Social Rights

Airports and noise

MEPs ground plans to liberalise airport services but fail to address citizens' concerns on noise

The European Parliament's transport committee today voted on EU legislation dealing with airports, including noise and ground-handling. The Greens welcomed the vote to reject the proposed liberalisation of ground-handling services. However, the group regrets the priority given to expanding airport c...


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EU globalisation adjustment fund

MEPs vote to put fund on more sustainable footing

The European Parliament's employment and social affairs committee today voted on proposals to adapt the EU's globalisation adjustment fund (1), with a view to continuing the fund in next EU budgetary period (from 2014-20). The Greens welcomed the outcome of the vote, with MEPs redressing some proble...


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ECB executive board

Chicanery over Mersch appointment prevented

The expected appointment of Yves Mersch to the executive board of the European Central Bank by Eurozone governments, using a written procedure with no debate, has been blocked after at least one EU member state raised concerns with the procedure. The Greens had criticised plans to use this untranspa...


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ECB executive board

Bulldozing through of Mersch appointment an affront to EU democratic process

Governments from Eurozone member states are expected to confirm the appointment of Yves Mersch to the executive board of the European Central Bank on Monday, ignoring a vote of the European Parliament (1). Commenting on the situation, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms stated: “Bulldozing throu...


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European semester

EP highlights concerns with one-sided approach to economic governance

The EU Parliament today adopted a report on the European semester, as part of the EP's consultative role in the new European system of economic governance. Commenting on the outcome, Green MEP Marije Cornelissen, who was draftsperson/rapporteur for the EP employment committee on the report, said: &...


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ECB executive board

EP takes stand against exclusion of women from Euro decision-making

The European Parliament today voted to reject the sole candidate, Yves Mersch, for the vacancy on the executive board of the European Central Bank, endorsing a vote by the EP's economic affairs committee. The rejection was supported due to the failure to consider any female candidates for the vacanc...


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ECB board vote

EPP shows flagrant disregard for democratic process

The European People's Party has called on EU governments to ignore today's vote by the European Parliament to reject the sole candidate, Yves Mersch, for the vacancy on the executive board of the European Central Bank. The rejection was supported due to the failure to consider any female candidates ...


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European Year of Citizens

EU must show that Citizens matter in 2013

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Union citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty. This should be a time to celebrate the freedoms that we are entitled to as EU citizens and that we often take for granted; freedoms such as the right to move and reside freely in another Membe...


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Boardroom quotas for women

Further delay on tackling major outstanding barrier to gender equality regrettable

The European Commission today postponed a highly anticipated proposal aimed at introducing a binding EU quota for a 40% representation of women on executive boards. The Greens expressed regret at this latest delay, with Green equality spokesperson Marije Cornelissen said:"It is deeply regrettab...


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Boardroom quotas for women

EP throws weight behind EU quota, with cross-party support

A draft European Commission proposal aimed at introducing a binding EU quota for the representation of women on executive boards, which is anticipated to be presented tomorrow, received a major boost with cross-political endorsement from the EPP, S&D, ALDE, Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL groups.  C...


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ECB executive board

MEPs vote against candidate in move to address exclusion of women from Euro decision-making

The European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee this evening voted to oppose a new nominee to the executive board of the European Central Bank, citing criticisms about the failure to consider any female candidates for the vacancy. The European Parliament as a whole will now vote ...


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