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No EU cash for dictator

SNP MEP and Party President Ian Hudghton has welcomed a vote by the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee to hold up the payment of more than £400,000 a year to the military dictatorship in Guinea.  The Fisheries Committee had been due to approve the payment this week as part of ...
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Urban Mobility Action Plan

The European Commission has published its long-awaited Urban Mobility Action Plan. Greens/EFA MEP Michael Cramer has criticised the lack of concrete measures to increase road safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities.
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EP delegations

The last of the Greens/EFA Group's European Parliament delegation presidencies was confirmed today. Greens/EFA Group members now hold the following posts: President of the EP delegation for relations with Turkey: Hélène Flautre (France)President of the EP delegation for relations with Iran: Ba...
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The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

Over the years, Greens have often nominated candidates who also supported environmental progress in their fight for fundamental rights. Last year, the jailed Chinese dissident Hu Jia - who was nominated by the Greens/EFA Group - was awarded the Sakharov Prize. What about 2009 ?
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Situation of human rights defenders in Russia in light of the recent abuses in Chechnya

The background to the seminar and the film screening "Russian Lessons" (with the presence of the film director) is the worsening impunity of human rights violations in Russia in light of the recent abuses in Chechnya. Main focus will be on the recently dramatically intensified pattern of killing of human rights defenders in Russia.
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Working time

Today, the European Parliament's employment and social affairs committee narrowly voted in favour of a European Commission proposal to exclude self-employed drivers from working time rules in the road transport sector. The Greens are however calling for a single set of health and safety rules for professional drivers.
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Gaza conflict

Richard Goldstone, head of the UN fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict, presents his report to the UN Human Rights Council today. The report sets out clear evidence that both Israel and Hamas committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law and that neither side has taken...
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Outcome of the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh (24-25 September 2009)

The Greens/EFA consider that an effective multilateral response to the crisis requires a systemic multidimensional regulatory reform. They deplore that the G20 did not come up with any measure to deter financial speculation, by proposing e.g. a financial transaction tax. They also regret the lack of progress towards agreement for the shar…
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Telecoms package

Greens/EFA MEPs Christian Engström and Philippe Lamberts comment on the upcoming final stage 'conciliation' of telecoms legislation, ahead of the first meeting of the European Parliament delegation to this process.
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This week in the EP committees

Human rights will be one of several high points on the agenda as the European Parliament's committees meet from 28 September to 2 October. Nominations will be presented for the EP's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and a public hearing will put a spotlight on the situation in Russia. Other points of interest include a vote on road tr…