Fair Trade

Consumer rights

Stronger rights for consumers as EP approves new EU rules

New EU consumer rights rules were approved by the European Parliament today, following a legislative compromise with the European Council. Green MEPs welcomed the new legislation, which will strengthen consumer rights across the EU, notably extending protection for online shopping. Speaking after th...

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Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive


Watch the recorded live stream here

Everything you want to know about the Directive. React and ask your questions via Twitter using #THMPD. A Greens/EFA forum co-hosted by MEPs Michele Rivasi, Satu Hassi, Heidi Ruhle, Carl Schlyter and Bart Staes

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e-fa News Round-Up May/June 2011

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

Key issues over the past few weeks included: E-coli outbreak S4C future raised with European Commission EU calls for a new era of social justice Scots political bloggers EFA Group visit to Limburg Food security and price volatility Independence for South Sudan Plight of the Tuareg in the Libyan Con...


EU food labelling rules

MEPs vote for more detailed food information; failure to support full front-of-pack labelling a blow

The European Parliament environment and public health committee today voted on a legislative proposal on food information rules in second reading. While the Greens welcomed some improvements, such as on origin labelling and fake foods, the group described the failure to support full front-of-pack he...

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Clone food

Blow for consumers as government obstinacy on clone food leads to collapse of 'novel foods' rules

'Conciliation negotiations' between the European Parliament and Council on EU legislation on novel foods, which has included a crucial debate on clone food, collapsed early this morning with no agreement. The Greens have consistently argued for a ban on food from clones and their descendents to be i...

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Development policy

EU must support developing countries to clamp down on tax havens and tax evasion

The European Parliament today adopted a report on the relationship between taxation and development. After the vote, by Green draftsperson (rapporteur) and chair of the EP development committee Eva Joly said: "The EP has today highlighted the importance of tackling the erosion of tax revenues ...

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GMOs in animal feed

Martin Häusling


Ad Hoc Delegation of the European Parliament in Tunisia

Joint press release of the EP delegation

The ad hoc delegation of the European Parliament, co-chaired by Mr José Ignacio Salafranca and Mr Pier Antonio Panzeri visited Tunisia from 3 to 6 February  in order to show European Parliament’s solidarity and support to the Tunisian people during this historic democratic transition. Duri...

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EU banana regime

EP votes against the interests of small banana producers by endorsing change in banana regime

The European Parliament today voted to endorse an agreement reached in the WTO aimed at ending the long-running dispute on the EU's banana regime. The Greens opposed the agreement, which is against the interests of small producers and developing countries. After the vote, Green MEP Catherine Greze s...


Consumers directive

Emilie Turunen


Situation in Haiti a year after the earthquake - humanitarian aid and reconstruction

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

Greens/EFA stress the need for immediate action to rebuild the capacities of the Haitian state in terms of democracy and good governance, which are essential for national reconstruction. They also call on the Commission and the Member States to integrate local food production and secure food supplies into the reconstruction efforts in Haiti, via the development of rural infrastructures and aid to small farmers

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