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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.
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Greens study days

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament is to hold its annual 'study days' from 16-19 October. With the theme of this year's meeting focusing on immigration and against the backdrop of the unprecedented numbers of migrants arriving on its shores, the group has chosen the Canary Islands as th...
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Energy policies

A study presented yesterday to the European Parliament's energy committee shows clearly that the only possible road for Europe is to combine very robust energy efficiency and renewables targets.
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Biomass and biofuels

The committee voted on Tuesday on a report which is the parliament's response to the Commission's proposal for an EU strategy on biomass and biofuels. MEPs called for a ban on palm oil biofuels and also a mandatory and comprehensive certification scheme for sustainable biofuels.
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Prolonging the life of Chernobyl-type nuclear reactors

With most of the Chernobyl-type nuclear power plants in Russia having received or in the process of receiving licenses to prolong their operation for up to 20 years, Greens/EFA energy spokesperson Rebecca Harms MEP is organising a public hearing 'Another Chernobyl waiting to happen?', in cooperation...
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Green electricity

The Commission has recently warned Luxembourg against its policy to compensate customers for higher-priced green electricity through its system of feed-in tariffs.The transboundary application of these measures is considered to be market distortion!
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Another Chernobyl waiting to happen?

An open hearing entitled "Another Chernobyl waiting to happen" will take place in the European Parliament on Thursday 5th October. It is organised by Green MEP, Rebecca Harms, and The Bellona Foundation.