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...



Towards visa liberalization between Turkey and the EU

The European Commission and Turkish government today signed agreements on readmission of migrants and the opening of negotiations on visa liberalization. These agreements will lead to a relaxation of EU visa rules for Turkish citizens in return for Turkey readmitting illegal migrants who enter the E...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 9-13 December 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included trotecting migrants' lives in Mediterranean, reforming EU fisheries policy, deep sea fishing and destructive trawling, EU-Morocco fisheries and Western Sahara, the situation in Ukraine, repairing the emissions trading scheme, EU rules on mortgages, sexual and reproductive health and rights, promoting stability and peace beyond Europe, combatting tax avoidance through transparency, the EU as a human rights defender, bank accounts, posted workers

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From Maidan Square to the European Parliament


Public hearing on the situation in Ukraine

In the context of the crackdown against democratic pro-EU demonstrations in Ukraine, Greens/EFA organise a public hearing with Ukrainian representatives of the media, political and civic movements

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Rescuing refugees at sea

FRONTEX treatment of refugees at sea to be retasked following EP vote

The European Parliament's civil liberties committee this evening voted on new EU legislation governing sea missions by FRONTEX, the EU's border management agency. The Greens welcomed the vote, which sets out the EP's position for negotiations with EU governments on the new rules (1), with Green migr...

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Outcome of the Vilnius summit and the future of the Eastern Partnership, in particular as regards Ukraine

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Rebecca Harms, Werner Schulz, Tarja Cronberg, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Indrek Tarand on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, – having regard to its resolution of 23 October 2013 on ‘the European Neighbourhood Policy: towards a strengthening of the partnership. Position ...


Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 9-13 December 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include - Protecting migrants' lives in Mediterranean, Reforming EU fisheries policy, Deep sea fishing and destructive trawling, EU-Morocco fisheries and Western Sahara, Ukraine: democratic danger and EU perspective, Repairing the emissions trading scheme, Mortgages - EU rules under review, Sexual and reproductive health and rights, Promoting stability and peace beyond Europe, Combatting tax avoidance through transparency, The EU as a human rights defender, Bank accounts: a basic right, Posted workers, social dumping and EU rules

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Border and migration policy

Mediterranean Taskforce shows lessons not learned from Lampedusa

The European Commission today presented proposals on the new EU 'Mediterranean Taskforce', which was established in response to the latest refugee disaster off the coast of Lampedusa. Commenting on the proposals, Green migration policy spokesperson Ska Keller said: "This Taskforce shows the Co...

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Saving migrants lives at sea

Greens continue to push for concrete provisions under EU rules

The European Border Surveillance system (EUROSUR) becomes operational today. The system was finalised earlier this year, just ahead of the latest major tragic losses of life of migrants in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Lampedusa. While the system also includes provisions to ensure authorities ...


Vilnius Summit

Ukraine needs a European perspective

The Eastern Partnership summit concluding today in Vilnius will not lead to the signing of an EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, as had been originally expected. Commenting on this, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms stated: "The responsibility for the failure to sign an EU-Ukraine agreement ...

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