Defend our Forests

Defend our Forests

The Commission has published its legislative proposal on reducing the risks of deforestation and forest degradation associated with all products on the EU market. The proposal is part of the package on soil, waste shipment and deforestation and it will require companies to ensure that their products sold in the EU do not come from areas…

More Than a Few Steps in the Right Direction, We Need to Start Running

COP26 Protests in Glasgow

The European Greens say they welcome the progress made at the UN Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow. Improved emission commitments from some countries, new international initiatives on phasing out oil and gas production as well as finalising the Paris Agreement rulebook bring the world a couple of desperately needed steps closer to tackling the climate…

Greens Lead Calls for Legislation on SLAPPs

SLAPPs

Members of the European Parliament have debated a report on the use of Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs) in Europe to silence critical voices such as NGOs, journalists, environmental and human rights defenders. MEPs will vote on the report tomorrow, ahead of an expected Commission proposal for legislation on the use of SLAPPs next…

Pandora Papers EP Report

Pandora Papers

The European Parliament has adopted a report on the Pandora Papers, in the wake of the revelations by the ICIJ and others into global tax avoidance, evasion and money laundering.The report was an initiative of the Greens/EFA Group. For the first time, this report sees the European Parliament condemns the role of the United States…

Pandora Papers Report: The EP Votes

Pandora Papers reveal money laundering

Members of the European Parliament have voted on a report on the Pandora Papers, in the wake of the revelations by the ICIJ and others into global tax avoidance, evasion and money laundering. The report was an initiative of the Greens/EFA Group. For the first time, this report sees the European Parliament condemn the role…

EU Green Bond Standard

Green Bonds

The Commission has put forward a new proposal for a regulation on a EU green bond standard together with a communication on the Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy. The Renewed Strategy builds on the Action Plan 2018 on Sustainable Finance and covers several areas, from continuing the work on Taxonomy, to climate and sustainability risks in…

Tax Transparency

An informal meeting on Thursday of EU (COMPET) ministers is expected to give the greenlight to corporate tax transparency measures, known as country-by-country reporting (CbCR). The file, which has been blocked in the Council for the last five years, is long overdue and will mean large companies with a turnover of more than €750 million…

New Circular Economy

The European Parliament will vote this week on the Parliament’s position on the European Commissions’ New Circular Economy Action Plan, a main pillar of the Green Deal. The Action Plan consists of 35 measures, including: Legislative proposals for a new sustainable product policy framework, sustainable production and better waste management of batteries, and a proposal…

Aid for Moria Fire Victims

The Greens have sent a letter to the EU calling for urgent action to help victims of the migrant camp fire in Greece. It was sent to Vice-President Margaritis Schinas Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson Federal Minister for the Interior, Horst Seehofer  It reads, “After Moria burnt down, more than 12.000 people are now…

Italy Regional Elections

On 20 and 21 September, regional elections are taking place in seven Italian regions. These elections will be of particular importance for a country that has been hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Italy is now engaged in the long and difficult path to recovery and needs progressive green forces to successfully emerge from the…