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Event: S&D Group Seminar – Social Dialogue on a future EU Industrial Policy (28 September 2017)

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Press Release: S&Ds call on member states to respect Parliament’s progressive trade priorities for Chile

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Press Release: ‘Put rights of people with disabilities before narrow business lobby interests,’ GUE/NGL urges MEPs

Ahead of a vote tomorrow in the European Parliament, the GUE/NGL group is urgently calling on other MEPs to vote for amendments that would enable the Accessibility Act to make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

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Press Release: Dieselgate: Recall of ALL non-compliant cars should be mandatory and respect clear deadline, say S&Ds

Socialists and Democrats want to close the never-ending story of Dieselgate – successfully and with greater vigilance. At the plenary debate held today in the European Parliament they urged the Commission and the EU member states to implement the recommendations of the parliamentary inquiry committee into emission measurements in the automotive sector (EMIS). Full article…

Press Release: EU can set better forest-management standards to tackle climate change, say S&Ds

Forests are the lungs of Europe, covering 42% of the EU land surface, and they can play a crucial role in fighting climate change. This is why today the European Parliament voted on a report to include greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) in the 2030 climate and energy framework. Full article…

Press Release: Aviation Carbon Emissions Plan Approved by MEPs (ECR Group)

Commercial flights in and out of Europe will continue to be exempt from the EU’s carbon emission controls, heading off a potential confrontation with the airline industry. Full article…

Event: Climate Justice – Engendering the Energy Transition (Greens/EFA) (19 October 2017)

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Press Release: LULUCF: MEPs back forest accounting rules, protecting EU’s climate

The European Parliament today voted in favour of a legislative proposal, land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), which will contribute to fighting climate change. The proposal, under which Member States have to ensure a balance of CO2 emissions and absorptions in the sector, is part of the climate package presented by the European Commission in July 2016 and is in line with what Member States agreed on within the Paris Agreement. Full article…

Press Release: We expect non-EU airlines to contribute to the fight against climate change, including the UK, say S&Ds

Aviation emissions account for about 3% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions and are one of the fastest growing sources of CO2. The European Union tried to reduce the emissions by including the aviation sector under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). However, only intra-EU flights are included and this leaves a worrisome question mark about both international flights and what will happen with UK in the case of a hard Brexit. Full article…

Press Release: Greens/EFA group puts pressure on Commission to take action

The European Commission needs to stop dragging its heels on Dieselgate, according to Greens/EFA MEP, Bas Eickhout. The Greens/EFA group has chosen Dieselgate as the subject of its first Topical Debate slot, which will take place at 3pm today (watch here). Full article…

Press Release: Liberals and Democrats back new rules to protect European Gas supplies

MEPs have today adopted legislation intended to enhance the security of gas supplies, as part of the EU’s Energy Union strategy. The proposed legislation aims to develop a stronger collective response to possible future gas supply risks and will ensure contingency plans are in place to protect citizens and certain public services. Full article…

Press Release: EU funded WIFI hotspots – wasted money that could be better spent on important infrastructure

The European Parliament gave the green light this afternoon to waste 120 million euros of taxpayers’ money to provide up to 8,000 “free” Wi-Fi stations across the EU. Flemish MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt, chair of the parliament’s internal market committee and who followed the proposals for the ECR Group, has continually opposed the new scheme that amounts to nothing more than a vanity project from the European Commission that will cost taxpayers millions.

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Press Release: Gas supply will never again be used as political weapon

“A legally-binding solidarity mechanism and a harmonised EU-wide list of protected customers mean that gas supplies will no longer be used as a political weapon or an instrument of blackmail”, commented Jerzy Buzek MEP, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Rapporteur on the Regulation on measures to safeguard the security of gas supply, adopted today in plenary. Full article…

Press Release: Towards a binding global scheme for aviation emissions

MEPs debated the Commission’s proposal to further extend the partial exclusion of the aviation sector from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Full article…

Event: Missing links (Brussels, 28 September 2017)

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Event: Better Regulation for Copyright: Academics Meet Policy Makers (Brussels, 6 September 2017)

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