Fair Trade

Banking reform

EP supports separation of banking activities

The European Parliament today adopted a report on structural reform of the EU's banking sector. Although the report contains a number of weaknesses, it decisively calls on the Commission to produce legislation aimed at reforming the structure of the EU banking sector. The Commission will be submitti...

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Investment fund rules (UCITS)

Conservatives and Liberals block stronger investor protection

The European Parliament today voted to revise draft EU legislation on investment funds (the UCITS directive), a sector that is valued at almost €6.3 trillion. The legislation, which is being shepherded through the European Parliament by Green draftsperson/rapporteur Sven Giegold, also included pro...

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Fair Politician of the Year 2013

Judith Sargentini awarded for making EU policy more fair towards developing countries

Green MEP Judith Sargentini was today awarded the title of Fair Politician of year 2012 – 2013. The prize is for the MEP who puts the most effort into making EU policies more fair towards developing countries Sargentini was awared the title for her focus on multiple topics mostly in relation ...


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 10-14 June 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included asylum seekers, EU's housing crisis, rules on infant and baby food, Schengen, accounting transparency for extractive industries, illegal fishing, EU budget and the future framework, problematic EU passenger data rules, Turkey's worrying democratic backslide, nuclear safety and EU rules

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Illegal fisheries

EU blacklist must be expanded after EP all clear

The European Parliament today approved a new rapid procedure for listing countries not cooperating in the fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU). This clears the way for the Commission to add additional countries to the current list (1) and to publish the list of vessels inv...


Baby food rules

Step forward on misleading labels but opportunity missed on toxic pesticides in baby food

The European Parliament today voted on EU rules on food for young children and infants and food for special medical purposes. The vote marks the adoption of the new rules. The Greens gave a mixed response to the vote, welcoming improvements on labelling but regretting that the final legislation will...

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EU Development Aid

MEPs call for strong and effective development and humanitarian aid funding in the EU budget

In a cross-party declaration, Members of the European Parliament have called on Member States to protect the development and humanitarian aid budgets in the next multi-annual financial framework of the EU (MFF). In comparison to the proposal of the Commission, the Ministers plan to cut the budgets...


GMOs to be debated in the European Parliament

Prof. Séralini invited by the Petitions Committee

On Monday, 27th May 2013, three petitions relating to GMOs are going to be discussed in the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament. For this important session, the Committee has invited Prof. Séralini, who has shaken the biotech industry world with the first scientific publication on ...


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 20-23 May 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary week included bank resolution and economic stability, renewable energy policy in Europe, a missed chance for offshore drilling rules, tax avoidance and EU action, supervising European banks, the EU Commission and Dalligate, concerns with EU-US trade deal, defending EU standards in trade agreements, EU rules on ports, the cultural sector and the EU-US trade deal

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Syrian refugees

How Europe is "helping"

Europe must accept more Syrian refugees. Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey each offer shelter to more than half a million Syrian refugees. In contrast, all 28 EU member states together have so far accepted only about 8000 refugees.

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GMO (In)Digest

Issue 8 of the GMO Campaign Newsletter

EU Work: The Greens/EFA GMO campaign is now on twitter. Follow it @GMOFreeEU And of course you should also be following our other campaigns on twitter at: @greens_climate (climate campaign) @FoodRevEU (food campaign) Conference: How GMO-free labelling of food products can contribute to increase GMO-...


World Social Forum 2013 Blog

Another world is possible

Another world is possible - Malika Benarab-Attou "Thousands of people of all nationalities, are gathering in Tunis at the World Social Forum, sharing the same aspirations, the same common desire - that another world is possible. More and more people believe and say that the world today does ...

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