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MEPs vote in favour of saving nature

Members of the European Parliament just voted in favour of the Nature Restoration Law. This vote is a success for the preservation of biodiversity and for climate protection in the EU, for farmers and for food safety. It is a victory for the many environmental organisations and businesses that have been fighting for months.
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A victory in the fight against environmental crime

Today, Members of the European Parliament adopted the final agreement on the Environmental Crimes Directive, which establishes criminal offences and penalties to protect the environment more effectively and end impunity for environmental crimes in the EU. The Greens/EFA Group has been instrumental in adding a new provision on 'qualified i…
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Plenary Flash 26 - 29 February

On the agenda this week: Nature Restoration Law, protection of the environment through criminal law, Alexei Navalny, data collection and sharing by short-term accommodation services, detergent Regulation, protection of journalists and human rights defenders and the Ukraine.
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Smokestacks in Hinsebergsvägen, Frövi, Sweden
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Deal on stricter air pollution limits: A bitter-sweet victory

The Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement on the Air Quality Directive, which sets new EU-wide action to reduce pollution limits up to 2.5 times lower than current targets by 2030. However, the deal falls short of the limits recommended by the World Health Organisation.
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Debriefing of the February I plenary session

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included EU 2040 Climate Targets, farmers' protests, GMOs, Russian interference, rule of law and media freedom in Greece, support to Ukraine, quality traineeships in the EU, Norway's seabed mining in the Arctic and the EU’s priorities for the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
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Photo by James Baltz on Unsplash
Photo by James Baltz on Unsplash
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Greens/EFA call for a new strong pesticides reduction proposal

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the withdrawal of the Sustainable use of Pesticides Regulation (SUR). The Greens/EFA call for a new strong proposal and will be pushing to see this proposal back on the agenda ahead of the elections.
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EU 2040 climate target: Green/EFA push for phasing out all fossil fuels to make the EU climate neutral by 2040

The Commission presented their proposed 2040 climate target for the EU. It includes a 90 percent reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2040. The Greens/EFA Group is calling for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions reduction by the year 2040. The Commission is expected to present draft legislation at a later stage.
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Massard speaks against the threat of New Genomic Technique

MEP Massard raised farmers’ concerns, who are taking a stand against the adoption of New Genomic Techniques (NGTs), declaring it a betrayal of their aspirations for a dignified living. The fear that NGTs not only jeopardize the diversity and vitality of farming communities but also turn farmers into mere cogs in the machinery of profit-dr…
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Catalonia's Water Crisis: A sobering call for Climate action

EFA President Jordi Solé intervened in plenary today on the dire situation Catalonia is. With water reserves plummeting to a precarious 16% in internal basins, emergency conditions have been imposed on 6 million inhabitants, marking a critical juncture in the battle against water scarcity in what is the biggest drought in history.
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Closing the investment gap for Europe to lead the Just Transition

The panel discussion will take the measure of the investments needed in order to reach net-zero in 2050 and how to fund them to achieve a socially-just transition