Social Rights

Youth Unemployment

The European Parliament fails to meet needs of young people

  The European Parliament's employment and social affairs committee today voted on a report on youth unemployment. The Greens/EFA group considers this report to be weak and regrets that at this critical moment the European Parliament has failed to put forward decisive and innovative demands ...


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 1-5 July 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include export credit agencies, EU budget 2014-2020, Hungary, reforming the EU's anti-fraud body, reforming the structure of the banking sector, regulating investment funds (UCITS), implementing the Financial Transaction Tax, emissions Trading System, US and UK government surveillance of EU citizens, election of the EU Ombudsman, access to care for vulnerable groups, arms exports, the crisis in Syria, closure of Greek public television ERT


Finding Food

Some of the best practices of innovative ways to help the most deprived

Finding Food is getting harder. Across Europe, organisations that help the most deprived are sounding the alarm bell. The number of people that fall below the poverty line is rising fast, while the amount of food available is dropping. Food banks and other aid organisations have increasing difficulties in meeting the demand.


Access to care

EP calls on EU to improve access to care of vulnerable groups

The European Parliament today adopted a report by Green MEP Jean Lambert on access to care for vulnerable groups. With access to healthcare and other social support services threatened by budget cuts, the report uncovers important findings and proposes measures to improve the access to care, support...


EU summit

A summit full of empty promises and words

Commenting on the result of the European Summit Dany Cohn-Bendit, Co-President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament said: "Once again, petty narrow national interests dominated this summit. That the UK will get an even higher rebate is unacceptable. This ongoing bargaining betwee...

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Give Youth a Chance!

Employment Instrument must be for all youth

This week's European Council (27-28 June 2013) will focus amongst other issues on initiatives to enhance youth employment. Member States are to discuss the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), a new funding instrument with a budget of €6 billion, within the European Social Fund to support regions, w...

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EFA Visit to the Basque Country


The EFA Group in the European Parliament is visiting the Basque Country with a focus on economic innovation, and how small nations and regions can be innovators in stimulating economic growth.


Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 24 - 28 June 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Horizon 2020, Multiannual Financial Framework, Roma integration strategy, Tackling youth unemployment in Europe, When Rule of Law is at risk: What can/should the EU do?, Agroecology: The Need for Transformation in Policy and Science, Water is a public good, Citizens first! Ideas for Improving and Extending the European Citizens' Initiative

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Posted workers

Rejection of Commission proposal in order to strengthen the rights of posted workers

The European Parliament's employment committee today voted on a key legislative package concerning the labour rights of posted workers. The rules address some of the major problems with existing EU rules on posted workers and the Greens welcome the committee's vote to reinforce these rights through ...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 10-14 June 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included asylum seekers, EU's housing crisis, rules on infant and baby food, Schengen, accounting transparency for extractive industries, illegal fishing, EU budget and the future framework, problematic EU passenger data rules, Turkey's worrying democratic backslide, nuclear safety and EU rules

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 16 - 21 JuneMay 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Ship scrappage, worker protection and the environment, EU fisheries reform to be confirmed, Eel stocks under threat, Dalligate, Olafgate and the role of the EU Commission, Financial transaction tax in Europe, Reforming the banking sector in Europe, Modern and sustainable transport technologies, EU budget and the future framework, Hungary and EU defence of rights, Fixing emissions trading or not?, Clamping down on climate-damaging F-Gases, EU rules on posted workers

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