Health

Trade Secrets

Must not outweigh the public interest

In many of the biggest political scandals of the past months – Luxleaks, Dieselgate and now the Panama Papers – we saw trade secret laws abused as a shield against investigation and exposure of how corporations are harming the public good, avoiding taxes and endangering public safety. Whistleblowers find themselves fighting for their freedom in court – or in hiding. And yet, the European Parliament is about to expand corporate secrecy and deter whistleblowing by adopting the Trade Secrets Directive.


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We need to see the evidence on glyphosate

Greens/EFA demand to see the secret studies used to justifty glyphosate's safety

We've been campaigning for a ban on the toxic herbicide glyphosate. While the World Health Organisation says it is "probably carcinogenic", the European Food and Safety Authority says it is safe - so why won't they release the release the studies behind their claim?


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 7-11 March 2016

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included EU summit on the refugee crisis and Schengen, the possible re-approval of glyphosate, the report on tackling fraud with EU funds, women refugees and asylum seekers in focus on Women's Day, the controversial EU deal with tobacco industry, the report on children's rights in criminal proceedings


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Action sought to help thalidomide survivors

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans wants the EU to take action in support of survivors of thalidomide. Jill Evans is part of a cross party initiative which is calling on the European Commission to ensure thalidomide survivors are properly compensated and provided for. MEP Jill Evans Jill co-sponsored an ora...


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Public health/tobacco

EU tobacco agreement must not be renewed say MEPs

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution setting out its position on the agreement between the EU and tobacco companies. A clear majority of MEPs called for the controversial Philip Morris International agreement not to be renewed. The Greens/EFA group, which has led calls for the agreemen...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

08.03.2016

LIVE press conference 8 March 2016 10:30-10:50

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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Toxic substances

Glyphosate EU approval decision postponed as opposition mounts

A decision on whether or not to reapprove the controversial toxic substance glyphosate for use in Europe was today postponed, following disagreement among representatives of EU governments. The European Commission had recommended that EU governments reapprove the controversial substance glyphosate, ...


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Car pollution scandal

EU Parliament dieselgate inquiry finally up and running

The European Parliament's inquiry committee, set up to investigate the car pollution scandal, today met for the first time. The committee elected its chair and vice chair and is now set to deliberate for 12 months, holding hearings with key representatives from the European Commission and nation...


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Sebastià comments on dieselgate scandal

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià (Compromís)

As the European Parliament begins its inquiry today into the car emissions scandal, Greens/EFA MEP, Jordi Sebastià called for more transparency and for Europe to learn the lessons. MEP Jordi Sebastià Sebastià this week organised an exchange of views in the European Parliament with Vicente Franco....


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Greens/EFA Roadmap for the Committee of Inquiry

Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS)

Greens/EFA set up a six-step roadmap which aims at establishing the facts, hearing scientists and technology providers, interrogating vehicles manufacturers and investigating whether the EU Commission and Member States authorities failed to act


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Learning the lessons of 'dieselgate'

EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià wants Europe to learn the lessons of the so-called 'dieselgate' scandal which famously saw car manufacturer Volkswagen exposed for having installed software to manipulate emissions readings from its vehicles. The scandal was originally revealed by the Interna...


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Join the Food Revolution Newsletter

Issue n°18 February 2016

  GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Plenary vote object to three new GM soybean authorisationsGlyphosate health risks ignored as Commission proposes long reapproval for use in EU FOOD FOR THOUGHT Health vs. wealth - Why what we eat could be killing us – and why no one cares JOIN THE FO...


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