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Hungarian media law

No more double standards; swift action needed to ensure media freedom prevails in Hungary

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban today faced criticism from MEPs during a European Parliament debate over the controversial media law passed in Hungary last month. The Greens have led criticism of the law, which would restrict media pluralism, in conflict with EU law, and is part of wider d...

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European Citizens' Initiative

European democracy takes a step forward as EP vote paves way for citizens' initiative

The European Parliament today adopted a legislative compromise on the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) with an overwhelming majority. The Greens/EFA group welcomed the vote, which paves the way for the entry into force of this crucial democratic tool from 2012 on. After the vote, Green MEP and co...

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e-fa News Round-Up November 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a European parliamentary group with the Greens, making up the fourth largest group in the European parli...


Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Centre-right MEPs write blank cheque on ACTA; vote threatens civil liberties in EU

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was finalised last week. Green MEPs criticised the resolution, which was passed by a narrow centre-right majority, as ignoring the real concerns with ACTA. After the vote, Green civil liberti...


Turkey in Europe


Enlarged Bureau Meeting of the Green/EFA Group

The Greens/EFA organise a two-day public conference in Istanbul to discuss about key issues such as the energy security in Turkey and in the European Union - including nuclear energy aspects, the democratisation process of Turkey in the light of a new Constitution and the issue of European Culture.


European Day of Languages

An EFA press release by MEP Oriol Junqueras (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya)

Ahead of European Day of Languages (Sunday 26 September), MEPs from the EFA Group in the European Parliament have renewed calls for languages such as Catalan and Welsh to be fully recognised at European level. Oriol Junqueras (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya) wants the European institutions and in...


Intellectual property enforcement

EP votes fails to respond to the changed reality of intellectual property

The European Parliament today voted to adopt a non-legislative resolution on intellectual property enforcement in the EU (*). The Greens/EFA group (which had co-sponsored an alternative resolution that failed to pass) voted against the final resolution, as it failed to distinguish between counterfei...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 20-24 September 2010

Priorities for a busy session include new EU laws on European financial supervision, security of gas supply, biocides and medicinal products. Readmission agreements, aviation emissions, biodiversity protection and IP enforcement also feature as highlights.

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Greens call for ACTA transparency

The Greens/ EFA group yesterday adopted an urgent appeal for transparency in the negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). With this action, the Greens/EFA protest against the decision by ACTA negotiators to keep a new version of the draft treaty secret after the 9th negotiatio...


Youth Employment

EU Parliament calls for strong initiatives to promote youth access to the labour market

The European Parliament today called for concrete initiatives promoting youth access to the labour market and the strengthening of traineeships, internships and apprenticeships. Commenting on the vote of her report, which was adopted by a large majority, rapporteur Danish MEP Emilie Turunen said: &q...

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MEP critical of Spanish Constitutional Court Decision

A press release by EFA MEP Oriol Junqeras (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya)

The Spanish Constitutional Court has passed a judgement striking down 14 articles of the Catalan Statute and reinterpreting 27 more. The statute gave greater power and autonomy for Catalunya.  This statute was approved in a referendum by the citizens of Catalunya, but the Constitutional Court h...


Towards a cultural ecology?


A Greens/EFA conference

This conferenec organized by Greens/EFA MEPs Malika Benarab-Attou, Helga Trüpel, François Alfonsi, aims at bringing a prospective on positioning Culture at the heart of the European project.