Migration

European border surveillance (EUROSUR)

Sad irony as MEPs approve new border system without effective provisions on saving lives at sea

The European Parliament today endorsed a legislative agreement on setting up a new European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR). The Greens have criticised the focus of the proposed system and hit out at weak provisions on assisting refugees in distress at sea. Commenting after the vote, Green migr...


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Lampedusa tragedy/asylum policy

EU border policies must focus on saving lives and be accompanied by coherent asylum policy

Commenting on the outcome of this evening's council meeting of EU home affairs ministers and ahead of tomorrow's European Parliament debate on the tragedy in Lampedusa, Green migration and asylum policy spokesperson Jean Lambert (UK Euro-MP) said: "The EU cannot continue to allow tragic loss of...


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Migrant boat tragedy in the Mediterranean

EU needs to finally take responsibility for migrants at risk

Commenting on the tragic boat accident in the Mediterranean, near Lampedusa, which has left at least 82 migrants dead, Green migration policy spokesperson Ska Keller said: "This latest tragedy in the Mediterranean must be the final wake up call for EU governments to finally take responsibility ...


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Eastern Europe and Russia

EU must support Eastern neighbours in face of Russian pressure

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the Eastern Partnership, and the pressure these countries are facing from Russia. After the vote, Greens/EFA foreign affairs spokesperson Werner Schulz commented: "MEPs today sent a message of solidarity to the Eastern Partnership countries ...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

02.07.2013

Video from the press conference Strasbourg - Tuesday 2 July 2013

The Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms presented the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group


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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 10-14 June 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included asylum seekers, EU's housing crisis, rules on infant and baby food, Schengen, accounting transparency for extractive industries, illegal fishing, EU budget and the future framework, problematic EU passenger data rules, Turkey's worrying democratic backslide, nuclear safety and EU rules


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Schengen border system

EP back-down on Schengen a blow for core EU policy

The European Parliament today adopted legislative agreements on two key files related to the EU’s Schengen border-free system, one on the reintroduction of border controls and one on the evaluation of Schengen. Commenting after the vote Greens/EFA border policy spokesperson Tatjana Ždanoka said: ...


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EU asylum database

Granting police access to EURODAC fingerprint database undermines asylum seekers' basic rights

The European Parliament today voted on legislation revising how the EURODAC database of asylum applicants' and refugees' fingerprints is managed. The vote took place as part of the adoption of the asylum package of legislation (1). The new EURODAC legislation includes controversial provisions allowi...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

11.06.2013

Video from the press conference Strasbourg - Tuesday 11 June 2013

The Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms presented the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group


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EU asylum rules

Massive missed opportunity, as MEPs prepare to sign off on EU asylum rules

The European Parliament's civil liberties committee last night voted on the Asylum Package of legislation updating the system governing asylum seekers and their treatment in the EU. MEPs will debate the package today in the European Parliament before it will be adopted, with no vote, tomorrow (1). T...


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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 10-14 June 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include asylum seekers, customs enforcement of IP, EU's housing crisis, rules on infant and baby food, border-free Europe, accounting transparency for extractive industries, illegal fishing, EU budget and the future framework, EU economic governance and the social impact, problematic EU passenger data rules, Turkey's worrying democratic backslide, nuclear safety and EU rules


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European border surveillance (EUROSUR)

Deal reached on technologies for keeping out refugees

The European Parliament and Council yesterday reached agreement on legislation to set up the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR). The Greens have criticised the proposed system and expressed regret at the agreement, with migration policy spokesperson Ska Keller stating: "Today's deal ...


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