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NGO clampdown in Hungary

Open Letter from Greens/EFA Co-Presidents

  On Monday, 8 September 2014, the Hungarian state launched a full frontal attack against two of the four NGOs responsible for the distribution of Norway's NGO Grants in Hungary. The National Investigation Bureau (NBI), accompanied by special police forces, raided the offices of the ...


New EU Commission

Proposed Commission means business but it is not at all clear what kind

European Commission president-elect Juncker today announced the make-up of the College of Commissioners, including their portfolios, for the coming term. Commenting on the announcement Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said: "It is clear from the proposals presented b...

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EU summit

Mixed picture on top jobs and foreign policy

Commenting on the EU summit’s decisions on the EU top jobs and discussions on the Ukraine crisis, the Greens/EFA Co-Presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts stated: “Greens/EFA congratulate Federica Mogherini and Donald Tusk on their nominations to the top EU posts. Donald Tusk’s electio...

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EU summit

EU Commission needs more women and strong Europeans

Ahead of Saturday’s EU summit which will decide on the attribution of the two top EU posts, Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts, Greens/EFA Co-Presidents in the European Parliament, called for the respect of certain key points in the decision-making process. These include for there to be a balance...

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Future EU commissioners

Juncker must send EU governments back to drawing board to ensure gender balance

The Greens have expressed concern at the lack of female candidates nominated by EU member states for commissioner posts in the next European Commission (1). Commenting on the situation, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts stated: “The dearth of female candidates nominated ...


GMO (In)digest

Issue 14 of the GMO Campaign Newsletter

EU Work: Renationalisation Proposal See (GMO (In)digest 13) EU Governments’ representatives agreed at a Coreper meeting on 28th May to send the draft Greek Presidency proposal to allow Member States to ban a GMO that would have been authorised in the EU to the Environment Council on 12th June...


Greens/EFA Roundup

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 14-17 July 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included the vote on the EU Commission presidency as well as the debates on TTIP EU-US negotiations- EU, Ukrainian crisis and Europe's role, EU maternity leave rules and youth unemployment in Europe. Another EU priority for the Greens is the Special European Council and the repartition of EU top jobs

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EU summit

Sanctions against Russia not enough

Commenting on the outcome of the European Council of heads of state and government, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms stated: "This latest round of EU sanctions against Russia again falls short of what is needed in response to the crisis in Ukraine. Though it is right to impose sanctions o...

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Interim commissioners

Greens hit out at method and logic for appointing commissioners for months

Commenting on today's vote in the European Parliament on a 'package' of 4 interim commissioners (1), who will replace outgoing commissioners for the remainder of the term, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts stated: "The logic of appointing replacement commissioners for...

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Situation in Iraq

Plenary speech by Alyn Smith


The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing


Livestreaming 15 July 2014 15:00-15:30

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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EU Commission presidency

Juncker must work to create a more fair, sustainable and democratic EU

Commenting on the election of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts stated: "We would like to congratulate Jean-Claude Juncker on his election as President of the European Commission. With his clear pro-Europ...

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