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Vote to declare EU LGBTIQ Freedom Zone

Members of the European Parliament will debate a resolution to declare the European Union an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone, initiated by Greens/EFA MEP Terry Reintke, as Co-Chair of the LGBTI Intergroup in the European Parliament. LGBTIQ persons experience discrimination on a daily basis in the European Union. The resolution will be voted on Wednes…
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Austrian government rejects EU-Mercosur Agreement

The Austrian Vice-Chancellor, Werner Kogler, has rejected the signing of the EU-Mercosur agreement. The Austrian government stresses that the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement is in contradiction with the objectives of the Green Deal and the Paris Agreement. The Portuguese EU Presidency had announced that it would attempt to complete the r…
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Greens/EFA rejects the waiver of immunity of three Catalan MEPs

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament believes that the political conflict in Catalonia and Spain needs to be resolved by political means, and that an important condition for this to succeed is to avoid the continuous judicialization of politics. The Group fully supports the so-called 'Dialogue Table' established between the Cat…
Opinion |

Call on the European Commission to urgently propose a directive to prevent, respond and end gender-based violence

On International Women’s Day, we call on the European Commission to propose a comprehensive and inclusive directive to prevent, respond to and end gender-based violence online and offline.
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Climate action will bring over one million new jobs

The new study: The 2030 Climate Target - How more climate action boosts the economy, commissioned by the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament calculates that there could be over one million new jobs in the renewable energy and e-mobility sectors, if 60% of emissions reduction targets are met. The Greens/EFA group are calling for em…
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Opinion |

Why the EU urgently needs to act on gender-based violence

Terry Reintke
Opinion by Terry Reintke
Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations in the world, claiming thousands of lives every year even before the pandemic. Under COVID-19, it has surged worldwide into a shadow pandemic. It’s time the EU moves from empty words to concrete actions.
Euro bank notes / CC0 Markus Spiske
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Pay Transparency

The European Commission has presented its proposal for a directive on pay transparency. The aim of the proposal is to achieve more equal pay between women and men. The proposal for a directive will apply to all employers with more than 250 employees and The Greens/EFA have long demanded transparency on the pay of men and women.
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Achieving 60% emission reductions by 2030

This study from Cambridge Econometrics analyses impacts of increased climate action in the EU27 using a macroeconomic model. The key questions are: is an increase to a 60% GHG reduction target possible? What could be key policy elements? What would be the economic and employment effects of meeting this target?
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Fidesz MEPs leave EPP - quote from Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield MEP

The European People's Party grouping of conservative MEPs in the European Parliament have overwhelmingly voted to support rule changes that would make it easier to exclude members from the EPP group. The Fidesz delegation of MEPs from Hungary have declared they will leave the EPP group in the European Parliament.
© Rauf Guliyev
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Non-binding recommendations are no incentive for inclusion

The European Commission has announced its strategy for persons with disabilities for the next ten years. The Strategy lacks binding measures and targets and only makes recommendations for European policies for persons with disabilities in the coming years and is part of the European Pillar of Social Rights. On Monday (8 March), MEPs will …