21. May 2021
After the EU and India confirmed they will restart trade negotiations, we discuss how the European Union’s trade agreements can impact animals around the world. The negotiations with India could set standards, how animal welfare would be a defining element in international trade – and help tackle the most pressing problems of our time.
22. April 2021
This article is unfortunately only available in German. Kurz nachdem die EU Kommission den illegalen Handel mit Haustieren in ihre Strategie zur Bekämpfung der organisierten Kriminalität mit aufgenommen hat, trat gestern das neue Tiergesundheitsgesetz (Animal Health Law) in Kraft. „Das neue Gesetz ist wichtig, um den illegalen Handel mit Heimtieren in der EU zu unterbinden.
28. April 2021
Healthy soils are, quite literally, the basis for the functioning of our ecosystems, our food, a stable climate and, in short, our very existence. Now, given the inherent transboundary effects of soil degradation, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the protection of soil in Europe and calls for an EU-wide legal framework to address the threats to soil.
16. April 2021
In a two-days session, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI Committee) voted on the Motion for a Resolution on Soil Protection in Europe. Manuela Ripa, the shadow rapporteur responsible for the file in the Group of the Greens/EFA, was able to achieve very good results on amendments central to sustainable soil management and environmental protection.
Nice to see you here! My name is Manuela Ripa and since July 16th 2020 I have been fighting in Brussels for a more ecological and sustainable Europe.
As the only EU politician from the German state of Saarland and representative of the Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei (Ecological Democratic Party), I am mainly committed to environmental and climate protection as well as animal welfare and consumer protection.
Since I am the mother of two children, the future of our subsequent generations is particularly important to me.
I was born and raised in Saarland: a German state in the border region of France, Germany, and Luxembourg.
The relevance of the European Union was just as important in my childhood as the closeness to nature, which I have always been deeply interested in and committed to.
These two topics were also the reason for my political commitment in the Ecological Democratic Party.
Protecting diversity and saving species:
Many animal species in Germany and Europe, and in the oceans are threatened with extinction. I am committed to a sustainable European policy, and, as an ÖDP member, I initiated the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) Save bees. This ECI joint forces with the ECI Save bees and farmers.
Worldwide, millions of especially young citizens are taking to the streets to fight for climate protection.
I too am committed to a more ecological future, and I use my political positions to strengthen the interests of this and future generations.
As a new mum, I immediately rejected baby products labelled “according to EU regulation” because I knew that these limit values couldn’t be trusted.
In my opinion, all consumers should be able to see what they are buying!
One of the most important tools of the ÖDP are petitions and our proximity to citizens’ initiatives.
Although we are a relatively small party, we have already initiated several successful petitions and were able to directly influence the ruling coalitions.
For instance, with the support of almost 1.8 million citizens, we were able to oblige the Bavarian state government to do more for more species protection in south-east Germany.
Above all, our proximity to various citizens’ groups plays a major role in our petitions.
Can you still keep up with the flood of different certificates on food packaging?
I am committed to an EU-wide quality certificate and would like to display pictures of the living conditions of the farming animals on the packaging.
More than 112,000 petition participants think this way and support the ÖDP in doing so.
Together with almost 1.8 million participants, we were able to call on the Bavarian state government to stop looking the other way, and to do more for biodiversity.
Together with various citizens’ initiatives and other supporters, we were able to run a successful campaign for a more ecological future.