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EU must act on Saharawi floods

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià (Compromís)

In an initiative led by Greens/EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià, 62 MEPs from six different political groups are calling on the European Commission to act to help Saharawi refugees affected by devastating flooding in the Tindouf region of Algeria. MEP Jordi Sebastià The MEPs have co-signed an open letter to...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

27.10.2015

LIVE press conference 27 october 2015 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group


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Trade and human rights

EP votes to close loopholes in rules allowing trade of torture equipment

The European Parliament today voted on proposals to revise EU trade rules, focusing on provisions to prevent the trade in goods which could be used for torture or capital punishment. The vote will set out the parliament's position ahead of negotiations with EU governments on finalising the legislati...


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EU summit

Erdogan as EU’s border guard-in-chief

At the EU summit last night, EU heads of state and government committed to an agreement with Turkey on the response to the refugee crisis. The agreement would include €3bn in funding for Turkey, a simplified visa procedure and the opening of further chapters in Turkey's EU accession negotiations. ...


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Saudi Arabia/human rights

Raif Badawi chosen on shortlist for Sakharov Prize 2015

The shortlist for the 2015 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought was today selected by the European Parliament's foreign affairs, development and human rights committees (1). The shortlist includes Saudi Arabian online activist Raif Badawi, who was nominated by the Greens/EFA group for this year's p...


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Turkey attack

MEPs call for impartial investigation in cross-political letter to Turkish PM

Over 50 MEPs from different political groups have co-signed a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu calling for a 'full and impartial investigation' of the recent Ankara bombings. The letter expresses concern for the escalation of violence in Turkey and condemns attacks on innocent civilian p...


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 5-8 October 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included, car pollution rules in Europe after the Volkswagen scandal; air pollution and industrial emissions rules; Hollande and Merkel; Turkey's worrying escalation; Syria; EU payment service rules; Corporate tax avoidance, rulings and the EU response; Data, privacy rights and the Facebook ruling; EU railway rules.


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Recorded press conference

07.10.2015

Turkey's crisis and how to ensure a peaceful solution, with Leyla Zana

This press conference addressed the concerning situation in Turkey, with leading Kurdish politician and rights activist Leyla Zana (winner of the 1995 Sakharov Prize). The European Parliament will debate the situation in Turkey on Wednesday, with the Greens/EFA group having initiated a cross-political group appeal for peace in Turkey two weeks ago.


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Syria

Greens call on EU to engage for peaceful solution

The European Parliament today debated the crisis in Syria. Commenting in the context of the debate, Green foreign affairs spokespersons Barbara Lochbihler and Tamas Meszerics stated: "The year-long air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) and the current Russian attack...


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Refugee crisis/home affairs council

Returns proposals risk dismantling EU asylum law

EU home affairs ministers will meet tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss a number of further measures in response to the refugee crisis, including on a proposal on returns of failed asylum seekers and refugees. Ahead of the Council, Green migration spokesperson Ska Keller stated: "It seems EU gover...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

06.10.2015

Recorded press conference 6 october 2015 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group


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Data protection/Facebook

EU court safeguards fundamental right to data protection

The European Court of Justice today issued its judgement on a case concerning the transfer by Facebook of the data of EU citizens to the US under the 'Safe Harbor'. The court found that the transfer of private data to the US by Facebook is at odds with EU data protection rules. Commenting on the ru...


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