Social Rights

Youth Unemployment

Wrong message, wrong strategy

The European Parliament will next Wednesday vote in plenary on a report on youth unemployment. This report comes in response to the EU's alarming rates of youth unemployment. However, the Greens/EFA group doesn't believe that this report gives the right solutions to the current situation and so th...

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EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

European Parliament stops further reduction of European Social Fund budget

The European Parliament's regional development committee today confirmed the result achieved in negotiations with the European Council and the European Commission on regulations for the different funds under European Cohesion Policy 2014-2020. Overall, €325bn, about one third of the total EU budge...

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Cohesion fund

The European Parliament should push for more ambitious and greener measures for 2014-2020

The European Parliament's regional development committee today voted on the Cohesion Fund for 2014–2020. This vote was on the proposals agreed between the EU Council and the European Parliament on the regulations for the different funds under EU Cohesion Policy for 2014-2020. Commenting on the vo...


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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