EU Commission work programme

Deregulation the focus despite Timmermans' smoke and mirrors

The European Commission today presented its work programme for 2015. The programme lists legislation that could be proposed over the coming year but also legislative proposals already in the pipeline that could be withdrawn. The Greens have expressed concern about the mooted shelving of crucial legi...

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EU Commission must not row back on environmental standards

Press Release by EFA MEP Jill Evans

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans (Wales), in a speech to the European Parliament today has pledged to keep up the pressure on the EU Commission not to row back on its environmental commitments. Today’s proposals from EU President Junker at the presentation of the EU Commission's Work Programme to ...


EU Commission work programme

Axing key environmental legislation is not 'better regulation'

According to unconfirmed reports, the European Commission has already decided not to proceed with crucial legislative proposals on the circular economy and resource use and will not propose a badly-needed update of EU air quality rules. Eleven EU governments have written to the Commission urging it ...

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TTIP Talks: What's Cooking?


Perspectives on Food & Farming

In the first event of its kind, the Green Group in the European Parliament, in co-operation with civil society and farmers’ organisations from both sides of the Atlantic, is pleased to invite you to a conference on the impacts of a potential EU-US trade agreement (TTIP) on food and farming. With invited speakers from the food and farming sectors and civil society, and invited respondents from the European Commission, this conference promises to be an open and frank debate on TTIP and its potential consequences on food safety standards, consumer rights, animal welfare and the wider impact on rural areas.

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MEP highlights importance of Roma integration

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià

EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià has organised a meeting at the European Parliament to discuss the failure of integration policies for Roma people in Europe, particularly with regard to education. Jordi Sebastià invited representatives of the Roma community in Spain to meet with senior figures from the Euro...


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 24-28 November 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included tax evasíon and the LuxLeaks, plastic bags rules, the Pope's visit and the role of his church, the EU-Canada PNR agreement, migration and tragedies in the Mediterranean, the recognition of Palestine and peace in the Middle East, the UN climate talks and the EU's role, the Commission proposal on an investment plan for Europe


Economic governance

EU needs to finally shift the focus and look at bigger economic and social picture

The European Commission today presented its assessment of EU member states' budgetary plans in the context of the Stability and Growth Pact, as well as presenting a communication on how to revise the EU's system of economic governance. Commenting on the Commission's assessment of EU member states' b...

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EU investment plan

Investment welcome but Juncker's plan lacks ambition, means and clear goals

Commenting on the European investment plan presented in the European Parliament today by European Commission president Juncker, Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts stated: "There is thankfully widespread agreement that the European economy needs a shot in the arm but the investment plan ...

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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing


LIVE from Strasbourg 25 November 2014 9:30-9:50

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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A Green Investment Plan for Europe

A new path towards sustainable development, prosperity and quality jobs

In response to the European investment plan elaborated by the EU Commission, the Greens/EFA group has outlined an alternative investment plan for Europe

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Geopolitics, Security and Energy Transition


LIVE from Istanbul - Friday 9:00 (Brussels time)

Are green recipes still apt for today's challenges? The Greens/EFA group organise a conference in Istanbul to debate about the energy transition

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