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European Parliament sends Commission back to the drawing board on money-laundering blacklist

The European Parliament today rejected a delegated act on third countries at high-risk of money laundering, and has urged the Commission to make a new assessment on which countries should be included on the blacklist. The fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD), adopted in 2015, empowers the Commission to identify high-risk third countries. The blacklist rejected […]

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British and German Greens Unite to Oppose Threats from Philip Hammond

British and German Greens working on economic and tax affairs have issued a joint statement before the expected speech by Prime Minister Theresa May outlining her plan for the Brexit negotiations. They jointly oppose the destructive approach to the Brexit negotiations outlined by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his interview with the German daily “Die Welt”. […]

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Election of the EP-President: a race of broken-winged candidates

Over the past two days, and ahead of next Tuesday’s election, candidates for the next President of the European Parliament have presented themselves to the Greens/EFA Group. Sven Giegold MEP, spokesperson of the German Greens in the European Parliament, comments on these questions and answers sessions: „Neither the Social Democrats nor the Christian Democrats managed […]

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Maltese EU Presidency: New report shows island state is a tax haven

At the start of the Maltese EU Presidency, the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament has today presented a study on the country’s tax practices. The study, written by the Italian-British academic, Tommaso Faccio, shows that Malta would be included in the list of tax havens if the criteria developed by the European Commission for […]

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The jury is still out on Günther Oettinger

Three parliamentary committees questioned Commissioner Günther Oettinger last night to assess his suitability for a new portfolio including responsibility for the EU budget and human resources. The hearing attracted extra attention following a speech in which Oettinger referred to Chinese people as “slitty-eyed rascals” and questions about the Commissioner’s interaction with unregistered lobbyists. It was […]

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Italian bail-out: Dangerous precedent for EU banking union

The Italian government has decided to launch a new banking bail-out scheme for the troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi Di Siena. Earlier this year, banking bail-outs became illegal without ensuring creditor liability by bailing in at least 8% of total liabilities before any public funds may be used. The Italian government has been pushing […]

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Greece: Financial assistance must not be at the cost of labour rights

The European Parliament will today debate the Labour market reforms and labour relations in Greece. The institutions are pushing to make financial assistance conditional on the liberalisation of labour laws, despite the fact that collective bargaining is protected under the Charter of Fundamental Rights. It would also run counter to the 2015 memorandum of understanding […]

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Rules of Procedure: EU Parliament strengthens its efficiency and transparency, but fails to toughen integrity rules

  Today the European Parliament revised its internal rules of procedure, which govern both its day-to-day functioning and the ethics standards for MEPs (“Corbett report”). Debates focused on minority rights in the Parliament, lobby transparency and stricter rules on integrity. The Greens presented a “plan for integrity and transparency in the European Parliament” consisting of […]