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- European Elections - 6-9 June 

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What we achieved for you

SAVING OUR CLIMATE (EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL)

  • Putting Europe on track for a climate-neutral and zero-pollution society, leaving no one behind, by pushing the Commission to adopt a European Green Deal, a plan for Europe to tackle the twin climate, biodiversity and pollution crises
  • Boosting renewable energy to up to 45% by 2030. This will help cutting energy bills for consumers and reducing our dependence on Putin & other foreign autocrats
  • A new Social Climate Fund to help people cut their energy bills, renovate their homes and support accessible public transport
  • A new EU law to accelerate the renovation of Europe’s buildings
  • A new scientific advisory board to check how future EU laws affect the climate
  • The EU Carbon Market has been beefed up to make sure the industry & energy sectors pay for their emissions. Both sectors should be fully decarbonised by 2039
  • A new EU law to reduce methane emissions from the energy sector. Methane is even more dangerous than CO2 on a short term, and is currently responsible for one third of global warming
  • A new EU law to phase-out super powerful greenhouse gases (F-gas) that are used in fridges, air conditioning or heat pumps

PROTECTING NATURE

  • A Nature Restoration Law to protect and restore nature, by ensuring that at least 20% EU land & sea area is under restoration by 2030.
  • Criminal sanctions for perpetrators of environmental crimes
  • A new EU law ensuring imported products do not cause deforestation anywhere in the world
  • The Commission made two proposals to improve the health of EU soils & the resilience of EU forests. The EU Soil Health Law and the EU Forest Monitoring Law will be negotiated by the Parliament and the Council after the EU elections.
  • We led charges against conservatives and liberals to fix EU’s broken agricultural policies

REDUCING OUR FOOTPRINT

  • A new EU law to fight against greenwashing for products put on the EU market
  • A new Right to Repair to ensure easy and affordable access to spare parts so that you don’t have to throw away devices every time they’re broken
  • An EU carbon border tax, to decarbonise imports of steel, cement, aluminium or fertilisers
  • We stopped exporting EU plastic waste to third countries
  • A new EU law to ensure that products put on the EU market do not come from deforestation

DECARBONISING TRANSPORT

  • Since 1 January 2024, the shipping industry has started to pay for its emissions. Maritime transport will also be subject to new emissions targets
  • All new cars, vans and buses put on the EU market after 2035 will be zero-emissions, and virtually all new trucks by 2040
  • A new EU law to speed up the deployment of electric charging stations across Europe.
  • A new EU law to reduce the environmental impact of batteries used in e-mobility, in particular by boosting recyclability of batteries and their components.

ANIMAL WELFARE

  • We obtained the creation of an inquiry committee to investigate cases of cruelty in during animal transport in Europe. Following that investigation, the Commission proposed new rules to protect animal welfare during transport. This proposal will be negotiated after the EU elections.

We keep fighting for

A massive investment plan worth at least 200 billion euros per year to protect people and the planet

A zero-pollution European Union, with breathable air, clean water and toxic-free consumer goods

Bringing back nature and restore the precious ecosystems today under threat

Building a 100% renewable energy system by 2040 that will protect the climate and create two million new jobs

Taking the third of the EU budget today spent on industrial agriculture and investing in sustainable farming instead

Making healthy food more accessible at fair prices for both consumers and producers

Keeping dangerous pesticides such as glyphosate out of our fields

Creating millions of good jobs in sectors such as construction, energy and transport

Ending the speculation on food forcing people to go hungry while traders make record profits

Expanding public transport and reducing ticket prices

Phasing out all fossil fuel subsidies from 2025

Investing in home insulation

Animal welfare and demanding the end of exploitative practices

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What we achieved for you

Adopting a resolution on Minimum Income for which we were rapporteurs calling for a Directive on Minimum Income (see GreensEFA position paper)

Adoption of the Pay Transparency which will force employers to make information about their employees salary public and establish criteria to determine salary levels without gender bias
Establishment of a Social Climate Fund, contributing to fighting energy and transport poverty with direct income support and long-term investments
Platform workers Directive: we managed to have a strong parliament position adopted to help end bogus self-employment and ensure decent work for millions of platform workers
A call for a ban on disconnections (in the Porto declaration)

Creation of the European Platform for Combatting Homelessness became a reality thanks to the work of our group, together with the commitment to end homelessness by 2030

