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The Green 10 Top Ten Demands of the EP

The Green 10 are ten of the largest environmental organisations and networks active on the European level. They coordinate joint responses and recommendations to EU decision makers. Membership of the Green 10 alone is more than 20 million people.

They work with the EU law-making institutions – the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers – to ensure that the environment is placed at the heart of policy-making. This includes working with their individual member organisations around Europe to facilitate their input into the EU decision-making process.

The Green 10 have published their top ten demands for the 2014 European Parliament election.

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These are the member organisations of Green10

BirdLife Europe | CEE Bankwatch Network | Climate Action Network Europe | European Environmental Bureau | Friends of the Earth Europe | Greenpeace European Unit | Health and Environment Alliance | Naturefriends International | Transport and Environment | WWF

 

 

 

European Environmental Bureau (EEB) & Spring Alliance Manifesto

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is the environmental voice of European citizens. Created in 1974, the EEB is now Europe’s largest federation of environmental organisations with 140+ member organisations who gain their membership from the general public. Because of this, they are guided by the voices of 15 million European citizens, and act as the ears and voice of its members towards the EU decision makers and beyond.

The EEB works on a vast array of environmental issues and  its policy officers use experts, scientists, members, and politicians to work towards developing and protecting environmental policies.The EEB office in Brussels closely coordinates EU-oriented activities with EEB Members at national level around Europe. The EEB also works with wider coalitions, one of them being the Spring Alliance.

The Spring Alliance brings together civil society stakeholders from environmental, social and development organizations and trade unions. It aims to present a positive vision for a Europe that puts people and planet first. Despite a prevailing sense of crisis, the Spring Alliance believes that there is still an opportunity to adopt a better way towards solving Europe’s problems.

Together, the Alliance’s members have developed a comprehensive political manifesto that can put Europe back on track in their view.
This manifesto proposes six solutions to six key challenges. Download in full here.

  1. Ensure transparency and stronger democratic accountability of the EU institutions towards citizens.
  2. Reduce poverty and guarantee universal social protection.
  3. Create jobs and ensure quality employment for all.
  4. Significantly reduce Europe’s environmental footprint by putting in place effective policies in the Areas of climate, energy efficiency, renewables, biodiversity, air quality, chemicals and waste and product design.
  5. Implement a coherent global justice policy: stop resource grabbing, allow other continents to develop themselves and refrain from bilateral trade and investment deals which undermine the protection of public interests.
  6. End austerity and launch a recovery plan that places people and planet first.

 

Jeremy Wates, Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), said “Developing bold environmental policies is central to building a greener economy and allowing us to exit the crisis sustainably.”

“Inequality is a global issue, increasingly so in Europe. It’s not just about incomes, GDP and economic development. It is also about dealing with the root causes of inequalities within societies. To make a difference, EU leaders should take a stand against tax dodging and support a financial transaction tax” said Seamus Jeffreson, Director of CONCORD, European Development NGOs.

“With rising poverty, exclusion and inequalities the EU faces a time of distrust and disenchantment” Said Heather Roy, President of Social Platform. “Solidarity between member states is being called into question and we are far from reaching the Europe 2020 targets. We need strong democratic legitimacy and accountability, and economic policies that ensure sustainable and inclusive growth.

European Green Party (EGP) Manifesto 2014

The European Green Party is a transnational political party having as its members Green parties from European countries (although not necessarily from European Union member states). Parties can also become candidates and associates. The most important bodies of the EGP are the Council and the Committee.

Council is made up 120 representatives of member parties. These are allotted on the basis of their most recent European or national election results. Each party has at least two delegates. It is responsible for political affairs between congresses and it decides over organizational matters, such as the election of committee, the application of members and associates and candidates of the European Green Party.

‘We want to give European citizens a direct say while also maintaining our commitment to create a common European political space where important decisions are not only discussed within the confines of national debates but on an open democratic European stage.’ says Reinhard Bütikofer, Co-Chair of the EGP

Use this map to find out which Green Parties are a member of the European Green Party (EGP)

You can find the Green’s 2014 Manifesto here Change Europe vote green