to tap into the job creation potential of the green economy and follows on from last year's European Commission proposals on green employmen...


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Withdrawal of Maternity Leave Directive

European Commission decision a blow to social and family policy

The European Commission today announced its decision to withdraw the Maternity Leave Directive. With the current draft Directive blocked at the European Council, the Commission proposes to replace it with a new proposal in the coming year. MEP Monika Vana, member of the Women’s rights and Employme...


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EU Investment Plan

European Parliament prioritises climate change and employment

The European Parliament voted today in plenary to adopt the rules on a Guarantee Fund that is a cornerstone of the European Commission’s investment plan (1). Although the finances are shaky and insufficient, the Greens/EFA group welcomes this first step towards investment rather than austerity. Gr...


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Trade secrets

Harmonisation could undermine fundamental rights

The European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee today voted on draft legislative proposals on the protection of trade secrets. While the Parliament's proposals are a slight improvement on the original Commission proposals, Greens/EFA demands on improving transparency requirements were rejected. Gr...


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Green jobs

Will the EU lead the transition or watch from the side lines?

The European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee adopted Tuesday 16 June a report on green employment. Driven by Green draftswoman Jean Lambert, the report looks at how to tap into the job creation potential of the green economy.


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Paraguay: the legal aspects related to the child pregnancy

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Ernest Urtasun, Heidi Hautala, Linnéa Engström, Barbara Lochbihler, Ulrike Lunacek, Terry Reintke, Judith Sargentini, Jordi Sebastià, Monika Vana on behalf of the Greens/EFA group The European Parliament, –    having regard to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Chi...


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Recent revelations of high-level corruption cases in FIFA

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

 Tabled by Helga Trupel, Ernest Urtasun, Barbara Lochbihler, Igor Soltes on behalf of the Greens/EFA group The European Parliament, –        having regard to the recent corruption scandals which tarnish FIFA, –     ...


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EU investment plan

Juncker Plan improved with stronger focus on sustainable investment under deal

The European Parliament and EU governments in Council yesterday evening reached a provisional agreement on the draft European Fund for Strategic Investments ('Juncker plan'). Commenting on the outcome, Green economics spokesperson Bas Eickhout stated: "While this deal is clearly not perfect, we...


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