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Sweatshop
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EU expected to ban products made with forced labour

Today, Members of the European Parliament will debate the “Regulation on Prohibiting products made with forced labour on the EU market”. The plenary vote will take place tomorrow. This new legislation marks a crucial step towards putting human rights at the core of the EU’s trade policy and the single market.
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Abortion
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MEPs call for EU to recognise abortion as fundamental right

Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for abortion to be included in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The report also denounces that some Member States still have highly restrictive laws prohibiting abortion except in strictly defined circumstances.
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Trucks
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MEPs vote for cleaner trucks & buses on our roads

Today, MEPs have just voted through the outcome of negotiations on new CO2 standards for trucks, trailers, coaches and buses. Heavy-duty vehicles are responsible for more than 25% of GHG emissions from road transport in the EU and for over 6% of total EU GHG emissions. By 2040, the revised EU standards will cut emissions from trucks, coac…
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Methane Gas Regulation
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MEPs set to approve agreement on reducing methane emissions in energy sector

Tomorrow, Members of the European Parliament will vote on the agreement on the EU Methane Regulation. With this regulation, the EU will for the first time adopt binding measures to reduce methane emissions. Methane is the main component of natural gas and is also released during oil and coal production. There are already cost-effective te…
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House Construction
Press release |

MEPs vote in favour of more energy efficient buildings

Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of the trilogue deal of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). This is the first step towards a carbon neutral building stock by 2050. This law is not only good for the planet, it is also good for people. It will lower energy bills for everyone, prioritise renovation fundi…
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Press release |

Final agreement on improving conditions for platform workers

A majority of EU countries in the Employment and Social Affairs Council just supported the deal on improving conditions for platform workers. This agreement is a very important step in building a strong social Europe. It manages to improve the working conditions of the most precarious workers
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Interior of a house in Velingrad Nevena Bulgaria / CC Friends of the Earth
Event |

Powerful encounters: Picturing an end to energy poverty

"Powerful encounters: Picturing an end to energy poverty” offers a snapshot of people across Europe enduring the energy crisis and battling energy poverty. Join us for the photo exhibition on 27 February at 17:30 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
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Wild flowers
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MEPs vote in favour of saving nature

Members of the European Parliament just voted in favour of the Nature Restoration Law. This vote is a success for the preservation of biodiversity and for climate protection in the EU, for farmers and for food safety. It is a victory for the many environmental organisations and businesses that have been fighting for months.
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Platform worker
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Greens/EFA call for adoption of the platform workers directive

MEPs will debate the need to overcome the Council deadlock on the platform workers directive. It is estimated that at least 4 million people working through digital labour platforms are misclassified as self-employed instead of employees, allowing platforms to evade labour, tax and social security legislation that apply to employees.
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News |

Plenary Flash 26 - 29 February

On the agenda this week: Nature Restoration Law, protection of the environment through criminal law, Alexei Navalny, data collection and sharing by short-term accommodation services, detergent Regulation, protection of journalists and human rights defenders and the Ukraine.