[fyeg_gen-l] EGP Newsletter - July 15 2011

Druide Avide david.drui at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 17:45:59 CEST 2011

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Welcome to the last newsletter from the EGP before the summer break. This
week Greens worldwide are in the spotlight, with Australian Greens
celebrating a historic breakthrough in the fight against climate change, US
Greens preparing for their annual meeting, and the Green European Foundation
providing analysis of the situation of the Canadian Greens.

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French Greens back Eva Joly for 2012 Presidential
 Irish Greens meet with European counterparts in

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Philippe Lamberts welcomes EU legislation on mobile
 Green European Summer University - Register now and

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Key challenges for EU fisheries not solved under Commission's timid
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Global Green Success: Australian Government announces carbon price
 USA Greens prepare for New York Green Fest

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Canadian Greens – the importance of
 Green Summer Universities 2011 – an

   [image: end]      France Eva Joly wins second round to become Party's
candidate for 2012

The French Green Party (Europe Ecologie - Les Verts) has announced that Eva
Joly will be its candidate for the country's presidential elections of 2012.
On Tuesday 12th of July it was revealed that Joly had gained 13,223 votes,
or 58%, putting her ahead of her rival in the second round, Nicolas Hulot,
who obtained 41%.

Hulot and Joly were the two candidates who emerged with the most votes from
the first round, which was also contested by Henri Stoll and Stephane

In a speech to party members in Paris, the former-judge said it was a
defining moment for the party:
"A page has been turned. The primaries have been a success. Never has an
ecologist candidate been nominated by such a broad base. This breadth gives
me a great responsibility."

Joly paid tribute to her fellow candidates, especially Nicolas Hulot. But
she was clear that it was now crucial for the party to be united and speak
with a single voice, to mobilize support in the campaign which lies ahead:

"The time of the debate between us is over. It is healthy for a debate to be
held within a democratic movement. That which brings us together is more
important than what divides us."

Joly, who was born in Norway and has dual citizenship, also noted that,
"This is the first time that there is a candidate in the French presidential
elections who was born and raised abroad." She addressed concerns about her
own origins by clearly declaring her loyalties to France: "I am a French
woman by choice and conviction," she declared, "My accent is the evidence of
the influence of France throughout the world."

Concerning her stance on the party's policy and her vision for the country,
she declared, "I will represent France's ecology, working for future
generations. Ecology is the economy in the service of man and not man to
serve the economy. Growth without end is no solution to our ills. It is not
the answer to unemployment and poverty. I will fight for a France which
places the public interest above that of the lobbies and immediate profit.
We are for the redistribution of wealth. We must initiate the conversion of
the economy, moving from a disposable society a sustainable society."

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  Ireland Eamon Ryan on the visit of the Irish Greens to Brussels

A delegation of Irish Greens visited Brussels this week to find new ways to
work together to strengthen the party in Ireland, and make make the next
European Parliament as Green as possible.

Members of the Party, including party leader Eamon Ryan, met with MEPs,
representatives of Groen!, the Flemish greens, and the European Green Party.

“We’re talking about how we get ready for the European elections in 2014,
and how we play our part in trying to build a green European Parliament …
sharing some of the critical analysis of what we need to do with the
European project at this time”, said Eamon Ryan.

Comhaontas Glas, the Irish Greens, are keen to build-up their support and
contribute to electing as many Greens as possible to the European Parliament
in 2014.

“There is strength in numbers, there is strength in cooperation, and that’s
our approach, and that’s what we’re over here in Brussels doing, and what we
look forward to doing in the rest of this year, and the next three years
leading up to the European elections”, Ryan concluded.

Click here to watch the video of Eamon's feedback on the meeting on the EGP

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   Co-chair Lamberts welcomes EU legislation on mobile charges

The European Commission on thursday, 14th July, adopted a proposal for a
regulation to introduce caps on roaming charges with respect to the data and
SMS. The Greens believe that these proposals are important and are timely
for consumers, given the resistance of the telephone operators to reduce
their own costs excessive. In a statement, EGP co-chair Philippe Lamberts

"The exorbitant roaming charges that the mobile operators still enforce for
both the data for SMS, are indefensible. We are pleased that Commissioner
Kroes has taken this initiative will enable European consumers to no longer
be exploited when using their mobile phone while traveling within the
European Union. The industry should have acted spontaneously and earlier,
but since it was not the case, there is no alternative to the imposition of
ceilings. I hope that this law can be implemented quickly."

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  SUmmer event Last days to register for Green Summer University and get a
discounted fee!

