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Spanish government criticised on migrant policy

Press release from EFA MEPs Josep-Maria Terricabras & Jordi Sebastià

"The Spanish government wants to legalise illegality" - Terricabras MEPs have strongly criticised Spanish authorities for their 'unacceptable and wrong' behaviour towards migrants at Spain's overseas enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa. Spain is accused of the 'summary expulsion ...


EU asylum rules

Court ruling underlines need for overhaul of Dublin regulation

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) today ruled that the authorities in Switzerland could not return an asylum seeking family to Italy due to insufficient guarantees regarding the welfare of the family. The Greens welcomed the ruling and cited it as further evidence of the need to revise the E...

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EU Kosovo mission (EULEX)

Investigation on corruption allegations must be thorough, timely and transparent

The European Parliament's foreign affairs committee yesterday met with officials from the EU's mission in Kosovo (EULEX) on recent allegations of corruption and maladministration with the mission. Commenting on the situation, Green MEP and EP vice-president Ulrike Lunacek, who is the European P...

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FRONTEX Mediterranean mission

Replacing Mare Nostrum rescue operation a death sentence for refugees

On 1 November, a new Frontex mission called Triton starts in the Mediterranean, replacing the earlier Mare Nostrum mission, which focused on saving lives at sea in the aftermath of the Lampedusa disaster last year. The Greens have expressed concern that stopping the Mare Nostrum mission will lead to...

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Greens/EFA Roundup

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 20-24 October 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included the Ebola crisis and the EU's response, the Energy and climate policy and the EU summit, Hungary's crackdown on civil society, the election of the European Commission, the EU budget, bullfighting, lobbying and the single seat and rounding up migrants in coordinated EU action.

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Mos Maiorum

Plenary speech by Ska Keller


EU-wide "Mos Maiorum" police operation

Migration is not a crime

Today sees the start of the EU wide "Mos Maiorum" police operation. This operation, carried out by EU member states, is directed against irregular migrants. It will also target traffickers and smugglers of human beings and their agents. The operation will run until 26 October. For the firs...

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Experienced Politician

Green MEP Judith Sargentini assesses Migration and Home Affairs Commission candidate Dimitris Avramopoulos

Green MEP Judith Sargentini gives a cautiously positive assessment of the EP hearing with Dimitris Avramopoulos and Migration and Home Affairs under the new Commission. What was your overall impression of how commissioner-designate Avramopoulos perf...


Fundamental rights and migration under Team Juncker

Green MEP Judith Sargentini on the provocative candidate choices

So, overall, are you happy with the proposal from Jean Claude Juncker? While President-elect Juncker has made positive sounds as regards the need to address the challenges of migration and fundamental rights in Europe, some of his proposals in terms of candidates raise serious questions. What is yo...

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EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

Compromise on free trade is a political disgrace

The European Parliament today voted to endorse the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The Greens/EFA group welcomed the ratification of the Association Agreement but expressed concern with a new plan to delay the implementation of part of EU's free trade agreement with Ukraine. After the vote, Greens...

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Situation in Ukraine

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Rebecca Harms, Tamás Meszerics, Heidi Hautala, Bas Eickhout, Indrek Tarand on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, – having regard to its previous resolutions on Ukraine, with regard, in particular, to its resolutions of 27 February 2014 on the situation in Ukrai...


Situation in Libya

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Barbara Lochbihler, Tamás Meszerics, Judith Sargentini, Ernest Urtasun, Bodil Ceballos, Ernest Maragall on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, – having regard to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Libya, including Resolution 2174 of 27 Au...