Transparency and anti-corruption

EU rules on whistleblower protection must be prioritised

The European Parliament today adopted a report on the fight against fraud. The report included a clear call on the European Commission to bring forward a legislative proposal on the protection of whistleblowers. After the vote, Green transparency spokesperson Benedek Javor said: "It is high ...

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Tax evasion/Luxembourg leaks

EP tax evasion investigation kicks off; proper inquiry must be swiftly ramped-up

The European Parliament special committee to investigate tax evasion and dumping in Europe today met for the first time, agreeing on its structure and key posts at its constitutive meeting (1). The special committee will operate on the mandate proposed by the Greens/EFA group as the basis for an inq...

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VAT fraud in the EU Member States


A study published by the Commission in October 2014 estimates the VAT gap in the EU at EUR 177 billion a year, 16% per cent of the VAT revenue expected by Member States. VAT is an exceptionally important source of the revenues of all Member States, on average, about 20% of state revenues come from VAT in the EU, and the if the latest estimate is right, 1 from every 6 VAT euros expected by EU Member States are lost, mostly to fraud.


Disarm the secret corporate deals


Citizens across Europe and the US are waking up to the threats associated with corporate deals like TTIP, CETA & TiSA. Since the Snowden revelations, Greens have strongly resisted efforts to start TTIP negotiations, which present yet another assault on our democracies.

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Freedom of expression and assembly in Egypt

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Judith Sargentini, Tamás Meszerics, Michel Reimon, Klaus Buchner, Barbara Lochbihler, Ernest Urtasun, Margrete Auken, Ernest Maragall on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group For a debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law   The European ...


Breaking out from the old pattern

A Green vision for the new EU Commission

  This time it’s different. The traditional “Europe at a crossroad” has morphed into a cliff-hanger situation. For the European Union, the next five years have become a matter of make-or-break choices. Shaken by the violent crisis of the past years, European public opini...


EP Presidency

Democracy is about choices

  We need a real choice for the European Parliament's presidency. The President for the coming two and half years of the European Parliament's legislative term should be chosen by MEPs in an open and transparent process. The European Parliament must not simply be presented with a dea...

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Data protection

Safe Harbour regime challenged in the light of US surveillance

The Irish High Court today, in its judgment in the case of student Max Schrems v Facebook, challenged the validity of the 2000 Safe Harbour decision, which allows transfers of personal data of EU citizens to the US, in the absence of adequate data protection standards. The Irish High Court has refer...

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Nuclear waste

EU Commission must intervene to prevent reckless transport of nuclear waste from Hungary

The Hungarian authorities are planning to transport damaged nuclear fuel to a Russian reprocessing site, via Ukraine, with no plan for any return (1). The Greens have called on the European Commission to intervene to prevent this. Commenting on the situation, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms sa...

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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...


Greens/EFA 4th Document Freedom Day in the European Parliament: Open Standards in the field of Encryption


Encryption, Free Software and Open Standards in the European Parliament.


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