Talk is cheap, it's votes that count. Click on the different issues below to find out how MEPs voted in these important votes on key issues for the Greens (economic, social and environmental policy, democracy and civil liberties among others). Once you have chosen the issue, you can choose to see how a whole political group voted or how MEPs from the same party/group in your country voted.go to Top
The EU has legislation in place since 1996 aimed at limiting pollution from the largest industrial installations. This includes limit values for atmospheric pollutants that cause acid rain and smog. As part of a revision of the legislation, the European Commission proposed updating pollution limits for large combustion plants and merging industry specific laws into one instrument. The European Parliament voted on the legislative proposal in March 2009. A shocking last minute amendment by the EPP group sought to exclude most of the manufacturing industry (including heavy polluters like the oil, steel and chemical industries) from the scope of the air pollutant limit values set in the legislation. The amendment conflicts with the aim of the legislation as well as a European Court of Justice ruling, yet a majority of MEPs voted in favour of it!
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