Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 17-21 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include EU rules on money market funds, posted workers, cloned animals and EU food law, money laundering, terrorism funding and the financial system, protecting migrants' lives in Mediterranean. Among Greens/EFA events : hearing on right to water - first successful EU citizens' initiative, conferences on plastic bags, on social cohesion in times of recession and on afrophobia in the EU

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 3-6 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included fighting homophobia, smart grids and decentralised renewables, enforcing EU law, insider trading, trade dumping, EU climate and energy policy to 2030, air passenger rights and compensation, securing basic rights for seasonal workers, winding up failing banks, fatal pushback of refugees, the Ukrainian crisis and the EU’s role and the progress report on Macedonia.

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Employment and migrants rights

Seasonal workers to get strengthened rights under EU rules

The European Parliament today voted on EU legislation on seasonal workers. The Greens welcomed the outcome, which sets out new EU provisions on the rights of seasonal workers from non-EU countries. Commenting after the vote, Green migration and employment policy spokesperson Jean Lambert said: &quo...

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Greening the streets  © Udo Weber
© Udo Weber

A Green Review

7th legislature of the European Parliament (2009-2014)

During this five-year term, Greens/EFA have been the driving force to promote crisis resilience through social justice, to secure our climate and energy future, to fight for a healthy environment, to defend human rights, social, democratic and digital rights, to promote global solidarity and security and to celebrate cultural diversity in the EU.

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Minority rights

Overdue EU action on homophobia and LGBT discrimination must be delivered

The European Parliament today voted in favour of a report calling for an EU roadmap against homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Commenting after the vote, EP rapporteur/draftsperson and Green civil liberties and LGBT spokesperson Ulrike Lunacek stated: &quo...

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Bank rescue "made easy"

Right now the European Parliament and the Council are negotiating how a future bank collapse should be handled. The resulting Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM is supposed to be smooth machine for the rapid clean-up of collapsing banks "over the weekend". Instead, after pressure from German...

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Greening regional policy


Achievements and perspectives

From 2014 on, EU regional policy will be funded under a new set of rules. The Greens/EFA group made a difference in the negotiations on the Cohesion Policy (legislative) package for 2014-2020, the new rules contain improvements for greener and socially more just cohesion policy.


Environmental policy in the European Semester: assessing progress to date

A report prepared by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament

This Greens/EFA study draws a critical analysis of environmental policy in the current European Semester and discusses avenues for greening the EU semester process.


EU systemic banks capture huge amount of implicit subsidies

A Greens/EFA study

According to the study, the best estimate of subsidies amounts to 233.9 billion euro. The study shows that that without these implicit subsidies the large banking institutions in the EU would be making substantial losses. Furthermore, it compares the orders of magnitude of implicit subsidies with the upcoming capital charges and levies that will be imposed on financial institutions and concludes that current policy proposals will only have a marginal effect and will not fundamentally eliminate the distortions created by these implicit subsidies.

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Free movement

Knee-jerk populism cannot be allowed to dominate debate on fundamental EU principle

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution in the context of the current debate on the free movement of workers, following the end of temporary restrictions on free movement from 1 January. Commenting after the vote, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "Free movement is a fundam...

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Public procurement

New rules a gain for local authorities and small enterprises

The European Parliament today adopted a series of legislative proposals setting out EU rules on public procurement. The Greens gave a general welcome to the outcome, with internal market spokesperson Heide Ruehle stating: "While this legislation could have gone further in strengthening the h...

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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing


Recorded Livestream

Press briefing with Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Dany Cohn-Bendit on the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group

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