Posted workers

Rejection of Commission proposal in order to strengthen the rights of posted workers

The European Parliament's employment committee today voted on a key legislative package concerning the labour rights of posted workers. The rules address some of the major problems with existing EU rules on posted workers and the Greens welcome the committee's vote to reinforce these rights through ...

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Steel industry

EU Commission proposals fail to plot way forward for steel industry

The European Commission today published its long-awaited action plan for the steel industry in Europe. Commenting on the proposals, Green industrial policy spokesperson Reinhard Bütikofer stated: "This action plan is a disappointment. Despite no shortage of rhetoric, there is no realistic goal...

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Social dimension of the EMU

A letter from Greens/EFA Co-Presidents to Barroso and Van Rompuy

In view of the European Council on the Social Dimension of the EMU on 27-28 June, the Greens/EFA Co-Presidents sent a letter calling on Barroso and Van Rompuy to change from intergovernmental declarations and announcements to actions that truly address the social dimension of the EMU.


European action to combat youth unemployment

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

Tabled by Rebecca Harms, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Karima Delli, Malika Benarab-Attou, Rui Tavares, Jean Lambert, Elisabeth Schroedter, Marije Cornelissen, Ana Miranda, Franziska Keller, Margrete Auken on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group The European Parliament, –   ...


Transatlantic Trade


Discussing the good, the bad and the ugly

The conference aims at expressing the Greens concerns about the TTIP approach, at analysing its problems and contradictions among progressive forces on both sides of the Atlantic, and at discussing the ingredients of an alternative agenda.



EP political groups join forces to support persons with disabilities

Today, the leaders of the main political Groups in the European Parliament announced strong action to support the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe. The announcement came following a high level meeting between Joseph Daul, Chairman of the EPP Group, Hannes Swoboda, President of the S&...


Access to care

Vulnerable groups cannot be left behind by austerity policies

The European Parliament's employment and social affairs committee today adopted an initiative report on access to care for vulnerable groups by UK Green MEP Jean Lambert. With access to care threatened by fiscal contraction across Europe, the report reveals key findings and recommendations on how to...


Green alternatives for Europe


Video of the press conference Weds. 29 May 2013 - with Rebecca Harms and Jürgen Trittin

Between the two EU summits in May and June, prominent politicians from Green parties in Europe held a 'shadow summit' on 29 May in Brussels aimed at formulating alternatives to the conservative and neo-liberal policies of the EU's ruling majority. Rebecca Harms and Jürgen Trittin, leaders of the Green parliamentary groups in Brussels and Berlin respectively, held a press conference to outline the political agenda up to the European elections in May 2014. The Greens want a fresh start in Europe and want a new government in Germany to lead the shift to socially responsible and sustainable EU policies.

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EU economic and budgetary oversight

Belated shift away from one-sided austerity must become more comprehensive policy

The European Commission today presented its annual set of economic and fiscal policy recommendations to EU member states based on its assessment of national reform programmes, as part of the European Semester. The Greens have been consistently critical of the one-sided focus on fiscal consolidation ...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 20-23 May 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary week included bank resolution and economic stability, renewable energy policy in Europe, a missed chance for offshore drilling rules, tax avoidance and EU action, supervising European banks, the EU Commission and Dalligate, concerns with EU-US trade deal, defending EU standards in trade agreements, EU rules on ports, the cultural sector and the EU-US trade deal

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EU summit

Faltering progress on key EU measures against tax evasion masked by energy price red herring

Commenting on outcome of today's summit of EU heads of state and government, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms stated: "This summit, which should have prioritised progress on long-overdue measures to tackle tax evasion and avoidance in the EU, has been overshadowed by the red herring of ene...

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Tax evasion

MEPs call for meaningful EU action on tax havens and to overcome deadlock on key tax measures

The European Parliament today adopted a report setting out its demands for EU action to tackle tax evasion and avoidance ahead of tomorrow's summit of EU leaders, which is expected to address the issue. The Greens have long campaigned for tougher EU action on tax evasion and welcomed the report, whi...

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