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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Europe can learn from Wales in dealing with autism

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid Cymru MEP and President, Jill Evans, has organised a meeting with the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy to discuss the pioneering Welsh Autism strategy. At the meeting in Strasbourg on Wednesday 18th April, Hugh Morgan OBE, the Chief Executive of Autism Cymru (Wales' nation...


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Touaregs de l’Azawad

Alfonsi - "Il faut engager le dialogue avec le MNLA"

Avant un débat important au parlement européen sur la situation au Mali qui aura lieu mardi prochain en présence de la Haute représentante de l'Union pour les affaires étrangères, le député européen François Alfonsi a souligné l'importance du dialogue avec les Touaregs de l'Azawad. M. Alf...


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Aiete conference, a road-map for peace in the Basque Country?

When: Thursday 29 March 2012, 09h00 to 11h00, followed by a press point at +/- 11h00Where: Room ASP 1G3, European Parliament, BrusselsWho: Jonathan Powell, MEPs including François Alfonsi, Frieda Brepoels, and others, and representatives of Basque political parties. The European Parliament's B...


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Calls to boost number of women in political decision making

EFA group has majority female MEPs

MEPs from the European Parliament's European Free Alliance group are backing moves to boost the role of women in political decision making, and to close the gender pay gap. The European Free Alliance in the European Parliament has a majority of female members. Proposals to reduce the gender pay gap ...


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Radical thinking needed to tackle economic crisis

Jill Evans MEP speaks on the economic crisis

In a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Jill Evans MEP today spoke of the need for radical thinking to tackle the economic crisis in Europe.  Addressing Presidents Barroso and van Rompuy, Ms Evans said: "The series of European summits since May 2010 have taken place against t...


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UK opts out of school fruit scheme

Press Release from Alyn Smith MEP

Alyn Smith MEP, Scottish full member of the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, has expressed his disappointment with the decision of the UK Government to opt out of the EU's School Fruit Scheme for another year. The scheme, worth 90m EUR a year and in its fourth year ...


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Milford Haven - legal action threatened over LNG terminal

Plaid press release from Jill Evans MEP

The European Commission has today threatened to take legal action against the UK government in relation to Milford Haven's Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal. With the support of Plaid MEP Jill Evans, local residents have petitioned the European Parliament, highlighting several potential breaches of EU ...


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Equal treatment between independent Scotland and rUK

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has welcomed a statement by the European Commission in which it describes a possible future independent Scotland and the remaining parts of the UK equally as "the parties concerned" - and refuses to differentiate between them in terms of EU membership. The Co...


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Tories call for EU control of recreational fishing

Shameful betrayal of Scotland's anglers

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Wednesday) reacted angrily to Tory calls in the European Parliament for recreational fishing to be included as part of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. In a parliamentary resolution signed by Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson, the Tories state that recreati...


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EU 'power-grab' harming Scotland's fishing communities

EU Commission wrongly using treaty powers to keep centralised control

SNP MEP and Party President Ian Hudghton has accused the European Commission of attempting a 'power-grab' by retaining centralised control over fisheries policy in Brussels. The SNP MEP warned that the EU Commission is using a restrictive interpretation of the EU's Lisbon Treaty as justification for...


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Bluetongue vaccination freedom for farmers

SNP Press Release from Alyn Smith MEP

Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, has welcomed today's decision by the European Parliament to allow vaccination against the Bluetongue virus to take place on farms anywhere in the EU, in contrast to the previous system of only vaccinating within a specific re...


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Tackling the problems facing sport at European level

More focus needed on social problems facing athletes

The European Parliament has adopted a wide ranging set of recommendations to deal with the major challenges facing sport at European level. Measures to tackle hooliganism and violent behaviour as well as match fixing and illegal betting were supported by MEPs.   Latvian MEP Tatjana Ždanoka is...


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Alfonsi elected co-president of minorities group in EP

The European Parliament Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, Languages and National Communities, which brings together MEPs from the Parliament's principal political groups, has undergone a change of leadership. Two new co-presidents have been elected: Csaba Tabajdi from the Socialist group, and F...


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EFA Group to welcome new MEP

Priorities for the second half of this legislature

When: 15:00 - Tuesday 17 January 2012Where: Press Briefing Room LOW N-1/201, European Parliament, StrasbourgWho: Ana Miranda (Bloque Nacionalista Galego) and Jill Evans MEP (Plaid Cymru, President, EFA Group) At the January plenary session, the EFA group in the European Parliament welcomes a new MEP...


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EU vote victory for Western Sahara

EFA MEPs comment on EU Morocco Fisheries Agreement

A group of MEPs has welcomed the European Parliament's decision to reject a controversial agreement with Morocco. In a key vote in Strasbourg, MEPs refused to extend the protocol to the EU Morocco Fisheries Agreement which undermines the status of occupied Western Sahara and is questionable under in...


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