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Press Release: A special committee on glyphosate will be set up at the request of the S&Ds

Following the scandal of the Monsanto Papers and how the pesticide company tried to influence EU legislation, Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament requested that a special committee investigates what happened and puts in place measures to avoid any further scandals. Full article…

Reactions from the Political Groups on the EP Plenary Votes REDII, Energy Efficiency and Governance of the Energy Union

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Press Release: Big groups weaken Clean Energy package in Strasbourg vote

Wednesday’s big vote on the Commission’s Clean Energy Package has drawn ire from GUE/NGL MEPs with complaints that the final texts put before them had been watered down by the bigger political groups. Full article…

Press Release: S&Ds lead the EU’s transition to a clean energy model ensuring no one is left behind

Socialists and Democrats are leading the European transition towards a clean and sustainable economic and social model in which energy plays a central role. This is why, today, the S&D Group pushed for ambitious goals in the three energy reports that passed through in plenary: on energy efficiency, on renewables and on energy governance. Full article…

Press Release: The EU must become a world leader on renewables

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Press Release: Enshrining the Paris Agreement in EU law

The European Parliament has today backed a report from Greens/EFA co-rapporteurs Michele Rivasi and Claude Turmes which provides the framework for putting the Paris Climate Agreement into practice. The proposals contained in the report form the parliament’s position on a key part of the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package. Greens/EFA co-rapporteur Claude Turmes comments.

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Press Release: Energy efficiency will keep bills down while protecting the climate

The European Parliament has today passed the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive with a strong majority. It forms part of the European Commission’s clean energy package. Trilogues are expected to start in February. Greens/EFA shadow rapporteur Benedek Jávor comments. Full article…

Press Release: Clean Energy – we want ambitious and flexible targets for renewables and energy savings

”The creation of an Energy Union in Europe to provide citizens and businesses with secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy for the future is an important EPP Group priority. This is why we believe that ambitious, yet realistic and flexible targets on both renewable energy and energy efficiency is the way forward”, said Françoise Grossetête MEP, Chairwoman of the EPP Group Working Group on Economy and Environment before today’s vote on three clean energy legislation Reports. Full article…

Reactions from the Political Groups on a European strategy for plastics in a Circular Economy

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Press Release: S&Ds call on member states to stop putting EU made cyber surveillance tools in the hands of dictators

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Press Release: Innovation should contribute to a fair transition towards a de-carbonised society, say S&Ds

Today the parliamentary committee on industry, research and energy passed important recommendations on how to use innovation to boost clean energy in the European Union. The goal of the Socialists and Democrats is to ensure that environmental and human sustainability go hand in hand, ensuring a just transition towards a de-carbonised economy. Full article…

Press Release: Energy future – households to consume and produce energy

The EU’s prosperity and global relevance over the coming decades will depend on our ability to innovate. An energy system is the bloodstream to many of our activities. Moreover, innovation in clean energy will be of vital importance. Full article…

Amendments: EP ENVI Committee on the Implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme

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Press release: Preliminary agreement on energy efficient buildings – to the benefit of the climate and your wallet

The European Parliament has reached a preliminary agreement with the Council on a revised Directive for Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD).
“With this agreement, we are taking an important step in ensuring that our buildings contribute to a decarbonised and energy efficient economy – to the benefit of both the climate and the wallets of European citizens and businesses”, said Bendt Bendtsen MEP, Rapporteur of the revision. Full article…

Press Release: ALDE at the forefront of combatting fake news and misinformation in digital media

Digital media is becoming increasingly more important and is progressively replacing traditional news sources. But this raises numerous challenges as to how to tackle fake news and misinformation. Liberals and Democrats have today put forward proposals to act on these challenges. They call on platforms to provide more transparency and independent oversight of efforts to counter the proliferation of fake news on their platforms in order to assess their effectiveness. Moreover, they emphasise education and media literacy as a crucial tool. Furthermore, they demand a better and balanced regulation to limit the scope, use and the life-time of personal data online without unnecessarily hindering businesses.

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Press Release: Digital Trade Strategy: Digital rights must know no borders

Today, the European Parliament adopted for the first time and by a very large majority a digital trade strategy. Its Members, representing all political groups apart from the extremes, call for international trade rules to deliver tangible benefits for consumers, to dismantle the digital obstacles faced by European companies in third countries and to promote worldwide respect for fundamental rights. To this end, they ask for the inclusion in the EU’s trade agreements of rock-solid provisions in line with EU law, in particular on personal data protection, forced data localisation, net neutrality, roaming and intellectual property.

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Press Release: S&Ds push to bring the EU’s trade policy into the digital age

Today, the European Parliament adopted as the first EU institution a digital trade strategy. The digitisation of our economies raises new questions about market access for digital goods and services in third countries and the protection of digital rights. Most of the existing trade rules were written in the ‘analogue age’, the European Parliament now wants to bring them into the 21st century.

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Press Release: Shady corporate and criminal dealings detailed in new report on ‘Panama Papers’

To coincide with this week’s crucial European Parliament vote on stamping out malpractice and tax havens which were exposed by the Panama Papers last year, GUE/NGL has published a brochure that lays bare all the dodgy dealings and loopholes used by the wealthy elite and criminals in moving their dirty, untaxed money around the world.

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Press Release: EU and Switzerland join forces in the battle against emissions

By the EPP Group. The European Parliament is today set to approve the linking of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) with the Swiss system.

The linking of the two trading systems will not only reduce costs of trading with emissions, but also pave the way for more linking with bigger systems such as Australia’s, California’s in the near future, and China’s in a longer perspective. Full article…

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