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Call for EU role in Basque Peace Process

An EFA press release

MEPs from the European Free Alliance and other groups who are members of the Parliament's Basque Friendship Group today joined forces to call for the EU to help build a lasting peace. At a press conference in Strasbourg the MEPs published a statement welcoming ETA's recent announcement of a ceasefir...


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Basque ceasefire announcement welcomed

Catalan MEP Oriol Junqueras from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament has welcomed today's ETA announcement of a 'permanent and general ceasefire'.Junqueras is also a member of the Basque Friendship Group in the European Parliament - a grouping of MEPs set up in 2005 to suppor...


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EU should engage more directly with Scotland

An EFA press release by Ian Hudghton MEP -Scottish National Party

SNP MEP and Party President Ian Hudghton has urged the European Commission to take every opportunity to directly engage with the SNP-led Scottish government to help meet important important challenges such as sustaining economic growth and tackling climate change.  Mr Hudghton was speaking at a...


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European Commission recognises challenges facing Welsh farmers

EFA press release by MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales)

Jill Evans MEP today welcomed the fact that the European Commission has acknowledged the challenges faced by farmers in Wales in their communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). However, real solutions for issues such as climate change and market volatility are yet to be pr...


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EU Commission present plans for CAP

EFA press release by MEP Alyn Smith (SNP)

The European Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolo, has today (Thursday) presented the Commission's proposals for the shape of a future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to members of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee. SNP MEP Alyn Smith has hailed the Communication, welcoming the ...


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EU must be ready for enlargement from within

EFA press release

Speaking ahead of an important conference in the European Parliament on 'Independence in Europe', a group of MEPs have urged EU leaders to think ahead and prepare for the enlargement of the European Union from within its existing borders.The conference on Wednesday 17 November - 'Independence in Eur...


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SNP welcome ''hedge funds compromise vote"

An EFA press release by MEPs Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith (SNP)

Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith, SNP members of the European Parliament, have welcomed today's vote on the Alternative Investment Funds Managers Directive, the so-called "hedge funds directive", as a "workable compromise". The agreement, reached after 18 months of negotiation and app...


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SNP condemns European deep level nuclear dumping proposals

An EFA press release by MEP Ian Hudghton (SNP)

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Wednesday) condemned proposals from the European Commission for EU member states to dispose of nuclear waste by means of deep geological burial. The suggestions come in proposed new EU legislation on the management of radioactive waste. Mr Hudghton attacked ...


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MEPs shocked by Van Rompuy's ignorance

EFA press release

EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy's declaration that he knows of 'no pro-European nationalist party in Europe' has provoked shock and anger amongst many in the European Parliament.The comments made in Flemish TV programme Ter Zake (26 October) were met with dismay by MEPs from the European Free...


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Jill Evans MEP welcomes vote on fully paid maternity and paternity leave

EFA press release

Plaid President, Jill Evans MEP, welcomed today's vote in the European Parliament on the health and safety of pregnant workers. MEPs voted for a minimum of 20 weeks maternity leave on full pay for women and two weeks paternity leave on full pay for men.Following the vote, Jill Evans MEP said:"B...


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SNP vote against EU budget increase

An EFA press release by MEPs Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith (SNP)

SNP MEPs Alyn Smith and Ian Hudghton have today (Wednesday) voted to freeze the EU budget for 2011 in a fraught vote in Strasbourg which saw the amendment overwhelmingly defeated with 92 votes in favour of freezing the budget, with 564 in favour of increase. The already programmed multiannual increa...


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SNP comment on EU maternity package

An EFA press release by MEPs Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith (SNP)

SNP MEPs Alyn Smith and Ian Hudghton have today (Wednesday) abstained on proposals to extend EU maternity rights on the grounds that the EU should not play a role in setting domestic social policy, however well intentioned. The controversial package was opposed by the UK government, business and loc...


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EU proposals for temporary ban on cloned food welcomed

An EFA press release by MEP Alyn Smith (SNP)

The European Commission has today (Tuesday) presented proposals on food production from cloned animals, including a proposal for a temporary five year ban.The establishment of a traceability system for imports of reproductive materials for clones, such as semen and embryos of clones is also envisage...


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Plaid MEP comments on EU cohesion policy report

EFA press release by MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales)

Plaid MEP Jill Evans is calling on everyone in Wales to respond to the European Commission's latest report on Cohesion Policy and the future of European funding.The report was published today and sets out the options for regional funding after 2013.  Handing back responsibility for regional fun...


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SNP hail rejection of EU oil exploration ban

An EFA press release by MEPs Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith (SNP)

SNP Members of the European Parliament Alyn Smith and Ian Hudghton today (Thursday) hailed a surprise victory in the European Parliament when the Parliament voted to reject a call for a ban on deepwater drilling in EU waters by 323 votes to 285. The motion as a whole went on to be approved by the Pa...


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