Social Rights

circular-economy

The circular economy package

a transformation for all?

The European Greens believe that the EU's economy needs to work for both people and planet. The circular economy can contribute by creating jobs, protecting the environment and promoting growth in Europe, but like any other paradigm shift, it needs to have citizens' interests at its core.


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Cohesion policy and marginalised groups

Fight against anti-Gypsyism to be strengthened under EU Parliament vote

The European Parliament today adopted a report setting out its opinion on cohesion policy and marginalised groups. A majority of MEPs voted to ensure Roma do not face discrimination in the context of EU cohesion policy. After the vote, Greens MEP and EP draftsperson/rapporteur Terry Reintke said: ...


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EU Commission work programme

MEPs criticise deregulation drive under commissioner Timmermans

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the draft work programme of the European Commission for 2016. Commenting after the vote Greens/EFA vice-president Bas Eickhout said: "MEPs have today again issued a rebuke to the drive by EU Commission vice-president Timmermans to cut back E...


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TTIP

Beware what lies beneath

The European Greens do not believe that TTIP represents the kind of transatlantic relationship we need. As it currently stands, TTIP threatens our democracy and risks undermining our hard-won regulation and standards in a host of sectors.


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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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