Transparency

Juncker’s Luxembourg made money from the sidestepping of European law

Panama Papers inquiry committee

On Tuesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will attend the PANA inquiry committee in the European Parliament. The former finance minister and prime minister of Luxembourg will face questions about his current and past record when it comes to tax transparency and justice.


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Time to respond to the public consultation on whistleblower protection!

For those of you that have not yet responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on whistleblower protection in Europe, now is the time! The deadline closes on 29th May. The Greens/EFA group has put together a submission to the consultation which we are publishing here in case you’d like to use it for inspiration.


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European Court rejects Commission's attempt to block anti TTIP citizens' initiative

Ruling from the General Court of the European Union

The General Court of the European Union has annulled the European Commission's decision to refuse the registration of the Stop TTIP European citizens’ initiative. "We owe it to the over 3,000,000 citizens that signed this ECI to finally make the European Citizens' Initiative a fully functional tool of direct democracy in Europe", says Greens/EFA Vice-President Josep Maria Terricabras.


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Ensuring transparency, balanced participation and ethical decision-making in the UNFCCC

Global climate conference

This week kicks off the intersessional climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. When we see the climate crisis continuously escalating, the people negotiating our future need the best possible space to do it. They need a space free from the fossil fuel lobby. However, as reports regarding conflicts of interest and sponsoring of the COPs have shown, this is far from reality.


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Commission’s decision to withdraw Anti-Corruption Report Widely Criticised

The European Commission was supposed to publish its second Anti-Corruption Report last year, but after a series of delays it has now been withdrawn and will no longer be published. Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans confirmed to the European Parliament last week that they had decided to scrap the report but promised to MEPs, who have heavily criticised this decision, that corruption is still an important topic.


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Attack against civil society stalled until independent Court of Auditors Report

Response to the controversial EPP report

A couple of weeks ago, we sounded the alarm in response to a controversial report, penned by the EPP group in the European Parliament, which attacked NGOs and civil society organisations in a biased and unconvincing manner.


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World Press Freedom Day

We can all help to protect press freedom together!

Today, 3rd May, is World Press Freedom Day. A day for celebrating freedom of speech, and for acting to protect those who are struggling, every day, to expose the truth.


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World Press Freedom Day 2017

Free press is in danger in more ways than one...


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Budget accountability

Checking the spending of public funds

It’s that time of the year again, when the European Parliament reviews the spending of public funds by 52 EU institutions, and formally signs-off on the final accounting, this for time for the year 2015. Every year, there are a number of controversies that emerge, and this year is no different...


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Greens/EFA sounds the alarm against attacks on civil society and NGOs

It is beyond dispute that there is an increasing trend across the world to undermine democratic principles and shrink the freedoms and liberties that citizens and civil society organisations now enjoy. Hungary, Poland and Romania are recent EU examples of this.


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Turkish referendum

Reaction of the Greens/EFA group

After a campaign that took place in a climate of intimidation and fear, with outrageous restrictions on freedom of the press, Erdogan is now on track to transform the country into a one-man authoritarian regime. It is now high time for the EU to increase the pressure on Erdogan to end his fight against the free press and the opposition


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Commission finally recognises need to revise European Citizens' Initiative

European Citizens' Initiative

Vice-President Timmermans has announced that the European Commission will present proposals to revise the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) later this year. The ECI in force today has so far failed to deliver on its original promise, which is why the Greens/EFA group, civil society and citizens who have tried to use the ECI, Josep-Maria Terricabras responds to the good news.


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