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Horizon 2020

The European Parliament's industry and research committee today adopted its position on Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation from 2014-20 (1). Commenting after the vote, Green research and innovation spokesperson Philippe Lamberts (MEP, Belgium) said: "Today's ...
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Astroturfing in the EP

This week's plenary session in Strasbourg came to and end with questions hanging over the presence of the shale gas industry outside where MEPs vote. Posing as civil society before crucial votes took place on fracking Wednesday, this dishonest industry lobbying was in stark contrast to the real gras...
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Glencore and Xstrata Merger

Today the European Commission announced its approval of the merger of the resource companies Glencore and Xstrata. Criticising this fast-track approval, Green industrial policy spokesperson Reinhard Bütikofer (MEP, Germany) stated: "The decision by Commissioner Almunia to give the green light ...
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Towards the end of oil

The European Union faces one of its greatest ever challenges: preparing for a post-oil society Oil enabled Europe to become one of the richest economies on the planet. Our continent is the world's second largest consumer of oil, yet its oil production has halved since 1999. Today it only meets 13% of its needs, and soon the European Unio…
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Brussels agenda

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the EU budget for 2013, dodgy Nuclear stress tests, Nanomaterials, GMO health risks and discussions on the future of Europe.
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Brussels agenda

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the presentation of Sakharov prize candidates, regulating financial markets and limiting commodity speculation, budget problems in EU agencies, air pollution and EU regulation, ICT possibilities and the case of Iceland, nanomaterial registers and transparency, the Commission brought to court, tac…
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GMO Campaign Blog

A new scientific paper is likely to cause a rethink of how the safety of GMOs is evaluated before they are placed on the market. Published in the peer reviewed Food and Chemical Toxicology journal ”Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize”, by ...
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Shale Gas

Shale gas and fracking pose a direct and immediate threat to our drinking water, air, health, local communities and our climate. While the oil and gas industry try to convince the public and policy makers that the risks can be managed, we - the Greens/EFA group, the European Green Party, Friends of the Earth Europe, Food and Water Europe …
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Stop Climate Change Blog

This week the European Parliament’s Industry Committee and Environment Committee will vote on reports on the ‘industrial, energy and other aspects of shale gas and oil’ and on the ‘environmental impacts of shale gas and shale oil extraction activities’ respectively. The backstage battle around the two reports is fierce...
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Brussels agenda

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include accounting transparency, reporting and conflict resources; the shale gas time-bomb and fracking; prioritising quality agricultural exports and sustainable farming; setting priorities for EU development policy; the EU-Israel association agreement; regulating offshore oil and gas exploration; Lobby…