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Fighting for EU democracy, defending human rights

Azerbaijan elections

EP election observation mission a sham

The European Parliament's foreign affairs committee yesterday discussed the findings and conclusions of the EP's election observation mission of the recent presidential elections in Azerbaijan. The Greens/EFA group is seriously critical of the official report of the mission. Commenting on the situat...


Migratory flows in the Mediterranean Sea, with particular attention to the tragic events near Lampedusa

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Hélène Flautre, Franziska Keller, Jean Lambert, Judith Sargentini, Jean-Jacob Bicep, Rebecca Harms on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, – having regard to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, – having...


Suspension of the SWIFT agreement as a result of NSA surveillance

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Jan Philipp Albrecht on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, – having regard to Article 16 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), – having regard to Article 87 TFEU, – having regard to Article 225 TFEU, – having regard to Article 226 ...



Tymoshenko release would smooth way for association agreement

The presidents of the political groups in the European Parliament today discussed the situation in Ukraine following the report of the EP delegation of Pat Cox and Alexander Kwasniewski to Ukraine. The report comes just weeks ahead of a summit in Vilnius at which the association agreement between th...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 7-11 October 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included EU food rules, tobacco rules and lobbying, shale gas and environmental assessment, flight times and safety, Syrian refugee crisis, right-wing extremism on the rise, EU borders and migrant protection, CIA human rights abuses in Europe, secret data surveillance and SWIFT, Roma discrimination, Sakharov Prize


Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 14 - 18 October 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Boardroom quotas for women, European Parliament - ending the multi-seat operation, Rules governing EU funds, Cloud computing: an opportunity for Europe? Product safety for consumers, EU car emissions rules in the balance, World Food Day – Green campaign launch

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European border surveillance (EUROSUR)

Sad irony as MEPs approve new border system without effective provisions on saving lives at sea

The European Parliament today endorsed a legislative agreement on setting up a new European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR). The Greens have criticised the focus of the proposed system and hit out at weak provisions on assisting refugees in distress at sea. Commenting after the vote, Green migr...

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CIA renditions

European Parliament urges EU and Member States to continue the quest for truth and justice

One year after Hélène Flautre's report on European complicity in illegal rendition and secret detention of prisoners by the CIA after the events of September 11, 2001, the European Parliament has adopted a follow-up resolution. Following the vote, Hélène Flautre, MEP of the Greens/EFA group i...

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Untouchables: stop discriminations based on castes!

Vote on the caste-based discrimination resolution by the DEVE Committee

The European Parliament adopted on Thursday 10 October a resolution on caste-based discrimination. Having regards to the resolution of 2007 on the human rights situation of the Dalits in India and the one of 2012 on caste discrimination in India, this is the third resolution dedicated to this subjec...

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Local language healthcare threatened by EU rules

EFA Press release from Mark Demesmaeker and Inaki Irazabalbeitia

MEPs from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament have expressed concerns that new EU rules on recognition of qualifications could have unforeseen consequences for speakers of languages in bilingual areas such as Brussels and the Basque country. Whilst supporting moves to make it...