Social Rights

Another Road for Europe


A joint forum supported by the Greens/EFA

Many appeals, texts, proposals are being launched about the future of Europe and about the way out of the crisis. The aim of this event is to contribute to open up a debate at the European level between activists, experts, political forces and policy makers on the viable actions that European and national institutions, political forces and social organisations can take to move beyond neoliberal policies, and towards a sustainable and democratic Europe, free from discriminations and inequalities.


Kickstart social Europe


Beyond austerity

The EU is currently battling with the most severe crisis in its recent history. The social consequences for European citizens are dramatic. The European Union has put in place a series of initiatives to try to curb public deficits, commonly referred to as austerity measures. The solutions currently proposed - a policy mix of spending cuts, raising taxes and structural reforms - are exacerbating the crisis. What will the social consequences be if Europe continues down this path? On the eve of the June European Summit, the Greens/EFA Group will propose an alternative to austerity - a proposal on how to create prosperity and jobs without hitting on people most at risk. Join us for a lively discussion with European Commissioners Olli Rehn (Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro), László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) and several other high-level speakers.

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Preparation of the Commission Work Programme 2013

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –   having regard to the Commission Work Programme 2012 (COM (2011)777), –   having regard to the Framework Agreement between the European Parliament and the Commission adopted on 20 October 2010, in particular Annex IV thereof, – &nb...


Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 25-29 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the commission proposal on combating tax fraud and evasion in the EU, the EU summit and several Greens/EFA events...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 11-15 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included border controls and preserving Schengen, preferential trade for poor countries, Eurozone economic governance, regulating the global arms trade, own resources and the EU budget, safer baby food through EU rules, fixing EU fisheries, ...

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Co-Presidents' session briefing


Recorded stream of the press conference 12 June 2012

During the Strasbourg Plenary session briefing, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit present the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group

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Greek Health Crisis

Access to medicine in freefall

Healthcare in Greece has reached a crisis point. Its organisation and delivery has been rendered almost impossible. As treatment in public hospitals has shot up due to the crisis, spending and staff levels have been slashed. The supply of life-saving drugs to the Greek market has been ...


European Social Entrepreneurship Funds

European Parliament strengthens Social Economy

The economic and monetary affairs committee (ECON) of the European Parliament has adopted new legislative proposals, which aim to create a new type of European investment fund providing capital to the 'social economy'. This would give a crucial boost to this important sector of our economy. MEPs vot...


Equal pay for equal work

Franziska Brantner

Equal pay for equal work is a basic principle in the EU. Despite this, women continue to earn less than men. Equal Pay was in the Treaty since Rome in 1957 and we have EU legislation since 1975, yet the pay gap still exists,


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session Strasbourg 21-24 May 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary session included shifting the focus from austerity in the Euro crisis, bluefin tuna on the brink, balancing trade with China, rights and democracy in Ukraine, taxing financial transactions, equal pay for equal work, resource efficiency,...

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Equal pay for equal work!

Gender pay gap still exists in all member states

Equal pay for equal work has been one of the most basic principals of the European Community since its foundation in 1957.  However, despite legislation, women continue to earn less than men. On average women needed to work until 2nd March in order to earn as much as men had earned the year bef...


How to lift Greece out of the crisis


Recorded stream of the press conference - Weds. 23 May 2012

Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms were joined by Greek Green MEP Nikos Chrysogelos to present a detailed Green alternative response to the Euro crisis, focusing on measures to stimulate the economy and address the sovereign debt crisis.

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