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European Green Party considers action with Green wave
Published : 09 Nov 2019, 00:28
Updated : 09 Nov 2019, 00:30
The European Green Party (EGP) is weighing its future after the Greens have gained a stronger presence in the European Parliament.
The council of the EGP began its meeting in Tampere, Finland, on Friday. Monica Frassoni, co-chair of the EGP, said "the green wave" is here, but "the Greens have to decide what to do with it."
Frassoni told a press conference on Friday that the delegates will be voting, during the weekend, on several resolutions related to issues such as climate change, refugees and world trade, the Mercosur deal in particular.
Frassoni said the Greens demand the impasse in the acceptance of North Macedonia and Albania as candidates for European Union (EU) membership should be overturned as soon as possible.
Some 400 delegates taking part in the council meeting in Tampere will also elect a new executive committee. Neither of the chairpersons of the party, Frassoni or Reinhard Buetikofer, will stand for re-election.
In the European Parliament election in the past spring, the Greens increased their presence. Frassoni said that it is a major change, "but it puts questions to us." She noted the election did not go well for the Greens in all parts of Europe.
Maria Ohisalo, chair of the host Finnish Green League and the Finnish Minister of the Interior, told the gathering that the Green movement must be a counterforce to right-wing populism.
Ohisalo defined the Nordic welfare state as "the solution for the future". "Family wealth, gender or skin color must not determine ability to get education or to achieve their dreams," she said.
She also said that from the Greens' point of view, halting the climate crisis and defending the welfare state are not competing goals.