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European Union
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Plenary Flash 18-21 October 2021

During this plenary session, the European Parliament will debate the rule of law situation and abortion ban in Poland, the Farm to Fork strategy, the UN Climate Conference (COP26), global tax deal and Pandora Papers, the 2022 EU budget, Frontex, ...
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European Ideas Lab

The European Ideas Lab brings together changemakers from all over Europe: activists, civil society organisations, citizens’ movements, artists, Green innovators with the same objective to bring a positive change in society. This edition will take place in a hybrid form in Milan and online 30 September – 2 October 2021.
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Greens/EFA call for increased action and ambition on climate

The Fit for 55 climate package was debated in the European Parliament against the background of the IPCC climate report and this summer's flood and heat disasters. The measures presented in July’s climate package must be implemented sooner than targeted by the Commission.
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Fit for 55 in light of IPCC report

The Greens/EFA Group has written to the Commission President and Vice-President Frans Timmermans calling for a massive step up in the pace of concrete climate action.
coal mining garzweiler // Frank Kehren (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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Parliament endorses call for systemic change as well as deadlines for ending harmful subsidies

With a large majority, the Parliament adopted its negotiating position with Council on the General Union Environment Action Programme to 2030 (the ‘8th EAP’). The report, led by Greens/EFA rapporteur Grace O’Sullivan, strengthens the Commission’s proposal significantly. Strong emphasis is placed on the need for a just transition, inclu…
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Online Event: For a Green recovery!

It has been almost a year since the European Council agreed on the Next Generation EU, a €750 billion recovery effort to help the EU tackle the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We see this event as an opportunity to share the Green proposals and practices to make the best use of the great potential of the RRF for the recovery and t…
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French Council of State rules against government for inaction on climate

The French Council of State has just rule against the French government for climate inaction in a landmark legal case, initiated by Greens/EFA MEP Damien Carême.
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Short haul flights are a luxury the planet can’t afford

Ciarán Cuffe
Opinion by Ciarán Cuffe
Aviation is exempt from paying fuel tax and receives massive benefits in public funding, despite being the most polluting form of transport. It’s the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gases, in large part caused by unnecessary short-haul flights. It’s time to stop aviation’s preferential treatment and invest in sustainable travel, writ…
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CAP: Agreement falls far short of Green Deal goals

Negotiations were concluded on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the years 2023 to 2027. The agreement by representatives of the European Parliament, Council and Commission falls far short of the promises of the Green Deal to use less pesticides, protect the environment, climate and biodiversity and to promote organic farming. The …
© Thomas Mounsey
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European Climate Law: Not enough to meet Paris climate targets

MEPs will vote on the first ever European Climate Law. The main tenet of the European Climate Law is the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. This calculation, however, includes carbon sinks such as forests and wetlands. If these natural CO2 reservoirs are deducted, the climate target shrinks to only 52.8%. The climat…