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Freedom of expression on the internet

Freedom of expression is a key element of the EU's policy in promoting human rights and democratisation in third countries. Greens/EFA call on the EU to take all necessary measures vis-à-vis the authorities of the concerned countries for the immediate release of all detained Internet users.
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Waste and climate change

The European Parliament currently considers the Commission's proposal on a revision of the directive on waste. Waste management is strongly linked with climate change. Recycling or reusing products instead of burning them for energy recovery means energy conservation and so less GHG emissions!
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Talks on international emissions trading

US changes direction on climate policy when EU US summit agrees to start a dialogue on climate change, including discussing the design of future international emissions trade.
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Energy Efficiency

The joint Energy Star ecolabel for office equipment was renewed last week after completion of the negotiations between the European Commission and the US environmental protection agency. The agreement will be formally endorsed this autumn and is set for the next five years.
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Human rights situation in Tunisia

Violations of human rights are commonplace in Tunisia. On the initiative of the Greens/EFA group, the European Parliament put the issue on the plenary agenda with a resolution adopted on 15 June.
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Human rights situation in Tunisia

The European Parliament,– having regard to its earlier resolutions on the human rights situation in Tunisia, in particular those adopted on 29 September 2005 and 15 December 2005,– having regard to the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement between the European Union and Tunisia which entered ...
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EU-Russia relations

The Greens/EFA Group Expresses its deep concern at the lower environmental and public consultation standards in Russia; and its concern at the further deterioration of democracy in Russia over the last few years, in particular on account of the increased political control of the judiciary as well as of the economy.
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Bioenergy

The Energy Council met on 8-9 June to discuss and publish the Council's Conclusion on the EU's "Biomass Action Plan". Ahead of this meeting the European Parliament organized a public hearing on biomass and NGOs held a conference on sustainable biofuels.
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Climate change affects million living in deserts

According to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) the world's deserts are facing dramatic changes as a result of climate change and human exploitation like high water demands, tourism or salt contamination of irrigated soils.
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UN Convention on Climate Change

The UN convention on climate change (UNFCC) talks in Bonn, Germany, ended last Friday, 26 May. The Kyoto protocol signatories agreed on a work plan in order to set post-2012 emission targets.