EU-US TTIP negotiations

EP President Martin Schulz forces way to hollow victory

  The European Parliament today, under direct pressure from its President Martin Schulz, adopted its recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the EU-US trade treaty (TTIP). Commenting on this, Greens/EFA trade spokesperson Yannick Jadot said:    &nbs...

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Insurance sector

EU strengthens consumer protection on insurance products

After two years of negotiations the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission last night agreed on a compromise on the revision of the Insurance Mediation Directive (IMD II)/Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) (1). The IMD II replaces the first Directive on insurance ...

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Roaming and net neutrality

Agreement reached but major loopholes remain

The European Commission, Council and European Parliament, meeting last night, agreed on the foundations of the package of legislative proposals on a telecommunications single market. According to the agreement, roaming charges will be abolished by mid-2017. However, companies retain the possibi...

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Issue n°13 June 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Full ban on cloned animals in food approved by MEPs Circular economy package: Cross-party majority calls for a new ambitious proposal including sustainable food aspects FOOD FOR THOUGHT New Navdanya Films: 'The living seeds' and 'The living s...


Air pollution

European Parliament and Council agree a deal on pollution from medium combustion plants

The European Parliament, European Commission and Council Presidency today reached an agreement on a new Directive regarding pollutant emissions from medium combustion plants (capacity between 1 to 50 MW).[i] Medium combustion plants are used for, among others, electricity generation, residential hea...

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Cloned animals in food

Full ban on cloning in food approved by MEPs

The European Parliament's environment and food safety and agriculture committees today voted on draft EU legislation on the cloning of animals. The Greens welcomed the vote, which would introduce a comprehensive ban on cloning, and on the placing on the market of food from clones and their descendan...

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Infographic - Cloning for farming purposes

Reasons why the Greens have always been against

Infographics explaining why the Greens want a ban on cloning of animals for food. Available in English, French, German and Dutch.

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Trade secrets

Harmonisation could undermine fundamental rights

The European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee today voted on draft legislative proposals on the protection of trade secrets. While the Parliament's proposals are a slight improvement on the original Commission proposals, Greens/EFA demands on improving transparency requirements were rejected. Gr...

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TiSA international services agreement

Leak reveals major interference in European regulation

Yesterday, Wikileaks released 17 secret texts of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations (1), including annexes covering a wide range of issues and sectors but also a document on member states exceptions from the liberalisation requirement. The leak came on the same day as ministers dis...

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Issue n°12 May 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Commission’s cynical moves to ease way for GMOs in Europe Organic: driving force towards paradigm change for our broken food system School Fruit and Milk Schemes: natural food wins over agro-industrial plans FOOD FOR THOUGHT Report exp...

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Thalidomide survivors in Brussels - crucial time for campaign

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

Plaid MEP Jill Evans is campaigning alongside thalidomide survivors in their fight for recognition and compensation. Thalidomide survivors from Wales and other European countries were in Brussels on Wednesday 27 May to highlight their campaign for the German federal government to properly compensate...


Organic food and farming

Driving force towards paradigm change for our broken food system

The promotion of organic food and farming has been one of the European Greens’ core values since entering the European Parliament in 1984.