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Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 19 - 23 November 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include the reports on the EU's economic and monetary union, rules for marketing agricultural products, shale gas, enforcing EU law, future EU budget, vote on new EU commission candidate, situation in Gaza, UN climate talks and the EU position, banning shark finning, the external dimension of EU fisheries


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Mobility - how to make it work?

14.11.2012

Towards a new European paradigm on migration

In this conference, the Greens/EFA group wants to focus on the possible ways forward, in developing and supporting a positive, responsible and ambitious agenda on migration and mobility.


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Boardroom quotas for women

Important step for redressing a major outstanding barrier to gender equality

The European Commission today presented a proposal aimed at introducing an EU quota for a 40% representation of women on advisory boards. The Greens welcomed the much anticipated proposal as a first step, whilst highlighting the need to strengthen a number of provisions. Commenting on the proposals,...


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Rally against austerity

We need European solidarity

Europe itself is not the problem; it is the choices that have been made. Strengthening the union is essential but it will only succeed if we refocus and commit ourselves to a recovery rather than austerity, to solidarity, and build a more social and democratic Europe. Only then can it face the economic and environmental challenges


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Pensions

Green/EFA position paper

Greens/EFA argue for a life-course approach to pension policy. A life-course approach takes into account the whole career along a life-course, it takes into account career interruptions and changes. A life-course approach is flexible enough to adapt to individuals and if it is well-managed it can provide for financial sustainability of public pension systems. It directs the debate from a fixed retirement age to the core issues of adequacy and solidarity.


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Green ways out of the crisis

09.11.2012

It's about the people - Watch the livestream now

The Greens in the European Parliament and the European Green Party will have a joint discussion in Athens on Green ways put of the crisis in Greece and Europe.


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The potential of agroecology

09.11.2012

Reclaiming the food crisis

There is an urgent need to rethink the global food system. This is why this international conference is organised on transition towards a more sustainable agricultural and food model: agroecology.


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EU globalisation adjustment fund

MEPs vote to put fund on more sustainable footing

The European Parliament's employment and social affairs committee today voted on proposals to adapt the EU's globalisation adjustment fund (1), with a view to continuing the fund in next EU budgetary period (from 2014-20). The Greens welcomed the outcome of the vote, with MEPs redressing some proble...


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ECB executive board

Chicanery over Mersch appointment prevented

The expected appointment of Yves Mersch to the executive board of the European Central Bank by Eurozone governments, using a written procedure with no debate, has been blocked after at least one EU member state raised concerns with the procedure. The Greens had criticised plans to use this untranspa...


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ECB executive board

Bulldozing through of Mersch appointment an affront to EU democratic process

Governments from Eurozone member states are expected to confirm the appointment of Yves Mersch to the executive board of the European Central Bank on Monday, ignoring a vote of the European Parliament (1). Commenting on the situation, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms stated: “Bulldozing throu...


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European semester

EP highlights concerns with one-sided approach to economic governance

The EU Parliament today adopted a report on the European semester, as part of the EP's consultative role in the new European system of economic governance. Commenting on the outcome, Green MEP Marije Cornelissen, who was draftsperson/rapporteur for the EP employment committee on the report, said: &...


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ECB executive board

EP takes stand against exclusion of women from Euro decision-making

The European Parliament today voted to reject the sole candidate, Yves Mersch, for the vacancy on the executive board of the European Central Bank, endorsing a vote by the EP's economic affairs committee. The rejection was supported due to the failure to consider any female candidates for the vacanc...


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