Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Wales)

As formal negotiations get underway in Brussels, Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans is publishing a new report that explores how UK citizens could retain EU citizenship after the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The study was launched in the European Parliament on Tuesday, and the researchers will present t...

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Brexit vote must respect all constituent parts of UK

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

The UK government should only have a mandate to leave the European Union if all four constituent parts of the UK vote to leave in the forthcoming referendum, Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has told a debate in the European Parliament. MEPs were debating the renegotiation deal in Strasbourg with European...


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Celtic United Front on UK EU Referendum

EFA Press release from Alyn Smith (SNP) & Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

MEPs Alyn Smith, Martina Anderson and Jill Evans representing the SNP, Sinn Fein and Plaid Cymru have today (Wednesday) intervened in a European Parliament debate on the EU proposals which may form a basis for agreement to be presented by the UK Prime Minster in a referendum on EU membership. All ag...


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Situation in Poland - the Silesian minority

Press release from EFA MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras (Catalonia)

President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras, intervened in a debate about the situation in Poland to raise the issue of the country's Silesian minority and the denial of minority rights. The debate was held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in the pre...


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Making the positive case for EU membership

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that 'Wales has a great deal to contribute to making the EU more effective - improving Europe for all its people'. Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans (EFA) The MEP was speaking in a key debate with European Commission Pr...


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Symbolic empty chair for Saudi blogger in the European Parliament

Press release from EFA MEP Alyn Smith (SNP)

An empty seat was left in the European Parliament today (Wednesday) for Raif Badawi, Saudi blogger and activist, winner of this year's prestigious Sakharov prize for freedom of expression. Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee once again called on the Saudi ...


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New initiative to publish details of lobbying

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans is using a new online tool which will publish details of any meetings she has with lobbyists as and when they happen. MEP Jill Evans The tool called LobbyCal has been developed by her parliamentary group to help elected members share details online of lobbyist meetings (ht...


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Money lost to tax evasion is worth whole EU budget

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall (Catalonia)

MEP Ernest Maragall has welcomed a series of recommendations approved by the European Parliament to tackle corporate tax evasion, following a special committee of enquiry of which he is a substitute member. MEP Ernest Maragall The vote comes on the same day that the European Parliament gave its...


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Welcome for EU guidelines on Israel settlements in Palestine

Press release from EFA MEP Alyn Smith (SNP)

Alyn Smith MEP, Scottish member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, welcomed today (Wednesday) the release of the EU guidelines on the import of produce from illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, but said they should be improved and extended to...


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EU must act on Saharawi floods

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià (Compromís)

In an initiative led by Greens/EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià, 62 MEPs from six different political groups are calling on the European Commission to act to help Saharawi refugees affected by devastating flooding in the Tindouf region of Algeria. MEP Jordi Sebastià The MEPs have co-signed an open letter to...


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SNP MEPs vote to protect free and open internet

Press release from SNP MEPs Ian Hudghton & Alyn Smith (EFA)

Today SNP Members of the European Parliament Alyn Smith and Ian Hudghton voted to protect the freedom of Internet users. MEPs Alyn Smith & Ian Hudghton Unfortunately the Parliament voted against various amendments to the flawed European Telecom Single Market (TSM) Package. As passed this comprom...


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Welcoming migrants will help Europe lead in the world

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall (Catalonia)

Responding to today's debate on migration in the European Parliament, Catalan MEP Ernest Maragall said that welcoming migrants could help Europe lead in the world. MEP Ernest Maragall The MEP pointed out that nations such as the USA, Canada and Australia, which have welcomed migrants are leaders in ...


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EU must be more than a cartel on tax competition

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall (Catalonia)

One year on from the Luxleaks revelations which prompted an investigation into 'tax ruling' deals granted to multinational companies in EU member states, the European Parliament has today finally voted on a series of recommendations. Catalan MEP Ernest Maragall is a member of the European Parliament...


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Turkey attack

MEPs call for impartial investigation in cross-political letter to Turkish PM

Over 50 MEPs from different political groups have co-signed a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu calling for a 'full and impartial investigation' of the recent Ankara bombings. The letter expresses concern for the escalation of violence in Turkey and condemns attacks on innocent civilian p...


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MEPs welcome Juncker's reply on Catalan independence

Press release from EFA MEPs Josep-Maria Terricabras & Ernest Maragall

- 'it is not for the Commission to express a position on questions of internal organisation related to the constitutional arrangements of a particular Member State' - Juncker MEPs Terricabras and Maragall EFA MEPs Josep-Maria Terricabras and Ernest Maragall have welcomed a clarification from Europea...


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Spain's 'Gag law' is a 'direct attack on any public display of dissent'

Press release from EFA MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras (Catalonia)

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee has discussed Spain's controversial Citizens' Security Law, colloquially known as the Gag Law. The law restricts the right to demonstrate near the Spanish Congress, Senate and regional parliaments, which could lead to fines of up to €600,000, an...


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