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Bank data transfer:

After today's vote in the EP civil liberties committee, which today recommended rejection of the EU agreement to transfer of SWIFT bank data to the United States, Greens/EFA home affairs expert Jan Philipp Albrecht said:"The EU Parliament's civil liberties committee vote has sent a clear signal in f...
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EU Commission

At the meeting of the EP Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community on the 4 February 2010 the chief negotiator of the Commission, responsible for the free trade agreement between the EU and Colombia and Peru, refused to provide further information to MEPs (1). German Green ...
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Presidential elections in Ukraine

Rebecca Harms, Co-President of the Greens/EFA group, will go to Ukraine between 5 and 8 February to observe the second round of presidential elections. Harms is the Greens/EFA representative in a delegation of eight MEPs.The second round of the presidential elections is due to take place on 7...
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Humanitarian Aid Commissioner hearing

Following the withdrawal of Rumiana Jeleva as the Commissioner-designate for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, her replacement Kristalina Georgieva participated this afternoon in a hearing at the EU Parliament development committee.
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New Entrants Reserve

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Honduras

Today the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and Central American Delegation held a joint meeting on the subject of Panama and Honduras. Green MEP Raül Romeva, a member of the EP Delegation to Central America, commented:"Today's meeting in the European Parliament represents a clear ma...
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Illicit tobacco trade

Today Belgian Green MEP Bart Staes hosts a conference on the illegal tobacco trade (1), ahead of a crucial UN meeting in March (2) that could secure a binding international agreement to combat this huge worldwide problem. Illicit tobacco is estimated to represent 12% of the global market.Calling on...
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Russia - human rights

Following the arrest of Lyudmila Alexeyeva on New Year's Day, Oleg Orlov - a fellow laureate of last year's EU parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, was yesterday arrested and detained. Finnish Green MEP Heidi Hautala, Chair of the EU Parliament human rights subcommittee, said:"The arres...
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Kosovo

Ahead of this week's European Commission Delegation visit to Kosovo, Austrian Green MEP Ulrike Lunacek – European Parliament Kosovo Rapporteur and a Greens/EFA Group spokesperson on foreign affairs – commented:"The EU Commission delegation visit to Kosovo represents the first concrete step in t...
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EU-Russia

On the occasion of the 12th meeting of the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, Werner Schulz- Greens-EFA MEP and Vice-Chair of the EUDelegation - commented:"The best we can say about this meeting is that it took place at all. Unfortunately the two Delegations could not find a compromise ...