Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 27-30 April 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included fishery discards are back; reducing plastic bag use; biofuels’ climate problem and land use: problem unsolved; Bangladesh tragedy and the textile industry's responsibility; light touch regulation of shadow banking funds; EU budget discharge and problems with ITER nuclear fusion project; EP budget 2016 and MEPs' allowances; Europe's refugee shame and sea rescue; quicker access to funding for youth employment schemes; European Investment Bank's transparency and accountability deficit.


Refugees in the Mediterranean and the EU's duty


LIVE - Press conference 29 April 2015 10:30-11:00


Mediterranean migration crisis

MEPs call for European governments to do more sea rescue

The European Parliament today debated the ongoing crisis involving refugees in the Mediterranean and adopted a resolution on the EU's response. After the vote, Green migration spokesperson Judith Sargentini said: "The European Parliament has today sent a clear and strong signal that EU governme...

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Green proposals for a European migration and asylum strategy

To avoid further catastrophes and deaths in the Mediterranean we need a radical shift in the priorities of EU asylum policies. Increasing the budget of the "Triton" operation of the EU border surveillance agency FRONTEX and doing another minute of silence is not enough! The EU needs to effectively address the root causes of the crisis in the Mediterranean, not just its symptoms.

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Europe needs a genuine immigration and asylum policy

Press release from EFA MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras

Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras has called for a 'genuine immigration and asylum policy for Europe' in response to the tragedies experienced by migrants in the Mediterranean. MEPs in Strasbourg were today debating the issue with the Pres...


The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing


LIVE - press conference 28 April 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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EFA MEPs: Migrant Lives Matter

EFA MEPs have taken part in a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg calling for a more humane EU approach to migration, following the recent tragedies in the Mediterranean. Ian Hudghton, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Jill Evans and Ernest Maragall were among those taking part. Acti...


Destruction of cultural sites perpetrated by ISIS/Da’esh

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Michèle Rivasi, Pascal Durand, Helga Trüpel, Ernest Maragall, Michel Reimon, Jordi Sebastià, Yannick Jadot, Alyn Smith, Jean Lambert, Davor Škrlec on on  behalf of the Greens/EFA group The European Parliament, –        having regard t...


Latest tragedies in the Mediterranean and EU migration and asylum policies

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Ska Keller, Judith Sargentini, Bodil Ceballos, Eva Joly, Jean Lambert, Barbara Lochbihler, Davor Škrlec, Ulrike Lunacek, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Ernest Urtasun on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group The European Parliament, –    having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Righ...

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EU migration summit

Europe's shame continues as leaders focus on deterrence instead of sea rescue

Commenting ahead of today's summit of EU heads of state and government, which will discuss last week's tragedies involving refugees in the Mediterranean and the EU response, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said: "EU leaders are yet again set to meet and express their...

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Press Freedom in Turkey


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Greens/EFA organise a joint seminar with the ALDE Group on press freedom in Turkey with Turkish guest speakers


Mediterranean refugee tragedy

EU funded sea rescue programme must be urgently agreed

Commenting ahead of today's meeting of EU foreign affairs and internal affairs ministers, which will discuss last week's tragedies involving refugees in the Mediterranean, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said: "We need a permanent EU-funded programme for search and ...

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