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Scotland's Remain vote must be respected

Scotland's decisive vote in favour of remaining part of the European Union at the recent referendum must be respected, according to SNP MEP Ian Hudghton. Mr Hudghton was speaking in a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the outcome of the recent European Summit, called to discu...


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Do not let Scotland down

Plenary speech by Alyn Smith


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When we were the refugees

21.06.2016

Elisabeth Eidenbenz and the maternity hospital at Erne

Hosted by MEPs: Ernest Maragall, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Jordi Sebastià Agenda 18.30 - 18.40   Welcome     Jordi Sebastià, MEP Greens/EFA 18.40 - 19.30   Dialogue I. The story of the Maternity hospital at Elne Screening of documentary "The maternity hospital at E...


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Human rights must be central to EU migration compact

Press release from EFA MEP J-M Terricabras (Catalonia)

MEPs in Strasbourg have debated the European Union's proposed new 'migration compact' aimed at addressing the root causes of migration. The European Commission proposes using EU funding to encourage private investment in migrants' countries of origin, notably Africa. The propos...


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Respecting Linguistic Diversity?

01.06.2016

Language discrimination in the EU

Respecting linguistic diversity? Language Discrimination in the European Union You will be able to follow the event live (player below) CONFERENCE PROGRAMME Hosts: GUE-NGL and EFA-Greens in partnership with ELEN. Interpretation. Irish, Welsh, Catalan, Spanish, French, English. Backgrou...


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Demolishing Palestine - Israel's demolition policies

Greens/EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià together with colleagues from the GUE/NGL group organised a hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels to consider the impact of Israel's demolition policies in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. It was reported that whilst damage to EU funded projects in the occup...


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New EUROPOL rules will strengthen police cooperation

The European Parliament today adopted new rules on EUROPOL, the EU's law enforcement agency. The new rules will strengthen EUROPOL's ability to ensure cross-border cooperation between police services. After the vote, Greens/EFA vice-president Josep-Maria Terricabras said: “The tragic terrorist att...


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Yes to Turkey visa liberalisation, but not at any price

Press release from EFA MEP Ernest Maragall

Greens/EFA MEP Ernest Maragall, a member of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Turkey, has spoken out in support of liberalising EU visa conditions for Turkish citizens to visit Europe. But the Catalan MEP said that visa liberalisation should not be approved until the Turkish s...


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Basque peace process - Otegi visit to European Parliament

Press release from EFA MEPs J-M Terricabras & Tatjana Ždanoka

At the invitation of the European Parliament's Basque Friendship Group, well-known Basque independentist figure Arnalo Otegi is visiting Brussels to push for greater support for the Basque peace process. MEPs have called for the Spanish government to enter into dialogue in the search for a la...


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Who made my clothes?

Jill Evans MEP asks 'who made my clothes'?

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

As the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza clothing factory tragedy approaches this Sunday, Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans is backing a campaign for ethical clothes labelling in Europe. Over a thousand people died and more than two thousand five hundred were injured in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013 when th...


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The Catalan Path to Independence

19.04.2016

An International Perspective

Hosted by: MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras MEP Ernest Maragall MEP Ramon Tremosa Speakers: Krystyna Schreiber - Journalist & author of Die Übersetzung der Unabhängigkeit Dr Franz Schausberger - Former governor of Salzburg & Founder of European Institute of Regions Professor Klaus-Jür...


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EFA Group Statement on EU-Turkey agreement & the refugee crisis

The European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament is critical of the agreement reached between the EU and Turkey at the recent meeting of EU heads of state and government. The agreement paves the way for returning refugees from the Greek islands to Turkey. However, the EFA Group q...


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