Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 17-21 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include EU rules on money market funds, posted workers, cloned animals and EU food law, money laundering, terrorism funding and the financial system, protecting migrants' lives in Mediterranean. Among Greens/EFA events : hearing on right to water - first successful EU citizens' initiative, conferences on plastic bags, on social cohesion in times of recession and on afrophobia in the EU

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Swiss free movement referendum

No quotas on the application of EU law

Commenting on the outcome of this weekend's referendum in Switzerland, in which a majority voted in favour of restrictions on immigration, including the free movement of EU citizens to Switzerland, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "Even if it only passed with a narrow majority, this ...

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Macedonian dispute

European Parliament finally takes clear position on dispute over country's name

The European Parliament today adopted a report outlining its position on the stalled EU accession progress of the FYRO Macedonia. The Greens welcomed the adoption of the report and, in particular, a Green amendment seeking to clarify the long-running dispute over the country's name. Commenting after...



Green leader Rebecca Harms launches appeal in support of Ukraine

After having returned from an extended visit with the official delegation of the European Parliament to Ukraine, the leader of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, Rebecca Harms, today launched an appeal in support of Ukraine, in which she called for a permanent observer mission of the E...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 3-7 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include tackling homophobia, enforcing EU law, smart grids, clamping down on insider trading, winding up failing banks, trade dumping, EU climate and energy policy to 2030, air passenger rights and compensation, basic rights for seasonal workers, Ukrainian crisis and the EU's role, refugee deaths and the role of Greece

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EU-Russia relations

Ukraine crisis overshadows summit

Commenting on today's EU-Russia summit, Green foreign policy spokesperson Werner Schulz said: "Today's summit is totally overshadowed by the crisis in Ukraine and the role of Russian president Putin in the crisis. The Winter Games in Sochi will also be taking place in the shadow of the Ukrainia...

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Turkey - Erdoğan visit

Talks useful but overall fail to convince

The Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan, currently on a state visit to Brussels, today met with a delegation of the European Parliament. Greens/EFA MEP Hélène Flautre, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, commented after the meeting: "Prime Minister E...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 13-16 January 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included, carbon capture and storage, CO2 emissions from vans, plastic waste in the environment, honey labels and GMOs, public procurement, public services and innovation, Spain's new abortion law, free movement for all EU citizens, data protection and EU-US relations, EU passports for sale, Serbia and Kosovo and the EU's role, EU-ASEAN relations, new GMO authorisation, investment products and commodity speculation and the troika's flawed role under scrutiny.

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Ukraine crackdown

Anti-democratic putsch cannot be left unanswered

Commenting on the passage of a package of laws by the Ukrainian parliament yesterday, which seriously restricts the freedom of assembly and the activities of non-governmental organisations, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms stated: "These laws amount to an anti-democratic putsch, which scup...

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EU enlargement

Kosovo must not be on separate accession track

The European Parliament today voted on reports assessing the accession progress of both Serbia and Kosovo. Commenting after the vote, Green foreign affairs spokesperson and parliament's rapporteur/draftperson for Kosovo Ulrike Lunacek said: "The EU under the leadership of Catherine Ashton has p...

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e-fa: News Round Up

News Bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

November/December 2013 Round-Up 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 lar...