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Tax evasion/Luxembourg leaks

Blocking EU Parliament inquiry committee a bad political choice, which undermines the EP

The leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament today discussed the proposal to create of a full European Parliament inquiry committee into tax evasion and dumping following the Luxembourg Leaks revelations. The conference of presidents failed to endorse the committee, despite it havi...


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Tax evasion/Luxembourg leaks

EU Parliament inquiry committee a question of political will

Ahead of this Thursday's meeting of the conference of presidents of political groups in the European Parliament, which will discuss the creation of an inquiry committee into tax evasion and dumping, the legal services of the parliament have today presented their assessment. The assessment confirms t...


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Smart specialisation – a smarter approach to EU structural funding

The concept of smart specialisation will play a key role in ensuring the success of EU structural funding in future, according to a seminar organised in the European Parliament by Catalan MEP Ernest Maragall. Whilst the idea of 'smart specialisation' is nothing new, it is significant that for the ...


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EFA MEPs back single seat for European Parliament

Several EFA MEPs have given their backing to the campaign for a single seat for the European Parliament. At an event in Brussels, MEPs signed a pledge calling for an end to the Parliament's monthly commute to Strasbourg which costs the taxpayer some 180 million euros annually. Jordi Sebastià signs...


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Turkish government must stop media restrictions

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall

Catalan MEP and Member of the European Parliament's Turkey delegation Ernest Maragall has called on the Turkish government to stop interfering with media freedom and freedom of expression, which he says are core values for the European Union. Mr Maragall spoke as MEPs vote on a resolution in Strasbo...


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EU Commission work programme

MEPs back EU waste and air rules in spite of shambolic vote

The European Parliament today voted on a series of resolutions representing its response to the draft work programme of the European Commission for 2015. Political squabbling meant that in the end none of the draft resolutions was actually adopted, however a majority of MEPs expressed support for ma...


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We have not been elected to satisfy the markets

Plenary speech by Philippe Lamberts on Latvian EU Presidency

Green/EFA president Philippe Lamberts gives his assessment of the challenges facing the EU. Instead of narrowly focusing on economic growth, Europe should be giving priority to addressing growing inequality and social exclusion.


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

13.01.2015

Video from press conference Strasbourg 13 January 2015

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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Commission Work Programme for 2015

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

The European Parliament, – having regard to the Commission communication entitled ‘Commission Work Programme 2015 – A New Start’ (COM (2014)0910), – having regard to the Commission communication entitled ‘An Investment Plan for Europe’ (COM (2014)0903), – having regard to the existin...


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 15-19 December 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included tar sands, EU GMO authorisations, EU Commission's work plans and 'better regulation', European economic governance, EU budget shortfalls, EU summit, LuxLeaks, recognising Palestine, CIA abuses and the complicity of EU member states,...


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Commission work programme 2015

Plenary speech by Jill Evans


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