Social Rights

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, –   ...


Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 10-14 June 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include asylum seekers, customs enforcement of IP, EU's housing crisis, rules on infant and baby food, border-free Europe, accounting transparency for extractive industries, illegal fishing, EU budget and the future framework, EU economic governance and the social impact, problematic EU passenger data rules, Turkey's worrying democratic backslide, nuclear safety and EU rules

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Finding Food


innovative ways to help the most deprived

Over 90 million tons of food is wasted in the EU each year, of which at least a quarter is edible, while the current EU food programme disperses around 400.000 tons of food a year. There should be a lot more potential to provide food for the most deprived while at the same time avoiding food waste than is being exploited now. Luckily, all over Europe, charities, NGOs, businesses and local authorities are coming up with new and innovative ideas to prevent the waste of food and at the same time increase the supply of food to the poorest Europeans. In what ways can we create conditions and provide means at different political levels for these initiatives to flourish and be exchanged? We invite you to join us to explore some of the great examples of social innovation!



EP political groups join forces to support persons with disabilities

Today, the leaders of the main political Groups in the European Parliament announced strong action to support the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe. The announcement came following a high level meeting between Joseph Daul, Chairman of the EPP Group, Hannes Swoboda, President of the S&...


Access to care

Vulnerable groups cannot be left behind by austerity policies

The European Parliament's employment and social affairs committee today adopted an initiative report on access to care for vulnerable groups by UK Green MEP Jean Lambert. With access to care threatened by fiscal contraction across Europe, the report reveals key findings and recommendations on how to...


EU-US trade negotiations

EP majority keeps heads in sand on major concerns with Commission mandate

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution endorsing negotiations on an EU-US free trade agreement (1). The Greens expressed regret at the resolution, which ignores major concerns with the Commission's draft mandate, with trade spokesperson Yannick Jadot stating: "In giving the go-ahead...

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Building resilience


Alternative responses to the ecological, economic and social crises

This conference will look at alternative responses to the crises such as the collective reduction of working time, the use of community currencies and the implementation of basic income. Experts in these fields will present and discuss these alternative policies and explain how they can contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future for all.