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Environmental legislation and the Troika

The recent WWF report regarding environmental legislation in Greece highlights how legal and political safeguards for environmental protection have been seriously damaged by Troika policies. This report is yet more evidence of the failures of the short sighted economic policies driven by the...
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Food Waste Plan Dumped

This weekend a Belgian umbrella organisation of NGO's called 11.11.11 launched their campaign "Sorry is not enough" with the aim to call on the general public to put pressure on policy makers to act strongly against food waste.  Green MEP Bart  Staes: "Saying sorry will su...
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Fisheries and nature under Team Juncker

So, overall, are you happy with the proposal from Jean Claude Juncker? I am worried about the direction the new Commission seems to be taking. My overall impression is that there is a clear risk that both environmental and fisheries policy is demoted and that Jean-Claude Juncker is putting more emp...
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Greens/EFA Roundup

Table of contents New Greens/EFA group meets in StrasbourgUlrike Lunacek elected European Parliament Vice-PresidentVoices from UkrainePlenary speeches by our Co-Presidents Outside the Plenary Open hearing for European Commission President nomineeEU waste and resource policyCommission agrees with ...
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EU waste and resource policy

The European Commission today adopted  a 'zero waste' programme, combined with a proposal to revise EU rules on waste. Commenting on the proposals, Green environment spokesperson Benedek Jávor said: "While the ostensible goal of the Commission to move towards zero waste is very welcome, i...
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State aid rules

The European Commission today presented proposals to revise EU rules on state aid, notably regarding general exemptions. Commenting on the proposals, Green industry policy spokesperson Reinhard Bütikofer said: “The proposals from the Commission on general exemptions to EU state aid rules fall sho...
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Greens/EFA Round-up

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included politicisation of EP administration posts and Martin Schulz; monster trucks, pollution and safety; EU airport noise rules; transparency and the lobby register; banking resolution and taxpayers' exposure; regulating investment markets and products; plastic bags; saving migrants' liv…
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Shipments of waste

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Waste shipments

The European Parliament today confirmed a legislative agreement revising EU rules on waste shipments. The Greens welcomed the vote on the legislation, which is being shepherded through parliament by Green MEP Bart Staes, parliament's rapporteur/draftsman. The new rules will strengthen controls on wa...
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Reducing the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags