Election of the Commission

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

The Greens/EFA consider that this College has got the priorities wrong and that the overall composition, the allocation of key-portfolios and above all the policy direction are not what Europeans need to face Europe’s deep social and environmental crisis and meet the challenges of this century.

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Spanish renewables

Spanish Veto on Renewables


an unsustainable and anti-European decision

Join us for an event at the Parliament on the negative impact of the new Spanish legislation on solar energy. In recent years, Spain was being a leading country in solar energy. Not only renewables were progressively growing inside the global electrical "share" of our country, but a true ...


EU employment summit

PR exercise in Milan fails to offer concrete measures

Commenting on today’s meeting of EU leaders in Milan on the issues of growth and unemployment, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts stated:“The only employment this summit has created is for EU diplomats, journalists and hoteliers in Milan. It is purely a public relations...

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A lesson well recited

Sven Giegold, Jean Lambert and Monika Vana assess commissioner-designate Dombrovskis

At first glance, Valdis Dombrovskis made an acceptable performance during his hearing. But when you scratch the surface his presentation seemed more like a well-rehearsed recital of a neoliberal version of a Juncker lesson. It remains to be seen if his prolific use of social trigger words will now be turned into commitments and actions.

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Language diversity side-lined in new EU Commission

Press Release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

The new European Commission is at risk of ignoring the importance of language diversity in Europe, according to Plaid Cymru – the Party of Wales MEP Jill Evans, a member of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group of MEPs. The Welsh MEP has criticised the decision not to appoint a dedicated EU Commi...


Financial and banking policy under Team Juncker

Green MEP Molly Scott Cato on the financial poacher turned gamekeeper Jonathan Hill

So, overall, are you happy with the proposal from Jean Claude Juncker? I am fairly shocked by the proposal made by Juncker. He came to our group meeting and we questioned him in good faith. He was clearly not informed about key issues of concern to us - fisheries stands out as an area he treated wi...

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Climate and energy policy under Team Juncker

Green MEP Claude Turmes gives a gloomy initial assessment

So, overall, are you happy with the proposal from Jean Claude Juncker? I am not particularly happy with the proposal from Jean-Claude Juncker. The structure he has proposed for the new Commission appears to be based on promoting an outdated approach of economic growth at the cost of the environmen...

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We are on the move! And you?

Join the climate march, the march to Paris 2015 and towards a real ecological transition!

This Sunday 21st September, all around the world, citizens will come together to call governments across the globe to take their responsibility and take real action to protect the planet. In many parts of the globe, citizens are calling for a real energy transition to renewable energy sources as well as a real ecological transformation of our society. Many great actions are taking place, and it is just the beginning. We are on the move! And You? Join the climate march, the march to Paris 2015 and towards a real ecological transition!


Team Juncker and employment and social policy

Green MEP Jean Lambert assesses proposed commissioner Marianne Thyssen

  So, overall, are you happy with the proposal from Jean Claude Juncker? Overall, no. It is certainly not the "greenest Commission ever" and I think that some of the nominations defy logic. I am also not convinced that the restructuring of the Commission will mean better decision-ma...

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Future EU commissioners

Juncker must send EU governments back to drawing board to ensure gender balance

The Greens have expressed concern at the lack of female candidates nominated by EU member states for commissioner posts in the next European Commission (1). Commenting on the situation, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts stated: “The dearth of female candidates nominated ...


Greens/EFA Roundup

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 14-17 July 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included the vote on the EU Commission presidency as well as the debates on TTIP EU-US negotiations- EU, Ukrainian crisis and Europe's role, EU maternity leave rules and youth unemployment in Europe. Another EU priority for the Greens is the Special European Council and the repartition of EU top jobs

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Youth employment

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled byTerry Reintke, Karima Delli, Monika Vana, Tamás Meszerics, Tatjana Ždanoka, Jean Lambert, Helga Trüpel, Ernest Urtasun, Jill Evans, Ska Keller, Jordi Sebastià, Bas Eickhout, Ernest Maragall on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, – having regard to the Council ...