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Position papers include all papers formally adopted by our Group and thus representing our official position on major issues. Policy papers gather all briefings, brochures, statements from working groups or other Group bodies which have not been submitted to a vote but reflect a more technical position on specific topics. Studies are reports commissioned to experts and are accompanied most of the time with our political recommendations. For information and transparency purposes, we also publish here all Group letters sent to the other institutions or representatives

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European Council

All the current crises are linked: social, financial and environmental. Greens copresident Daniel Cohn-Bendit has called for a New Green Deal to tackle the situation and transparency of financial transfers to tax havens.
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European Council of 15-16 October 2008 - Economic and financial situation

The Greens/EFA group takes the view that we need a 'New Deal' to relaunch the real economy and that enhancing the transparency of non-regulated markets is one of the key problems to address if new systemic financial crises are to be avoided.
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EU emissions

The EU15 (the 15 'old' EU member states) is making progress towards its greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitment under the Kyoto Protocol. However, a new report from the European Environment Agency shows significant use of external offsets will be necessary to ultimately meet the overall target.
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Food security and GMOs

Regarding the world food crisis GMOs will create more problems than offering solutionsAgainst the background of the worldwide food crisis, the speakers agreed that GMOs with their claim of being "inventions" for a new "green" revolution and able to solve hunger rather constitute a major threat to ag...
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State of affairs: EU Commission Energy/Climate package

The second session focused on the EU's climate and energy package of legislation. Coming just three days after key votes in the European Parliament on three of the main legislative proposals, it provided a good opportunity to discuss the state of affairs with the French presidency, which was represe...
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EU policy: human rights or economic cynicism ?

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, co-president of the Greens Group in the European Parliament, opened the debate describing Europe as at the crossroads of crises and the right political space to address them. How, with Russia and China particularly in mind, can the French EU presidency help to reconcile human rig...
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International climate talks

Danish climate minister Connie Hedegaard outlined the state of play in the international climate negotiations to the EP Climate Change committee. Despite slow progress, she gave an upbeat assessment but stressed the importance of a timely EU agreement on a strong Climate Package.
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Situation in Belarus

The Greens stress that serious concerns remain with regard to fundamental rights of freedom of assembly and expression, and access by voters to a plurality of views; Point out that, while the EU has welcomed the recent release of several democratic opposition activists and nurtured hopes for an improvement in organisation of arrangements …
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Climate campaign newsletter

Its crunch time for the climate package of EU legislation with key votes in the European Parliament, deals being negotiated in the Council and intense lobbying from industry. This issue looks at this progress, as well as summing-up other climate news.
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Written declaration on the use of open source software

WRITTEN DECLARATION 0046/2008pursuant to Rule 116 of the Rules of ProcedureLapse date: 25.9.2008The European Parliament,– having regard to Rule 116 of its Rules of Procedure,A. having regard to the growing disparities in access to information and communication technologies in the European Union, re...