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EU economic governance

MEPs adopt skewed report with flawed analysis on economic crisis

The European Parliament today adopted its reports on the European Semester, parliament's input into the EU's new economic governance process. The Greens expressed regret at the outcome of the vote on the Ferreira report economic policy coordination, with the report characterised by a flawed analysis...


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 14-17 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included tackling youth unemployment in Europe, biopiracy and indigenous genetic resources, regulating credit rating agencies, corruption and misuse of EU funds, the controversial economic agreement with southern Africa and working conditions in Asia and EU retailers

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Youth guarantee

EU governments must deliver and tackle disturbing youth unemployment

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the proposed Youth Employment Package, which includes a youth guarantee scheme. The Greens have been strongly pushing for EU measures to address the high levels of youth unemployment in Europe and have been advocating a youth guarantee scheme fro...

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Co-Presidents' session briefing


Live stream 15th January 2013 | 11:20-11:40

Press briefing with Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms on the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group

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EU must act to prevent job losses, says MEP

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP Jill Evans has welcomed the European Parliament's support for new legislation to help workers whose jobs are put at risk when companies restructure. The new laws could force companies to properly inform and consult with their workers in the event of any restructuring taking place. This cou...


Recent casualties in textile factory fires, notably in Bangladesh

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Greens/EFA call on foreign companies operating in Bangladesh and Pakistan to favour commercial relations with manufacturers that operate in compliance with the basic ILO Conventions and the laws of the two countries


Airports and noise

No takeoff for flawed plans to liberalise airport services but MEPs fail to address concerns on noise

The European Parliament today voted on EU legislation dealing with airports, including noise and ground-handling. The Greens welcomed the vote to reject the proposed liberalisation of ground-handling services but regretted the decision to refer the proposal back to the EP's transport committee. The ...

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Youth employment

Commission proposes welcome action on youth employment; governments must follow-up

The European Commission today proposed an EU Youth Employment Package, including a youth guarantee scheme and a communication on promoting youth employment. The Greens have been strongly pushing for EU measures to address the high levels of youth unemployment in Europe and have been advocating a you...

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50/50 Campaign

Franziska Branter


Social partnership under threat

Open Letter to Commission President Barroso

In the report it published on "Labour Market Developments in Europe 2012", the European Commission set out a series of so-called "Reforms potentially leading to better employment outcomes". The Greens/EFA Group was shocked to see such reforms included reducing the role of Social ...


Gender equality

New coalition aims to ensure gender equality in EU decision-making bodies

A cross-political declaration calling on EU governments, European political parties and EU institutions to take action to achieve gender balance in European decision-making bodies was launched today (1). Over 50 MEPs from five political groups and from all over the EU are signato...

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