Time is running out to register for the European Green Summer University and
get a discounted rate on the registration fee! The Summer University is the
place to be for Greens this summer, as it is a joint effort between all the
members of the Green family - the European Green Party, Greens in the
European Parliament, and the Green European Foundation - to make this
ambitious large-scale event a reality.

The theme of the Summer University - "Europe - Make it or break it" reflects
the need to forge solutions that hold Europe together. The Event will take
place at the Viadrina University in Frankfurt/Oder (D) and the Collegicum
Polonicum in Słubice (PL) from September 8th-11th 2011.

Click here to register for the Green Summer

For information of programme, location, accomodation and much much more,
visit the event website at:

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   Press release Fisheries policy reform

The European Commission on wednesday presented long-awaited proposals on
reforming the EU's Common Fisheries Policy. The Greens believe the
communication does not properly address the core challenges facing EU
fisheries, notably by failing to set environmental sustainability as the
underlying goal of the CFP and by proposing a market-based system for the
right to fish, which treats fish as commodities, rather than a common good.

Commenting on the overall approach of the Commission, Green MEP and
fisheries expert Isabella Lövin said:

"Without abundant fish stocks, there will be no fishing industry or fishing
communities. The main priority of any overarching fisheries policy should
therefore be to set environmental sustainability as a prerequisite for
economic and social sustainability related to fisheries. Politicians need to
provide concrete guidelines on what to do when these goals collide. The
failure of the Commission to adopt this approach will ensure the continued
failure of the CFP to conserve either fish or jobs and livelihoods related
to fishing. This is a fundamental shortcoming."

Commenting on the proposals on the rights to fish Green MEP and fisheries
expert Raül Romeva said:

"The Commission's proposal to set up a market-based system to determine who
has the right to fish is nothing short of scandalous. Granting tradable
fishing rights (like quotas) could lead to speculation and the concentration
of fishing rights in the hands of those who can afford to pay the most.
Worse, if fishing permits are granted based on historical participation in
the fishery, the system will reward those who have been most responsible for
over-fishing in the past.

"Fish stocks are not commodities however; they are natural, renewable
resources, which are part of the common good. Instead, those involved in
fishing activities should be required to demonstrate that their activities
do not damage the marine environment and that they make significant
contributions to coastal fishing communities, in order to gain the 'right'
to fish."

Commenting on the proposals on fish quotas and discards, Isabella Lövin

"The current wasteful system of discards clearly needs to be ended. While it
is welcome that the Commission has recognised this, its timid approach does
not go far enough. Not only does the proposed "ban" only apply to a limited
number of fish species that are commercially exploited, it also fails to
establish a link between the ban and the necessary improvements in fisheries
techniques to improve selectivity and ensure that unwanted fish are not
caught in the first place."

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   Climate Change Australian Government announces carbon price agreement

The Australian government announced a climate action package on sunday, 10th
July, which included an agreement to put a price on carbon as well as big
new investment in renewable energy. The Australian Greens were instrumental
in the negotiation of the agreement, which will support and protect the most
vulnerable in society.

The agreement, reached in the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee, will put
a $23 per tonne price on carbon pollution. This marks a historic first step
towards a clean energy economy.

Some of the key pledges of the ambitious package are to lift Australia’s
2050 emissions target to 80%, to invest $10 billion in renewable energy and
start planning for a 100% renewable energy future, and to begin to close the
dirtiest of Australia’s coal-fired power stations while preventing the
building of new commercial coal-fired power stations.  In addition, it
promises to ensure that emission intensive industry compensation will be
based on rigorous independent analysis, to limit the use of international
offsets, and will make voluntary action to cut emissions count. Finally, an
investment $1.7 billion will be made in protecting biodiversity and
supporting farmers.

The Greens have played a defining role at every stage of the process leading
up to the agreement. Keeping up the pressure after the federal election
campaign last year, the Greens pushed for the establishment of a Multi-Party
Climate Change Committee that would deliver a carbon price as a condition
for supporting the coalition. After this followed months of tough
negotiations. All this effort has paid off, as the Greens have delivered a
truly transformative package for the Australian community, economy and

One of the major hopes from this announcement for the Greens is that it
should provide a boost to the upcoming international climate negotiations in

For more information about the climate action package as well as the
party, visit
the website of the Australian

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  EVENT USA Greens prepare for annual national meeting

The Green Party of the United States will feature an array of candidates and
guest speakers at its 2011 Annual National Meeting at Alfred University in
Alfred in western New York, from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7. The
theme of the meeting is "Building a Green Economy -- No War. No Coal. No
Gas. No Nukes."

