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#EGP: ‘Helplessness and confusion dominated the EU migration summit’

#EGP: ‘Helplessness and confusion dominated the EU migration summit’

Monica Frassoni, co-chair of the European Green Party (EGP), provides a first comment on the conclusions of yesterday’s EU migration summit (7 March). “The European Council of 7 March ended with the European governments more undecided than ever. We saw an EU being held hostage by the Turkish government, which is becoming increasingly repressive inside […]

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#Glyphosate: Environmental organisations press charges against Monsanto, BfR and EFSA for assessment of glyphosate

#Glyphosate: Environmental organisations press charges against Monsanto, BfR and EFSA for assessment of glyphosate

Six environmental NGOs (Global 2000, PAN Europe, PAN UK, Generations Futures, Nature et Progrès Belgique and Wemove.EU) from five European countries are filing today (2 March) a formal complaint against those responsible for the assessment of glyphosate in Europe, for “denying the cancer causing effects of glyphosate and getting its European market license renewed”. On […]

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#Ombudsman tells Commission to report back on pesticides authorisation

#Ombudsman tells Commission to report back on pesticides authorisation

| February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The European Ombudsman‘s inquiry into the approval of pesticides by the European Commission highlights concerns with the Commission’s practice (known as the confirmatory data procedure) of approving the safe use of an active substance before it gets all of the data necessary to support that decision. The Ombudsman notes the Commission’s general acceptance of her […]

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#Refugees MEPs visit Turkey to assess response to Syrian refugee crisis

#Refugees MEPs visit Turkey to assess response to Syrian refugee crisis

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Turkey plays a crucial role in the refugee crisis: not only is it hosting more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees but also most of the one million migrants who reached the EU last year passed through the country. MEPs have called on EU countries to deliver on the €3 billion refugee facility for Turkey. As […]

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#Tobacco Ombudsman regrets Commission stance on UN tobacco lobbying rules

#Tobacco Ombudsman regrets Commission stance on UN tobacco lobbying rules

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, strongly regrets that the European Commission has chosen not to make its dealings with the tobacco industry more transparent in line with UN guidelines. The Commission was responding to the Ombudsman’s recommendation to extend the transparency policy of DG Health to all DGs through proactive online publication of all meetings […]

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NGOs, media freedom and EU role at heart of Hungary human rights debate

NGOs, media freedom and EU role at heart of Hungary human rights debate

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The recent clampdown on an NGO, media freedom and the potential for the EU to monitor the fundamental rights situation in member states were among the main issues raised at a public hearing on human rights in Hungary. The hearing took place on 22 January in the European Parliament’s justice committee with representatives of NGOs, […]

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Luxembourg court blocks NGOs’ rights on access to court

Luxembourg court blocks NGOs’ rights on access to court

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today (13 January) Luxembourg court (Grand Chamber) in a final ruling decided that NGOs have no right on access to court and agreed with EU Commission, Council and Czech Republic who started an appeal to a previous decision of the General Court. This is a surprising outcome since the General Court of Luxembourg in 2012 […]

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