The Green Group in the European Parliament
The Members of the European Parliament sit in political groups – they are not organised by nationality, but by political affiliation. There are currently eight political groups in the European Parliament.
25 Members are needed to form a political group, and at least one-quarter of the Member States must be represented within the group. Members may not belong to more than one political group. Some Members do not belong to any political group and are known as non-attached Members.
Molly belongs to the Green/European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament. This parliamentary group is made up of Greens from across Europe and representatives of stateless nations and disadvantaged minorities. It currently consists of 50 MEPs from 17 countries and 5 regions. It is the only group with a gender-balanced Co-Presidency. Molly is one of three MEPs from the UK belonging to this group, the other two being Jean Lambert MEP (London) and Keith Taylor MEP (South East).
Committees and Coordinators
The Parliament has 20 Parliamentary committees, and each Green/EFA Group member is appointed to one or more of these committees. Molly is a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and a substitute member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (AGRI). She is also a member of the Special Committee on Tax (TAXE), formed in the wake of the Lux Leaks tax scandal, and tasked with making recommendations on improving transparency and cooperation between Member States on tax affairs. Committee members are assisted by the Greens/EFA advisors and staff.
For each committee, the Green/EFA Group has appointed its own Member coordinator who follows the issues dealt with in their respective committees. The coordinators play an important role in preparing – together with the relevant staff – the discussion, (Group position), as well as the Group voting orientation, on the issues dealt with in the corresponding committee and at a later date in the plenary session.
Greens/EFA Members are also present in most of the parliamentary delegations. There are over 40 delegations which aim at maintaining contacts with parliaments of partner States of the European Union and also promoting the values on which the European Union is founded in developing countries. Molly is a member of the Euro-Latin America Delegation and a Substitute Member of the Brazil Delegation.