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Green light for new flagship programme

27.06.2018

European Solidarity Corps

The Greens/EFA group has welcomed a breakthrough in the negotiations over the EU’s flagship solidarity programme, European Solidarity Corps. The Council had originally refused to provide fresh funds to make the programme viable in the current budget period. However, after consistent pressure from the European Parliament, the Council finally backed down and agreed to provide more than €75m in additional money to fund this new flagship programme.


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Combating environmental criminality and ecocide

27.06.2018

Environmental crime (including ecocide) is nowadays widely recognized as a significant global threat to peace, security and sustainable development that needs to be tackled with urgency and codified under domestic and international law. Civil society, institutional and political experts will provide insight on the different aspects of environmental criminality, in view of proposing concrete recommendations.


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European Parliament calls on the EU to take a stand against Viktor Orban's assault on democracy

25.06.2018

Hungary

The European Parliament has backed a report from Greens/EFA MEP Judith Sargentini for EU Member States to trigger Article 7 sanctions procedures against Hungary. Since Prime Minister Viktor Orban's re-election in April the Hungarian government has continued its authoritarian crack down on civil society, academia and freedom of speech. Last week the Hungarian government passed the "Stop Soros" package of laws which aim to single out NGOs working on migration in the country and will make it almost impossible for organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to continue their operations in Hungary.


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Results must not be dictated by Orbán and Seehofer

22.06.2018

EU (mini) summit

In the run-up to next week's EU summit and the planned mini-refugee summit on migration this weekend, Green/EFA Group Co-Presidents Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts comment.


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Coordinator of the Bureau of the Greens/EFA group

21.06.2018

Fixed-term contractual agent contract function group III until 31/12/2019

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament is looking for a full-time replacement for the position of Coordinator of the Bureau (fixed-term contractual agent contract function group III until 31/12/2019).


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Cross-party letter to President Tajani

21.06.2018

Discrimination in Europe

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, upon the initiative of Marco Affronte and Philippe Lamberts, has organised a cross-party letter to the President of the European Parliament, calling on him to speak out against the recent racist and discriminatory remarks of some European political leaders.


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New GMOs are not progress, but yet another tool of industrial farming

21.06.2018

Our food system needs real innovation

Very soon, the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) will publish its ruling concerning the legal statute of a group of biotech. After the ruling, tense negotiations will set the future of the current European GMO regulation. As always, citizens and lawmakers will face the full force of the industry lobbies. Whatever happens these new GMOs will not bring any progress to our food and farming system: innovation is somewhere else.


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Quote from Josep Maria Terricabras

20.06.2018

European Citizens' Initiative reform

The European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs committee has today voted on the reform of the European Citizens' Initiative, with the majority blocking all meaningful improvements.


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20.06.2018

Luxembourg/Engie ruling

Greens/EFA tax and competition spokesperson Molly Scott Cato comments on the European Commission's decision that Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to Engie.


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"Link tax" and upload filters will cause huge damage to free internet

20.06.2018

Copyright reform

The European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee voted to largely approve the Commission's proposed directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The Greens/EFA group voted against, citing concerns that the proposals will restrict how internet users can participate online.


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Paris Agreement now enshrined in EU law

20.06.2018

Energy Governance

A final text on a European framework law on climate and energy (energy governance) was adopted in trilogue on Tuesday, 19 June. This Regulation is the transposition at European level of the Paris Agreement resulting from COP21.


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Europe is taking a step in the right direction

20.06.2018

Energy efficiency directive

The Greens/EFA group has welcomed the increase in energy efficiency targets in the EU, but warned that they still fall short of delivering on the Paris climate agreement.


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