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Basque politicians' letter on EU institutions and Basque peace

More than a year since the signing of the historic Gernika agreement that brought peace to the Basque Country, and in the light of recent elections, Basque politicians visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg at the invitation of MEPs from the parliament's Basque Friendship Group. They publishe...


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New EU Rights for Victims of Crime

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

Scots MEP Alyn Smith has this week [Monday] hosted a conference in the European Parliament in Brussels highlighting the importance of Victims’ rights. The conference comes on the back of a new directive to Member States from the EU – which was published week and set on best practise in...


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Plaid MEP backs moratorium on 'fracking'

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP and party President Jill Evans called for a moratorium on the controversial process known as 'fracking' for shale gas. Ms Evans joined forces with other MEPs in a cross party bid to halt the practice. 'Fracking' or hydraulic fracturing is a process where companies drill underground, i...


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EU Fracking Vote

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

SNP Member of the European Parliament's Energy Committee Alyn Smith has today (Wednesday) expressed his concerns on two votes in the European Parliament which seek to regulate the controversial practice of 'fracking', despite the fact that the EU has no direct competence over energy policy. He has w...


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EFA Calls for Gaza ceasefire

Press release from EFA MEPs Jill Evans, Frieda Brepoels and François Alfonsi

MEPs from the European Free Alliance (EFA) group in the European Parliament have backed demands for a ceasefire in Gaza. The MEPs including Jill Evans, Frieda Brepoels and François Alfonsi are supporting a resolution on Thursday in the European Parliament calling for an end to all aggression. They ...


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Unanimous backing for 12 mile fishing limit

Press release by SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has welcomed the European Parliament's unanimous backing today (Thursday) for legislation renewing the twelve mile limit for fishing in coastal waters. In a rare display of political harmony, MEPs voted with total unanimity in favour of the legislation, 658 votes in fa...


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EU Budget must protect Welsh funding

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP Jill Evans has insisted that vital funding for Wales must be protected in crucial decisions being taken this week on the future EU budget.   MEPs meeting in Strasbourg are voting on the EU's budget for 2013 and for the longer term budget in the period 2014 - 2020. The decisions have...


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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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