The Spanish Green party EQUO is holding an open Primary to select their list for next year's European election. In a first for Spain, the #PrimariasEQUO are open to anyone living in Spain, not just members of the party. EQUO members are automatically registered to take part; non-members are asked to go to the EQUO website to register for the Primary before 12/12.
The Green Primary is a truly European-wide e-democracy project. Citizens from across the EU are saying that they want to decide Europe, by taking part and choosing who they want to be the Green Leading Candidates.
The European Green Party (EGP) strongly supports the small community of Pungesti, Romania – a village under siege after a violent intervention of Riot Police Forces allegedly at the request of Chevron. The energy giant plans to explore for shale gas in the region endangering the health and livelihood of the local population. EGP Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer calls on the Romanian government to ensure that all violence is stopped and to listen to polls clearly stating that that Romanians don’t want their national resources exploited and destroyed for economic gain.
Ska Keller, the youngest of the four Contenders in the Green Primary, took part in an online chat on 2 December to answer voters' questions and let people know why she should be one of the two Green Leading Candidates in next year's European Elections.
The European Green Party is delighted to announce that déi Gréng, the Luxembourg Green party will be part of the country's new government. The Greens will have three ministers and a secretary of state from today. This is a truly historic moment for our member party and for the whole of the European Green political family. We offer our heartfelt congratulations on this impressive outcome.
The French Green party, Europe Écologie Les Verts, held their Congress in Caen in Normandy from 30 November to 1 December. Six hundred delegates from all over France gathered to elect the next Secretary General together with the new Party Board, and decide on the party's political course over the next few years.
After five impressive election results in 2013, the Austrian Greens have nominated their list for for the European Parliament elections in May 2014. The party is looking to follow their successes by adding to their two current MEPs.
The first of two Green Primary debates scheduled to take place in Germany was held in Northrhine-Westphalia on Sunday, watched by a live audience of over 200 local Greens. The event, which was also streamed online, took place in the historic city of Cologne which is at the centre of Europe. According to debate organisers Bündnis 90/Die Grünen NRW, “although the European Union is suffering a major crisis at the moment, we are still strongly convinced that European problems can only be solved by the people living in Europe working together.”
This week the Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted on proposals to revise EU rules on honey. Currently, honey contaminated by genetically modified pollen must be labelled as such. The Commission proposed to remove this requirement - a disappointing backtrack which would leave both honey producers and their sweet-toothed consumers vulnerable.
Last weekend, on November 23 and 26, the 32nd National Assembly of the Federation of Italian Greens took place in Chianciano Terme, a small town in Tuscany. It was a ground-breaking meeting. For the first time ever in Italy, a party will be led by both a man and a woman – this 50/50 gender balance perfectly reflects in the whole executive branch, which is split evenly between women and men.