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...

MEPS back tougher,clearer, financial market rules

A press release by EFA MEP Alyn Smith (SNP)

SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has today (Wednesday) hailed the approval by MEPs of a number of financial measures designed to better co-ordinate and better regulate financial markets across the EU.The Parliament voted on a number of reports which will create new EU financial super...


MEPs statement on ETA announcement

EFA press release

A group of Members of the European Parliament have released a statement calling for the European Union and the Spanish and French governments to seize the historic opportunities presented by ETA's recent announcement of a cessation to armed activity.Several MEPs set up the Basque Friendship Group in...


Real democratisation in Turkey still a long way off

A press release by EFA MEP Frieda Brepoels

Last weekend a referendum took place in Turkey over the reform of 26 articles of the Turkish constitution. This is part of Ankara's aim of placing Turkey on a more European path. N-VA and EFA MEP Frieda Brepoels has described the referendum as a missed opportunity. Brepoels said: "The constitut...

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MEPs welcome Kosovo ruling

An EFA press release by MEPs Alyn Smith (Scottish National Party) and Frieda Brepoels (N-VA)

MEPs from the EFA Group in the European Parliament have welcomed today's International Court of Justice  ruling confirming the legality of Kosovo's 2008 independence declaration.Scottish National Party MEP Alyn Smith commented:"While this decision alone is not determinative of the actual i...

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Udalbiltza - MEPs raise concerns with Commission

An EFA press release

Twelve Members of the European Parliament have tabled a written Parliamentary Question to both the European Commission and Council, regarding the court case against the Basque civic movement Udalbiltza which draws together local and municipal representatives. The case begins tomorrow (Thursday) in t...


EU must not dictate terms to Iceland on EU membership

Press release by SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

Hudghton calls for urgent talks on mackerel TACS!SNP MEP Ian Hudghton has criticised moves to force Iceland to radically alter its approach to fisheries policy as part of its bid for EU membership. Mr. Hudghton also called for urgent talks between the EU and Iceland about current problems in the Mac...


Brepoels calls for reform during Belgian Presidency

Press release by EFA MEP Frieda Brepoels

Flemish MEP Frieda Brepoels (N-VA) has called for the debate on institutional reform with the EU to continue during the Belgian EU Presidency even though the circumstances surrounding its start 'are not ideal' (for example the government dealing with current affairs, the ongoing government negotiati...


Vote to ban food from cloned animals

Press release by Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans

Food from cloned animals should be banned according to MEPs who put the matter to the vote today. Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has been campaigning for such a ban since 2008.The proposed new legislation would cover meat and dairy products from cloned animals as part of EU rules on so-called 'novel foo...


MEP critical of Spanish Constitutional Court Decision

A press release by EFA MEP Oriol Junqeras (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya)

The Spanish Constitutional Court has passed a judgement striking down 14 articles of the Catalan Statute and reinterpreting 27 more. The statute gave greater power and autonomy for Catalunya.  This statute was approved in a referendum by the citizens of Catalunya, but the Constitutional Court h...


No longer lost in translation

A press release by EFA MEP Tatjana Zdanoka (PCTVL)

New EU legislation to guarantee the right to translation in criminal proceedings in other member states are set to be approved by the European Parliament this week. The new rules were welcomed by Civil Liberties Committee Member Tatjana Zdanoka.But speaking in the debate in parliament, Ms Zdanoka sa...

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SNP welcomes EU shift on healthcare

A press release by EFA MEP Ian Hudghton (SNP)

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has welcomed news that the EU is moving away from plans which would have treated the Scottish NHS as an economic competitor on a Europe-wide healthcare market.The European Commission had previously proposed legislation on cross-border healthcare provision under interna...

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MEPs condemn aid convoy attack by Israel

A press release by EFA MEPs Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales) and Frieda Brepoels (N-VA)

MEPs Jill Evans and Frieda Brepoels from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament are urging the European Union to hold Israel to account for attacking an aid convoy sailing in international waters.The attack by the Israeli Defence force killed at least ten people in the ships car...


MEP sceptical about Schengen data sharing

A press release by Tatjana Zdanoka MEP from PCTVL

Civil Liberties Committee Member Tatjana Zdanoka says that she remains unconvinced that a revised Schengen Information System will properly deal with concerns about data protection and personal privacy.This is a shared database that allows law enforcement authorities across the EU's Schengen Area to...

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Spanish government must fulfil agreements for use of Catalan

Press release by ERC MEP Oriol Junqueras

* Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya MEP Oriol Junqueras has put forward a block of 17 parliamentary questions to the European Council, Commission, Parliament and Ombudsman regarding the Spanish Government's non-compliance in the use of Catalan at EU level;* Junqueras: 'Once again the Zapatero Govern...


Brepoels welcomes release of Kurdish prisoners

Press release by NVA MEP Frieda Brepoels

N-VA MEP Frieda Brepoels has welcomed the decision to release seven Kurdish people, including two Kurdish former MPs, from custody at Vorst prison in Brussels. Brepoels and two other politicians visited the prisoners on Monday evening. Remzi Kartal and Zübeyir Aydar have the status of political ref...