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...
Support from EFA MEPs for taking up their mandates
On the first day of the new parliamentary term, EFA MEPs supported the right of Catalan MEPs to take their seats in the European Parliament.
More than 10,000 people gathered in a peaceful demonstration outside the European Parliament. They called for Catalans elected at the recent European electi...
Alyn Smith MEP has today been elected President of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament.
He succeeds Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras who stood down at the recent European election.
An MEP for the Scottish National Party (SNP) since 2004, Alyn was recently re-el...
Summary overview of the work of EFA MEPs in the European Parliament 2014 -2019
The European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament is made up of MEPs representing Europe’s stateless nations, regions and minorities.
Over the 2014 -2019 Parliamentary term, EFA MEPs have come from Catalonia, Galicia, Latvia, Basque Country, Scotland, Valencia and Wales.
SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today given an impassioned speech in the European parliament in Strasbourg warning that the Leave campaigns lied and broke the law, and that politicians from the campaign will do so again in the upcoming EU elections.
"President, thank you. So as a Scotti...
The SNP's leader in the European Parliament, Ian Hudghton MEP, has called out the 'idiotic Westminster chaos of Brexit'.
As the European Parliament debated recent developments in Brexit this afternoon, Mr Hudghton reminded MEPs that Scotland had voted to remain in the EU.
SNP Member of the European parliament Alyn Smith has, to warm applause, urged the European Union to "leave a light on" for Scotland to find our way back to the EU if we are removed against our democratic will.
The intervention was warmly applauded across the Chamber and by Presidents Tu...
The European Parliament has backed a report setting out tough new measures to tackle tax avoidance and financial crimes.
This is the result of a year-long special committee which was set up to look into the matter, following several recent scandals such as Luxleaks and the Panama papers.
Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras (Greens/EFA) has welcomed today's vote in the European Parliament in favour of reforming the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). The vote passed with 535 votes in favour, 90 against and 41 abstentions.
Terricabras is spokesperson for the Greens/EFA gro...
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
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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.