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Comment on launch of far-right group in European Parliament

Press release from SNP MEPs Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith (EFA)

Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) launch of a new far right political group in the European Parliament, SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP and Alyn Smith MEP have called on former UKIP MEP Janice Atkinson to resign her seat in the Parliament. Ian Hudghton MEP said: "It’s perhaps not surprising th...


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Political meddling prevents EU debate on TTIP

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

A narrow majority of the European Parliament (1) this morning voted to postpone a debate on the EU-US TTIP trade negotiations*, following an initiative by centre-right political groups. The decision followed an announcement last night by the European Parliament president that he was postponing today...


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Women's Rights are Human Rights

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

Alyn Smith SNP MEP has today praised the European Parliament for adopting a groundbreaking new report on gender equality. Despite pressure from right-wing organisations, the EU Strategy for Equality Between Women and Men Post 2015, known informally as the Noichl Report after its rapporteur Maria N...


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EFA MEP to vote against 'trojan horse' trade agreement

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP Jill Evans will vote against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP trade agreement in Strasbourg this week. Jill Evans MEP is concerned that the agreement could open up Welsh public services like the NHS, fire services, education and others to competition from priva...


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EFA Group - Visit to Israel and Palestine

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

MEPs from the EFA Group in the European Parliament are visiting Israel and Palestine this week as part of a fact finding mission to the region. The MEPs include Josep-Maria Terricabras (President of the EFA Group), Jill Evans (Vice-President), Ernest Maragall, Jordi Sebastià and Alyn Smith. They a...


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Hunger strike for Occitan language

Press release from EFA MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras

Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras has paid tribute to Aquitaine regional councillor David Grosclaude. M. Grosclaude, of Partit Occitan, is on hunger strike in protest at the lack of official support for the Occitan language, and notably th...


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Thalidomide survivors in Brussels - crucial time for campaign

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

Plaid MEP Jill Evans is campaigning alongside thalidomide survivors in their fight for recognition and compensation. Thalidomide survivors from Wales and other European countries were in Brussels on Wednesday 27 May to highlight their campaign for the German federal government to properly compensate...


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'Better Regulation' is a euphemism and will undermine democracy

Press Release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall

Catalan MEP and member of the Greens/EFA group Ernest Maragall has described the European Commission's new 'Better Regulation' agenda launched this week as a threat to democracy. The European Commission is presenting its 'Better Regulation' agenda as a way of avoiding unnecessary regulation and mak...


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Tackling the trade in conflict minerals

Press Release from EFA MEP Jill Evans

The European Parliament voted today on a draft law to break the link between mineral extraction and the financing of armed groups in areas of conflict. Profits from the so-called "conflict minerals" fuel further violence and killing. The law covers four minerals: gold, tin, tantalum and tu...


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OECD backs minimum pricing

EFA press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

SNP and EFA Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith welcomed a major report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which backed minimum pricing and called for further efforts to tackle alcohol abuse. The report emphasised that while Minimum Unit Pricing had the p...


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Europe needs a genuine immigration and asylum policy

Press release from EFA MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras

Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras has called for a 'genuine immigration and asylum policy for Europe' in response to the tragedies experienced by migrants in the Mediterranean. MEPs in Strasbourg were today debating the issue with the Pres...


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Europe needs a unified approach to assist refugees

Press release from EFA MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras

Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras, together with a delegation from PEN International, a worldwide writers association dedicated to freedom of expression, have presented a manifesto for the protection of refugees in Europe, to Martin Schulz...


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EFA message of condolence concerning Germanwings flight 4U9525

In a joint statement on behalf of the European Free Alliance (EFA), Josep-Maria Terricabras MEP (President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament) and François Alfonsi (President of the EFA European Political Party) said: "The European Free Alliance (EFA) sends its heartfelt sympathies an...


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Support for Kosovo EU recognition

EFA Press Release from ERC MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras

Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament Josep-Maria Terricabras has welcomed today's vote by MEPs in support of recognising Kosovo. MEPs in Strasbourg were voting on a report assessing the situation in Kosovo and its readiness for EU membership. Significantly, MEPs vot...


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Welcome for legal clarity on discards ban

EFA Press Release from SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee which will see new legislation put in place aimed at preventing discards. The elimination of fish discards formed a key part of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy which came into effect l...


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