Mandatory climate and biodiversity budgetary targets and DNSH – We managed to negotiate that at least 30 % of the total EU budget and the European Union Recovery Instrument will support climate objectives up from a 20% target in the 2014-2020 MFF. For the first time we also managed to negotiate specific targets for EU budget spending on preventing the declining biodiversity with the 7,5 % target for the annual spending in the year 2024 and with 10% target for 2026 and 2027. Furthermore, the “do no significant harm” principle is anchored in the EU budget
Cohesion Policy – greener and more inclusive than ever – On our Greens/EFA initiative, the new 21-27 Cohesion policy integrates overarching principles that have to be respected in order to receive funding: compliance with the Charter on Fundamental Rights including gender equality and mainstreaming, non-discrimination and sustainable development including climate protection. Another victory is the exclusion of harmful spending through cohesion funds, such as landfills, nuclear energy, waste incinerators, or are phased-out
Strong environmental and rule of law provisions for the Resilience and Recovery Facility (RFF) – We managed to include strong do significant harm provision as part of the implementation of the RFF to prevent negative impact on the environment and climate). Similarly, we pushed for strong rule of law conditionally and fought for not disbursing the EU money to the countries breaching their rule of law obligations
Digital Services Act (DSA): This text, adopted in January 2022, contains measures aim to protect digitally enhanced fundamental rights, such as the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association, in light of online platforms business models which bank on targeted manipulation of individuals via content amplification. The DSA is a landmark step in European digital policy. It has triggered a lot of our attention as the DSA aims at establishing liability rules towards legal and illegal content. As a result of the vote, very large online platforms need to undergo risk assessments, mandatory audits, and allow scientific researchers and NGOs to access their platform data. Not only that, online platforms are prohibited from deploying dark patterns
Platform Workers Directive: Our group managed to include crucial improvements to the text despite intensive industry lobbying to jeopardise the agreement at the last minute. Such improvements include not only that platforms cannot evade responsibilities by subcontracting workers, but also requiring transparency on monitoring and automated decision-making systems of algorithms. As a result of that, the decision to fire somebody must always be taken by a human and workers will have a say on decision-making systems through consultation and collective bargaining
Artificial Intelligence Act: The EP position, adopted in June 2023, includes prohibitions for remote biometric identification in public spaces, both real-time and post, as well as a ban on emotion recognition, predictive policing, biometric categorisation, and for creating facial recognition databases by scraping the internet. These were key political asks from our side. Likewise, we managed to obtain ad-hoc rules for foundational models (like ChatGPT) and general purpose Artificial Intelligence, including environmental reporting. Finally, another key win was the inclusion of a mandatory fundamental rights impact assessment by all providers of high-risk AI systems before use
Data Act: We ensured that people have much better control over the data they generate by using connected devices – from fitness trackers over smart vacuum cleaners to connected cars. Manufacturers will need their agreement before being able to receive any of these data, This ensures that personal data is still protected. The users can easily share the data with other service providers as well, if they wish so. This introduces an unbundling between the purchase of a product and the possible later entering into services in the context of its use, and therefore creates a level playing field for SMEs and start-ups in future data markets
The Commission Presidency betting its success on the launch and implementation of the “European Green Deal” is our success
The € 750 billion Covid recovery fund: as we had long argued for, for the first time in its history, the EU jointly borrowed a significant amount to boost public investment. We also ensured that at least 37% is spent on green priorities, and that none of the funding causes significant harm to the environment
Common charger: rules to establish a common charger for smartphones, tablets, cameras and other type of similar devices were adopted in October 2022. Together with unbundling, i.e. separate sale of the device and charger, this will result in reducing electronic waste
Comprehensive regulatory framework for crypto-assets to protect consumers’ funds from frauds, with strong traceability rules to prevent money laundering or sanction evasion
EU windfall tax on fossil fuel companies during the energy crisis
EU minimum tax on multinationals: at least 15% corporate tax, no longer zero!
Creation of a European Anti-Money Laundering Authority and stronger rules so Russian oligarchs and organised crime can no longer hide their yachts and mansions

We keep fighting for

Minimum standards for protection of civil society organisations in all Member States of the EU

An EU-wide minimum income sufficient to keep people out of poverty whether they are in or out of work

Making unemployment insurance permanent to protect workers in times of economic crisis

Ending the rent explosion, investing in affordable and public housing, and supporting rent controls where necessary to protect tenants.

