The 14th Council Meeting of the European Green Party (EGP) will take place in Budapest from 31 March to April 3. Simultaneously with this event, the Green Group in the European Parliament will have a two-day session in the city.
The 14th EGP Council Meeting will be attended by nearly 400 delegates, experts and supporters from 35 countries. About 40 members of the Green Group in the European Parliament will also be present in the Hungarian capital. Besides the representatives of LMP, several governmental officials will take part in the debates and discussions as invited lecturers.
The EGP chose to organise its Council Meeting in our country because Hungary holds the EU rotating presidency in the first half of 2011. This is a supportive gesture on the part of the European Green Party to LMP, which currently has the status of observer party in the political family of the European Greens.
The main issues of the event will include the state of democracy, the Green New Deal, climate change and the red mud disaster. Reflecting the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the agenda of the Group Meeting will focus on the issues of European energy supply and economic development.
The programme’s highlights:
- Public Debate with Daniel Cohn-Bendit on the State of Democracy in Hungary
- EU energy policy after Fukushima
- The Kolontár Red Mud Lesson
- Green New Deal : the social dimensions of the EGP’s economic program
- Green Answers to Roma Exclusion.
- Plenary Debate on the situation in North Africa and the Middle East.
- Danube Strategy – Opportunities
- The future of the Common Agricultural Policy
- Chernobyl 1986-2011 (Commemoration)
- Lászlo Andor European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Social Inclusion
The European Green Party was established in February 2004 in Rome to organize the informal association of the Green Parties of Europe into a single political entity. The EGP gained 6.3% of the votes at the 2009 European Parliamentary elections, and has 46 seats in the EP today.
The Greens formed a group with the European Free Alliance (EFA) like it had done before, and as a result, 27 representatives from 16 countries work together in the Green Group of the EP. The EGP / EFA Group is co-chaired by Co-Presidents Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit. Looking forward to full membership in the future, LMP, currently an observer party of the EGP, is proud of the fact that the EGP holds such a high-level meeting in our country.