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Korea trade agreement

The European Parliament today gave its approval to a controversial free trade agreement with South Korea. The Greens have expressed concerns about the far-reaching nature of the agreement, including provisions under which Korean car emissions rules have been manipulated to allow European car makers ...
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Raw Material

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Resource efficiency and raw materials

The European Commission today presented its 'flagship' communication on resource efficiency. The Greens welcomed the general rhetoric but expressed regret at the lack of clear targets. Commenting on the communication, Green MEP Bas Eickhout said: "It is certainly welcome that the Commission wan...
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EU chemicals rules (REACH)

An important stage in the implementation of landmark EU chemicals legislation (REACH) was reached today: from now on, chemicals manufacturers will only be allowed to continue selling the vast majority of chemicals if they have provided the necessary safety data (1). Green MEPs welcomed the deadline ...
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Climate change

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution setting out its position on the forthcoming UN climate summit in Cancun (1). Green MEPs welcomed the resolution, which calls for stronger EU action on emissions and resolving contradictions in the EU's negotiating position. After the vote, Green MEP...
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Hazardous substances

The European Parliament adopted a final legislative agreement revising EU rules on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (1). While the Greens/EFA group believed the legislation could have been made stronger, the group welcomed the revised rules as an improvement on the current...
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Coal subsidies

The European Parliament today voted on a European Commission proposal on phasing-out state aid to uncompetitive coal mines (1). Green MEPs criticised the outcome, which called for prolonging the current coal subsidy regime (under which operational aid to uncompetitive coal mines is exempted from EU ...
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Getting the climate right for green investment in Europe

Ahead of the Climate Summit in Cancun, the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament is organising a conference to look at the global situation as regards investments in green economy, from smart grids to energy efficient technologies, as well as the future policy framework needed to spur green investments in Europe.
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Energy infrastructure

The European Commission today presented its energy infrastructure package, outlining EU energy infrastructure needs (from 2020-30). Green MEPs gave a cautious welcome to the proposals. Commenting on the package, Greens/EFA energy spokesperson Claude Turmes said: "Energy infrastructure must be a...
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Coal subsidies

MEPs today voted on a European Commission proposal on phasing-out state aid to uncompetitive coal mines (1). Green MEPs criticised the outcome of two key committee votes (2), which called for prolonging the current coal subsidy regime (under which state aid to uncompetitive coal mines is exempted fr...