Fisheries boat

CFP reforms present new risks to fish stocks and coastal communities

Tough negotiations ahead to ensure positive outcome

SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Wednesday) expressed concern at the contents of the European Commission's proposals to reform the Common Fisheries Policy.Whilst welcoming certain aspects of the reform, he expressed worries that the Commission has failed to properly address the fundamental ...


No Sustainable Resources without new own resources

Greens/EFA position paper

The EU is facing a major economic and social crisis, together with the food, energy and climate crises, which are multiple manifestations of the limits of our model of development and the mechanisms that support it. The current debt crisis has led Member States to curb public spending and propose au...


Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 9-12 May 2011

Highlights for the Greens included the votes of the reports on lobbying transparency and registering lobbyists, on the discharge of the EU's 2009 budget and on investment agreements with 3rd countries. The debates on Schengen, on nuclear safety, on novel foods and on Syria were also our priorities during this plenary week.

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EP issues wrong-headed call for fuel subsidies for fishermen

The European Parliament today voted in favour of a resolution calling for increased subsidies for the fishing sector to cover increased fuel costs. The Greens have criticised the call as wrongheaded, and welcome the fact that the Commission has publicly stated it will not propose any fuel ...

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Bluefin tuna fishery must be closed due to conflict in Libya

The Greens have called for the EU to close its bluefin tuna fishery for the 2011 season as a consequence of the conflict in Libya. The group claims that the conflict in Libya will make it impossible to properly oversee and control fishing of the critically threatened bluefin tuna and that the only s...

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e-fa News Round-Up April/May 2011

news bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

Key issues in April and early May included: SNP landslide victory at Scottish elections Middle East - Syria, Bahrain, Yemen Imported radioactive fish Promoting democracy in the Basque Country Fish discards EFA General Assembly No to EU-wide constituency Europe without borders should remain in place...


European fisheries sector crisis due to the rise in oil prices

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –   having regard to Commission Communication (2008)453 on promoting the adaptation of the European Union fishing fleets to the economic consequences of high fuel prices, –   having regard to Commission Regulation (EC) No 875/2007 of 24 July...

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How much fish can be safely caught ?


A Greens/EFA public hearing

Greens believe that a precautionary approach must form the basis of the Common Fisheries Policy. The reform must ensure a CFP in which decisions on fisheries management do not lead to further depletion of fish stocks but allow them to recover to abundant levels that can support sustainable exploitation in the long term.

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Commission fears over imported radioactive fish

An EFA press release by SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

RADIOACTIVITY KNOWS NO BORDERS"SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Tuesday) expressed concern after the European Commission confirmed their fears over possible radioactivity in imported fish.The Commission has already required strict monitoring of all fisheries imports from regions of Jap...

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e-fa News Round-Up March 2011

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 Europe...

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European Commission support for fish discards

An EFA press release by SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

"CURRENT SYSTEM CAN'T GO ON" - SNPSNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Friday) condemned the European Commission for attempting to maintain rules which require Scottish fishermen to throw marketable fish back into the sea.  The criticism comes ahead of an important vote in the Eu...


Land and Sea grabbing in West Africa


Feed the people or export for profit?

Morning 9.00Opening9.30 - 12.30Agricultural policy in West Africa: export or feed the people?Chair and introduction:Ska Keller, Member of the European Parliament, Green, and Amadou Kanouté, Director CICODEV-   Large scale land acquisition  : the case of Senegal , Ibra Mar FAYE, ...