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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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Greens/EFA work to improve European Citizens' Initiative to make it a real tool for democracy in the EU

The European Citizens' Initiative was touted as the world's first transnational tool for direct democracy and was heralded as a breakthrough in citizen participation because it allowed for 1 million citizens to call on the European Commission to propose EU legislation. However, three years later, citizens and campaign groups are unhappy with the results, and the Greens/EFA have denounced several deficiencies in the way the ECI works.


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Catalan Elections – MEPs complain of 'manipulation' in EU Commission answer

A group of MEPs, including Josep-Maria Terricabras and Ernest Maragall from the EFA group, have written to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker calling for an investigation into the apparent 'manipulation' of a written answer to a question on Catalan independence. The Spanish version of...


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Hungary/refugee crisis

Commission must investigate if Hungary has breached EU law

The Greens/EFA group has called on the European Commission to investigate the package of new laws on asylum, which were adopted in Hungary over the past week. In a letter to Commission president Juncker, the group has highlighted concerns that the laws are in conflict with EU law and has called on ...


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EU trade policy

Cosmetic investment court proposal fails to address core problems with ISDS

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström today presented a proposal for reforming the controversial investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the context of trade agreements. The Greens criticised the new 'Investment Court System', which would maintain the fundamental problem...


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Turkey

EU must exert pressure to end conflict

Commenting on the developing situation in Turkey, with a wave of attacks on the pro-Kurdish HDP party and a clampdown on the press, Greens/EFA president Rebecca Harms said: "The growing violence in Turkey is alarming and threatens the stability of the country, with civil war a real prospect. EU...


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State of the Union

Plenary speech by Josep-Maria TERRICABRAS


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State of the Union

Plenary speech by Philippe Lamberts


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State of the Union 2015

Plenary debate on 9 September

Statement by Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts ahead of the debate on the State of the European Union 2015.


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Transparent, clean, accountable

03.09.2015

Lessons from international best practice for the EU institutions

70 percent of EU citizens believe the institutions of the Union to be corrupt. The European Commission’s first anti-corruption report puts the losses caused by bribery across Europe at EUR 120 billion per year. We want to use this formal demand to the EU Commission for an EU law using hard rules to allow citizens new trust in our European Democracy.


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Greek bailout

Democratic control is essential

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has written to European Parliament president Martin Schulz, calling for a stronger involvement of the Parliament in the supervision of the latest Greek aid programme. While the Greens have been critical of the terms of the latest programme, they expressed their fu...


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