Digital world

NSA scandal

Snowden testimony to be accepted by EP inquiry, appropriate platform must be guaranteed

  The European Parliament's civil liberties and home affairs committee today voted to accept testimony from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in the context of the European Parliament's inquiry into the revelations of mass surveillance by intelligence services. The Greens welcomed the...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 24-27 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include Troika's flawed role under scrutiny, testimony from Edward Snowden to MEPs, tackling cars' climate impact, EU economic governance, aid for the most deprived, railway safety, privacy concerns with eCall vehicle tracking, EU-Switzerland relations, youth unemployment and the youth guarantee, tobacco and public health, EU judicial cooperation and basic rights, Indonesian rainforests and climate change, Ukrainian crisis and Europe's role, extreme weather and climate change

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NSA scandal - EP inquiry

Majority of MEPs votes to leave Edward Snowden in the lurch

The final report of the European Parliament's inquiry into the mass surveillance revelations by Edward Snowden was today voted on in the EP's civil liberties committee. The Greens acknowledged some of the important recommendations in the report but hit out at the failure of centre-right and ...

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Peace Prize for Snowden

Nomination of Edward Joseph Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

To the attention of the Norwegian Nobel Committee: We hereby wish to nominate Mr Edward Joseph Snowden (born 21 June 1983) for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his unique contribution to the advancement of democratic values and the global consciousness of human interdependency and interconnected...

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EU-US data protection

No EU data to unsafe harbours

Commenting in the context of a European Parliament debate on the EU-US Safe Harbour Agreement, which facilitates the transfer of data on EU citizens to US authorities by private enterprises, Green home affairs spokesperson and European Parliament draftsman/rapporteur on EU data protection legislatio...

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NSA/surveillance inquiry

Clarity on invitation of Snowden to address EP, as first conclusions of inquiry drawn

The initial draft of the report of the European Parliament's inquiry into the mass surveillance of European citizens will today be presented and debated in the EP's civil liberties and home affairs committee. Ahead of the presentation, MEPs finally agreed to invite whistleblower Edward Snowd...

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Software procurement

Greens/EFA group engages trustworthy email encryption in response to mass surveillance revelations

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has announced its decision to engage trustworthy email encryption based on free software. Commenting on the revelation, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "The world has had its eyes opened to the mass surveillance of the digital realm...


NSA Scandal

European Parliament’s Centre-right and Social Democrats delay possible questioning of Edward Snowden

  Following on from the creation in September of a European Parliament Inquiry into the electronic mass surveillance of European citizens, the European Parliament’s Justice and Home Affairs committee has again decided to postpone any discussion on a possible invitation to Edward Snowde...

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Victory in EP on the reform of collective rights management organisations

On 26 November, the Gallo report on Collective Rights Management was unanimously adopted by the Legal Affairs committee. This new directive is an important victory in the EU Parliament. It is a key step to increase the transparency of collective rights organisations in Europe, to improve the management of the money they collect and its proper distribution in the interest of the artists and the authors.


EU-US data protection agreement

Common approach instead of national solo efforts

Ministers of justice from the European Union and the United States met yesterday in Washington to discuss data protection and mass surveillance. Jan Philipp Albrecht, Greens/EFA spokesperson on justice and home affairs, comments:  "EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding has achieved impor...

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The BEE2BEES Project

Open Data for Healthy Bees

The B2B project just launched at EU level aims at developing an open source tool to follow up bee colony losses. Beekeepers can use this application, either on their smartphone or on a computer, to share information about the status of their bees. Regular reports will make it possible for beekeep...

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership


Trading away the European project?

CONFERENCE DOCUMENTATION     WATCH THE RECORDED VIDEO STREAM OF THE CONFERENCE Greens/EFA draft resolution on the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” (TTIP) agreement with the United States. A Greens/EFA contribution to the round table on TTIP organis...