Women have ferociously fought for their own reproductive rights.The message is clear: our body, our choices. It's time for the EU Member States and EU institutions to step up for equality.
Abortion access is a human right, not a moral question.
This petition demands the EU member states and the European Institutions to protect women from any violation of their human rights by adding the right to access an abortion into the EU Charter Of Fundamental Rights.
It's only by letting our leaders know that we demand bodily autonomy that we can build a Europe that prioritizes gender equality.
Can you sign this petition to demand Europe take action on protecting reproductive rights?
Million of insect species are facing extinction in what scientists are calling the 6th extinction. 75% of insects species have been in rapid decline since the 1990s. A collapse in the insect population can drastically affect food chains, wiping out animals higher up on the food chain, affecting air and water quality.
These aren't from natural causes, but human action. In Europe, the biggest cause of falling insect population & shocks to biodiversity are pesticides.
We need to protect biodiversity, large and small. It's time to stop thd damage we are causing.
We demand the European Commission propose an EU-wide binding target for pesticide reduction.
PETITION: EUROPEAN COMMISSION
2.7 tons of diseased beef from Poland was exported to 14 countries around the EU risking the health of EU citizens. This was caused by abattoirs illegally slaughtering sick cows and passing it off as healthy meat off, going against EU regulations that requires a veterinary inspection before and after slaughter.
Food scandals keep occuring in the European Union. Whether it is fipronil in eggs, contaminated Lactalis baby milk or horsemeat in beef lasagne: the recurring scandals demonstrate the fundamental issues with transparency and control in Europe's long supply chains. Unsafe low quality food is traded at the cost of healthy, fresh, high quality food. This only strengthens the urgent need to ensure that healthy food can find its way to our citizens’ plates; particularly children and the elderly. This could be remedied by a short food supply chains and locally produced food. It is not enhances and maintains health, but would better protect the environment, promote domestic agriculture, conserve rural areas, create less food waste and reduce unfair trading practices.
Therefore we call on The European Commission to:
- Food to be exempted from the public procurement system (Directive 2014/24/EU) so that locally produced quality food is preferenced over cheap low-quality food
- Implement mandatory labelling of food based on where it comes from in restaurants, public kitchens & convenience products in order to prevent any type of fraud that present a serious public health risk
- Encourage shorter food supply chains to create an easier, clearer and more transparent monitoring system as there are fewer intermediaries to be regulated with EU standards
To: European Commission, European Parliament, EU Member States
Every day, thousands of animals are transported under horrible conditions, throughout Europe and beyond. They are transported to be slaughtered, fattened or used for breeding. These journeys can last tens of hours and sometimes even days, often with a lack of space and without water and proper food.
All species of farm animals, including their offsprings, are subject to this cruel trade: pigs, cows, sheep, donkeys, chicken, and horses. The majority of trucks are not even adequately equipped; hence compromising animal welfare severely
They suffer from stress, heat, cold, injuries, lack of space and some even die. Not even the most vulnerable are spared from this cruelty. Unweaned offsprings are the most affected by this cruelty. They are forced to stand for hours and days in crowded trucks without adequate milk substitute feed or even rest.
The situation is even worse when animals are transported outside the EU, where journeys last days often without any rest. The time has come to end this cruelty! We need EU laws that only allow long-distance transport in exceptional cases and that favour slaughtering on site.
Animal welfare is currently one of the main concerns for EU citizens. Therefore we call upon on the European Commission, the Parliament, and the Member states:
- To set a maximum journey time and distance to slaughter at 4 hours and 300km
- To reduce the maximum journey time and distance even further for unweaned animals such as young calves to max 50 km and 1,5 hours;
- To correctly implement the Regulation 1/2005 aiming at harmonizing standards of animal welfare;
End cruel animal transports1,455 signaturesGOAL: 40,000 signatures
The climate crisis is here, and young people have the most to lose. Thousands of students around Europe are rising up, striking from school, demanding politicians take concrete action on climate change. Political inaction on climate change affects young people more than any other generation. Yet, they have the least amount of electoral power to have their say. A future with climate change will be inherited by the next generation. That's why it's time for countries in the European Union to lower their voting age to 16 and allow young people to have a political say now.
