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Press release from EFA MEP J-M Terricabras (ERC)

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...

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EFA MEPs welcome vote to recognise Palestine

Press release from the EFA Group in the EP

MEPs from the European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament have welcomed today's vote to recognise Palestine. It was, they said, an important and symbolic step forward towards lasting peace and a two state solution. But they regretted moves to water down the European Parliament resolution...


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EU Budget fails to deal effectively with payments shortfall

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall

Catalan MEP Ernest Maragall (substitute member of the European Parliament's Budgets Committee) has criticised a deal on the EU Budget for 2015 approved today by MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Parliamentary approval was required for the deal agreed between the European Parliament and ...


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EU Commission must not row back on environmental standards

Press Release by EFA MEP Jill Evans

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans (Wales), in a speech to the European Parliament today has pledged to keep up the pressure on the EU Commission not to row back on its environmental commitments. Today’s proposals from EU President Junker at the presentation of the EU Commission's Work Programme to ...


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MEP highlights importance of Roma integration

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià

EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià has organised a meeting at the European Parliament to discuss the failure of integration policies for Roma people in Europe, particularly with regard to education. Jordi Sebastià invited representatives of the Roma community in Spain to meet with senior figures from the Euro...


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Spanish government criticised on migrant policy

Press release from EFA MEPs Josep-Maria Terricabras & Jordi Sebastià

"The Spanish government wants to legalise illegality" - Terricabras MEPs have strongly criticised Spanish authorities for their 'unacceptable and wrong' behaviour towards migrants at Spain's overseas enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa. Spain is accused of the 'summary expulsion ...


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Concerns over Juncker's Jobs & Growth Promises

Press Release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall

Catalan MEP and member of the European Parliament's Budgets Committee Ernest Maragall has commented ahead of EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's long-awaited presentation to the European Parliament of his Commission's plan for Jobs, Growth and Investment. Mr Maragall is also a member of th...


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Petitions Committee concern at UK forced adoptions

Press Release from EFA MEP Tatjana Zdanoka

Serious concerns were raised at this week's meeting of the European Parliament's Petitions Committee about the practice of forced adoptions in the UK. MEPs also expressed concern about apparent attempts by UK authorities to prevent those affected from speaking to the committee. The Committee Chair ...


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Basque Friendship Group re-established

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

The European Parliament's Basque Friendship Group has been re-established for this next term of the European Parliament. It is made up of 14 MEPs from 5 different political groups and includes EFA MEPs Jill Evans, Ian Hudghton and Tatjana Ždanoka who were founder members. The group was established ...


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Spain missing out on renewable energy potential

Press Release from EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià

The Spanish government's effective veto on renewable energy has been condemned at an event in Brussels organised by Valencian MEP Jordi Sebastià. A controversial subsidy system for renewable energy exists in Spain. Around one third of Spain's energy is currently produced from renewable sources and ...


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Catalans' right to vote highlighted in Brussels

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

Catalonia's democratic right to decide on its own constitutional future was highlighted today at an event in the European Parliament in Brussels. Politicians from across the political spectrum and representatives of Catalan civil society came together to press the case for Catalan self-determination...


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The Catalan Referendum in an EU Context

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When:    15h00 – Thursday 2 October Where:  Press Room PHS 0A50 (Salle Anna Politkovskaya), European Parliament, Brussels. With MEPs: Ernest Maragall (Greens/EFA)Ramon Tremosa (ALDE)Ernest Urtasun (Greens/EFA)Francesc Gambús (EPP) Following the recent decision of Spain's cons...


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Catalan referendum – MEPs address open letter to EP President

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

In a joint initiative, MEPs from several political groups have written to the President of the European Parliament to take issue with the refusal of Spanish authorities to allow a consultation on Catalonia's constitutional future. In an open letter they explain that the Catalan Parliament approved a...


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Language diversity side-lined in new EU Commission

Press Release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

The new European Commission is at risk of ignoring the importance of language diversity in Europe, according to Plaid Cymru – the Party of Wales MEP Jill Evans, a member of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group of MEPs. The Welsh MEP has criticised the decision not to appoint a dedicated EU Commi...


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Scottish independence referendum

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

Commenting on the Scottish independence referendum, Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras said: "The Scottish referendum process has been a remarkable and inspirational exercise in popular democracy which has engaged unprecedented nu...


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Terricabras questions Juncker on self-determination

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras, President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, has asked the European Commission President designate, Jean-Claude Juncker for his views on the forthcoming independence votes in Catalonia and Scotland. Mr Terricabras noted these two nations would decide th...


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