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21.11.2019

Policing humanitarianism and human rights defenders

Civil society organisations are increasingly under pressure in Europe. NGOs engaged in helping refugees as well as human rights defenders fighting against rule of law backsliding are criminalised, intimidated and charged with legal restrictions. The conference will address how the criminalisation affects the rights of citizens and discuss ways to protect NGOs and human rights defenders.


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The EU-Mercosur Agreement: A threat to the environment and livelihoods?

20.11.2019

A Greens/EFA Conference

The EU-Mercosur free trade agreement, due to be voted by the European Parliament during this mandate, will be discussed in detail with researchers, experts and civil society. The event is open to all and will be livestreamed on the day


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ECJ ruling on Oriol Junqueras' rights as MEP

12.11.2019

Press Release from EFA MEPs Alyn Smith (Scotland) & Diana Riba (Catalonia)

The European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament has welcomed today's opinion from the European Court of Justice's Advocate General in favour of Greens/EFA MEP Oriol Junqueras. The Advocate General stated that an MEP's mandate comes solely from the electorate and cannot be ...


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ECJ Advocate General's Opinion on Oriol Junqueras

12.11.2019

Quotes from Ska Keller & Diana Riba

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has issued the opinion that our colleague Oriol Junqueras has the right to be a Member of the European Parliament, despite the Spanish Supreme Court not letting him take up his seat after he was elected in the last European elections in May.


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Legal Affairs Committee clears Commissioner candidates of conflicts of interest

12.11.2019

Quote from Sergey Lagodinsky MEP

The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has just confirmed the absence of conflicts of interest for Commissioner candidates Thierry Breton (FR), Adina-Ioana Vălean (RO) and Olivér Várhelyi (HU). The Legal Affairs decision opens the way for the three candidates to appear before joint committee hearings on Thursday


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9 Administrators in charge of policy advice (parliamentary committees)

06.11.2019

Notice of recruitment N° IRC 166511 - Temporary Agent, Grade AD 6

The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament has decided to open the procedure for filling 9 posts of Administrators in charge of policy advice (Administrators in charge of policy advice (PG)) as Temporary Agent in its Secretariat in Brussels (Grade AD 6). Following the results of the elections, the group will initially recruit for the following committees: AGRI, TRAN, SEDE, PETI, EMPL, DROI, IMCO, CULT -


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7 Administrators in charge of policy advice (parliamentary committees)

06.11.2019

Notice of recruitment N° IRC 166509 - Temporary Agent, Grade AD 5

The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament has decided to open the procedure for filling 7 posts of Administrators in charge of policy advice (Administrators in charge of policy advice (PG)) as Temporary Agent in its Secretariat in Brussels (Grade AD 5). Following the results of the elections, the group will initially recruit for the following committees: IMCO, BUDG, INTA, JURI, LIBE, ECON, AFCO, ENVI, ITRE, AGRI, CONT, PECH, FEMM, REGI -


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ECJ rules Poland in breach of EU Treaties for rules on judges

05.11.2019

Quote from Terry Reintke MEP

The European Court of Justice has just ruled that Poland is in breach of the EU Treaties for measures aimed at lowering the retirement age of judges, at different ages for men and women, and for allowing the Minister of Justice discretion to prolong judges' service. The Greens/EFA group have long argued that this amounts to political interference in the independence of the Polish judiciary and runs counter to the rule of law and European values.


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US formally requests to withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement

05.11.2019

Climate change

Donald Trump is shirking the USA's responsibility to the world and to its own people by pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.


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Protecting Journalists is Protecting Democracy

02.11.2019

EU needs to step up ambition so that the #TruthNeverDies

The UN highlights each year, on 2 November, the need to end impunity for crimes against journalists, because journalists are in the front line when it comes to holding the powerful to account, which is why they are often violently silenced. This year, the UN is reminding us that each year one journalist gets a Pulitzer prize, but one hundred get shot. Press freedom across the world - including in Europe - is in crisis.


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EU must pressure Turkey not to deport refugees to Syria

30.10.2019

Quote from Tineke Strik & Katrin Langensiepen

Today, Syrian refugees currently residing in Turkey might have to leave Istanbul Refugees residing in Turkey or face the risk of being deported back to war-torn Syria. Refugees had until today to return to the provinces in which they were first registered when arriving in the country.


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EU Member States continue to block progress on tax transparency

25.10.2019

Tax Transparency

EU Member States continued to block public tax transparency of large companies. At the meeting of the relevant Council Working Party on Company Law, representatives of the national governments were unable to agree on a common position on the Commission proposal for public country-by-country reporting.


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