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Hemicycle European Parliament Strasbourg
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Plenary Flash - 4-7 July 2022

On the agenda for the plenary session: Not our Taxonomy, the Digital Services Act, the Digital Markets Act, the state of abortion rights, Alice Bah Kuhnke's report on intersectionality, minimum tax, windfall tax, Viola von Cramon's report on Kosovo, and sustainable aviation.
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MEPs reject classification of nuclear power and gas as sustainable

A cross-party alliance voted down the European Commission's proposal to label gas and nuclear energy as sustainable. The vote took place in both the Environment (ENVI) and the Economic and Monetary Affairs committees (ECON). The resolution voted on today is expected to be voted on during the July plenary. The Greens/EFA Group calls on all…
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Press release |

MEPs vote to end combustion engine by 2035

The automotive sector can, and should be one of the fastest sectors to decarbonise. The solutions are there and manufacturers are already racing to invest. The industry needs certainty. The European Parliament has shown clear support for the car industry to go fully electric by 2035.
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European Council
European Council
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EUCO: Agreement reached on EU partial oil embargo

The agreement to ban 90 percent of Russian oil from entering the European Union and to finally put the sixth sanctions package into force is welcome. To continue maximum pressure on Russia, the EU’s unity is key. European unity cannot come at the expense of the rule of law though. The EU must not give away its values for unity.
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People standing under solar panels/science-in-hd
Policy Paper |

GREENS/EFA proposal for a new Energy Transition Facility

An accelerated energy transition is key to EU independence from Russian Energy and doubling down on the EU's climate goals as well as reaping the socio-economic benefits of secure and affordable energy.
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REPowerEU: Commission takes step towards ending dependence on Russian oil and gas

The European Commission presented the REPowerEU package of proposals on how to make the EU independent of fossil fuels, in particular from Russia. The Greens/EFA Group welcome legal and binding measures for more renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as the proposed legal obligation to install solar energy on all new public and c…
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Policy Paper |

Inflation: the high price to pay for Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels

In the run-up to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, rising prices in the euro area were catalyzing a great amount of political attention. Inflation peaked to 5.1% in January and 5.9% in February, putting the European Central Bank (ECB) under the spotlight. Hawkish voices in the political arena, despite being the minority, got progressively loud…
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Offshore wind farm / CC0 Nicholas Doherty
Offshore wind farm / CC0 Nicholas Doherty
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Putin’s war shows EU must embrace renewables and ditch fossil fuels to reach energy independence

Ahead of the debate in the European Parliament on energy independence, the European Commission has published its Communication "Joint European Action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy". It is in the EU’s hands to decide whether it will remain energy dependent on despotic rulers. Greens/EFA call on the Commission to massiv…
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Central yard European Parliament Strasbourg
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Plenary Flash 14-17 February 2022

On the agenda of the plenary : European security and Russia's military threat against Ukraine, empowering European youth, safeguards for cross-border associations and non-profit organisations, the rule of law and ECJ ruling,...
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Commission proposal to label gas & nuclear as sustainable tantamount to greenwashing

The European Commission published its final draft of the Delegated Act to the EU Taxonomy Regulation, which seeks to list gas and nuclear projects as potential sustainable investments. The Delegated Act is supposed to classify which financial investments may be labelled as sustainable. The Greens/EFA Group strongly objects to the inclusio…