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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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Situation in the Gaza Strip

Greens/EFA welcome the role played by the Egyptian authorities as regards the management of this emergency situation and call for an urgent and exemplary energy project for Gaza, possibly in the Rafah area, in order to assure autonomy and self sufficiency in electricity production and desalinazation for the Gaza population
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EU carbon revenues

One week ahead of the next ECOFIN meeting, the Council's economic policy committee says in a report that governments should have exclusive sovereignty over the money from carbon permit auctions. The European commission demands that at least 20% of the revenues have to be ring-fenced in the fight against climate change.
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Waste and climate change

A briefing by the European Environment Agency shows that the municipal waste volumes continue to grow. The effort to prevent the generation of waste have to be significantly reinforced in order to reduce the emissions from municipal waste.
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Water management

On 29 January water was at the center of the hearing of the European Parliament's CLIM committee. High-level speakers addressed the various aspects of climate change-induced water stress, such as impacts on people, agriculture or nature.
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Greens/EFA Flash

Highlights during the mini-plenary session include a Green report on fishing discards and a vote on a legislative report that aims to liberalising postal services in the EU.
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Climate change and employement

Two days before the European Commission is due to release its "climate package", it is important to focus again on a study launched last year by a consortium led by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the Social Development Agency (SDA). It underlines severale positive aspects on employement of climate friendly measures.
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Green Future Team

We are looking for dynamic young people who can think critically to participate in the Green Future Team, which will develop new ideas for discussion in the run-up to the European Green Summer University, from 29-31 August 2008 and possibly beyond.
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Arrest of the Chinese human rights defender Hu Jia

The Greens/EFA Group expresses its deepest concern about Hu Jia's arbitrary detention, which takes place in the context of a violent wave of repression and increased political persecution against Chinese human rights defenders related to the Olympics. The Group calls on Chinese authorities to release him immediately since his detention is…
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DRC and rape as a weapon of war

The Greens/EFA condemn all acts of sexual abuse and exploitation as well as other forms of criminal acts carried out by government forces, rebel groups or other forces in violation of basic human rights.
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Natural catastrophes

The re-insurer company Munich Re reported that, at US$75bn (€51bn), losses due to natural catastrophes last year were up 50 per cent on those the year before but still well short of record losses of US$220bn in 2005. It expects more weather extremes linked to climate change in the coming years