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The European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament currently includes representatives from Scotland, Catalonia, Wales and Latvia.

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EFA President Josep-Maria Terricabras on Estonia's EU Presidency

President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, and Greens/EFA Vice President Josep-Maria Terricabras has welcomed the start of Estonia's six-month Presidency of the EU Council during a special debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. During the debate, Estonia's Prime Mini...

EFA - Culture committee considers Brexit

The implications of Brexit for culture and education were the focus of a hearing of the European Parliament's Culture Committee this week. MEPs heard evidence from a number of expert speakers including Eluned Haf, Head of Wales Arts International, invited at the initiative of Plaid Cymru MEP ...

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Wales)

As formal negotiations get underway in Brussels, Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans is publishing a new report that explores how UK citizens could retain EU citizenship after the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The study was launched in the European Parliament on Tuesday, and the researchers will present t...

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Debating the future of European Political Parties

Greens/EFA Vice President, and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras, has voiced support for greater transparency and accountability in order to counter any possible misuse of European funds. Terricabras was speaking on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group in a ...

EFA MEP Jordi Solé on Catalonia's plans for an independence referendum on 1 October

The Catalan government has announced a referendum on independence which will take place on 1 October 2017. EFA MEP Jordi Solé from Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya took the floor at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week to inform MEPs from across Europe of the Catalan government...

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25th anniversary of the adoption of the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages

To mark the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages by the Council of Europe, diverse MEPs intervened in the European Parliament's Strasbourg Plenary session in their own native languages. The MEPs included President of the EFA Group in the ...

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EFA MEP Alyn Smith (Scotland) speaks out on LGBTi rights

EFA MEP Alyn Smith (Scottish National Party) has spoken out in the European Parliament, in Strasbourg over the alarming situation of LGBTi rights and the EU guidelines to protect and uphold them, particularly in the aftermath of the revelations of LGBTi “purges” in Chechnya, Russia. T...

Quote from EFA MEP Alyn Smith (Scotland)

Speaking in this morning's European Parliament debate on the Brexit negotiations with EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Scottish National Party MEP Alyn Smith said: "I'd pick up on Guy Verhofstadt's point about how Eurosceptic...

EFA Press Release from Jordi Solé MEP (Catalonia)

  MEP Jordi Solé (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya) has called for the EU to support the establishment of a Syrian war crimes tribunal to ensure crimes against humanity committed during the conflict do not go unpunished. The MEP – a member of the EFA Group in the Europea...

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EFA Press Release from Jill Evans MEP (Wales)

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament in favour of binding food waste reduction targets. MEPs are calling for an EU waste reduction target of 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030 compared to the 2014 baseline. Plaid Cymru has previously called for large food retailer...

Stateless nations and media

28.09.2017

Is a national communication agenda possible?

Political and social movements of stateless nations face a double communication challenge in order to spread their vision and aims to society. The aim of this conference is to analyse the reality of both media and the communication agenda in several European stateless nations from different angles.

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The Right to Decide

11.01.2017

Self-determination in the EU

Simultaneous interpretation in ENG- NL- CAT –EUS- CYM -IT-ES   12:00 Informal lunch 13:30 Welcome by MEP DEMESMAEKER + introduction            ...

The feasibility of associate EU citizenship for UK citizens postBrexit

A study commissioned by EFA MEP Jill Evans

This report has five principal findings on the protection of the status of Union citizenship and the...

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Crisis in Syria

Plenary speech by EFA MEP Jordi Solé

EFA MEP Jordi Solé takes part in the European Parliament debate on the crisis in Syria, Strasbourg 16 May 2017.

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Plenary speech by MEP Alyn Smith

"As a Scottish European I’ve long wondered how I’d feel today, and the answer is I’m heartbroken. Not for myself but for the people I serve, for future generations."

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Citizens must be central to Brexit talks

According to MEPs from the European Free Alliance group, the negotiations should be fair and in good faith, with citizens' interests coming first and people not used as bargaining chips

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Rome Treaties 60th Anniversary

EFA MEP Jordi Solé's video statement

EFA MEP Jordi Solé highlights the contribution of Europe's historic small and stateless nations and regions to the process of European integration.

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European political parties should respect European values

Plenary debate with Josep-Maria Terricabras

MEPs have been discussing a request to review how the European parliament funds European political parties. The main concern is to avoid a misuse of public money and to ensure that European political parties respect European values.

Scotland's place in Europe's family of nations

Plenary intervention by Alyn Smith

Scotland faces the prospect of being removed from our family of nations against our clearly expressed democratic will. It's not fair, and if the EU is not a community of justice and law and democracy then what are we for?

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Europe must embrace strongly pro-European historic nations like Scotland and Catalonia

Terricabras on the future of Europe

Terricabras was speaking in a debate in the European Parliament with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on his much awaited 'White paper on the future of Europe', which sets out five scenarios for the future course of the EU post-Brexit.

EFA MEPs join CETA protest

EFA MEPs Josep-Maria Terricabras and Jill Evans joined protestors outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg to show their opposition to the controversial CETA trade agreement between the EU and Canada.

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Les barreres a la pau a Israel i Palestina

Produïda pel Grup de l'Aliança Lliure Europea al Parlament Europeu durant la seva visita a Israel i Palestina el juny de 2015. Aquesta pel·lícula, subtitulada en català, mira les realitats de la vida diària sota l'ocupació i les perspectives per a la pau i per a una solució de dos estats. (Imatges: Susanne Sgrazzuti).

Debate on the future of Europe

EFA Group President J-M Terricabras speaks in the EP debate on the future of Europe

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Electricity price scandal in the Spanish state

Scandalously high electricity prices in the Spanish state have been highlighted by Esquerra Republic...

Huge interest in Catalan independence process at European Parliament

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Several hundred people attended an event at the European Parliament in Brussels to hear more about Catalonia's forthcoming independence referendum.

Support for Thalidomide Victims

Plaid Cymru and EFA MEP Jill Evans has spoken up in support of thalidomide victims at a key debate i...

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EFA President in Brexit talks

President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament Josep-Maria Terricabras is taking part in the ...