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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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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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Maritime economic development must be integrated and sustainable

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall (Catalonia)

Exploitation of the so-called 'blue economy' to help jobs and growth must be both integrated and sustainable according to a report today approved by MEPs. MEPs were responding to a proposal from the European Commission which aims at exploiting Europe's seas and realising the oceans...


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EFA MEP backs ban on cloned animals in food

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

The European Parliament has today approved a draft EU law which would ban cloning farm animals and food derived from them and their descendants, including imports. The ban was supported by Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans who voted in favour of the legislation. Although no cloning for food production cur...


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Linguistic and minority rights must be respected in Europe

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

In a significant new report approved today, MEPs have stated that the EU must respect ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity. Significantly, the report also called upon EU Member States that have not yet done so to ratify and effectively implement the Framework Convention for the Protection of Na...


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"We owe Greece for saving the Euro" - Maragall

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall (Catalonia)

As the Greek parliament approves the first raft of new laws ordered by the Eurozone as a pre-requisite for a third bailout, Greens/EFA MEP Ernest Maragall has said that Europe is now indebted to Greece for saving the single currency. Mr Maragall – a member of the European Parliament's Budgets Com...


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EU behaving like 'orchestra on the Titantic' over Greece

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall (Catalonia)

Responding to today's debate in the European Parliament with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras about the Greek debt crisis, Greens/EFA MEP Ernest Maragall said: "As the Greek crisis continues to risk the future of the EU, showing up its fragility, lack of political union and econom...


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TTIP - We are seeing a new era of financial deregulation

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall (Catalonia)

The European Parliament has today voted on its recommendations for the ongoing negotiations with the United States over the TTIP or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Speaking after the vote in Strasbourg, Greens/EFA MEP Ernest Maragall said: "The European Parliament has deba...


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TTIP could undermine public services and democracy, says EFA MEP

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans will vote against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade agreement report in Strasbourg this week. Following the postponed debate last month, MEP’s will this week have the opportunity to express their views on the current negotiations....


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Freedom flotilla - call to release Gaza blockade activists

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

President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament Josep-Maria Terricabras has paid tribute to those involved in the 'Freedom Flotilla' and called for a peaceful end to the blockade of Gaza. Israeli armed forces intercepted the ship 'Marianne' early this morning and it is now being escorted to th...


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Still time to strike win-win deal with Greece

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall (Catalonia)

MEP Ernest Maragall, a member of the European Parliament's Budgets Committee, has said that a 'win-win' solution is still possible that will allow Greece to remain in the Euro, if both the EU and Greek government are willing to recognise that there is still time and space for a real dialogue. "...


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Juncker investment plan is a missed opportunity

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall (Catalonia)

EFA MEP Ernest Maragall - a member of the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee - has voted against the European Commission proposal for a European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), which he says is insufficient to bring about fair and sustainable growth in...


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UK Nuclear Subsidy in the EU dock

Press release from EFA MEP Alyn Smith (SNP)

Scottish Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith and SNP Westminster Energy Spokesperson Callum McCaig MP have today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement from the Austrian government that it will formally challenge the UK proposed subsidy regime for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point...


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