Debate with French President Hollande

Speech by Daniel Cohn-Bendit

"It takes imagination to build the world of tomorrow".Greens/EFA Co-President Dany Cohn-Bendit addresses French President Francois Hollande in the European Parliament, Tuesday 5th February 2013. "If we try to create the world of tomorrow with yesterday's ideas, it won't work".

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 21-25 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include votes on preventing bee decline, CAP reform, radioactive contaminants in drinking water, recognising professional qualifications and maintaining standards, provision of water as a basic public service, EU energy policy towards 2050 and renewables

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EU energy infrastructure

Mixed outcome as MEPs vote to prioritise renewables smart grid but also for CO2 pipes

Proposals on EU funds for cross border energy infrastructure projects from 2014-20 (Connecting Europe Facility), as well as defining the criteria for the selection of these projects, were today voted on by MEPs on the transport and energy committees (1). The Greens gave a mixed verdict to the energy...


UN climate summit

Climate talks continue to sleepwalk, as EU climate diplomacy stutters

Commenting on outcome of the UN climate summit in Doha (COP18), Green climate spokesperson Satu Hassi, who was part of the official European Parliament delegation to the talks, said:  "The UN climate process is continuing to sleepwalk towards runaway climate change. Another UN climate sum...

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EU energy market

Commission looks to give leg-up to nuclear and coal but undermine renewable energy

The European Commission will today publish its communication on the European internal energy market. The Greens hit out at the communication, which fails to address the unfair support for coal and nuclear power, and seeks to undermine renewable energy sources. Commenting on the communication, Green ...

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Biofuels, emissions and land use

Commission proposals fail to fully address climate damage of biofuels

The European Commission today presented proposals for adapting EU legislation relating to biofuels to take account of the excess greenhouse gas emissions resulting from indirect land use change (1). The Greens regretted that the Commission succumbed to the biodiesel lobby and omitted to factor in IL...

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Greens/EFA Study Days


Assessment and perspectives

Greens/EFA hold a three-day internal meeting to exchange views and debate on strategies.

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Don't get bio-fooled

Why Greens are against biofuels

Agro-fuels or plant fuels - misleadingly called biofuels - have proved to be a tainted chalice. The expansion of plant fuels represents a serious threat to food security and the environment. This is true on European level but also on a global level.


Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 15-19 October 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the Commission proposal on biofuels and indirect land use change, the EU Summit on the EU economic and banking union. Greens/EFA will also hold their study days in Ostend during the weekl

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Energy efficiency


Live from Strasbourg 11 September 2012 14:00-14:30

Green MEP and rapporteur Claude Turmes presents what is at stake in his report to be voted during the September session

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Why ban fracking and shale gas?

Shale gas is now presented as being the new solution to our world's growing energy needs. However, its production poses serious threats to the climate, the environment and to local communities.

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EU energy policy

EU governments must reject desperate attempt to give boost to flagging nuclear power

According to reports, a joint initiative to reclassify nuclear power at EU level with a view to allowing direct state aid has been tabled by France, the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic (1). The Greens have hit out at the reported initiative and have called on EU governments in Council to reject th...

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