Speeches and writings


Better than expected outcome at Cancun but global climate diplomacy must speed up

The UN climate conference in Cancun (COP16) concluded today with agreements, which will enable the UNFCCC negotiations to continue working towards a binding climate deal in South Africa next year. The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament described the outcome as progress but underlined the need for a speed-up of […]

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Climate talks in Cancún – Green demands

Read the Greens/EFA demands for Cancún climate meeting.

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Milestone for protection from chemicals reached but serious vigilance still needed

An important stage in the implementation of landmark EU chemicals legislation (REACH) was reached today: from now on, chemicals manufacturers will only be allowed to continue selling the vast majority of chemicals if they have provided the necessary safety data (1). Green MEPs welcomed the deadline as a milestone for […]

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EP sends strong signal ahead of UN climate summit in Cancun

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution setting out its position on the forthcoming UN climate summit in Cancun (1). Green MEPs welcomed the resolution, which calls for stronger EU action on emissions and resolving contradictions in the EU's negotiating position. After the vote, Green MEP and EP draftsperson on […]

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Environment ministers stuck in groundhog day on EU climate policy

EU environment ministers met today to discuss EU climate policy ahead of a key UN climate summit in Cancun in December. Green MEPs expressed frustration at the outcome, with ministers once again delaying a decision on increasing the EU's emissions reduction target and fudging the question of the EU's potential […]

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Video: Illegal logging

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Commission proposes a dangerous deal

The European Commission today has presented two documents ostensibly aimed at giving the Member States more autonomy to restrict the cultivation of GMOs. In exchange, the Commission expects the Member States to support authorisations of new GM-varieties. Commenting on the Commission's proposal, Martin Häusling MEP, Green Coordinator of the Agriculture […]

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Breakthrough for banning illegally logged timber from the EU market

The European Parliament today formally adopted a compromise negotiated between the Environment Committee, Spanish Presidency and the Commission on the regulation of timber. Commenting on the result, Green MEP Satu Hassi (Finland), who replaced Caroline Lucas as the Parliament's Rapporteur on the law (1), said: "At last the link between […]

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Greens criticise Finnish nuclear power push

The Finnish parliament has given final approval for two new nuclear power reactors. The decision follows scandalous technical and financial problems in the Olkiluoto 3 reactor, which is still under construction, and a process that overlooked many risks, procedural mistakes and economic facts. The government managed to pressure the parliament […]

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Parliament secures prohibition of illegal timber in the EU market in compromise agreement with Council

Today the EP negotiators have agreed to a compromise in the second reading with the Council on the illegal timber regulation. Upon taking up her mandate in the UK Parliament, Caroline Lucas was succeeded by Satu Hassi as the rapporteur for the regulation. Satu Hassi commented on the result: “I […]

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