Equal Opportunities

Posted workers

Commission proposals fail to clear-up loopholes with existing legislation

The European Commission today presented a legislative proposal aimed at overcoming some of the problems with existing EU rules on posted workers by providing for better enforcement. The Greens gave a mixed response to the proposal but underlined that it does not close some of the major loopholes in ...


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e-fa: News Round-Up March 2012

news bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

March 2012 Round-Up The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a European parliamentary group with the Greens, making up the fourth largest group i...


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Social economy - cooperatives

EP votes for stronger social and solidarity economy

The European Parliament today adopted a report on strengthening European cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (1) in the context of the UN year of cooperatives (2). Commenting after the vote, Green economic affairs spokesperson and draftsman for the report Sven Giegold said:...


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Calls to boost number of women in political decision making

EFA group has majority female MEPs

MEPs from the European Parliament's European Free Alliance group are backing moves to boost the role of women in political decision making, and to close the gender pay gap. The European Free Alliance in the European Parliament has a majority of female members. Proposals to reduce the gender pay gap ...


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Funding the Green New Deal

Read the report and see the animation

As Europe, and much of the developed world, continues to grapple with the ongoing debt crisis, it must not be forgotten that the most pressing threat facing us is climate change. This report examines how we can make the necessary investment in a Green economy within the confines of the debt crisis.


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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session 13-16 February 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary week included Eurobonds and the response to the crisis, the controversial EU-Morocco trade protocol, elections in Russia, reform of the milk and dairy sector, homelessness strategy in the EU...


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Tackling the problems facing sport at European level

More focus needed on social problems facing athletes

The European Parliament has adopted a wide ranging set of recommendations to deal with the major challenges facing sport at European level. Measures to tackle hooliganism and violent behaviour as well as match fixing and illegal betting were supported by MEPs.   Latvian MEP Tatjana Ždanoka is...


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Green Social Europe

Thoughts on Social Policy from the European Greens

For the Greens, austerity measures must never come at the expense of social investment. There is no doubt that the crisis presents a real challenge, but it is also an opportunity to make the transition to the green, sustainable society that we so urgently need


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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session Strasbourg 12-15 December 2011

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week in Strasbourg included the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, ITER nuclear fusion and EU funds, single EU work permit, criminal proceedings and the right to information, the Euro crisis, banning environment-damaging phosphates and many others


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European social entrepreneurship funds

Commission proposal a milestone for the recognition of the social and solidarity economy

The European Commission today adopted a proposal on social entrepreneurship funds. Commenting on the proposal, Green finance spokesperson and shadow rapporteur on this legislative file Sven Giegold said: "These proposals lay the foundations for the recognition and promotion of the social and...


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The Gender Dimensions of the Green New Deal

A study commissioned by the Greens/EFA

The Greens managed to mainstream ecological concerns and to show that working, living, producing and consuming environmentally friendly is necessary and beneficiary. Now that the Green movement and their parties came so far, they have to manage to mainstream also the other parts of their values, foremost gender equality as a topic relevant in all areas


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