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Border Surveillance, Frontex and Migration Control

The Green conference addressed the EU's border surveillance proposals from a migration perspective as well as from a data protection angle.

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 11-15 June 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included border controls and preserving Schengen, preferential trade for poor countries, Eurozone economic governance, regulating the global arms trade, own resources and the EU budget, safer baby food through EU rules, fixing EU fisheries, ...

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Schengen controversy

EP to boycott Council over anti-democratic exclusion of parliament on key Schengen file

The European Parliament’s conference of presidents today decided to block negotiations with Council on a number of legislative files in the justice and home affairs area and the EU budget for 2013 (2). The decision comes in response to last week's decision by home affairs ministers to exclude the ...

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Aid for North Africa

Outdated EBRD should be scrapped and other tools used to support Arab Spring countries

The European Parliament today voted on legislative proposals aimed at changing the mandate of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with a view to extending its area of operation beyond Central and Eastern Europe and enabling it to give funding to North African countries. The G...


Legal basis of the Schengen evaluation mechanism

Rebecca Harms

With EU governments seeking to dismantle the EU's Schengen border-free, and trying to exclude the European Parliament from the decision-making, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms slams the EU's Danish presidency for its role in the process

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Schengen and border controls

MEPs deliver muted rebuff to attack on Schengen border-free system

The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee this evening voted on two key legislative files related to the EU’s Schengen border-free system, one related to the reintroduction of border controls (Weber report) and one on the evaluation of Schengen (Coehlo report). The votes come after las...

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Border controls and Schengen

EU ministers take hatchet to core EU border-free policy

EU home affairs ministers today decided their position on two key legislative proposals concerning the EU's border-free Schengen system. The Greens hit out at the decisions, which would undermine the essence of Schengen by making the reimposition of border controls and evaluation of Schengen a natio...

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Gender and Asylum

EU asylum process is failing women

During 2010, over 257,000 asylum applications were made across the EU, 35 per cent of which were made by women or girls.  For thousands of these women, the experience of attempting to claim asylum was one hallmarked by crippling shame, anxiety and confusion. For this is a process where ...


EU asylum policy

EURODAC proposals would mean asylum seekers treated like criminals and terrorists

The European Commission today proposed changes to EURODAC, the European database on asylum seekers, to allow national law enforcement authorities - like the police - to access an EU databank with fingerprints. The Greens criticised the proposals and the manner in which they were presented, with Gree...

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Yanukovich gets red card from EP

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the situation in the Ukraine, highlighting the problems with human rights and political repression. Commenting on the outcome, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "The EP has today strongly criticised Ukrainian president Yanukovich a...

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Switzerland criticised for immigration quotas

Press release from Tatjana Ždanoka

The European Parliament has heard harsh criticism of Switzerland's decision to introduce restrictions on immigration from central and eastern European countries. The issue centres on Switzerland's use of quotas on the number of residence permits it grants to nationals of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, E...


Democracy and Football in Ukraine: The case of Yulia Tymoshenko

Rebecca Harms

Greens/EFA Co-President Rebecca Harms welcomes that the case of Yulia Tymoshenko is finally being debated in an appropriate way, but urges the EU to go further and impose a political boycott of not just the football tournament, but of the Ukrainian President as well.

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