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Concerns raised over Schengen data proposals

Greens/EFA MEP Tatjana Zdanoka has welcomed the European Parliament's decision to reject European Commission proposals for an evaluation system for the Schenegen area. Ms Zdanoka said the proposals raised serious concerns about data protection and that the Commission had failed to engage effectively...
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Telecoms package negotiations

The current discussion on Amendment 138 is an acid test of the European parliament's will to uphold citizens fundamental rights. The basic principle of 'innocent until proven guilty' must be guaranteed.
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SNP MEP urges success on European farm price and margin observatory

SNP MEP and member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee Alyn Smith has today (Wednesday) urged fellow MEPs to back his amendment to the EU budget creating a "European Farm Prices and Margin Observatory" with a budget of 1.5million euro to report upon the gap between the price...
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Enlargement

Today, the European Commission published progress reports on the progress of Western Balkan countries towards EU accession. The Greens/EFA Group is calling on the EU to step up its efforts towards the European integration of the region.Commenting on the Croatia report, Franziska Brantner – German G...
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EU-Turkey

The Commission's report underlines "limited progress" made by Turkey. It is true that democratisation initiatives are yet to be realised. Freedom of association, the right to trade union membership, freedom of expression and of the press and an independent justice system all remain priorities for reform.
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Brazilian beef still leaves bad taste in Brussels

SNP Member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee Alyn Smith has today (Tuesday) hailed a decision by the Agriculture Committee to haul the European Commission back to the floor of the full Parliament in Strasbourg to justify the continued refusal to ban Brazilian beef imports on grounds...
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Financial transaction tax

The Greens welcome the Parliament's support for a financial transaction tax, a long overdue and important recognition of its benefits in the wake of the financial crisis. The financial transaction tax would reduce speculation in international financial markets and generate revenue desperately needed for the social and ecological conversio…
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Nobel Prize for Literature

Commenting on the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller, Greens/EFA Group Co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit said: "We are delighted that this year's Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Herta Müller. Herta Müller is an ar...
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Human rights

Today, at 15.00 in the European Parliament plenary chamber, Greens/EFA MEPs will display images of Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist and human rights activist who was murdered three years ago on this day. This is to pay tribute not only to her, but to all those who have paid with their...
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SET-Plan

Commenting on today's EU Commission Communication on a financing plan for research and development of low carbon technologies (the so-called SET-Plan), Luxembourg Green MEP Claude Turmes said:"The Commission's plan is a mere public relations exercise, not a serious effort to prioritise and support t...