Politics needs a breath of fresh air. Our institutions have to cater and centre young people in the decision making process, especially on climate change. Young people of Europe want their voices heard. More than ever, they're joining non-government organisations, protests, petitions, social movements and engaging in direct action over formal political structures that do not include them. Austria and Malta have both lowered the voting age, and the European Parliament has endorsed this decision. Now, Member States around Europe should follow suit. It's time to lower the voting age to 16.
To the European Parliament,
As a constituent, I’m writing to urge you to vote for strong rules to end the secrecy on industry studies used to prove that pesticides are safe. As our elected representative in the European Parliament, you have a duty to protect our health, the food we eat, our plants and our environment from toxic pesticides.
Yet the decision-making process on pesticides continues to rely on unpublished studies commissioned and assessed by the pesticide producers. This is unacceptable and needs to change.
Your vote in the European Parliament on the 16th of January will be crucial to determine whether citizens can trust the European institution in the future, in particular, the European Food Safety Authority – EFSA.
As you are aware, the glyphosate case has highlighted the serious flaws in the way in which pesticides are approved. Back then, more than one million people, in the fastest ever European Citizens Initiative, raised their voice demanding the European Commission to protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides, by improving transparency in our food system and ensuring that all studies used to support the regulatory approval of pesticides are made public.
Therefore, I urge you to make sure that all industry studies are available to the public in their entirety and that those running the assessment of pesticides do not have any conflict of interest.
Millions of EU citizens are eagerly looking forward to your vote in favor of major changes to the system of pesticide approval. Our health, our food, our plants, and animals should precede the interests of secretive lobbies and private interests of multinationals.
The clock is ticking. Three years after the historic Paris Climate agreement it is clear we have to do more, much more, to halt climate change. But here is the good news: The solutions for a rapid shift to a Green economy are there. People across Europe, and across the world, are rising up to demand action. So now it’s a matter of political will. Now it’s time to deliver.
Science shows that Europe’s current targets of cutting emissions by 40% in 2030 do not go far enough to keep the world’s temperature below 1.5C. In fact, scientists have analysed that the temperature of our earth will rise to at least 3 degrees if Europe doesn’t increase it’s commitment. This is potentially disastrous, considering the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that stated that if the world’ temperature rises above 1.5C, the impacts of climate change on our planet would be irreversible. It’s time to demand more from our leaders. It’s time they deliver.
We demand EU leaders to commit to a 55% cut in emissions by 2030 to avoid the risk of climate change.
We demand our leaders to show their commitment to tackling climate change by taking bold action today.
Young people are finding it harder and harder to access the labour market after graduating. Far too many young people are caught up in unpaid jobs during the day but then, in order to support themselves, take up paid night time jobs in order to support themselves. Others are stuck in a vicious cycle of one unpaid internship after another as they find it impossible to find quality, paid work.
It's simple: Interns Work. Pay your Interns.
Since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, working for free has become increasingly common. In certain sectors, entry level positions have been replaced by unpaid internships. In others, unpaid interns are given little learning experience. This is not a coincidence. It is the results of employers taking advantage of the high youth unemployment rate in Europe and treating young people as cheap or unpaid labour force. Unpaid internships are an exploitative, unjust and discriminatory practice. We're calling on the EU to ban unpaid and low-quality internships at an EU wide level.
Unpaid internships perpetuate social inequality. Young people who do not have the privilege of financial security, parental support or cheap housing cannot take up unpaid internships, finding it even harder to enter the labour market.
Businesses, institutions, NGOs and all other employers should pay interns for their work. Young people deserve the ability to build a prosperous future for themselves. We need laws to make sure employers don't exploit their employees.
I demand that interns are adequately paid for their work. The EU must ban unpaid internships and improve the quality of internships at an EU wide level. That is only fair.
Unpaid internships are an exploitative, unjust and discriminatory practice. They perpetuate social inequalities among young people all over Europe. Young people deserve the ability to build a prosperous future for themselves. It starts with banning unpaid internships.
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