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Facebook terms and conditions unfair and not valid in Europe

Press release from Mark Demesmaeker MEP

A reply from the European Commission to a question submitted by an N-VA Member of the European Parliament shows that a lot of terms and conditions Facebook imposes on its European users are not valid in the European Union. MEP Mark Demesmaeker said: "Even more so, some of the conditions are ou...


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Schulz questioned on Latvia intervention

Press release from Tatjana Ždanoka MEP

Latvian MEP Tatjana Ždanoka has asked European Parliament President Martin Schulz to explain his recent intervention in Latvian domestic politics. Mr Schulz, a social democrat, gave an interview published in the Latvian media recently in which he expressed his admiration of the firmness shown by La...


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SNP MEP calls for mackerel mediation

Press release from Ian Hudghton MEP

SNP President and MEP Ian Hudghton has intervened in the dispute between the EU and Iceland over mackerel fishing quotas in the North Atlantic. Since 2010, Iceland has unilaterally imposed quotas for mackerel fishing, which had traditionally been agreed jointly with the EU, Iceland, Norway and the F...


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One language dies every two weeks

Press release from Francois Alfonsi MEP

One language dies on average every two weeks somewhere on earth. That was the shocking statistic revealed in an expert seminar hosted at the European Parliament this week by Corsican MEP François Alfonsi in preparation for his report on "Endangered European languages ​​and linguistic ...


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Israel President Speech: Time for action rather than words

Press release from François Alfonsi, Jill Evans, Ana Miranda

Several MEPs from the European Parliament's EFA Group, which represents Europe's stateless nations, minorities and regions have responded to today's address by the President of Israel in Strasbourg. Addressing the European Parliament, Israel's Head of State said that it was time to renew the peace p...


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Plaid MEP showcases Welsh produce at European Parliament

Press release from Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP, Jill Evans, welcomed members of the Farmers' Union of Wales to the European Parliament in Brussels today to promote high quality Welsh produce.  She hosted the annual breakfast to showcase Welsh food and draw attention to the importance of an agricultural policy that continues to sup...


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SNP Welcomes Parliament Vote on CFP Reform

SNP Press release from Ian Hudghton MEP

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Wednesday) welcomed a key vote in the European Parliament as an important step on the road to CFP reform. The vote was on the main regulation which will govern the management of European fisheries for the next decade.  MEPs voted in favour of returning ...


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MEPs demand peaceful resolution of Kurdish issue

Press release from N-VA MEP Mark Demesmaeker

An MEP from the European Parliament's European Free Alliance group has urged the European Commission to take an active role in bringing about a peaceful resolution to the Kurdish issue in Turkey. Turkey's Kurdish people have long been involved in a campaign for self-determination and respect for the...


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New MEP joins EFA Group

Press release from the EFA Group

The European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament has welcomed Mark Demesmaeker from Flemish nationalist party Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA) as its newest MEP. The N-VA is the largest party in Flanders, and in Belgium, and works for an independent Flanders in a strong European Union. Mark...


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MEPs welcome Catalan Sovereignty Declaration

A number of MEPs from the European Parliament's EFA Group have welcomed yesterday's vote in the Catalan Parliament to approve a declaration of sovereignty.   The vote is significant in that it begins the process of negotiation by which a majority of Catalonia's elected representatives aim...


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MEPs set to investigate language diversity

The European Parliament is set to examine in detail the issue of language diversity and protecting endangered languages in Europe, for the first time in a number of years. There has been no major, in-depth international study into endangered languages since the 1990s. Leading the work is the Europea...


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EU must act to prevent job losses, says MEP

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP Jill Evans has welcomed the European Parliament's support for new legislation to help workers whose jobs are put at risk when companies restructure. The new laws could force companies to properly inform and consult with their workers in the event of any restructuring taking place. This cou...


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Strong national control for fisheries

SNP press release from Ian Hudghton MEP

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Tuesday) welcomed backing from the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee for substantial controls over fisheries to be returned to Europe's fishing nations. The support came in a major vote on the Common Fisheries Policy reform package.  MEPs backed...


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Strong backing for Fundamental Rights Agency

"Important work must not be watered down" - Ždanoka (Rapporteur)

The European Parliament has given its strong backing to the work of the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency. MEPs voted by a large majority to support the work programme of the agency for the next five years - known as the 'multi-annual framework'. The move was welcomed by MEP Tatjana Ždanoka who was th...


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Disappointment at ECJ Strasbourg Ruling

"We will keep campaigning until this pointless practice ends" - MEP

MEPs from the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament have expressed disappointment at today's court decision which favours the European Parliament's wasteful monthly visits to Strasbourg. The decision by the European Court of Justice to uphold a complaint brought by France was...


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