Enabling young people to make their own start in life with affordable homes and all the necessary conditions for independent living

The rights of the trade unions and their essential democratic role

Improving working conditions and make sure that the green transition leaves no worker behind

The recognition of platform workers as workers and ban unpaid internships

A minimum tax on capital gains and an EU-wide wealth tax

Ending tax avoidance by multinationals

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What we achieved for you

We have consistently supported Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s war of aggression. We fought for sanctions against Russia and supported Ukraine to become a candidate country
We got a majority in the European Parliament to call for a ceasefire in Gaza
We have fought back against unsustainable and unfair trade and investment agreements
We restricted the trade of spyware with authoritarian regimes
We led efforts to expose and push back on undue foreign influence on EU institutions
We were the main advocates for a feminist and inclusive approach to EU foreign policy
We got the EU Parliament to adopt a progressive report calling for EU level monitoring and control of arms exports across the world

We are at the forefront of prioritising business and human rights, with the view to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour throughout global value chains and to ensure that products causing deforestation or are made with forced labour are not sold in the EU

We managed to highlight in several country reports and resolutions the autocratic tendencies of certain regimes and their consequences for the EU
We were the first to raise and are still the most outspoken on the issue of ecocide and its consequences in Ukraine as a consequence of the war
We were the first to call for a full embargo on imports of Russian fossil and nuclear fuels
We led calls for an EU-level sanctions regime targeting individuals responsible for grand corruption outside the EU
We succeeded in having the EU exit from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) after many years of opposing this climate-killer agreement

We keep fighting for

Making sure that the European Union remains a project for peace and security, building a European Security Union

Ensuring that the EU stands up against authoritarianism and for human rights

Pushing the EU to take responsibility as a peace-building actor, especially in the Middle East

Continuing to support Ukraine, welcoming new members into the EU and helping candidate countries prepare for accession

Insisting on sustainable EU trade and investment policies that “do no harm” and do not come at the cost of human rights

Becoming energy-independent, and gaining greater control over vital technologies and supply chains, making the EU safer and independent from autocrats

Ending national vetoes so that the EU can work effectively and speak with one voice on foreign policy and other key areas

Becoming energy-independent, and gaining greater control over vital technologies and supply chains, making the EU safer and independent from autocrats

Promoting a gender-responsive external action for the EU

Opposing the over-prioritisation of migration in foreign and development policy

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What we achieved for you

EU Ratification of the Istanbul Convention
Adoption of the Women on Boards Directive, which is a first step towards achieving more gender balance in company boards and a push for more gender equality in corporate decision-making
Commission presentation of the Violence against Women and Domestic Violence; adoption of a Parliament position that strengthened the Commission proposal, by including additional criminal offences, as well as strengthened protection, support and prevention measures, including our proposal for the establishment of National Action Plans and specialist support for victims of cyber violence. The text was significantly watered down during the negotiations with Council and we will continue fighting for the highest standards against gender based violence in the EU in the upcoming term

We continued this push in the recent Violence Against Women and Girls directive (VAWG) ensuring that women and girls will be safe from online abuse and harassment

We built strong support within the Parliament and adopted a report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, we led, on EP resolutions denouncing the backlash on SRHR: such as the US resolutions on Texas and Roe vs Wade, on ban of resolution on sexuality education in Poland and the LGTBIQ+ free zones

Combatting sexual harassment through consistent advocacy with the #MeTooEP network, MEPs will be obliged to undergo mandatory anti-harassment training, in order to combat sexual harassment and advance victim support in EP

Rapporteurship on the report on Intersectional discrimination in the EU
Resolution on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality
LGBTIQ+ rights: EP declaring the EU an “LGBTIQ Freedom Zone” and proposal for protecting rights of children in rainbow families in cross-border situations
Women and girls with disabilities: Greens/EFA pushed for a ban on forced sterilisation within the violence against women and domestic violence
Anti-discrimination directive (ongoing)
Strengthening inclusion measures in Erasmus+
Promoting minority languages
Gender budgeting: thanks to our group initiative, it will now be possible to make future EU budgets more equitable for all genders. After all our pressure the EC to create a methodology to implement Gender budgeting for EU funds also the EP aims to adopted for its internal budget
Gender mainstreaming: Greens/EFA were the Gender rapporteurs of the EP and the ones pushing for the development and adoption of a EP Gender Action Plan
Key in pushing gender in the Climate agenda in FEMM of key files such as the Energy Efficiency Directive, the EU Sustainable and Smart mobility strategy, the report on gender aspects of the cost of living crisis and energy poverty and also highlighted the plight of women and the environment in recent work on the EU textile strategy and a resolution pushing the fight against climate change in the UN Commission on the Status of Women
Feminist Foreign Policy: First report calling on the EU and MS to develop a Feminist Foreign Policy outlining its key measures (women, peace, security)

