7 reasons to protect the Arctic

Why we need to speak up for more protection of the top of the world

The Artic melt is a wake up call, not a business opportunity. Here is a list of 7 reasons why Europe and the rest of the world should speak up for more protection of the Arctic

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Going Tunis

Greens participate in the the World Social Forum in Tunisia

From 26th to 30th of March 2013, the World Social Forum will take place for the first time in the Arab world. Twelve years ago, the Southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre hosted this completely unprecedented event with the slogan "Another World is possible". It attracted more than 12,00...


Pollinator friendly farming is possible


A joint conference

The aim of the event is to share experience on alternatives to neonicotinoid pesticides with academics, farmers, beekeepers, policy makers, NGOs, citizens…. Scientists and field technicians are going to present their research on alternative agricultural practices to neonicotinoids. Farmers will explain how they manage the implementation of such practices and which challenges they face. Beekeepers are going to explain their challenges and opportunities when interacting with agriculture.


10 days for a pesticide-free spring!

Pesticide Action Week kicks off

The Pesticide Action Week is an annual international event open to all and aiming to promote alternatives to pesticides. It takes place from 20th to 30th March, the 10 first days of spring during which the spreading of pesticides resumes. The public is invited to get better informed about the he...


Bee decline/neonicotinoid ban

Inconclusive outcome keeps hopes alive for proposed EU neonicotinoid suspension

Crucial proposals from the European Commission to suspend the use of neonicotinoid insecticides - due to their damaging impact on bee populations - were today voted on by EU member states. The outcome of the vote in the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) was inconclusive, w...


Suspension of the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides

Send a letter to your Minister

....... March 2013 Dear Minister,  I am writing to urgently request that the state of (xxx) at the very least supports the European Commission (EC) proposal for a two year suspension of the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides, when it is voted on in Brussels on 15th March 2013. You should be...


Syngenta, Lies & Pesticides

The 10 Syngenta Lies on bees and neonicotinoids

There is more than enough scientific evidence that neonicotinoids are indeed one of the factors in the decline of bee colonies and biodiversity in general. Syngenta is simply denying this.

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Bee decline/insecticide ban

Proposed suspension of neonicotinoids must be upheld by EU governments

Crucial proposals from the European Commission to suspend the use of neonicotinoid insecticides - due to their damaging impact on bee populations - are set to be decided on by EU member states on Thursday. The decision will be taken by the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH)...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 11 - 15 March 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include greenhouse gas emissions and EU rules, nuclear stress tests, venture capital, common agricultural policy reform, food scandals and security, EU economic governance, radioactive contamination of drinking water, future EU budget, EP elections and the EU Commission, bee population decline and insecticide ban

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Environment and waste

Plastic waste strategy overshadowed by unfortunate delay of plastic bag law

The European Commission today presented a green paper on plastic waste but legislation aimed at clamping down on one-use plastic bags, which was meant to accompany it, has unfortunately been delayed. Commenting in the context of the presentation of the green paper and a Greens/EFA group conference o...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 4-8 February 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary week included the votes on the CFP reform, car/vehicle noise, EU rules protecting endangered species, the debate on the future EU budget,...

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EU fisheries policy reform

Historic EP vote throws down gauntlet to EU governments to ensure more sustainable CFP

Proposals to overhaul the EU's Common Fisheries Policy were today voted on by the European Parliament. The historic vote marked the first time MEPs have had a say as co-deciders on the fundamentals of EU fisheries policy (1). The Greens gave a broad welcome to the outcome (notably on ending discards...

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