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Expansion of Frontex should only happen with stronger fundamental rights

11.02.2019

Frontex

The members of the Committee on Justice and Home Affairs have just voted on their position on the mandate for the negotiations on the European Border Management Agency, Frontex. The Greens/EFA were able to assert their demands to hold Frontex accountable for possible violations of fundamental rights, to strengthen the role of the Officer for Fundamental Rights and not to allow the European Border Management Agency to deport people from third countries to other third countries.


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What's coming up in Parliament

08.02.2019

Greens/EFA priorities

A look ahead to the February plenary session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg and the Greens/EFA priority issues on the agenda


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Money laundering and affordable housing - what’s the link?

08.02.2019

Impact of money laundering on housing prices across the EU

Tax evasion and money laundering through real estate can contribute to the increase of rental and housing prices in your city. We Greens/EFA are fighting hard in the European Parliament against money laundering - not least, because everyone in Europe should have the right to affordable housing!


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Forests at the heart of Sustainable Development

07.02.2019

High-level conference

    This conference has been organized under the auspices of the European Parliamentary Alliance on the Fight against Hunger. Opening remarks: MEP Benedek Jávor (The Greens / EFA)   Opening keynotes: Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environme...


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Sometimes the Truth Needs Friends

06.02.2019

Whether you are five years old or eighty-five years old, anyone who tells the truth deserves to be protected, but right now those who do are at risk of getting fired, sued, harassed — and worse — by those who seek to silence them. The good news is that — in the European Union at least — all of this whistleblower harassment could soon become a thing of the past.


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Corporate Europe Observatory report on Council lobbying

06.02.2019

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A new report from Corporate Europe Observatory: "Captured states: when EU governments are a channel for corporate interests” reveals that the complex and opaque nature of decisions made in the Council of Ministers often benefits corporate interests over those of citizens.


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The #TruthNeedsFriends Campaign

06.02.2019

Join the Campaign to Protect the Truth

People who expose the truth nowadays are harassed, demoted, fired, or sued by employers who are desperate to silence them. Also known as "whistleblowers", these people speak up to defend our rights. The European Union is on the verge of adopting a new law that would protect people who tell the truth. Join our campaign and put pressure on your government - because the #TruthNeedsFriends.


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What type of agriculture do you want ?

05.02.2019

40% of European funds is spent on agriculture. That's around 114 euros per person, per year. But this question is never asked: what kind of agriculture do YOU want? If you want to have a say on Common Agricultural Policy, try this interactive CAP reform tool to help us improve EU food systems and agriculture.


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EU countries must develop counter strategy on nukes

01.02.2019

Crisis on INF

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced that the United States will formally withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which was signed between the US and the Soviet Union and successfully led to the disarmament of around 2,700 short and intermediate range missiles primarily from European soil during the 1990s. The end of the INF Treaty could result in a new global arms race for short and intermediate range nuclear weapons and pose a severe risk to global security.  This development comes after the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2017, of which 70 states have so far signed, and 20 have ratified. So far the only EU country which has ratified the ban treaty is Austria.


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MEPs vote for new rules on lobbying in major victory for transparency

31.01.2019

Transparency

The European Parliament has just voted for binding rules for more transparency around MEPs' meetings with lobbyists. The report calls for stricter rules around rapporteurs and other MEPs in other official positions to disclose their meetings with interest representatives on the Transparency Register. In an extremely unusual steps the EPP group had pushed through a secret ballot on the new transparency rules.


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After years of deadlock and political nightmares, are we finally ready to change the discussion on GMOs?

31.01.2019

What care ethics can bring to the conversation

Today, the European Parliament backed four objections against the authorisation for import of new GM plants into the EU, bringing the total number of such objections to 31 in just over three years. Nevertheless, the European Commission decided to override this opposition and to authorize 24 of them. Why and how did we end up in this political stand-off? And, more importantly, how do we get out of this situation? A team of researchers may have opened a path with the publication of several studies on the Politics of Care and how it could be used to assess emerging technologies.


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Future of Europe debate: Prime Minister of Finland, Mr Juha Sipilä

31.01.2019

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The Prime Minister of Finland, Mr Juha Sipilä addresses the European Parliament on the Future of Europe. Ska Keller, President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and lead candidate, takes part in the debate.


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