Social Rights

Funding the Green New Deal

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As Europe, and much of the developed world, continues to grapple with the ongoing debt crisis, it must not be forgotten that the most pressing threat facing us is climate change. This report examines how we can make the necessary investment in a Green economy within the confines of the debt crisis.


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Women in work

Mandatory quotas only way to ensure low level of women in management positions addressed

The European Commission today presented its progress report on women in economic decision-making positions, announcing its intention to launch a consultation with a view to introducing legislation, including provisions for boardroom quotas. The Greens welcomed the proposals and urged the Commission ...


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e-fa: News Round-Up February 2012

news bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

February 2012 Round-Up The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a European parliamentary group with the Greens, making up the fourth largest grou...


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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session 13-16 February 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary week included Eurobonds and the response to the crisis, the controversial EU-Morocco trade protocol, elections in Russia, reform of the milk and dairy sector, homelessness strategy in the EU...


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EU food aid scheme

Solution approved on EU food scheme for most vulnerable persons

The European Parliament today approved a compromise solution on a scheme under the CAP, which provides food aid to the most vulnerable persons in the EU. The compromise follows the lines of a Green proposal made last year and would see the scheme continued until 2013 (around €500 million per year)...


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EU social policy

EU governments must not lose sight of social consequences in crisis response

The European Parliament today adopted a report on the social and employment aspects of the EU's Annual Growth Survey by Green draftsperson/rapporteur Marije Cornelissen, which represents the EP position ahead of the forthcoming EU summit. Speaking after the vote, Marije Cornelissen said: "The ...


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EU food aid scheme

EP approves balanced solution on EU food aid for most vulnerable persons

The European Parliament agriculture committee today approved a compromise solution on a scheme under the CAP, which provides food aid to the most vulnerable persons in the EU. The compromise follows the lines of a Green proposal made last year and would see the scheme continued until 2013 (arou...


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Tackling the problems facing sport at European level

More focus needed on social problems facing athletes

The European Parliament has adopted a wide ranging set of recommendations to deal with the major challenges facing sport at European level. Measures to tackle hooliganism and violent behaviour as well as match fixing and illegal betting were supported by MEPs.   Latvian MEP Tatjana Ždanoka is...


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Green Social Europe

Thoughts on Social Policy from the European Greens

For the Greens, austerity measures must never come at the expense of social investment. There is no doubt that the crisis presents a real challenge, but it is also an opportunity to make the transition to the green, sustainable society that we so urgently need


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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session Strasbourg 12-15 December 2011

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week in Strasbourg included the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, ITER nuclear fusion and EU funds, single EU work permit, criminal proceedings and the right to information, the Euro crisis, banning environment-damaging phosphates and many others


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EU single permit

Adoption of single permit an important landmark but cannot be the end of the road

The new EU single work and residence permit is today set to be adopted by the European Parliament (1). The Greens believe the single permit is an important step forward but regret that it does not grant greater rights to those seeking to live and work in the EU. Commenting on the permit, Green Euro-...


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