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Export of toxic waste to Africa

Greens/EFA call on the Commission, the Netherlands and Côte d'Ivoire to fully investigate this case, to establish responsibilities at all levels, to bring to justice those responsible for this environmental crime and to ensure that the environmental contamination is comprehensively dealt with and the victims are compensated
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Promoting human rights

Thanks to the work of the Green presidency, the subcommittee is increasingly playing an expert role on human rights and democracy, providing input to reports from the Foreign Affairs committee, mainstreaming human rights issues throughout Parliament bodies and creating a platform for permanent dialogue with civil society representatives
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Freedom of expression

Over the years, Greens have very often supported candidates who also supported environmental progress in their fight for fundamental rights. Our fight for the cyber-dissidents from China, Iran and Tunisia in 2005 resulted in a resolution on the freedom of expression on the internet. What about 2006 ?
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Illegal detention of prisoners in Europe

Many suspicions have recently been confirmed by the recent statement made by George Bush admitting the existence of secret detention centres operated by US services. The main task of the committee now is to check whether such centres have actually been operated in the EU but it is particularly difficult to find the truth
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Human rights in the world

The European Parliament issues an annual report on human rights and democracy in the world and adopts every month resolutions cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
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Energy efficiency action plan

After several delays, the European Commission eventually released the plan to improve energy efficiency in the European Union. It is a first small step in the right direction. However, the transport sector has once again been widely ignored.
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Human rights and democracy clause in EU agreements

The Greens have worked for years on the implementation of a human rights and democracy clause in EU agreements. Since the adoption of the report, when negotiating with countries with a poor record of human rights, the inclusion of a human rights clause and a special monitoring mechanism is part of the discussion
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Climate change costs

A study commissioned by the NGO Friends of the Earth looks at the potential costs and benefits of warmer weather around the globe. The possible benefits of global warming will quickly be offset by the costs of extreme weather events - droughts, floods, powerful storms, heat waves.
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EU/Russia relations after the murder of Anna Politkovskaya

Greens/EFA voice their deep concern about the systematic intimidation, harassment and murder of independent journalists as well as other persons critical of the government and recalls that the resulting climate of impunity in which killers seem not to fear the law is seriously damaging to Russia's reputation as a Council of Europe preside…
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EU and climate change

The European Commission has decided yesterday to open or continue infringement proceedings against several Member States for failing to provide key information that is required as part of the EU's efforts to tackle climate change.