Lobbying and transparency

Bonanza week for dirty lobbyists in European Parliament

Another plenary week, another list of successes for dirty lobbyists in the European Parliament. With the sound of popping corks ringing around the offices of public affairs and industry representatives in Brussels, let's take a look back at their 'achievements' of this week, with the help of their c...


Biofuels, land use and climate

EP takes tentative step to addressing flaws in EU biofuels policy but problems remain and rules delalyed

The European Parliament today voted on legislative proposals on biofuels, aimed at curbing the negative impact on the climate associated with indirect land use change (ILUC) due to biofuel production. The Greens welcomed the vote to ensure that the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from changes in ...

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State Aid Guidelines

New study makes proposals to square guidelines with Europe 2020 strategy

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New EU rules governing state subsidies for energy

Full speed ahead back to nuclear power!

The European Commission is preparing to review the guidelines for state aid in the energy sector. Even though the Commission's proposals will probably only be unveiled after the German Bundestag election on 22 September, the Greens have already obtained a draft version of the new rules. This draft t...

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State Aid for nuclear

Giving public support to an expensive technology failure?

The UK government has been since months in lengthy negotiations with the French energy provider EDF, over subsidy payments for planned nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C. These public subsidies, known as Contracts for Difference (CfD) are meant to cover the financing costs of the project, and need ...


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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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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Renewable energy

Clear signal on EU renewable energy policy diluted by failure to back explicit 2030 target

The European Parliament today adopted a report setting out its opinion on EU renewable energy policy. The Greens gave a mixed response to the outcome, welcoming the backing for successful national support schemes and for a binding 2030 EU renewable energy target but regretting the failure to explici...

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EU summit

EU leaders must resist urge to take a step back into our energy past

Ahead of tomorrow's EU summit and anticipated conclusions on energy policy and prices, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: “EU leaders must resist the urge to take a step back into our energy past. After all the recent progress we have made away from dirty fossil fuels and risky nuclear po...

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