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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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Nature as an asset class: the new EU financial market on biodiversity destruction

This report by Frédéric Hache aims to explain the concept of ‘natural capital’ as a new framing of nature in which it is considered as a list of services benefiting humans. It also explains what biodiversity offset markets are, how they were developed and how they could look in the European context. Finally, it explores alternatives to th…
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OECD minimum corporate tax rate negotiations

Ahead of the Plenary meeting of the OECD Inclusive Framework where countries are expected to agree on a final tax deal to impose a minimum effective tax rate on the largest multinationals, the Greens/EFA Group urges the countries around the table to not bend to the pressure of tax havens and raise the bar of the final agreement. A strong…
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EU finance ministers ignore Pandora Papers

EU finance ministers agreed on an updated EU list of tax havens. Despite the latest Pandora Papers revelations, the list has been shortened with Anguilla, Dominica and the Seychelles having been removed from the list. The Greens/EFA Group successfully secured a plenary debate on the Pandora Papers on October 6. The following day, MEPs wil…
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Pandora Papers show urgent need for more action on tax evasion and money laundering

New revelations, known as the Pandora Papers, were released by the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and partners which reveal apparent tax evasion and money laundering by the global elite. The investigations show that tax evasion and financial crime continue on a vast scale through letterbox companies and trus…
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Parliament report shows Member States must raise the bar on tax cooperation in Europe

Members of the European Parliament voted on a report from Greens/EFA MEP Sven Giegold that assesses the implementation of EU rules regarding the exchange of tax information between Member States. It is the first implementation report the European Parliament has ever put forward in the area of economic and monetary policy. The European “Di…
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EU Budget: Lack of transparency around agricultural spending & conflicts of interest damage confidence in EU decision making

This week, MEPs are voting on 52 separate 'discharge reports' on the various EU institutions and agencies for 2019. The Discharge procedure is a chance to examine EU spending and verify whether the EU budget has been used efficiently and legally. The votes on the Discharge reports come days after the Commission released its long awaited a…
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Parliament votes set out steps for EIB to become EU Climate Bank

The European Parliament has made clear its demands on the level of ambition that the Bank would have to reach to become the European Climate Bank. The European Investment Bank has set climate ambitious targets for itself, but it’s time for words to be followed by actions.
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Plenary session debriefing

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the programme of the German Presidency, prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, EU Hydrogen Strategy, chemicals strategy for sustainability, boosting Roma inclusion process in Europe, state of play Rule of Law in Member States,...
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Plenary Flash - July session

This week, the Parliament will debate on the programme of the German Presidency of the EU with Chancellor Merkel, on prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, EU hydrogen strategy, Roma inclusion,... Discover all the other major topics on the agenda and the Greens/EFA priority issues