EU-US trade agreement (TTIP)

Council refuses to allow transparency on the negotiations

A few hours after the arrest of hundreds of environmental campaigners in Brussels yesterday during a protest against the free trade agreement with the USA (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and with public resistance continuing to grow, the EU Member States decided the same day to refu...

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Food and feed law:

Learning from past mistakes to improve transparency and independence of controls

There is currently an extensive set of European rules to prevent, eliminate or reduce risk to human, animal or plants health along the food chain. To ensure that these rules are enforced by the Member States in a harmonised manner, a legislative framework for the organisation of official controls wa...


Grand majority of Parliament votes in favor of a regulation on investor-state lawsuits

Greens criticize the result sharply

Investor-state dispute settlement ( ISDS ) has come into the focus of critics since the start of negotiations on a free trade agreement with the US (TTIP). ISDS means that foreign investors can sue the states hosting their investments in front of international courts when they see their rights and p...

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Lobbying, Corruption and Lack of Transparency in the EU


the Dark Side Of Democracy?

Heading towards the EP elections, the legitimacy crisis of the EU keeps deepening and drives millions of voters towards anti-EU parties. To regain the trust of citizens for the European integration project we have to enforce a clean and transparent legislative process as well as an effective democratic control of the executive.


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 10-13 March 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included the Plastic bags and the environment; Remembering Fukushima; EU seed legislation; EU financial supervision; Money laundering; Genetic resources and benefit sharing; Data protection; NSA surveillance and fundamental rights; Phasing out super greenhouse F-gases; Shale gas, fracking and environmental impact; Nanomaterials and EU labelling; EU-IMF Troika Inquiry; Ukrainian crisis and Europe's role; TTIP Beware: EU-US Trade Agreement


NSA scandal - EP inquiry

Clear message to US and EU governments on mass surveillance but Snowden left in the lurch

<xml> </xml> The final report of the European Parliament's inquiry into the mass surveillance revelations by Edward Snowden was today adopted. Commenting after the vote, Green justice and home affairs spokesperson Jan Philipp Albrecht stated: "The European Parliament has t...

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Report on the horticulture sector

a case study in lobbying strategies aimed at weakening EU pesticide laws

  Adopted by the Agriculture committee last January and up for approval of the whole EP, this non-legislative report is full of agro-chemical industry myths and slogans, and states that fruit and vegetables need pesticides, challenges the ban on bee-killing neonicotinoids, and generally ...


EU Industrial Policy


What Role for the Service Sector?

With this conference, we would like to take the opportunity to discuss the role of the service sector and the myriad of challenges it is facing, such as the drive for liberalisation. This is even more interesting in the context of the negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). We will give the floor to representatives of trade unions, governments, think tank and universities. The key note speech will be held by Frank Bsirske, chairman of the trade union on service industries in Germany


Transatlantic Data Flows and the Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)


Ensuring compatibility with European Data Protection standards

The Data Protection Package is one of the most intensely debated and lobbied dossiers in the 7th legislature. Thousands of amendments and hundreds of lobbyists have made it a difficult struggle for Parliament to reach the strong position it has now.

Greening the streets  © Udo Weber
© Udo Weber

A Green Review

7th legislature of the European Parliament (2009-2014)

During this five-year term, Greens/EFA have been the driving force to promote crisis resilience through social justice, to secure our climate and energy future, to fight for a healthy environment, to defend human rights, social, democratic and digital rights, to promote global solidarity and security and to celebrate cultural diversity in the EU.

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TTIP Washing

Commission makes mockery of Sustainability Impact Assessment of TTIP

The decision by the European Commission (EC) to contract a firm behind a report that over-states the benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for an Impact Assessment makes a mockery of the whole process.  The firm previously produced a study that gave a rosy evalua...


EU-US trade negotiations (TTIP)

Investor dispute mechanism Trojan horse must be excluded from TTIP

The European Commission today decided that it would be freezing negotiations on an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism in the context of the EU-US trade and investment partnership (TTIP), with a view to launching a public consultation. Commenting on the development, Green trade spokesperson ...

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