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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

Press Conference

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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New EFA Group of MEPs gets to work

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

The new EFA (European Free Alliance) Group of MEPs has met in Strasbourg for the first time at the start of the new legislative term of the European Parliament. The European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament currently includes representatives from Scotland, Catalonia, Wales, Valen...


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Terricabras confirmed as Greens/EFA Vice President

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

Newly elected Catalan MEP Josep Maria Terricabras has been confirmed as First Vice President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. Terricabras was elected last week as President of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group. Today in Brussels, MEPs reconfirmed the Greens/EFA group in the p...


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EFA Group elects new President

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

The European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament has elected Josep Maria Terricabras of Catalunya as its new President. The EFA Group is made up of MEPs from stateless nations, regions and minorities. The EFA Group in the European Parliament works for self-determination for nations ...


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Electoral Fraud in Turkey

Press Release from Aralar MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia

Basque MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia held a press conference today in the European Parliament to raise concerns of alleged electoral fraud in the recent municipal elections in Turkey. He was joined for the press conference by Eyyup Doru of the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party or BDP. Mr Irazabalbeitia ...


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Developments in the Basque Peace process

EFA MEPs Alfonsi, Demesmaeker, Irazabalbeitia and Zdanoka react

Several MEPs from the EFA Group in the European Parliament have given their response to recent significant developments in the peace process in the Basque Country. This includes notably the announcement of a beginning to disarmament by ETA and the subsequent interrogation of members of the independ...


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MEPs welcome ETA disarmament announcement

Press Release from François Alfonsi, Mark Demesmaeker and Inaki Irazabalbeitia

A number of MEPs who have been supporting moves at EU level to peacefully resolve the conflict in the Basque Country have welcomed today's announcement concerning an independently verified disarmament process. The independent International Verification Commission confirmed in Bilbao that ETA had 's...


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Basque Political Prisoners - latest developments

Statement by Aralar MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia

Last Tuesday when we decided to call this press conference in order to give our opinion on the document released by the Basque Political Prisoners Collective last December, 28th, we were aware of the demonstration that had been called for last Saturday in support of Basque prisoners. However, we did...


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EFA President calls for Civilian Peace Corps

Press Release from Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans (Wales) has called for the establishment of a European Peace Corps. The President of the European Parliament's European Free Alliance Group, and Vice President of the Greens/EFA Group made the call in a key debate in the Strasbourg parliament today. MEPs were discussing&nb...


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The Situation in Mali

Press Conference by EFA MEP François Alfonsi

When: Tuesday 10 December at 16h00 Where: Press Room LOW N-1/201, European Parliament, Strasbourg MEPs François Alfonsi and Jean-Jacob Bicep, members of the Greens/EFA Group, both of whom have taken an active interest in the situation in Mali, will respond to the address of the President of Mali Ib...


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