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Agreement on the rule of law a good base for action

10.12.2020

EU Summit

Statement by Ska Keller MEP, President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, on the agreement reached at today's (Thursday 10 December) summit of EU leaders on a binding rule of law mechanism.


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Find me if you can – Detecting gene-edited plants in the EU food chain

10.12.2020

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EU governments are worried that GM plants engineered with so-called “gene editing” cannot be distinguished from similar, non-GM plants and therefore cannot be regulated. Based on such “practical questions”, they asked the Commission to assess, by April 2021, whether these ...


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Trams and bicycles/ CC0 Tapio Haaja
Trams and bicycles/ CC0 Tapio Haaja

How green will transport be in the future?

09.12.2020

The European Commission adopted its strategy on Smart and Sustainable Mobility on 9th December 2020, which sets out a vision for the transport sector in 2050. Here is a quick overview of the main issues and what is missing.


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Italian MEPs Rosa D'Amato, Ignazio Corrao, Eleonora Evi and Piernicola Pedicini
Italian MEPs Rosa D'Amato, Ignazio Corrao, Eleonora Evi and Piernicola Pedicini

Greens/EFA group welcomes four Italian MEPs

09.12.2020

On 9 December, four Italian MEPs, Rosa D'Amato, Ignazio Corrao, Eleonora Evi, and Piernicola Pedicini, joined the Greens/EFA group by unanimous acclamation. The Greens/EFA group now has 73 Members.


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Europol reform and counter-terrorism agenda must protect people, preserve rights

09.12.2020

The European Commission presented, on 9 December, two new proposals, on the revision of Europol's mandate and the new counter-terrorism strategy. While the reform must protect people, it must also preserve rights.


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Affordable and Accessible Medicines for All

09.12.2020

Greens/EFA action plan

We need to alter the current innovation model for pharmaceuticals if we want to ensure accessible and affordable medicines for all. Ensuring access to all medicines for patients in need is a core human rights obligation, linked with the principles of equality, non-discrimination and transparency.


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New study shows breaches of rule of law during first Covid wave

08.12.2020

Covid-19

Greens/EFA group MEPs working on rights and democracy, have released a first of kind legal study into the emergency measures taken by EU member states during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, assessing the impact on the democracy and the rule of law, free movement of people, asylum and refugee protections and data protection.


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EU law in the 'first wave' : the legality of national measures to tackle the COVID-19 crisis

08.12.2020

A study commissioned by MEPs Terry Reintke and Tineke Strik

COVID-19 has challenged not just the public health but also the legal structure of the European Union. This study aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the extent to which Member States have complied with or breached EU law in four key areas during the COVID-19 ‘first wave’


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Human Rights: EU sanctions regime agreed

07.12.2020

Quotes from Hannah Neumann & Heidi Hautala

The new sanctions mechanism is a big success, the European Parliament, and our group in particular, have repeatedly called for the adoption of such a regime. Our efforts now have finally paid off. With the mechanism, the EU will have a toolbox at its disposal allowing targeted, smart sanctions, such as asset freezes or travel bans.


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Young climate protesters holding signs/ CC0 Callum Shaw

The end of fossil fuels

04.12.2020

There are many obvious and urgent climate policies like implementing a greenhouse gas budget, reforestation, halting destructive trade agreements, putting the money where it should be. But why don’t we just stop all fossil fuels?


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Wind turbines in sunflower field/ CC0 Gustavo Quepon

6 ways to make EU industry climate neutral

04.12.2020

An opinion by MEPs Henrike Hahn, Damien Carême and Michael Bloss

We need a greener European industry, to keep our air fresh, our planet cool and to get a competitive, resilient and sustainable economy.


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Monitor showing Java programming/ CC0 Ilya Pavlov

Terrorist Content Online Regulation

04.12.2020

A threat to freedom of speech, media, arts and sciences

Preventing the recruitment of terrorists is an important objective. We want incitement to violence, glorification of terrorism as well as bomb-building instructions published by terrorist organizations to be removed from the Internet. But the means to achieve this goal, as proposed by the Commission and supported by Council, are problematic and threaten fundamental rights.


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