GUE/NGL, the left group in the European Parliament, is launching its Climate Emergency Manifesto.
Yesterday, (Tuesday, 16 April) the European Parliament administration denied the Greens/EFA request to remove the Parliamentary access badges of ExxonMobil lobbyists, after they refused to attend a hearing on climate denial. The Parliament had previously removed the access badges of Monsanto following a Greens/EFA complaint on the same grounds. The Parliament administration refuted the Greens/EFA request on a technicality.
Today, Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist, will address the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament from 14:00 to 15:00. As an answer to the requests of the climate movement, the Greens/EFA group presents today 10 priority measures to save the climate including measures how to finance the transition.
Internet platforms which host terrorist content would have one hour to remove it under new EU-wide legislation backed by MEPs today. Fines of up to four per-cent of turnover could be imposed on repeat offenders who fail to remove terrorist posts under proposals being led through the European Parliament by ECR MEP Daniel Dalton.
Members of the Agriculture Committee concluded a series of votes on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package with the third and final vote on the so-called Horizontal Regulation, focussing on financing, management and monitoring.
The Horizontal Regulation, part of the future agriculture policy covering the regulation for administration and controls, will be voted on today in the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee. French MEP Michel Dantin, EPP Group Spokesman, endorses the farmer-friendly approach, including the lightening of administrative burdens.
During the Future of Europe debate with the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in the European Parliament this afternoon, Ska Keller, President of the Greens/EFA group called upon the Prime Minister to defend climate and social justice in the European Union.
The SNP’s leader in the European Parliament, Ian Hudghton MEP, has called out the ‘idiotic Westminster chaos of Brexit’.
Find below the press release from the European Parliament, the EPP, the S&D, the ALDE, the ECR and the Greens/EFA.
On the third anniversary of the Panama Papers (Wednesday April 3rd) the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament is launching a new study “Competing for the rich: Tax exemptions and special schemes for the rich”, revealing how governments in the European Union compete to attract the super-rich through tax breaks and other preferential treatment.
The press release highlights the position taken by the EPP on the votes on the CAP reform package.
Today, the European Parliament has just voted to block spending from the European Regional Development Fund (EDRF) and the Cohesion Fund to be spent on fossil fuels. These funds have a direct influence on the lives of citizens, especially those living in less developed regions: stabile quality employment, new infrastructure, and improved quality of life. The ERDF and Cohesion Fund should be the green face of Europe, delivering a better quality of life to citizens and ensuring a suitable and environmentally friendly future.
SNP Member of the European parliament Alyn Smith has, to warm applause, urged the European Union to “leave a light on” for Scotland to find our way back to the EU if we are removed against our democratic will.
“Having been engulfed by numerous tax evasion scandals over the past decade, a vote today in the European Parliament has finally laid out a roadmap that may begin to bring about tax justice for millions of EU citizens.”
“Following leadership from the Socialists and Democrats, the most ambitious report from the European Parliament so far on how to tackle tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering has been voted today. Tax justice in Europe comes one-step nearer to stopping €825 billion of tax evasion – which represents a loss of €1.600 on the shoulders of each EU citizen. In addition, the EU is losing €160 to €190 billion due to tax avoidance each year.”