Jobs

A longer life-time for products

21.10.2015

a win-win solution for European consumers and businesses

It seems we have to replace consumer products more and more frequently. Often it is cheaper and easier for consumers to buy a new product than to repair it or replace parts. There is little incentive to prolong the life of a product through repair, nor to re-use or recycle it. It is ever more apparent that resources are becoming scarcer and in the future this can cause serious problems for the environment and the economy. This Greens/EFA conference therefore aims to examine the win-win benefits of a longer product lifetime, for consumers, businesses, society and the environment.


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COP21 - The EU cannot afford to fail a second time

Vote in the European Parliament

Tomorrow, the European Parliament is to debate and vote on a report on the international climate agreement that is to be sealed in Paris at the COP21 in December. While the mood has changed since the last key summit that took place in Copenhagen 6 years ago, the EU cannot afford to miss the boat on another key event within its borders


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Green jobs and green economy

A truly green economy would promote human well-being and social equality, without placing more strain on the planet than it is able to support.


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Capital Markets Union

Crucial project cannot be smokescreen for financial deregulation

The European Commission today presented an action plan on creating the much-anticipated Capital Markets Union, setting out measures it intends to propose to this end. Commenting on the action plan, Green economic and finance spokesperson Sven Giegold said: "Creating a Capital Markets Union is a...


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EU Commission work programme

MEPs criticise deregulation drive under commissioner Timmermans

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the draft work programme of the European Commission for 2016. Commenting after the vote Greens/EFA vice-president Bas Eickhout said: "MEPs have today again issued a rebuke to the drive by EU Commission vice-president Timmermans to cut back E...


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TTIP

Beware what lies beneath

The European Greens do not believe that TTIP represents the kind of transatlantic relationship we need. As it currently stands, TTIP threatens our democracy and risks undermining our hard-won regulation and standards in a host of sectors.


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Maritime economic development must be integrated and sustainable

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall (Catalonia)

Exploitation of the so-called 'blue economy' to help jobs and growth must be both integrated and sustainable according to a report today approved by MEPs. MEPs were responding to a proposal from the European Commission which aims at exploiting Europe's seas and realising the oceans...


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Transparent, clean, accountable

03.09.2015

Lessons from international best practice for the EU institutions

70 percent of EU citizens believe the institutions of the Union to be corrupt. The European Commission’s first anti-corruption report puts the losses caused by bribery across Europe at EUR 120 billion per year. We want to use this formal demand to the EU Commission for an EU law using hard rules to allow citizens new trust in our European Democracy.


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Paris Divestment Conference

01.09.2015

Stop financing fossil fuels - fight climate change

Our financial system is more deeply interlinked with fossil fuels than you might think. This is financially risky and environmentally blind. It's time to change that and take climate action seriously. It's time to divest from this sector and invest in a sustainable system. Join our International Divestment Conference co-organised with 350.org and the European Greens


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 6-9 July 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included corporate tax transparency and reporting, TTIP, circular economy, emissions trading system – market stability reserve, energy transition and green job creation, debate with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras, Greens/EFA group nomination for the Sakharov Prize, copyright reform, Srebrenica Commemoration.


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Circular economy

European Commission must deliver by the end of the year

The European Parliament today adopted a report on the circular economy. The report's central demands are for less waste, better product design, less dependence on imports of raw materials and more green job creation in the EU. Following the European Commission’s controversial withdrawal of its ini...


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Green jobs

European Parliament calls for measures supporting green job creation

The European Parliament today adopted a report on green jobs drafted by Greens/EFA MEP and Green employment spokesperson Jean Lambert. This report looks at how to tap into the job creation potential of the green economy and follows on from last year's European Commission proposals on green employmen...


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