Gruene/Efa Fraktion

EventApril 22, 2009

A Green New Deal for greener cities

Speech by Michael Cramer

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EventApril 22, 2009

A workshop on Public participation

4th European Green Local Councillors Meeting

Speech by Eva Lichtenberger

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EventApril 22, 2009

Greening Europe

4th European Green Local Councillors Meeting

Speech by

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EventApril 02, 2009

Daniel Cohn-Bendit vs Declan Ganley

The Big debate

Speech by Daniel Cohn-Bendit

This pre-electoral debate between Declan Ganley, founder of Libertas and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Co-President of the Greens-European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament has taken place in Renaissance Hotel in Brussels and has been integrally webstreamed.

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EventMarch 31, 2009

Cycling for peace

Speech by Jean Lambert

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StatementMarch 16, 2009

Committee approves Buitenweg anti-discrimination report

Speech by Kathalijne Buitenweg

Dutch Green MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg expressed relief that the civil liberties committee adopted her report on extending anti-discrimination legal protection beyond the workplace. Currently discrimination grounds of age, religion, disability and sexual orientation are not covered for goods and services: a situation that the new legislation aims to remedy.

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Press ConferenceMarch 16, 2009

Press briefing Recovery plan

Speech by Rebecca Harms

Jahr für Jahr wurden im Parlament die selben Fehler gemacht: Die Erfolge der Lissabonresolution und die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung in der EU wurden unehrlich bilanziert. Kommission und Rat haben Probleme und auch die heraufziehende Krise ignoriert.

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Press ConferenceMarch 11, 2009

Press briefing

Speech by Daniel Cohn-Bendit

Greens/EFA Co-presidents Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Monica Frassoni outlined key issues for the Greens in their press briefing. They referred to their letters to Commission President Barroso and political group presidents about a conditional motion of censure for the Commission regarding its aggressive stance in favour of authorising GM crops.

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StatementMarch 05, 2009

GMOs

Speech by Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf

The decision by the EU environment ministers is good news for the environment, farmers and consumers. It is also a shot in the arm for the many regions in the EU that want to become GM free

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StatementMarch 03, 2009

New thought for Food - Food for Thought

The Science of Sustainable Agriculture: An Innovative Paradigm

Speech by Hammerstein David

Green MEP David Hammerstein explains how the "Food for thought" conference called for a shift away from the current model of mass produced food, which is bad for both the environment and employment. He welcomed that scientists in the agricultural field gave their thoughts on how EU policies can be altered to favour sustainable organic production.

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StatementFebruary 19, 2009

Who wants to control the internet?

How the Medina report and the Telecom package can affect the internet

Speech by Eva Lichtenberger

While some companies dream of being able to manipulate access in order to restrict or give preference to certain services and websites, so as to block access to their competitors, this hearing aims at revealing what is really at stake behind the complexity of several European Directives up for consideration by the European Parliament in the coming weeks.

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StatementFebruary 12, 2009

Video statement on patients' rights

Speech by Jean Lambert

UK Green MEP Jean Lambert sees the Commission proposal for cross-border healthcare as a confused piece of legislation. Greens will fight to reduce the scope of the proposal so that it does not overstep into issues relating to healthcare providers and workers. The main challenge will however be to balance Member States' aims to run adequate health systems and patients rights to travel for treatment, especially since there is a risk money will move from the public to the private sector.

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StatementFebruary 11, 2009

Video statement on urbanisation

Speech by Margarete Auken

Excessive urbanisation on the Spanish coastline has not only caused environmental degradation, it has violated the property rights of small landowners. Margrete Auken responded to the call of over 15,000 petitioners, drafting a highly critical report that was approved by the European Parliament petitions committee, despite opposition by some Spanish MEPs.

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Statement29.01.2009January 29, 2009

Seasonal workers' rights

Speech by Jean Lambert

Jean Lambert MEP comments on a Greens/EFA co-hosted conference which has exposed appalling conditions faced by some seasonal workers in Europe. Workers are not only denied their rights - there have even been cases of unexplained and uninvestigated disappearances of workers in southern Italy. Upcoming legislation appears set to be inadequate to tackle these problems.

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Plenary27.01.2008January 27, 2009

Sound Copyright: Copyright should have its limits

Speech by Hammerstein David

Spanish MEP David Hammerstein highlights the fact that the money raised from extending sound copyright would go to fill the pockets four giant music companies, not the artists. Copyright should have its limits, he concludes.

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StatementJanuary 27, 2009

Sound Copyright: New approaches are needed

Which way for the EU?

