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Preparation of the eleventh EU-Russia Summit in Khanty-Mansiysk on 26-27 June 2008

The Greens/EFA Group stresses once more that democracy and human rights must be at the core of any future agreement with the Russian Federation, with regard, in particular, to the definition and inclusion of an effective and operational human rights clause, and that the quality and depth of future relations depend on respect and support f…
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Barcelona process: Union for the Mediterranean

The Greens points out that one of the main goals of Euro-Mediterranean policy is to promote the rule of law, democracy, respect for human rights and political pluralism and considers that the Euro-Med partnership has not yet produced the expected results in the area of HR; Calls on the Council and Commission to clearly enshrine the promot…
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Replace animal experiments in Europe

The Greens/EFA Group are jointly organising this conference with the Dr Hadwen Trust and Humane Society International. Participants including world renowned primatologist Dr Goodall, biomedical researchers, MEPs and others will call for more ethical and reliable alternatives to animal testing, as the Commission is about to propose an upda…
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Conference documentation

The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament organised the "Olympic Rights for Human Games" Conference on 15 May. The choice of China to host the Olympic Games has raised many questions. The deterioration of human rights in China and the recent events in Tibet have called for a reaction of the in...
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Short report of the conference

The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament organised the "Olympic Rights for Human Games" Conference on 15 May. The choice of China to host the Olympic Games has raised many questions. The deterioration of human rights in China and the recent events in Tibet have called for a reaction of the in...
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Conference report

1. Beijing's pledges and the running of the Games: Who is accountable?International legitimacy has a priceHélène Flautre, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, moderated the first panel and said: "The IOC took a specific gamble because the choice of Beijing was aimed at encouraging China on ...
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Rising tension in Burundi

The Greens/EFA Group condemns the use of violence, and calls again on the two parties to scrupulously respect the ceasefire concluded on 7 September 2006. It welcomes the recent release of 232 children, which was made possible by eight months of negotiations with dissident faction of the Palipehutu-FNL by the Burundian government, civil s…
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Situation in Lebanon

The Greens/EFA Group expresses its deep concern about the possible grave consequences of the current political crisis and the deterioration of the security situation in Lebanon and firmly condemns the conduct of Hezbollah in threatening or using force to secure its broader political goals.
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Renewables directive

An essential part of the European Commission's 'climate package' issued in January is the proposal on a new directive for renewable energy.The European Parliament will give its input through the report lead by Greens/EFA MEP Claude Turmes.
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Climate change and biodiversity

Ahead of the 9th meeting (COP9) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Bonn, Germany, (19 to 30 May), the Greens/EFA organised a high-level hearing on "climate change and biodiversity". Various experts highlighted the numerous threats for biodiversity due to climate change.