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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UK failing on animal testing law

Press Release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP Jill Evans has written to the Home Office to express her concerns about the UK Government's statement on how they will implement European rules on animal testing. Ms Evans, who helped draft the European Directive on Animal Testing, has said that the UK has failed in two key areas. Firstly ...


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EU appeal for Kurdish activist Leyla Zana

EFA Press Release

MEPs, including some from the European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, have called on the EU to intervene in the case of Kurdish activist Leyla Zana.Ms Zana, a human rights activist and member of the Turkish parliament, was sentenced to ten years imprisonment last week on a charge of...


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Alarm at UK Energy Cuts

Press Release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

Scotland’s sole representative on the European Parliament’s Energy Committee Alyn Smith MEP has today (Monday) reacted with alarm to reports that the UK Chancellor George Osborne is to demand "massive cuts" to renewable energy. Alyn has written to the Chancellor seeking reassurances t...


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EU Offshore Oil & Gas Safety proposals

Press Release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

SNP MEP and sole Scots MEP on the European Parliament's Energy Committee Alyn Smith has questioned the need for the proposed Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Regulation, and been assured by European Commission representatives that they want to see "improvements, but no disruption to existing best pr...


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ACTA rejection welcomed

Press Release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today (Thursday) hailed a vote to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the European Parliament's Industry Committee (ITRE), of which he is the only Scots member.  The committee vote was for the adoption of a draft opinion by Alyn's group colleague Amel...


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EU urged to press for u-turn over 'barbarous' Mugabe

Press Release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

The European Union is being urged to put pressure on United Nations tourism chiefs to rethink their appointment of one of the world’s most brutal dictators as an international envoy. Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has written to EU Foreign Affairs High Representative Baroness Ashton asking her to formall...


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European support for Aragonese language rights

Representatives of Chunta Aragonesista (Cha) have been at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to campaign for Aragonese language rights. The Parliament's Minority Languages Intergroup heard that Aragonese authorities are failing to adhere to Spain's international treaty obligations in respect of m...


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Switzerland criticised for immigration quotas

Press release from Tatjana Ždanoka

The European Parliament has heard harsh criticism of Switzerland's decision to introduce restrictions on immigration from central and eastern European countries. The issue centres on Switzerland's use of quotas on the number of residence permits it grants to nationals of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, E...


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Europe must reject failed austerity

Press release from Jill Evans MEP

Speaking on the occasion of today's European Summit, Plaid MEP Jill Evans has called on EU leaders to reject failed austerity measures, and refocus on investment to promote growth and jobs. EU leaders are meeting in Brussels for an informal summit that will focus on Europe's economic difficulties in...


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Dialogue for peace in northern Mali

Press release from François Alfonsi

Corsican MEP François Alfonsi has welcomed an initial dialogue between Malian officials and representatives of the Touareg movement at the European Parliament. On the 22 May during a conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Corsican MEP invited representatives of the Touareg movemen...


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More than sixty former MEPs back Basque peace process

Press release from Frieda Brepoels

More than sixty former MEPs are backing the Aiete Declaration which seeks a peaceful resolution to the armed conflict in the Basque Country. The declaration and a list of first signatories amongst former MEPs was published following a press conference in Brussels this morning. Taking part were curre...


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SNP MEP on 'Unrealistic' EU budget proposals

Press release from SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

SNP MEP and Party President Ian Hudghton has described today's proposed 6.8% increase in the EU budget as unrealistic and unworkable in the current economic climate. The European Commission today announced proposals to increase the European Union budget to around 138bn euros in 2013, up from 129bn t...


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Evans opposes giving all personal passenger details to the US

Press Release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP Jill Evans has protested at today's vote in the European Parliament allowing the transfer of personal information on all airline passengers to the US Department of Homeland Security.  Ms Evans said that the European Commission had not presented factual evidence to show that this mass ...


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Appel au dialogue au Mali

Communiqué de presse de François Alfonsi

L'eurodéputé corse François Alfonsi, fondateur du groupe d'amitié amazigh au parlement européen, appelle à ce que l'UE encourage un vrai dialogue avec le peuple touareg au Mali. M. Alfonsi est ainsi intervenu hier soir au parlement européen à Strasbourg, dans un débat en plénière, en pré...


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Support for Argentina's right to decide on its natural resources

Press Release from BNG MEP Ana Miranda

Galician nationalist MEP Ana Miranda (BNG), has defended Argentina's right to be able to decide for itself how best to use its own energy resources, in both the public interest and in the interest of its citizens. The MEP made the call during a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg that fo...


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