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EU commission appointment - problematic candidates and a problematic structure

30.09.2014

Press conference with Greens/EFA Co-Presidents

A number of question marks hang over some of the commissioners-designate as regards their suitability for their posts. Some of the most controversial candidates will face their hearings on Wednesday, including Lord Hill and Miguel Arias Cañete. The Greens/EFA group believes that the choice of these candidates is problemtatic as regards their independence and potential conflicts of interest. President-elect Juncker must also share responsibility for their selection.


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Language diversity side-lined in new EU Commission

Press Release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

The new European Commission is at risk of ignoring the importance of language diversity in Europe, according to Plaid Cymru – the Party of Wales MEP Jill Evans, a member of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group of MEPs. The Welsh MEP has criticised the decision not to appoint a dedicated EU Commi...


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Juncker's persisting environmental blind spot

Sustainable development and environmental protection completely relagated in new proposed Commission

The complete relegation of sustainable development and environmental protection in the proposals by president-elect Juncker for the coming EU Commission term has been under fire for some time. Last week, our group wrote to Juncker to express our concerns on his environmental blind spot, as the EP's ...


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Transport Commissioner Šefčovič?

Green MEP Karima Delli gives our assessment of Transport Commissioner nominee Maroš Šefčovič What is your overall impression of how commissioner-designate Šefčovič performed? Mr. Šefčovič performed better than expected and had a surprisingly detailed knowledge of a broad range of issues. ...


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European Commission appointment

Greens/EFA group highlights conflict of interest concerns on commissioner-designate Cañete

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has written to European Commission president-elect Juncker to highlight concerns with commissioner-designate Miguel Arial Cañete's candidacy, notably as regards certain conflicts of interest. Commenting on the initiative, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebe...


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Letter to President Juncker

Greens/EFA group highlights concerns with commissioner-designate Miguel Arial Cañete's candidacy

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has written to European Commission president-elect Juncker to highlight concerns with commissioner-designate Miguel Arial Cañete's candidacy, notably as regards certain conflicts of interest. Download the letter EnglishSpanishFrenchGerman...


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Environmental legislation and the Troika

Open letter to President Juncker on evidence in WWF report

The recent WWF report regarding environmental legislation in Greece highlights how legal and political safeguards for environmental protection have been seriously damaged by Troika policies. This report is yet more evidence of the failures of the short sighted economic policies driven by the...


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Scottish independence referendum

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

Commenting on the Scottish independence referendum, Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras said: "The Scottish referendum process has been a remarkable and inspirational exercise in popular democracy which has engaged unprecedented nu...


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Food Waste Plan Dumped

European Commission withholds its own action plan against food waste

This weekend a Belgian umbrella organisation of NGO's called 11.11.11 launched their campaign "Sorry is not enough" with the aim to call on the general public to put pressure on policy makers to act strongly against food waste.  Green MEP Bart  Staes: "Saying sorry will su...


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Preparation of the Eurozone summit

Plenary speech by Philippe Lamberts


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

16.09.2014

Video of the press conference 16 September 2014

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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