Speech by Helga Trüpel

Helga Trüpel, a Green MEP and member of the EP Culture committee, reports from a Greens seminar on sound copyright. In a digital age, she emphasises that an extension of copyright from 50 to 95 years fails to benefit artists. New approaches are needed.

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Statement21.01.2009January 26, 2009

Follow-up on census of Roma people in Italy

Speech by Els de Groen

Green MEP Els De Groen was a member of the European Parliament delegation to Italy in 2008, which looked into the census of Roma people including fingerprinting. She explains some of the technicalities of civil liberties committee voting on this issue and exposes some of the discriminatory aspects of this action.

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StatementJanuary 22, 2009

Improving EU energy security after the gas crisis

Speech by Claude Turmes

In the wake of the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute and its repercussions on the EU, Green MEP Claude Turmes explains how poorly prepared some European countries were and what the EU needs to do to improve its energy security in future. In particular, he calls on the European Commission to propose a revision to the gas security directive, for more investment in energy efficiency and accelerated action on expanding use of renewable energy.

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EventDecember 18, 2008

Working time demonstration

Speech by

On 16 December 2008, thousands of workers took part in a demonstration regarding the Working Time Directive. The day after, the European Parliament voted to keep the maximum average weekly working time to 48 hours.

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PlenaryDecember 08, 2008

Statement

Speech by Pierre Jonckheer

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Event13.11.2008November 24, 2008

Consequences of the financial crisis

A Greens/EFA conference

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Event13.11.2008November 14, 2008

From polar to nuclear?

“Nuclearification” of the Russian offshore oil and gas industry

Speech by Rebecca Harms

Russian oil and gas industry tries to promote nuclear power to meet its offshore energy needs. What plans do exist? What are the risks for these projects under the extreme weather conditions of the Arctic?

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Statement14.10.2008October 14, 2008

The European Union Needs A Woman's Envoy

TUESDAY 14.10.2008

According to the United Nations the struggle against hunger and poverty will be lost from the start if the international community fails to strengthen women’s rights. The European Union should take the initiative and appoint a European envoy for women’s rights.The conference aims at broadening support for this initiative.

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EventSeptember 24, 2008

Intellectual Property Rights and Green Energy Technologies

Technology transfer is a central issue in international climate negotiations

There is a growing recognition that the transfer of green energy technology has a crucial role to play in international efforts to tackle climate change. While technology transfer is a central issue in international climate negotiations, intellectual property rights are increasingly raised as a challenge to be overcome in this regard. Greens/EFA presented a workshop to provide a forum for open discussion with experts in the field in an attempt to shed more light on what is a complex area, as well as making progress towards defining a common approach.

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EventSeptember 19, 2008

Telecom package: what impact on data protection?: A Greens/EFA Hearing

Speech by Rebecca Harms

Next week's European parliament plenary session will see votes on three reports in the so-called "telecom package". There has already been intense debate on a number of issues, inlcuding data protection and privacy - but what exactly is at stake?

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otherSeptember 19, 2008

Telecom package: what impact on data protection?

A Greens/EFA Hearing

Green MEPs Rebecca Harms and European Data protection adviser Peter Hustinx gave their views

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EventJune 05, 2008

For a bullfighting-free Europe

Open seminar

The seminar organised by the Greens/EFA and animal protection organisations coincides with a two-day pro-bullfighting conference in the European Parliament. Green MEPs and guest speakers will argue that culture is no excuse for cruelty. An information stand will be present in the European parliament throughout the week.

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otherMay 30, 2008

Climate change and biodiversity

Statements from the 9th meeting (COP9) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Bonn, Germany, (19 to 30 May)

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EventApril 17, 2008

“Locked in” in the European Parliament:

IT monopolies, open standards, open source and EU procurement policy

Participative democracy relies increasingly on the ability of citizens and stakeholders to access public information and to communicate with officials and elected politicians electronically. This half-day conference looks at the situation where public institutions are locked into the ICT products of a single vendor, discusses the implications of this for participative democracy and fair competition, and considers the prospects for the European Parliament to adopt the use of open standards and open source software and to promote interoperability in the European ICT sector.

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Event15.04.200815. 04. 08

Whatever happened to democracy?

