People together

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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MEPs speak out against ACAA

EFA press release from MEPs Jill Evans and Ana Miranda

The EU should not upgrade relations with Israel whilst its government fails to make progress in building peace with the Palestinians. That was the view of a group of MEPs from the EFA Group in the European Parliament following a vote to approve a new trade agreement on pharmaceutical products. ...


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Strengthening the Role of Nations and Regions in the Recovery Strategy

Press Release from the EFA Group in the EP and the EA Group of the CoR

Tuesday 9 October 2012 (09:00-10:45)Room: VM1 – Committee of the RegionsRue Belliard/Belliardstraat 99-101B-1040 Brussels Europe's nations and regions have a major role to play in building economic recovery and growth. That is the key message of a seminar organised this week by the European Free A...


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Safeguarding Coastal Waters

Press release from SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Tuesday) welcomed a vote in the European Parliament which will ensure that Europe's fishing nations retain control of their coastal waters. The unanimous vote in the parliament's fisheries committee was on a legislative report drafted by Mr Hudghton seeking ...


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Common Sense Victory on Oil and Gas

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

Scots MEP Alyn Smith has today welcomed the ‘sensible’ move by the European Parliament to turn proposed new EU-wide offshore oil and gas safety rules from a stringent regulation into a more legally flexible directive. Alyn, the sole Scots member of the Energy Committee (ITRE) has previously brou...


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The Right to Self Determination - new governance models

Press Conference by BNG MEP Ana Miranda

When:   Thursday 20 September 2012 at 14h30 Where:  Briefing Room JAN 6Q2, European Parliament, Brussels (note temporary closure of main briefing room) Who:      Ana Miranda MEP (Bloque Nacionalista Galego) and Carles Riera, President of the World Network...


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European Prostate Cancer Awareness Day

Press Invitation from N-VA MEP Frieda Brepoels

Prostate cancer is the cancer with the highest incidence in men, 1 in 7 men will be confronted with it during their life. Though a significant number will die of the disease or will have to deal with painful metastases, prostate cancer is still considered a taboo. To counter this and to raise aware...


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EU Commission should suspend GMO authorisations

Press Release from Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans

The EU Commission should immediately suspend the authorisation, cultivation and import of GMOs according to Plaid MEP Jill Evans. The long-standing anti-GM campaigner made the call after the results of new scientific research became known. A new toxicological study by Professor Seralini at Caen Univ...


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Support for languages in education

EFA Press Release from MEPs François Alfonsi and Ana Miranda

MEPs François Alfonsi and Ana Miranda have welcomed a report adopted today by the European Parliament which emphasises the importance of multilingualism in education in Europe. The report on Education, Training and Europe 2020 sets out priority areas for co-operation in education and training acros...


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New EU deal on energy efficiency

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

Scotland's sole representative on the European Parliament's Energy Committee Alyn Smith MEP has today hailed a landmark vote in the European Parliament on energy efficiency, ensuring the EU is on course to meet its 2020 target of 20% energy saving, creating jobs and boosting the economy. The vote en...


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Calls to investigate secret CIA prisons in Europe

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP Jill Evans is backing calls to investigate whether secret prisons were set up in Europe under the CIA's extraordinary rendition programme, with the collusion of EU governments.   The Plaid President joined other MEPs in backing a resolution demanding EU member states open indepe...


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Strasbourg decision criticised

Press release from SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

SNP MEP and Party President Ian Hudghton has criticised today's European Court of Justice advice, which threatens to reverse MEPs attempts to curtail the European Parliament's monthly treks to Strasbourg. Every month the European Parliament moves from Brussels to Strasbourg for just three days at hu...


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Jill acts on ACTA

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Today's rejection of the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting treaty by the European Parliament has been welcomed by Plaid MEP Jill Evans, who voted against the agreement. There are widespread civil liberties concerns related to the proposed treaty and fears that it will do more harm than good in ...


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AU REVOIR ACTA!

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today (Wednesday) hailed a landslide vote in the European Parliament to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The Parliament voted to refuse its consent to ACTA with a huge 478 against, 39 in favour. Alyn said: "I am delighted we have said goodbye to ACTA...


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Powers must be returned to fishing nations

Press release from SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

During a debate in the European Parliament on fisheries policy today, SNP President Ian Hudghton slammed the Common Fisheries Policy as a complete failure. He went on to call for powers over fisheries management to be returned to Europe's fishing nations as a matter of urgency. MEPs had been debatin...


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MEP launches 'EU - tube'

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

A leading Scottish politician is on a mission to strip away the mysteries of Europe – through his own ‘EU-tube’ television channel. MEP Alyn Smith will produce, present and set up a series of online videos. Viewers will have the chance to contact him directly and ask any question they like abo...


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