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Youth employment

Commission proposal a boost for youth employment scheme roll-out

The European Commission today proposed making additional funds available for the pre-financing of the European Youth Guarantee Scheme (1) through reallocation under the European Social Fund. Welcoming the proposal, Green employment and youth spokesperson Terry Reintke said: "This proposal will...


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State aid/Amazon

Breakthrough in fight against tax dumping as EU Commission finds Amazon deal as illegal state aid

The European Commission today published a preliminary finding in its investigation into Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, finding that it likely constitutes illegal state aid. Commenting on the finding, Greens/EFA economic and finance spokesperson Sven Giegold said: "This finding stands to be ...


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We must not let our freedoms drown

Green MEP Michèle Rivasi about attack on Charlie Hebdo

Our thoughts go out to the 17 victims, artists and journalists defending freedom of expression, police, Jews, Christians, atheists and Muslims, their families, their loved ones. We must now make sure that we do not allow our freedoms to drown


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Charlie Hebdo attack

Solidarity with the victims and their families

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has strongly condemned today's attack on the offices of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo and expressed solidarity with the families, friends and colleagues of the victims. Commenting on the attack, Greens/EFA co-presidents Philippe Lamber...


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Free Software and Open Standards in the European Parliament

Ensuring utmost transparency - Free Software and Open Standards under the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament

Do public bodies in Europe have an obligation to move from closed source and lock-in to vendor independence and free software? In general probably yes, but is it also true for the European Parliament? Definitely!


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Digital market/Google

MEPs fail to focus consumer rights and net neutrality

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the digital single market and the current legal proceedings against Google. Commenting on the vote, Green digital agenda expert Jan Philipp Albrecht stated: "The core principle guiding the debate on the Google anti-trust case and the digita...


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Respect my Privacy

Data protection in the EU

Privacy allows us to be who we are. It offers us the freedom to think and act without being afraid of repercussions. The privacy issue is complex and information is scattered. We aim to inform and empower all European citizens.


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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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Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship

Green MEP Helga Trupel gives our assessment of commissioner-designate Tibor Navracsics

What is your overall impression of how commissioner-designate Navracsics performed? He is a very talkative and eloquent person, but absolutely not ready for any self criticism and not ready to admit his role in the introduction of the media freedom hobbling law in Hungary. He...


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Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Green MEP Heidi Hautala gives our assessment of Commissioner-designate Vera Jourová

What is your overall impression of how Commissioner-Designate Jourová performed? It certainly seems that she has been given a portfolio with such breadth and depth that tending to all relevant issues satisfactorily seems impossible. She did not explain how she would defend her portfolio within the...


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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...


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