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European Ideas Lab - Brussels

01.03.2018

Greens meet Changemakers

During a three-day event, Greens/EFA will welcome hundreds of "changemakers" from around many organizations of most European countries. This lab will be the opportunity for us to listen, share and take stock!


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Greens/EFA Round up

19.01.2018

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 15-18 January 2018

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary week included: Conservation of fishery resources and protection of marine ecosystems; Women, gender equality and climate justice; EU plastic strategy; No spyware for dictators: stricter rules for dual-use exports; Clean energy package: put Paris into practice; Priorities for the new Bulgarian presidency; Future of Europe with Irish PM: hard border must be avoided; Marrakesh Treaty: facilitating the access to published works; Glyphosate: presidents to decide on special committee; EU tax haven blacklist.


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Modern mutagenesis techniques are GMOs according to the European Court of Justice Advocate General

18.01.2018

On Thursday 18 January, the European Court of Justice published the opinion of its Advocate General on the legal statute of modern mutagenesis. This opinion confirms what civil society and the Greens/EFA have been claiming from the beginning: these are not “breeding techniques” but GMOs. At the same time, the Advocate General opens the door for some of these techniques to be exempt from risk assessment, traceability and labelling - an unacceptable conclusion.


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Greens/EFA group demands transparency

18.01.2018

EU tax haven blacklist

The Greens/EFA Group has written today to the Council Presidency and to the Chair of the Code of Conduct Group regarding the EU blacklist of tax havens.


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Reaction of Molly Scott Cato

18.01.2018

European Commission VAT proposals

"The current VAT rules are an out-dated mess. We need to adopt a definitive regime so that VAT is always paid where the goods or services are consumed and at the VAT rate of that Member States," says Greens/EFA MEP Molly Scott Cato


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European Parliament group presidents endorse Special Committee on Glyphosate

18.01.2018

Following a Greens/EFA initiative, the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament endorsed the mandate of a Special Committee to analyse and assess the authorisation procedure for pesticides today. The decision will be endorsed by the next plenary.


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Irish PM calls for dialogue in Catalonia

17.01.2018

EFA MEP Jordi Solé asks Ireland's PM about the situation in Catalonia

Ireland's Prime Minister has called for dialogue between the Spanish government and Catalonia following recent elections which saw a pro-independence majority elected. The Taoiseach was in Strasbourg to deliver a keynote speech on the future of Europe to the European Parliament and hold a deb...


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The EU must become a world leader on renewables

17.01.2018

Renewable Energy Directive

The European Parliament has voted on its position for the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, part of the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package. The report sets out targets for renewable energy for 2030 and calls for an end to the use of palm oil in biofuels.


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Enshrining the Paris Agreement in EU law

17.01.2018

EU Energy Governance

Claude Turmes and Michele Rivasi herald a "great victory for the climate and citizens".


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Energy efficiency will keep bills down while protecting the climate

17.01.2018

Energy Efficiency Directive

Greens/EFA MEP Benedek Jávor welcomes the passing of strong measures on energy efficiency: "It’s not just about keeping emissions down. It is also crucial to citizens’ health and to keeping energy bills down for citizens and businesses."


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European Parliament agrees stricter rules for dual-use technology exports

17.01.2018

No more spyware for dictators

"The European Parliament has delivered on its promise to strengthen the EU's human rights policy by making exports of surveillance technology stricter", comments Greens/EFA rapporteur Klaus Buchner.


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Greens/EFA presidents on the Bulgarian Presidency and the visit of the Irish Prime Minister

17.01.2018

Future of Europe

The Greens/EFA presidents look ahead to the debates on the Bulgarian Presidency and the visit of the Irish Prime Minister.


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