We keep fighting for

Continuing to tirelessly fight all forms of discrimination and hatred

Defending the right to protest and fight against the criminalisation of activists and civil society organisations

Championing self-determination and bodily autonomy by guaranteeing access to legal gender recognition, trans-specific healthcare, and contraception

Guaranteeing access to safe and legal abortion and recognise sexual and reproductive rights as fundamental rights

Ending violence against women and girls everywhere and will increase support for victims

Making sure that men and women are paid equally for the same work

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What we achieved for you

Introduction of the annual Rule of Law Report by the Commission, which contains recommendations addressed to all Member States on respecting EU fundamental values

Adoption of the Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation and triggering of it in the case of Hungary

Adoption of the fundamental rights conditionality for some funds in the Common Provisions Regulation and application in the cases of Hungary and Poland

Inclusion of a broad personal scope and definition of public participation as part of the anti-SLAPPs directive: to protect not only journalists but all victims of SLAPPs, including human rights defenders and environmental defenders

Mainstreaming protection of journalists and independence of media, notably transparency of media ownership and rules of media market concentrations as part of the Media Freedom Act

Calling for an end of abuse on spyware, clear rules and rule-of-law based safeguards for any future use of such systems in the Pegasus report

Ensuring that the Data Governance Act and the Data Act does not undermine the General Data Protection Regulation and create data collection possibilities through the back door

Introduction of a ban on remote biometric identification and on predictive policing as part of the EP position on the AI Act
Adoption of a legislative initiative on the status of the artist
The EP adopted the INL on a statute for European Associations with a cross-party majority for which our group held the rapporteurship. As a follow-up to this, the Commission has published a proposal for legislation introducing a statute, on which negotiations are now ongoing
In cooperation with civil society, the Greens/EFA managed to push the Commission to carry out a fundamental rights impact assessment on the Directive on Transparency of Interest Representation on behalf of Third Countries, touching upon foreign interference and potentially bearing a big impact on civil society organisations
Holding Council and Commission to account via (very many) related questions, successful proposals for hearings, exchange of views, missions e.g. on migration funding, border surveillance
We succeeded in insisting on a full substitute impact assessment on the Instrumentalisation Regulation – ensuring that EU law making that affects key fundamental rights is evidence-based and protects the most vulnerable
Successfully pushed for establishment of Frontex Scrutiny Working Group, led the drafting process on the report outlining fundamental rights violations
As Rapporteurs, obtained the ambitious Parliament’s mandate for the review of legislation on long-term resident migrants, to ensure the possibility to move for job and other purposes across the EU
Adoption and leading on the Pay Transparency directive, which will force employers to make public information about their employers salaries and establish measures to eradicate the pay gap in companies
Adoption of the Women on Boards Directive, which is a first step towards achieving more gender balance in company boards and a push for more gender equality in corporate decision-making
Commission presentation of the Violence against Women and Domestic Violence; adoption of a Parliament position that strengthened the Commission proposal, by including additional criminal offences, as well as strengthened protection, support and prevention measures, including our proposal for the establishment of National Action Plans and specialist support for victims of cyber violence. The text was significantly watered down during the negotiations with Council and we will continue fighting for the highest standards against gender based violence in the EU in the upcoming term

EU Ratification of the Istanbul Convention

We continued this push in the recent Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) directive ensuring that women and girls will be safe from online abuse and harassment.

Combatting sexual harassment through consistent advocacy with the #MeTooEP network, MEPs will be obliged to undergo mandatory anti-harassment training, in order to combat sexual harassment and advance victim support in EP
We built strong support within the Parliament and adopted a report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, we led, on EP resolutions denouncing the backlash on SRHR: such as the US resolutions on Texas and Roe vs Wade, on ban of resolution on sexuality education in Poland and the LGTBIQ+

Rapporteurship on the report on Intersectional discrimination in the EU

Women and girls with disabilities: Greens/EFA pushed for a ban on forced sterilisation within the violence against women and domestic violence

LGBTIQ+ rights: EP declaring the EU an “LGBTIQ Freedom Zone” and proposal for protecting rights of children in rainbow families in cross-border situations

Resolution on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality

Anti-discrimination directive (ongoing)

