Press Release from EFA MEPs Alyn Smith (Scotland) & Diana Riba (Catalonia)
The European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament has welcomed today's opinion from the European Court of Justice's Advocate General in favour of Greens/EFA MEP Oriol Junqueras.
The Advocate General stated that an MEP's mandate comes solely from the electorate and cannot be ...
Press Release from EFA MEP François Alfonsi (Corsica)
EFA MEP François Alfonsi has called on the EU to impose sanctions against the Turkish regime in response to their aggression against the Kurdish people in Rojava, northern Syria.
Turkey launched a unilateral military intervention and invasion of Kurdish controlled areas. This has caused si...
Press Release from Alyn Smith MEP (SNP), President of the EFA Group in the EP
Responding to today's verdict in the trial of Catalan pro-independence leaders which saw them receive sentences of between 9 and 13 years imprisonment, Alyn Smith, SNP MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament described the sentences as 'a travesty of justice which will o...
Sixty MEPs condemn Turkish military intervention in Syria
Sixty MEPs from different political groups in the European Parliament – including Greens/EFA - have come together to co-sign a political declaration that condemns Turkey's military intervention in Syria.
They call upon the EU to impose sanctions against Turkey and to tackle the humanita...
SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has said the Parliament must resume immediately after the UK Supreme Court ruled Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down Parliament was unlawful and unconstitutional upholding the ruling of Scotland’s supreme court.
Alyn Smith said:
We need fast action now. CO2 must have a fair price. We urge the new European Commission to make climate priority a reality and increase our CO2-reduction target from the weak 40 per cent to at least 65 per cent by 2030. It is also unacceptable for aircraft and ships to not pay the price and to benefit from tax subsidies.
Support for fundamental rights from across the political spectrum
Around a dozen MEPs from a variety of political groups have met at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to agree the establishment of a Kurdish Friendship Group.
The aim is to provide a forum of support and discussion for issues of concern relating to the Kurdish people. It is anticipated that t...
Cross party declaration commits to working together in the face of Brexit
The proroguing, or shutting down the UK Parliament in order to limit scrutiny of the implications of a potential no deal Brexit is completely unacceptable. The signatories commit themselves to continue to work across party lines and declare that it is vital that MPs do likewise.
EFA MEP Christian Allard defends Scotland's attachment to Europe
Scottish MEP Christian Allard is a 'newly elected representative unlike any other.'
Born in Dijon, Christian Allard has lived in Scotland for over thirty years where he has worked extensively in the fishing and seafood industries.
He became a Member of the Scottish Parliament in 2013 a...
Conference on language technologies and digital equality in a multilingual Europe
Whilst many minority or smaller languages are thriving as community languages, it is often a different story online, where English often dominates. This is not only a problem for minority languages. Many EU languages are majority languages in the real world but have become minority languages in the digital world.
Exchange of views about fundamental rights in Spain
Watch a video clip about this event:
This exchange of views about fundamental rights in Spain will include the participation of relatives and lawyers of:
The Catalan political prisoners
the eight young peo...
EFA MEP Jordi Solé gives an update on the situation in Catalonia at a press conference in the European Parliament, alongside relatives of the political prisoners and exiled politicians, on 26 March 2018.