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Political meddling prevents EU debate on TTIP

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru)

A narrow majority of the European Parliament (1) this morning voted to postpone a debate on the EU-US TTIP trade negotiations*, following an initiative by centre-right political groups. The decision followed an announcement last night by the European Parliament president that he was postponing today...


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EFA MEPs say No to TTIP

MEPs from the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament are saying 'no' to TTIP in Strasbourg this week. TTIP is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a bilateral free trade agreement currently being negotiated in secret between the European Union and the...


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Women's Rights are Human Rights

Press release from SNP MEP Alyn Smith

Alyn Smith SNP MEP has today praised the European Parliament for adopting a groundbreaking new report on gender equality. Despite pressure from right-wing organisations, the EU Strategy for Equality Between Women and Men Post 2015, known informally as the Noichl Report after its rapporteur Maria N...


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EFA MEP to vote against 'trojan horse' trade agreement

Press release from Plaid MEP Jill Evans

Plaid MEP Jill Evans will vote against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP trade agreement in Strasbourg this week. Jill Evans MEP is concerned that the agreement could open up Welsh public services like the NHS, fire services, education and others to competition from priva...


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EU engagement in Palestine

EFA Delegation to Jerusalem and Ramallah


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EFA - Visit to Israel and Palestine

Blog by EFA MEP Jill Evans

Day One - Wednesday 3 June I have been to Palestine and Israel many times in the past fifteen years and I have seen many changes, but some things stay the same. The occupation, of course. The siege of Gaza. The settlements. The continuing lack of justice for the Palestinians. Having arrived in Tel A...


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Justice Peace and Equality for Israel and Palestine

EFA Delegation to Jaffa and Jerusalem


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EFA Group - Visit to Israel and Palestine

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

MEPs from the EFA Group in the European Parliament are visiting Israel and Palestine this week as part of a fact finding mission to the region. The MEPs include Josep-Maria Terricabras (President of the EFA Group), Jill Evans (Vice-President), Ernest Maragall, Jordi Sebastià and Alyn Smith. They a...


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Spain, no rule of law?

Conference on freedom of expression and separation of powers in Spain

-           The conference “Spain, no rule of law?” took place at the European Parliament two days after the controversial booing of the Spanish anthem at Camp Nou stadium -           Judge Santia...


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Hunger strike for Occitan language

Press release from EFA MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras

Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras has paid tribute to Aquitaine regional councillor David Grosclaude. M. Grosclaude, of Partit Occitan, is on hunger strike in protest at the lack of official support for the Occitan language, and notably th...


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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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