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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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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

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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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