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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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EU & Turkey must overcome impasse in negotiations

Article by EFA MEP Ernest Maragall, with Laura Batalla

(this article originally appeared on euractiv.com) Today, the European Parliament decided to postpone the vote on Turkey's 2014 reform progress report. This is, however, not the first time that the report has been delayed. Deep divisions over how to proceed with accession talks are making it imposs...


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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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EFA MEPs: Migrant Lives Matter

EFA MEPs have taken part in a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg calling for a more humane EU approach to migration, following the recent tragedies in the Mediterranean. Ian Hudghton, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Jill Evans and Ernest Maragall were among those taking part. Acti...


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Freedom in a time of crisis
Freedom in a time of crisis

Freedom in a time of crisis

15.04.2015

A Greens/EFA conference

The Greens/EFA conference "Freedom in a time of crisis" will look at the state of freedom of speech and how it affects writers around the world. Speakers include John Ralston Saul, president PEN international and writers Tahmina Aman from Bangladesh and Kamila Shamsie, from the UK.


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