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European Council
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European Council Summit: quote from Philippe Lamberts MEP

EU leaders will meet virtually for an EU Council Summit, to discuss among other things, the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccine roll out, and transatlantic relations with US President Joe Biden, who will join for part of the meeting. This summit is the first time EU leader sit together after China announced sanctions against several MEPs, inclu…
poland supreme court (CC BY 2.0) David Berkowitz
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Rule of Law Mechanism: quotes from Terry Reintke MEP & Daniel Freund MEP

MEPs will vote on a resolution on the EU's rule of law mechanism, which has been in place since January 1st. The mechanism is designed to hold Member States to account for breaches of the rule of law.
globe on grass ©Guillaume de Germain
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Greens/EFA condemn sanctions against MEPs by Chinese government

The Chinese government listed sanctions against Greens/EFA Member Reinhard Bütikofer and fellow MEPs Raphael Glucksmann, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Miriam Lexmann, and Michael Gahler and the Parliament's Human Rights Subcommittee, as well as Belgian Green MP Samuel Cogolati and MPs from the Netherlands and Lithuania and think tanks experts. The move…
Sunset over a crop field/ CC0 Federico Respini
Opinion |

We want a CAP that is fit for purpose!

Benoît Biteau Martin Häusling Tilly Metz
Opinion by Benoît Biteau & Martin Häusling & Tilly Metz
Much ado about nothing? That might well be the outcome of this « super trilogue » on the future CAP. We need an effective control mechanism for taxpayers' money and fair allocation of funds to support small farmers.
Press release |

European Peace Facility

EU Foreign Affairs Ministers will decide on the establishment of a European Peace Facility. The new instrument will allow the EU (as a bloc) to export arms to third countries for the first time. The budget for financing joint civilian and military operations is to be €5 billion by 2027.
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Greens/EFA welcome targeted sanctions against Chinese officials & others

European Union Foreign Ministers have adopted targeted sanctions against Chinese officials in response to ongoing human rights abuses, internment and forced labour of more than one million Uighurs in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region and for restrictions on freedoms in Hong Kong. The updated list of sanctions now also includes individual…
Person with raised fist during protest/ shutterstock
Event |

Webinar: Why Europe needs a directive on gender-based violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations in the world, claiming thousands of lives every year. Join MEPs Alice Bah Kuhnke and Terry Reintke for a discussion on the need for action
@constantine-fountos
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EU Environment Council and climate law

EU Environment Ministers will discuss the on-going negotiations around the European Climate Law. Trilogue negotiations with the European Parliament and Council are stalling, the Council has so far rejected an independent scientific climate council, as demanded by the European Parliament, and is blocking progress on the 2030 emissions targ…
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Vaccination certificate must not lead to discrimination

The European Commission presented its proposal for a "Digital Green Certificate", which will attest to whether the holder has been vaccinated against Covid-19 or tested negative, or recovered from the virus, to facilitate free movement within the EU. The Green Certificate will need to be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council …
Wind turbines on hill ridge/ CC0 Nuno Marques
Opinion |

Rebuild greener, rebuild fairer, rebuild stronger

Ville Niinistö
Opinion by Ville Niinistö
2020 was a challenging year for all of us. The unprecedented crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on societies and economies across the globe. Recovery must go hand in hand with our common goal to tackle the climate emergency.