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EU summit

Commenting on the conclusions of the EU summit of heads of state and government in Brussels today, Sven Giegold, Greens/EFA coordinator for the EP economics and monetary affairs committee, commented:"It is a great succes for the alterglobalist movement that the European Council has for the first tim...
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Smith hails EU windfall for Scotland's energy sector

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today hailed news that the European Commission has approved a series of renewable energy projects that will receive over €1.5 billion from the EU's economic recovery fund, bringing just over GBP 100 million to Scotland. Two Scottish projects have won ...
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Backing for Catalan 'people power'

MEPs from Corsica, Flanders and Wales will be in Catalonia this weekend to act as observers for the series of local referendums taking place on Catalan independence.A grassroots initiative has used existing powers to organise a series of local referendums at town and municipal level in order to give...
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Climate change

A new study by the Ecofys Institute, commissioned by the Greens/EFA group and launched today in European Parliament, has revealed EU's claims to be the leader in international climate policy to be a myth.
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Human rights - Russia visit

Speaking ahead of the UN International Day of Human Rights and her visit to Moscow and Ekaterinburg in Russia, Finnish Green MEP and EP human rights chair Heidi Hautala has called for protection and freedom of human rights defenders.
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MEPs support for hunger striker

MEPs from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament are supporting the case of Western Saharan activist Aminatou Haidar.  Ms Haidar is currently on hunger strike at Lanzarote airport in the Canary Islands after being forcibly expelled from her homeland by the Moroccan aut...
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Kosovo

In its conclusions on the Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process, EU foreign affairs ministers at the General Affairs and External Relations Council yesterday stressed that Kosovo should benefit from eventual visa-free travel to the EU. Ulrike Lunacek, Greens/EFA foreign affairs spoke...
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Copenhagen climate summit

The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament will have a strong presence at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Four Greens/EFA MEPs will be part of the European Parliament's official delegation: President Rebecca Harms (Germany), Satu Hassi ( Finland), Yannick Jadot (France) and Bas Eickhout (Netherlands).
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Bluefin tuna

In response to a formal question from Green MEP Raül Romeva, the European Commission has revealed that the EU pays millions of Euros to European fishing fleets that target bluefin tuna.
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Smith hails progress on green electricity transmission charging

SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has today (Wednesday) hailed a revelation that National Grid experts are working on a new model of transmission charging which could see grid connection costs for renewable operators halved as a major step forward in resolving the thorny issue of loca...