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Plenary Flash - 16-19 January 2023

On the agenda for the plenary session: Election of a new Vice-President of the Parliament, the terrorist threat posed by far-right extremist networks, the storming of the Brazilian democratic institutions, executions of protesters in Iran, Uber lobbying practices in the EU, food price inflation debate, and Waste Shipment Regulation.
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A great victory for consumers and the environment

The European Parliament gave the final green light on the common charger. The common charger will introduce the USB-C as standard charging cable for everything from mobile phones to laptops and e-readers. This is a triumph for the environment as well as a triumph for consumers
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Plenary Flash - 3-6 October 2022

On the agenda for the plenary session: energy prices and cost of living, rule of law conditionality regulation in the case of Hungary, common charger for electronic devices, repression of women's rights protesters in Iran, Ocean Governance and the protection of biodiversity
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Energy price crisis – Practical solutions to energy poverty

Policy experts and grassroots organisations from across Europe will be there to discuss workable actions and policies to overcome energy poverty.
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Energy crisis - Energy prices

All over Europe people are facing high energy bills, while winter is coming. We must take action now to make sure everybody can heat their homes, without compromising on food or other basis needs. Greens/EFA MEPs Kim van Sparrentak and Michael Bloss will discuss the latest developments in a live Q&A.
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European Parliament to give final green light to regulation of digital giants

The European Parliament has voted in favour of the Digital Markets Act, which will regulate digital platforms acting as gatekeepers, enable more market fairness for businesses, and end-users, and improve data protection.
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Women working in textile factory
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What’s next? Solid EU rules to prevent any products made with forced labour ending up on our shelves - Webinar

Worldwide around 25 million people are estimated to be in forced labour, being made to work against their will under threat of punishment. The products they make can end up in the European market, making European citizens unwillingly consumers of and contributors to this exploitation. This has to stop!
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Agreement on a common charger reached

This agreement seals the deal: In two years consumers in the EU will finally be able to charge all their mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras with the same USB-C charging cable. This will save resources, protect the environment and support consumers.
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Plenary Flash - 6-9 June 2022

On the agenda for the plenary session: the Fit for 55 package, Question Time with the Commission on reducing the use of pesticides and strengthening consumer protection, Council and Commission statements on the rule of law and the potential approval of the Polish national Recovery Plan (RRF), Council and Commission statements on global th…
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Access to information: Five Greens/EFA MEPs launch legal action on vaccine contract transparency

Greens/EFA MEPs Margrete Auken, Kim van Sparrentak, Tilly Metz, Jutta Paulus, and Michele Rivasi submitted an application to the European Court of Justice against the European Commission, requesting access to key information on the Commission’s contracts with pharmaceutical companies on the purchase agreements of COVID-19 vaccines. This c…