A seminar on lobbying in Europe


Guest speakers :
Miguel Jara, Journalist and author of "Conspiraciones Tóxicas"
Sascha Adamek, Author of "Der Gekaufte Staat"
Ludwig Krämer, Professor of environmental law
Craig Holman, Public Citizen US
Paul de Clerck, Friends of the Earth Europe

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EventMarch 13, 2008

EU Spring Summit

European leaders must keep their promises on climate change policy The next EU Spring Summit or European Council will take place on 13 and 14 March. One of the main topic to be addressed will be climate change. The Slovenian Presidency is expected to push for more ambitious climate targets: a -30% GHG reduction by 2020 instead of the current -20%.

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EventFebruary 18, 2008

Managing Demographic Change in Europe

A conference on Green approaches

The impact of demographic change in Europe differs markedly and requires specific adaptation strategies that are oriented towards the quality of life of the people. It is not possible to achieve this aim with the currently predominant strategies. We as Greens do not want to evoke the catastrophe. We rather consider the demographic change as a chance for new and innovative possibilities to shape social life and manage social cohesion.

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otherNovember 12, 2007

World energy solutions: switch to green power

An alternative energy conference on the eve of the World Energy Congress

On the eve of the World Energy Congress, the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament and the Italian Greens (I Verdi) will organise - with the participation of Legambiente, WWF Italy and Greenpeace Italy - an alternative conference in Rome on 9-10 November 2007 in order to present the proposals of European environmentalists.

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otherJuly 05, 2007

50 Years of Women's Rights in the EU: How far have we come?

This conference looked back on what has been achieved in the field of women's rights by the EU in the 50 years of its existence and looked forward to what still needs to be done. During the second half special attention was paid to the way choices of women are influenced by ideas in society on what is a ´good mother´.

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EventJune 29, 2007

Basic income

A concept for decent living and working conditions

Basic or Citizen's Income is related to two main ideas: the possibility of a new, creative way of guaranteeing a decent income for all individuals and the chance of tackling issues such as poverty, unemployment and social exclusion. Basic income creates the vision of a new kind of human self-conception and a new understanding of freedom for everyone.

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otherJune 29, 2007

Desertification and climate change

One quarter of the world's land is threatened by desertification. The "2006 International Year of Deserts and Desertification" has shown that the livelihoods of over one billion people in more than 100 countries will be jeopardized. To what extent is desertification linked to climate change?

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EventJune 13, 2007

Transport and climate change

A Greens/EFA conference

The aim of this conference was to give transport the same priority as other aspects of energy policy in the debate on climate change debate, with a view to identifying ways to reduce the climate impact of transport.

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EventMarch 16, 2007

EGP Council Meeting

16-18 March in Berlin

There were key debates on the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and the Euratom Treaty, as well as on climate change and energy policy. The following clips are just some of the important presentations from the meeting.

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EventMarch 09, 2007

Euratom: 50 years too much

Nuclear error since 1957

In the context of the 50th anniversary of the EURATOM Treaty, the Greens/EFA group, together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, is hosting a conference to discuss nuclear safety, nuclear proliferation and the future of EURATOM, as well as green alternatives. The conference takes place in the week of the EU Spring Summit, which will focus on energy.

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Event09. -November 11, 2006

Greening the streets

3rd meeting of local green councillors

Air conditioning in houses highly increases the energy consumption and contributes to climate change. Green MEP, Eva Lichtenberger talks to Imma Mayol, Depute Mayor of Barcelona, about the special problems southern metropolitan cities are facing in the fight against climate change. Education campaigns on the local level are supposed to make people aware of the effects, air conditioning has on the environment and to show them how to increase the efficiency of heating and cooling in the houses, Imma Mayoll explains.

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Event20. -September 21, 2006

Safe and Secure Energy in Europe

A Greens/EFA seminar in Finland

The Greens/EFA in the European Parliament held a public seminar in Helsinki on 20 and 21 September 2006 to discuss the visions for a safe and secure future in Europe. The two-day seminar dealt with two core topics: 'Finland and the future of Europe' and 'Safe and Secure Energy for Europe'.

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Event23. -April 25, 2006

Chernobyl conference in Kiev:

At the opening of the conference 'Chernobyl +20 – remembrance for the future' (23 – 25 April) in Kiev, Green MEP Rebecca Harms accused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of playing down the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster

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Event08. -April 09, 2006

Future enlargement for the EU

Greens debate the future of Europe

Claudia Roth, Daniel Cohn- Bendit, Marie-Hélène Aubert, Angelika Beer, Pierre Jonckheer und Eva Lichtenberger comment on the three core topics:of the conference 'Social, ecological and ethical responses to the challenges of globalisation', 'The future of the European Constitution' and 'South-East Europe: From crisis zone to peaceful European region'.

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