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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...

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Thalidomide survivors in Brussels - crucial time for campaign

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

Plaid MEP Jill Evans is campaigning alongside thalidomide survivors in their fight for recognition and compensation. Thalidomide survivors from Wales and other European countries were in Brussels on Wednesday 27 May to highlight their campaign for the German federal government to properly compensate...


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'Better Regulation' is a euphemism and will undermine democracy

Press Release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall

Catalan MEP and member of the Greens/EFA group Ernest Maragall has described the European Commission's new 'Better Regulation' agenda launched this week as a threat to democracy. The European Commission is presenting its 'Better Regulation' agenda as a way of avoiding unnecessary regulation and mak...


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Tackling the trade in conflict minerals

Press Release from EFA MEP Jill Evans

The European Parliament voted today on a draft law to break the link between mineral extraction and the financing of armed groups in areas of conflict. Profits from the so-called "conflict minerals" fuel further violence and killing. The law covers four minerals: gold, tin, tantalum and tu...


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OECD backs minimum pricing

EFA press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

SNP and EFA Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith welcomed a major report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which backed minimum pricing and called for further efforts to tackle alcohol abuse. The report emphasised that while Minimum Unit Pricing had the p...


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Europe needs a genuine immigration and asylum policy

Press release from EFA MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras

Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras has called for a 'genuine immigration and asylum policy for Europe' in response to the tragedies experienced by migrants in the Mediterranean. MEPs in Strasbourg were today debating the issue with the Pres...


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Europe needs a unified approach to assist refugees

Press release from EFA MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras

Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras, together with a delegation from PEN International, a worldwide writers association dedicated to freedom of expression, have presented a manifesto for the protection of refugees in Europe, to Martin Schulz...


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EFA message of condolence concerning Germanwings flight 4U9525

In a joint statement on behalf of the European Free Alliance (EFA), Josep-Maria Terricabras MEP (President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament) and François Alfonsi (President of the EFA European Political Party) said: "The European Free Alliance (EFA) sends its heartfelt sympathies an...


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Support for Kosovo EU recognition

EFA Press Release from ERC MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras

Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament Josep-Maria Terricabras has welcomed today's vote by MEPs in support of recognising Kosovo. MEPs in Strasbourg were voting on a report assessing the situation in Kosovo and its readiness for EU membership. Significantly, MEPs vot...


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Welcome for legal clarity on discards ban

EFA Press Release from SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee which will see new legislation put in place aimed at preventing discards. The elimination of fish discards formed a key part of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy which came into effect l...


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New EU rules to make roads safer

EFA Press Release from Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP Jill Evans today voted in favour of new EU rules that will make lorries safer and not open the door to massive gigaliner lorries. The MEP, who is a member of the parliament's Transport Committee, said that it would help keep Welsh roads safer, and was good news for the environment. MEPs r...


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Turkish government must stop media restrictions

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall

Catalan MEP and Member of the European Parliament's Turkey delegation Ernest Maragall has called on the Turkish government to stop interfering with media freedom and freedom of expression, which he says are core values for the European Union. Mr Maragall spoke as MEPs vote on a resolution in Strasbo...


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Latvian EU Presidency: Russian must become an official language in EU

Press Release from EFA MEP Tatjana Ždanoka

Latvian MEP Tatjana Ždanoka has called on the incoming Latvian Presidency of the European Union to show tolerance to multilingualism and cultural diversity. Ms Ždanoka was speaking in the debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma about prioritie...


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#JeSuisCharlie

Press Release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

MEPs from the EFA (European Free Alliance) Group in the European Parliament have taken part in a symbolic action to show their solidarity with the people of France and the victims of the atrocities in Paris. L to R: Ian Hudghton, Ernest Maragall, Jill Evans, Jordi Sebastià, Josep-Maria Terricabras...


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GM vote 'a toxic guddle only the lawyers will win from'

Press Release from SNP MEPs Smith and Hudghton

The SNP team in the European Parliament Alyn Smith MEP and Ian Hudghton MEP, have slammed the passage of new EU legislation on the cultivation of GM crops as a "Trojan horse riddled with loopholes" which potentially opens the door to much greater use of GM crops and circulation of GM produ...


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EU Commission cannot ignore TTIP opposition

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans

Commenting on today's European Commission publication of its consultation findings on the inclusion of ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) in the TTIP transatlantic trade agreement, Plaid MEP Jill Evans said: "The European Commission cannot bury its head in the sand and ignore the m...


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