Fair Trade

ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement

ACTA consigned to history; EU must now start honest debate on IPR protection

The European Parliament today voted to refuse its consent to the ratification of the ACTA anti-counterfeiting trade agreement by the European Union (1). The vote to reject ACTA effectively ends the prospect of the EU acceding to the treaty. The Greens/EFA group, which has been active on ACTA since t...

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EU investment fund and insurance rules (UCITS, IMD, PRIPs)

Commission tiptoes towards strengthened consumer protection

The European Commission today presented three legislative proposals on the regulation of insurance policies, investment funds and packaged retail investment products (1). These three proposals have a broad impact on private and retail investors. The Greens described the proposals as a missed opportu...

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RIO + 20 Diary

Game over already? Emerging analysis

It was strange for ministers to land to discover what appeared to be an already agreed document. Some countries arrived with the intention of negotiating at ministerial level, which would have increased political ownership. The NGO community was very clear that the text as it stood was completely out of touch with reality, lacking mention of planetary boundaries and tipping points and thereby making a joke of the title, 'the future we want'.


Accounting transparency

EP vote for tougher EU rules would reduce scope for unethical corporations and tax avoidance

Crucial new draft EU legislation on accounting and transparency for large companies moved a step closer to reality after a vote in the economic and monetary affairs committee yesterday evening. One of the key aspects of the legislation is proposals on mandatory reporting for companies on their finan...


Fair Politics

Isabella Lövin is “Fair Politician of the Year”

Isabella Lövin (Greens/EFA, Sweden) today was announced winner of the “Fair Politician of the Year” award in the European parliament. She received the award for her work with making the EU fisheries policy more fair to developing countries.

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Shale Gas

EP Committees fight back

As a report in the Environment committee on the environmental impacts of shale gas makes it way through the European Parliament, two other committees, Development and Legal Affairs, voted on their own opinions on the report today. In both cases, Green MEPs drafted the opinions and negotiated them th...

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Baby food rules

EP votes to end misleading labels but MEPs lack appetite to ban toxic substances from baby food production

The European Parliament today voted on EU rules on food for young children and infants and food for special medical purposes. The Greens gave a mixed response to the vote, welcoming improvements on labelling but regretting the failure to back a Green proposal to ensure the most toxic pesticides cann...

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Rio+20 Press Conference


UN sustainable development summit and the EU position

The landmark Rio+20 UN sustainable development summit will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 20-22 June. Ahead of the summit, Green MEP Sandrine Bélier hosted a press conference outlining the key issues at stake and what the role of the EU should be in the process. Global environmental governance and promoting the global green economy are key themes.


Aid for North Africa

Outdated EBRD should be scrapped and other tools used to support Arab Spring countries

The European Parliament today voted on legislative proposals aimed at changing the mandate of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with a view to extending its area of operation beyond Central and Eastern Europe and enabling it to give funding to North African countries. The G...

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MEP launches 'EU - tube'

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

A leading Scottish politician is on a mission to strip away the mysteries of Europe – through his own ‘EU-tube’ television channel. MEP Alyn Smith will produce, present and set up a series of online videos. Viewers will have the chance to contact him directly and ask any question they like abo...


50 reasons to reject ACTA

Greens/EFA campaign

With the European Parliament set to decide on the fate of the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement, Green MEPs set out the reasons why they believe the parliament should vote to withhold its consent and reject the agreement. With your help we have put together 50 reasons to reject ACTA. See the video and join the anti-ACTA mobilisation on 9 June.

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