Green alternatives for Europe


Video of the press conference Weds. 29 May 2013 - with Rebecca Harms and Jürgen Trittin

Between the two EU summits in May and June, prominent politicians from Green parties in Europe held a 'shadow summit' on 29 May in Brussels aimed at formulating alternatives to the conservative and neo-liberal policies of the EU's ruling majority. Rebecca Harms and Jürgen Trittin, leaders of the Green parliamentary groups in Brussels and Berlin respectively, held a press conference to outline the political agenda up to the European elections in May 2014. The Greens want a fresh start in Europe and want a new government in Germany to lead the shift to socially responsible and sustainable EU policies.

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EU Development Aid

MEPs call for strong and effective development and humanitarian aid funding in the EU budget

In a cross-party declaration, Members of the European Parliament have called on Member States to protect the development and humanitarian aid budgets in the next multi-annual financial framework of the EU (MFF). In comparison to the proposal of the Commission, the Ministers plan to cut the budgets...


Future EU budget (MFF)

EP must not back down on budget red lines

Commenting on the outcome of the first trialogue negotiations between the European Parliament and Council on the EU multiannual financial framework (2014-20), Green budgetary spokesperson Helga Trüpel said: "There are worrying signs that the EP negotiating team will let itself be strong-armed ...

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Future EU budget

EU governments must cover all open bills for any meaningful negotiation to take place

A high-level meeting on the EU's future budget (multiannual financial framework) between European Parliament president Schulz, Commission president Barroso and President of the Council Enda Kenny agreed central points for a possible agreement. The outcome included a commitment by Council to pay a fi...

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Financial aid to non-Euro members

More balanced and democratic framework needed

The European Parliament today adopted a report setting out its opinion on EU rules governing financial assistance to non-Euro area EU member states, ahead of a review of the rules. The Greens welcomed the report, which underlined the need for a more balanced and democratic framework for financial as...

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Co-Presidents' session briefing


Recorded stream 16th April 2013 | 10:30-10:50

Press briefing with Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Dany Cohn-Bendit on the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 15 - 18 April 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include emissions trading scheme, emissions from flights, airport ground handling, capping bank bonuses and increasing banking transparency, rreventing dolphin by-catch, Hungary and democratic freedoms, the fall out from the Cyprus bail-out debacle, EU enlargement progress assessed, EU Arctic policy, ship scrappage and worker protection ...

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Fisheries reform


Where should the public money go?

The Parliament is in the midst of its negotiations on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for the next seven years. Will these subsidies be used to promote the progressive reform to finally create the sustainable Common Fisheries Policy that the Parliament voted for in February? Or will the €7 billion be used to create more over-capacity in the fleets, to develop unsustainable aquaculture and to promote a "big business" approach to fisheries?

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 11-14 March 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary week included the votes on the CAP reform, greenhouse gas emissions, European venture capital funds, economic governance, radioactive contamination of drinking water, the debate on the future EU budget,...


Multiannual financial framework

Daniel Cohn-Bendit

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CAP Reform

1 crucial vote to beat the vicious circle of our food production system

This month's plenary session has two food-related issues on the agenda: the European Commissoin statement on the horsemeat scandal and the vote on the CAP reform. These issues once again raise serious questions about the functioning of our food system, but they are also opportunities to change the...


Future EU budget (MFF)

Line drawn in sand; EP must stick to guns on future-oriented EU financial framework

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution outlining its position in response to the agreement at last month's EU summit by EU governments on Council's position on the next EU multiannual financial framework (2014-20). The Greens supported the resolution adopted today, which rejected the pos...

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