Social Rights

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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ERT closure

Greens/EFA Co-President Rebecca Harms speaking from Greece

Green co-president Rebecca Harms meets with employees of the national broadcaster (ERT), which was shut down and calls for a new media law to be adopted which could guarantee a well-functioning media sector independent from the political power.


Social housing

EU must tackle housing crisis

The European Parliament today adopted a report by Green MEP Karima Delli on the housing crisis in Europe. Commenting after the vote, Karima Delli said:"Parliament has today underlined the urgent need for European action to address the severe, long-term housing crisis hitting countries across th...

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Steel industry

EU Commission proposals fail to plot way forward for steel industry

The European Commission today published its long-awaited action plan for the steel industry in Europe. Commenting on the proposals, Green industrial policy spokesperson Reinhard Bütikofer stated: "This action plan is a disappointment. Despite no shortage of rhetoric, there is no realistic goal...

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Social dimension of the EMU

A letter from Greens/EFA Co-Presidents to Barroso and Van Rompuy

In view of the European Council on the Social Dimension of the EMU on 27-28 June, the Greens/EFA Co-Presidents sent a letter calling on Barroso and Van Rompuy to change from intergovernmental declarations and announcements to actions that truly address the social dimension of the EMU.


European action to combat youth unemployment

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

Tabled by Rebecca Harms, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Karima Delli, Malika Benarab-Attou, Rui Tavares, Jean Lambert, Elisabeth Schroedter, Marije Cornelissen, Ana Miranda, Franziska Keller, Margrete Auken on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group The European Parliament, –   ...