Greens / Efa Priority

Transparency and Democracy

Democratic decisions can't be taken in the dark. Citizens' voices need to be heard. Transparency is needed to ensure equality and to prevent private interests from taking over the political process. The Greens/EFA are leading the way in the fight for more transparency and democracy in the EU and its institutions

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Turkey

Opposition arrests a further blow to democracy and rule of law

Several members of Turkey’s opposition HDP party, including its leader Selahattin Demirtas, have been arrested and detained in Ankara.


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 24-27 October 2016

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included: Breaches of democracy, rule of law, fundamental rights; Commission Work Programme; Corporate Tax package; Democracy and press freedom Hungary; Key debate on conclusions of European Council; Debate on situation of journalists in Turkey; EU budget 2017; 2016 Sakharov Prize winner; CETA trade deal on hold (Thursday)


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European Council Conclusions

Put the brakes on CETA and re-think how we approach trade policy

Speaking after the European Council, the co-president of the Greens/EFA group, Philippe Lamberts, said: "The Commission and EU governments continue to ignore the unprecedented mobilization of citizens against trade agreements, such as CETA, which would only serve the interests of multinational corporations, as opposed to serving the general interest.


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Turkey

Persecution of journalists must end

The European Parliament will today debate the situation of journalists in Turkey. Commenting ahead of the debate Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: “The situation of journalists in Turkey, which was bad before the coup, intensifies day by day. "Thousands of journalists have been dis...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

25.10.2016

LIVE press conference 25 October 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group


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Civil liberties must be safeguarded in fight against terror

Press release from EFA MEP J-M Terricabras (Catalunya)

MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday debated progress on security issues, with new European Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King. President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras, took part in the debate and emphasised the need to protect and defend human ri...


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Situation of journalists in Turkey

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Rebecca Harms, Bodil Valero, Ernest Maragall, Ska Keller, Barbara Lochbihler, Benedek Jávor, Ulrike Lunacek, Ernest Urtasun on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, –  having regard to its previous resolutions on Turkey, in particular that of...


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Conflicts of interests

European Parliament takes concrete steps in response to scandals

The European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee today adopted a report from rapporteur Pascal Durand (Greens/EFA) on European Commissioners' declarations of interests. The report, which originates from the inability of the parliament to properly check the financial interests of Miguel Arias Cañet...


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CETA - MEP José Bové refused entry to Canada

No free speech allowed on free trade!

The co-president of the Greens/EFA Group has sent a letter (1) to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, following the decision of Canadian authorities to refuse Greens/EFA MEP José Bové entry to Canada.José Bové was invited to Montreal by the Council of Canadians, the Réseau ...


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Fix the ethics system

Molly Scott Cato

Stop the revolving doors. Politicians must work for the people, not for their own gain.


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In solidarity with Népszabadság

Questions about media freedom and pluralism in Hungary

The biggest Hungarian opposition daily newspaper Népszabadság was summarily shut down over the weekend of 8-9 October 2016. Journalists were told that their offices were being moved to another building and that they should put their things into boxes ready for the move.


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Sakharov Prize

Green nominee Can Dündar on shortlist

The European Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees have today decided on the shortlist for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, including Green nominee, Can Dündar.


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