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Press Release: MEPs urge Commission to halt Assange extradition to US

A cross-group of MEPs are calling on the European Commission to intervene and stop the extradition of Julian Assange from the UK to the US.

The letter, signed by 37 MEPs – including 32 from the Left – deplores the US request to prosecute the founder of Wikileaks, and it underlines the importance of the right to information as a fundamental pillar of our democracy.

Press Release: ECR Group nominates Jan Zahradil for European Parliament President

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group today nominated Czech MEP Jan Zahradil as their candidate for the presidency of the European Parliament.

Zahradil, who recently ran as a ‘lead candidate’ during the European elections, is ready to take up the challenge and bring more balance to the EU’s institutions.

Press Release: Newly elected S&D president Iratxe García: Europe must regain its social soul and place people at the heart of its political action

Today the Spanish MEP Iratxe García Pérez has been elected as president of the Group of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, the second biggest Group with 153 seats. Iratxe García, who will lead the S&D Group in the upcoming legislature, is the second woman to chair the Group in 20 years after former MEP Pauline Green.

Press Release: Dacian Cioloș elected president of Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament

Former Romanian Prime Minister and European Commissioner, Dacian Cioloș, has been elected President of Renew Europe, the third largest political group in the European Parliament with 108 MEPs.

Press Release: Member States’ climate plans need far more ambition

Today, the European Commission has released its assessment of EU Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans, and found that national governments need to step up their ambitions to meet EU climate and energy targets and be in line with the Paris Agreement.

Press Release: SNP MEP elected President of EFA Group in the European Parliament

Alyn Smith MEP has today been elected President of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament.

He succeeds Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras who stood down at the recent European election.

Press Release: Leaders of four main political groups agree on political process

Leaders of four political groups of the European Parliament – EPP, S&D, ALDE and Greens/EFA – have agreed on political process aimed at defining a common ambition for the next legislative period.

Press Release: Verhofstadt reiterates his opposition to the Spitzenkandidaten-process as long as the system is not embedded in transnational lists

Guy Verhofstadt has voted against the declaration drafted by the EPP, S&D and Greens to claim that the next Commission President can only be a Spitzenkandidat, because as long as the Spitzenkandidaten-system is not embedded in transnational lists it is not serious, nor democratic.

Press Release: EPP leaders to meet for Summit in Brussels ahead of informal European Council – list of participants

EPP heads of state and government, party leaders, opposition leaders of the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Presidents of the European Council, European Commission and the European Parliament – Donald TUSK, Jean-Claude JUNCKER and Antonio TAJANI – will participate in the upcoming EPP Summit, to take place in Brussels today. On the agenda is the preparation for the informal European Council on 28 May.

Press Releases: Political Groups reactions to the result of the 2019 Elections

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Press Release: Greens/EFA – How did the car industry manage to undermine EU pollution limits?

Despite an EU law limiting the amount of pollution that cars could emit (dating back from 2007!), the car industry – together with complicit EU governments – managed not only to delay the implementation of the rules, but to insert massive loopholes that essentially rendered the new pollution limits meaningless. How this happened is a scandal that is yet to be fixed.

Press Release: ALDE – Cheaper phone calls among EU countries, a reality from today

From today Wednesday 15 of May, phone calls among EU Member States will be cheaper thanks to the European Electronic Communication Code, adopted by the European Parliament in November last year.

The new law, caps the price of calls at a maximum of 19 eurocents for both mobile and fixed calls (so-called ‘intra-EU calls’) and it also caps SMS at a maximum of 6 eurocents.

The adoption of this regulation was the next step after the EU abolished roaming costs in 2017, which already capped calls and texts to national rates while roaming in other EU countries.

Press Release: EU must change from a kerosene tax paradise to a global pioneer for climate action

The non-governmental organisation “Transport and Environment” today published a study, kept secret by the European Commission, on the consequences of a kerosene tax on aviation. In its study, the European Commission comes to the conclusion that an EU kerosene tax would reduce the CO2 emissions of European aviation by eleven percent without negative effects on the economy.

Press Release: EU leaders must reset the direction for Europe, starting with climate commitments

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Press Release: Urgent action needed to prevent mass extinction

150 scientists from 50 countries have assessed the drastic situation facing global biodiversity and provide policy recommendations to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Convention, the UN goals for sustainable development, and the Aichi biodiversity goals, to protect biodiversity and to halt the extinction of species. A quarter of the 100,000 species studied are already threatened as species extinction is accelerating.

Press Release: Climate protection should not be a footnote

On the 9th May, heads of states and governments of the European Union Member States will meet in Sibiu to discuss the future of the EU. They are due to agree to a 10 point declaration on the future of Europe.

Ska Keller, President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and lead candidate of the European Greens for the European elections, comments:

“It is striking that in the draft version of the Sibiu declaration, “climate change” is the very last word at the very end of the document. It seems that the heads of states and governments still haven’t understood the urgency of the situation. Not only are they ignoring the thousands of young people who are on the streets every week demanding climate action, they are putting all of our futures at risk. Climate protection should not be a footnote for the European Union, but it should be in the centre of all European politics. The European Union needs to step up its ambition and lead by example for an ambitious, global climate action plan.”

Press Release: ISDS may be legal, but it’s another case of the EU disregarding citizens’ concerns

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