The meeting will take place at the fourth biennial New York Green Fest, "a
gathering of folks interested in exploring the politics and practices that
will help enable us to live in a sustainable world, and sharing a weekend of
good discussions, good food, and good music".

Among the speakers will be leaders in the campaign to ban hydrofracking
(hydraulic fracturing), an environmentally destructive and dangerous
technique for accessing gas in the Marcellus Shale beneath Pennsylvania, New
York, and other states.  David Cobb, 2004 Green nominee for President, will
speak on the need to abolish corporate 'personhood' and restrict the
political power of corporations (see http://www.movetoamend.org).

David Doonan, Green Party member and mayor of Greenwich, New York, will also
be at the meeting.Elizabeth May, Canada's first elected Green Party member
of Parliament, will speak to Greens at the meeting by Skype.

"There are many people throughout the US, including Green elected officials
and community activists, who are thinking, talking, planning, and working
for a sustainable energy economy despite lack of broader government
engagement," said Peter LaVenia, co-chair of the Green Party of New York
State (http://www.web.gpnys.com).  "Many of them will be coming to the
meeting in Alfred or will speak to meeting participants via Skype.  Alfred
is the perfect place for Green Fest

Green Party leaders at the meeting will begin organizing for the 2012
election season, including the presidential race.  The party will nominate a
candidate for the White House at its 2012 national convention.  The 2011
meeting in Alfred will also feature Green Party panels, workshops, meetings
of the Green National Committee, and other events.

For more information including details on programme and location, visit

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Green Party of the United States official website:

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the
United States (Fall 2010 issue now online)

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   Article Canadian Greens – the importance of targeting

The Green Party has been a steadily growing force in Canadian Politics over
the past decade. This has taken place despite a political environment which
is volatile and hostile to newer parties. For example Canada operates under
the prohibitive single seat electoral system, which has prevented the
Canadian Greens from winning seats in previous elections. This has resulted
in politics being dominated by the right wing Conservative Party and centre
left Liberal Party, with a smaller Quebec separatist Party also represented.

In recent years Canada has also seen a political drift to the right, with a
Conservative Government elected in 2006 dismissing the threat of climate
change. In this context, there was an opportunity for the Canadian Greens to
be a new, strongly pro-environmental alternative to those disillusioned with
the status quo.

In the 2008 parliamentary election this paid off, with a vote of 6.8% (from
4.5% in 2006) but, unfortunately, no seats. The Canadian Greens therefore
changed tactics, deciding to target their resources at only a handful of
constituencies. This paid of this year when they won their first seat, but
it came at a cost. In this article, we look at the tactics adopted by the
Canada Greens and what Green campaigners can learn from them.

Location, location, location

The 2008 election results brought about a big increase in public funding,
which gave the Canadian Greens a lot more resources at their disposal. Their
objective however remained to win that elusive first seat in the Canadian
Parliament. In 2009 they began drafting a campaign strategy with this
objective at its core.

It was decided that their only way into Parliament would be for Elizabeth
May to identify a constituency to run in early, and spend a considerable
amount of time and resources building up a local profile and record for her.
The Constituency that was chosen was located in the far western end of the
country, at a rather inconvenient distance from the political centre of the
country in Ottawa. However it had recorded a strong Green vote in 2008, and
so was the best chance for a breakthrough.

Elizabeth spent three out of four weeks there from 2009 onwards, working on
the ground with campaigns and indentifying voters. As a result of her
absence from Ontario, her profile nationally, and that of the Greens,
suffered. It also presented difficulties unique to Canada during the
election itself, as the considerable time difference (3hrs) made planning
morning interviews quite difficult!

All resources, time and money, were focused on this target constituency.
Whatever resources not targeted at this constituency were directed at
constituencies where the Greens had polled well in 2008 (i.e. over 10%).

This article was written following an interview with Johan Hamels, executive
director of the Green Party of Canada. Click here to read the full article
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  Summer events Green Summer Universities 2011 – An overview

People interested in Green politics are gathering across Europe this summer
to discuss various aspects of Green European policies. The Green European
Foundation presents a short overview of the Green summer universities in

There are many interesting Green summer events this year, open for
participation to everybody. Green national foundations are often the
organizers of these events. The Green European Foundation is a partner in
four summer academies in 2011 and contributes to two more, with the aim of
bringing a European perspective to the Green summer debates.

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visit GEF's overview of the summer events on offer this year.

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