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The only way out of these crises is to put people and planet at the centre of policy-making

This week’s Social Summit in Porto is a unique opportunity for heads of State to recognise, through firm commitment to ambitious and concrete actions, that the only way out of today’s health, social and environmental crises is to put people and the planet at the centre of all recovery policies. The Summit must recognise that social and en…
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Survey reveals widespread public support for combatting homelessness in the EU

An IPSOS survey commissioned by the Greens/EFA group reveals the views of Europeans on a number of key housing and social rights issues. Among the findings, the poll shows an EU-wide average of 62% of respondents agree that the EU should support their country in dealing with homelessness, while 77% would like their governments to do more …
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EU guarantee against child poverty: Quote from Katrin Langensiepen

Today (Thursday 29 April), the results of the vote on the resolution on the EU guarantee against child poverty will be announced (from 16:30). A large cross-party majority is expected. Ahead of the European Social Policy Summit on 7 May, the resolution aims to call on EU governments to guarantee all children in the European Union free acc…
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Ending homelessness is not insurmountable

Katrin Langensiepen Sara Matthieu Ernest Urtasun Kim Van Sparrentak
Opinion by Katrin Langensiepen & Sara Matthieu & Ernest Urtasun & Kim Van Sparrentak
Homelessness is rising in the EU but it is not insurmountable, if we work together. This is why, with the support of Europe’s biggest cities, over 120 MEPs, Europe’s regions and the main social NGOs, we are calling for the setting of an EU goal to end homelessness at the Porto social summit.
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A devastating impact on forests

Factsheet on EU-Mercosur trade agreement - There is deep concern among experts that the deal will increase deforestation in the Mercosur region. Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina are among the top ten countries with the highest deforestation rates. In Brazil, the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has surged to a 12-year high in 2020
Credit : Lola Merce
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A destructive deal for biodiversity

Factsheet on EU-Mercosur trade agreement - While the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report rang an alarm bell in 2019 concerning the rapidly worsening state of biodiversity, this deal will only exacerbate the phenomenon further.
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Plenary flash 26 - 29 April 2021

During the plenary session, the European Parliament will debate and/or vote EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, Chinese counter sanctions on EU entities, MEPs and MPs, EU-Turkey relations, Russia - Navalny, Ukraine border and Czech Republic diplomatic conflict, Covid certificate, digital taxation, ...
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Save our forests​

We all know that natural forests are indispensable and that we need to protect them in order to save nature and stop runaway climate change. We need a strong law to stop EU-driven deforestation all over the world.
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Weak climate targets risks undermining European Green Deal

Negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached an agreement on the European Climate Law. The sticking point in the negotiations was the emission reductions target for 2030, which now stands at net 55%. This equates to only 52.8% of direct emissions reductions when excluding carbon sinks. The Parl…
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Sustainable investment criteria released but uphill battle continues to exclude gas & nuclear

The European Commission has presented its criteria for sustainable investments, following the Taxonomy Regulation that was negotiated by Greens/EFA MEP Bas Eickhout in late 2019 and approved by the Parliament in June 2020. The criteria released today provides more insight into how sustainable financial products can be labelled and allows …