About: Philippe Lamberts

Greens want four EU Commission jobs in return for von der Leyen support

The Greens in the European Parliament have spelt out their conditions for backing future legislative proposals coming out of the new Commission that will take office on 1 November. EURACTIV's media partner Ouest-France reports.
Future EU 09-07-2019

Greens set conditions to approve nominee von der Leyen

The European Greens have set tough conditions for giving their approval to designated European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who started her charm offensive among political parties in Brussels on Monday (7 July), ahead of next week's vote in the European Parliament.
EU Elections 2019 30-04-2019

Greens: Bulgarian media mogul ‘the kind of people we are fighting against’

Ahead of the World Press Freedom day, the European Greens presented on Tuesday (30 April) proposals for how to guarantee media freedom in Europe. The real question, however, will be how to deal with 'rogue elements' from inside the EU institutions.
Future EU 27-03-2019

Citizens’ expectations for Europe focus on climate and social issues

The common expectations of Europeans are actually far from the divisions fuelled by politicians. This was highlighted by the WeEuropeans initiative, which managed to mobilise 2 million people and generate 30,000 proposals. EURACTIV France reports.

Open letters to Commission call for action in Polish rule of law dispute

Two separate letters, signed by MEPs across the political spectrum and former Polish leaders, demand that the Commission take swift action to halt a controversial judiciary reform in Poland, already closely watched by Brussels for fears that it threatens the basic democratic rules.
Data protection 23-05-2018

MEPs outraged over Zuckerberg’s EU Parliament show

Tensions soared between a handful of leading MEPs and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the 34-year-old billionaire avoided answering detailed questions on the company’s data policies during a meeting in the European Parliament on Tuesday evening (22 May).
Politics 15-03-2017

Juncker seeks support from Parliament’s pro-Europeans

The end of the grand coalition has pushed Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to increase his efforts at seducing the European Parliament’s pro-European leftist groups. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 10-03-2017

Refugee deal continues to preoccupy Germany

Angela Merkel harshly criticised Turkey’s “misplaced Nazi comparisons” ahead of yesterday’s EU summit (9 March) but still insisted the refugee deal is important and must stay in place. Criticism is growing in both the German and European parliaments though. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 18-01-2017

Guy Verhofstadt’s flagrant opportunism in the name of Europe

Guy Verhofstadt’s support dragged Italian conservative Antonio Tajani over the line in the European Parliament’s presidential election yesterday (17 January). This is a dark signal for a Europe in crisis. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Elections 15-09-2016

EPP candidates line up to replace Schulz

Five centre-right candidates are in the running to become the next president of the European Parliament. But after five years in the job, Martin Schulz has no intention of stepping down. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 25-06-2016

Parliament: No deal for a new EU-UK relationship before Brexit activation

In an effort to protect EU’s integrity, European Parliament party leaders have urged David Cameron to fully respect the British citizens' will and “immediately” activate Article 50 of the Treaty to start Britain's EU withdrawal process.
Euro & Finance 13-04-2016

European Parliament vies to lead Panama Papers inquiry

The European Parliament will vote on whether to create a committee of inquiry into the Panama Papers this Thursday (14 April) - and may decide to merge the new body with the special committee on Tax Rulings. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 18-09-2015

Parliament tax committee threatens to blacklist uncooperative lobbyists

The European Parliament's Tax Rulings Committee has called for sanctions to be placed on multinationals that refused to attend hearings on their tax practices.  EURACTIV France reports

Commission threatens to loot Erasmus budget to finance Juncker Plan

The European Parliament refuses to take funds from existing investment programmes to finance the Juncker Plan. The choice could jeopardise the future of Erasmus and Galileo, according to the Commission. EURACTIV France reports
Euro & Finance 11-02-2015

Parliament despondent after failure of Luxleaks committee

The European Parliament’s refusal to launch a committee of inquiry on tax evasion has been a hard pill to swallow for many MEPs, who have been left questioning the role of their institution alongside the new Commission. EURACTIV France reports
Euro & Finance 06-02-2015

Parliament shuns committee of inquiry into Luxleaks

The all-powerful Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament decided on Thursday (5 February) that there would be no committee of inquiry into the Luxleaks scandal, giving it less clout in ongoing investigations of tax avoidance at the European level. EURACTIV France reports

Let me prove you wrong on Circular Economy, Timmermans tells Greens

First Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans last night (4 February) asked Green MEPs to give him a chance to prove them wrong and demonstrate his commitment to environmental and social laws.
Euro & Finance 04-02-2015

Lawmakers fail EU plans to split up large banks

Deep divisions between political groups in the European Parliament are set to sink reforms aimed at preventing banks from being “too big to fail”, a key political objective following the 2008 financial crisis.
Energy 05-11-2014

Socialists want renovation rules revised, Cre?u confirms efficiency funding

SPECIAL REPORT: The leader of the second largest group in the European Parliament has told EURACTIV his Socialists and Democrats will push to strengthen building renovation rules in EU energy efficiency law.
Euro & Finance 16-05-2014

Greens vow to push for bank ring-fence after EU elections

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Greens will push for a compulsory ring-fence between banks' riskier investment banking and retail activities, such as mortgages and lending to small businesses, after the European elections.
Euro & Finance 02-04-2014

Public debt plan gaining momentum

By reducing their debt, European countries, will return to economic growth. But creating redemption funds, and eurobligations, raises the spectre of fiscal union. EURACTIV France reports.

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