Fair Trade

EU-India Summit

Free Trade Agreement - Bad deal for India?

On 10th February the next EU-India summit will take place in New Delhi. The Commission is pushing for the rapid conclusion of negotiations over the controversial EU-India Free Trade Agreement. But what would further "liberalisation" mean for India and its poorest people?

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Gates Foundation

Bill Gates fails to address concerns on Foundation's investments

Bill Gates addressed the Development committee of the European Parliament last week and received a warm welcome from the MEPs present. The questions that followed his address were light and easy with one exception: Green MEP Catherine Grèze challenged Mr. Gates on the funding of his foundation, a...


Brussels Agenda

Weekly Preview of the Greens/EFA Group - 6-10 February 2012

Priorities for the Greens/EFA group this week include the Commission report on macro-economic imbalances in EU member states, the Commission proposals on posted workers and on the right to strike in the European Union. Two Greens/EFA hearings on the fiscal compact and on patents on plants and animals are also worth mentioning

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Food claims

MEPs take stand and vote to reject misleading claims on food

The European Parliament's environment committee today voted to reject (1) a proposal from the EU Commission to allow misleading nutritional claims on food products. The Greens welcomed the rejection of the proposals, which would allow producers to claim reduced percentages of potentially unhealthy c...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session Strasbourg 12-15 December 2011

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week in Strasbourg included the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, ITER nuclear fusion and EU funds, single EU work permit, criminal proceedings and the right to information, the Euro crisis, banning environment-damaging phosphates and many others

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Fruit juices

New EU rules will help prevent consumers being misled on fruit drinks

The European Parliament today voted to revise EU legislation on fruit juices. The Greens gave a cautious welcome to the legislative agreement.  Speaking after the vote, Green consumer affairs spokesperson Carl Schlyter said: "These new rules will help prevent consumers being misled on fru...

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Human rights and the EU-India Free Trade agreement


A joint conference

Ska Keller co-hosts this conference on the negative effects of the EU-India Free trade agreement and what the Commission and Parliament can do have a positive influence.

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Free Trade Agreements

EU-India and Human Rights

Free Trade Agreements always have serious consequences for domestic European policy and economy. As negotiations continue on the EU India FTA, Greens are particularly concerned about its effects on an emerging economy with huge pockets of poverty.

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CAP reform

CAP reform gutted by agro-industry lobby and its proxies

The European Commission today presented its legislative proposals on the reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. The Greens regret that the proposals have been severely watered-down to meet the demands of change-resistant member states and the agro-industry lobby. Commenting on the proposals,...

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ACTA and access to medicines

A study by Sean Flynn and Bijan Madhani, commissioned by the Greens/EFA Group

The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament commissioned this analysis of potential impacts of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on access to medicines in developing countries.” On the whole, ACTA negotiators created an agreement that shifts international “hard law” rule...

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e-fa: News Round-Up September 2011

news bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

Key issues over the past few weeks included: Oriol elected party leader Plaid Conference Developments in the Basque peace process Welcome for transaction tax announcement SNP disappointment at fish quota proposals Call for ban on eggs from caged hens Strong backing for Palestinian statehood Eu...