Strengthening inclusion measures in Erasmus+

Promoting minority languages

Gender budgeting: thanks to our group initiative, it will now be possible to make future EU budgets more equitable for all genders. After all our pressure the EC to create a methodology to implement Gender budgeting for EU funds also the EP aims to adopted for its internal budget
Gender mainstreaming: Greens/EFA were the Gender rapporteurs of the EP and the ones pushing for the development and adoption of a EP Gender Action Plan
Key in pushing gender in the Climate agenda in Women’s Rights Committee of key files such as the Energy Efficiency Directive, the EU Sustainable and Smart mobility strategy, the report on gender aspects of the cost of living crisis and energy poverty and also highlighted the plight of women and the environment in recent work on the EU textile strategy and a resolution pushing the fight against climate change in the UN Commission on the Status of Women
Feminist Foreign Policy: First report calling on the EU and MS to develop a Feminist Foreign Policy outlining its key measures (women, peace, security)
CSRD: The Directive as adopted includes more detailed rules for large companies and listed SMEs to report on and publish information on their impact on the environment and climate, social and workers rights and gender equality, respect for human rights and internal corporate governance. This is to be accompanied by enhanced involvement of civil society stakeholders and more democratic control of further EU level actions
CSDDD: The EP position confirms the introduction of mandatory sustainability and due diligence standards for large companies. Key green victories include a full value chain approach (so not only supply chain), an explicit list of environmental adverse impacts which should also include biodiversity and animal welfare, civil liability and access to justice for victims and meaningful stakeholder engagement
ECD: Member States will have to adapt their national law to provide for higher criminal sanctions against companies when they are found guilty of the worst type of criminal offences, comparable to ecocide
The reform of the European Electoral law – EP proposes transnational lists, voting with 16 and gender equality requirements : In May 2022, the Parliament adopted its proposal for the reform of the European electoral law. The Greens/EFA managed to incorporate long standing priorities for our Group. Mainly, the establishment of an EU-wide constituency of 28 seats in addition to national/regional constituencies, the reduction of the voting age to 16 and of the candidates to 18 all over Europe. Moreover, we pushed for the establishment of zipped lists or quotas with the aim to ensure gender equality as well as provisions for internal party democracy. We also ensured that European democracy becomes more accessible and more competitive. Additionally, the Parliament’s proposal also contains provisions to enforce the ECJ ruling on Junqueras case further clarifying that immunity is acquired since the official declaration of the results, without any further requirements established by the MS
The reform of the EU Treaties – EP proposed to reform the treaties and make them more democratic, green and social in June 2022, following the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe, the Parliament triggered Article 48 TEU by initiating the procedure to amend the EU Treaties. We drafted concrete amendments to the Treaties based on the outcomes of the COFE and, ultimately, it will be in the hands of the European Council to approve the convening of a Convention by simple majority. For a long time, the Greens/EFA group has been advocating for substantial EU reforms that require Treaty change: end unanimity in Council for tax policy, social policy and foreign and security policy, Parliament’s right of initiative, universal applicability and enforceability of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, climate targets enshrined in the treaties, protection of national minorities and strengthening of the role of regions, among other reforms
EU Ethics body: Green rapporteur achieved the first-ever establishment of an EU Ethics Body for EU Institutions, setting up common standards and ensuring the examination of individual cases by independent experts
Citizens participation: Conference on the Future of Europe – In order to improve our European democracy, we need more citizens’ participation. We had been fighting hard to have the Conference on the Future of Europe. Its process and progressive recommendations are a success for our group. Implementation is now key. We are also fighting further in a new report to strengthen citizens’ participation in Europe with a standing citizens’ agora working on specific issues
Mobile EU citizens: increase turnout of mobile Union citizens – Our report to the Council is the most ambitious attempt yet to include as many Europeans as possible in the EU elections. We made sure that information is available in all EU languages and that polling stations and voting booths are accessible for everyone. Moreover, we included an instrumental role for civil society to help promote local and EU elections

Ensuring attention and follow-up to Citizens’ petitions – As part of the work in the Petitions Committee, our MEPs were key pillars in giving voice to thousands of citizens, associations and NGOs denouncing through petitions violations of rights arising from breaches of EU law. We made it possible for all these citizens to present publicly their petitions in the competent standing committee of the European Parliament, following up with a number of resolutions (e.g. on the protection of workers’ rights, environment and health issues, LGBTIQ+ people) and fact-finding missions in various Member States

We keep fighting for

Ensuring public funds benefit all citizens, not autocrats and their corrupt cronies

Continuing the fight for transparency and integrity and against corruption

An EU funded and EU led Search and Rescue Mission in the Mediterranean

Welcoming people that seek help with humanity and solidarity, not with fear

Full equality between men and women in all areas of employment and public life

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