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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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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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EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement

Press Release from the EFA Group in the EP

MEPs from the European Parliament's European Free Alliance Group have condemned as 'shameful' an agreement on fishing rights reached between the EU and Morocco. MEPs approved the EU – Morocco Fisheries agreement at a vote in Strasbourg today. The controversy stems from the inclusion in the agreeme...


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Fisheries reform passes final hurdle

Press Release from SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Tuesday) welcomed the European Parliament's final approval of a reformed Common Fisheries Policy which will return greater control over fisheries to Europe's fishing nations. The reformed CFP allows for decisions to be taken on a regional basis, in contrast ...


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EFA Conference - the Right to Decide

Press Release from the EFA Group in the EP

Speakers from Catalonia, Scotland, the Basque Country, Wales, Galicia, and Quebec took part in a conference hosted by the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament today on 'The Right to Decide'. The event focussed on the distinctive and different con...


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Reaction to ECHR ruling on Basque prisoner

EFA Press release from Iñaki Irazabalbeitia and others

EFA MEPs Iñaki Irazabalbeitia, François Alfonsi and Tatjana Zdanoka, held a press conference in Strasbourg to give their reaction to yesterday's verdict at the European Court of Human Rights condemning Spain's treatment of a Basque prisoner. The Court found that Spain had contravened the Conventio...


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ECHR verdict on Spain's penitential system

Press conference by EFA MEP Iñaki Irazabalbeitia

When: Tuesday 22 October at 15h30 Where: Press Room, LOW N-1/201, European Parliament, Strasbourg Following Monday's verdict at the European Court of Human Rights condemning Spain's treatment of a Basque prisoner, Basque MEP Iñaki Irazabalbeitia will give his reaction and discuss the wider implica...


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Call for action on minority language radio

EFA Press release from Inaki Irazabalbeitia MEP

A conference at the European Parliament this week organised by Basque MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia has recognised the importance of radio broadcasting in supporting minority languages. Organised in conjunction with AMARC Europe and ELEN, the conference echoed previous calls for the European Commission t...


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