Migration

EU asylum rules

First step towards strengthening refugees' rights as new legislation approved by MEPs

The European Parliament today adopted a legislative report on the qualification and status of third-country nationals, part of the so called 'asylum package' (1). After the vote, Green asylum and migration spokesperson Jean Lambert, who was the EP's draftsperson for the legislative report, said: &...


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Smart borders

Big brother border proposals with high costs are anything but smart

The European Commission today adopted 'smart borders' proposals, which aim to promote new electronic technologies for external border control, along the lines of the US system, including a biometric registration programme. The Greens criticised the proposals as excessive both in terms of oversight a...


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Romania and Bulgaria should get passport-free EU travel

Press release from EFA MEP Tatjana Ždanoka

Romania and Bulgaria have fulfilled all of the criteria and should be allowed to join the Schengen passport check-free area according to MEPs including Tatjana Ždanoka. Ms Ždanoka spoke in Wednesday's debate on the issue at the European Parliament in Brussels with representatives of the European C...


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Schengen

Vetoing Bulgarian and Romanian Schengen membership is cynical populist grandstanding

A decision to endorse the entry of Romania and Bulgaria into the EU's Schengen border-free zone was vetoed today by the Netherlands and Finland at a council of EU home affairs ministers. The Greens strongly criticised the veto, with home affairs spokesperson Judith Sargentini of the Netherlands stat...


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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 12-16 September 2011

Priorities for the Greens during the plenary week included the debates on offshore oil exploration, raw materials strategy, EU rules on export credits, the Eurozone crisis, the situation in Syria, public access to documents, EU homelessness strategy...


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Schengen/border-free zone

Commission proposals point the way for preserving the purpose of Schengen

The European Commission today presented its anticipated proposals aimed at revising the Schengen border system in response to the controversy surrounding the reimposition of border controls earlier this year. The Greens welcomed the proposal to make decisions on reimposition of border controls subje...


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Belarus

No dialogue without releases, no money without reforms

The arrest and continued detention of Belarusian activist Ales Bejazki is further evidence of President Alexander Lukashenkos's intention to silence any critics of his regime.  The arrests and intimidation of opposition journalists and human rights groups continue. Commenting on the adopti...


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Libya after Gaddafi

We must not turn blind eye on Europe's own mistakes

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the situation in Libya in the aftermath of the fall of its former ruler Gaddafi. The Greens welcome the fact that the resolution reflects numerous of their demands, including their call for a comprehensive EU strategy for Libya. However, the Gr...


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FRONTEX/EU border control

Half-hearted improvements on human rights protection fall short

The European Parliament today adopted a final compromise revising EU legislation on FRONTEX, the EU's agency for external border operations. While recognising that the final compromise will bring some improvements, the Greens regret that the revision will fall short of providing necessary guarantees...


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Belarus

Release of political prisoners in Belarus: a step in the right direction, but not far enough

Reacting to the announcement of the release of all political prisoners in Belarus, Green MEP Werner Schulz, member of the Foreign Affairs committee, said: "I welcome the release of four political prisoners in Belarus this week as well as Lukashenko's announcement that all other political detain...


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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 4-8 July 2011

Priorities for the Greens this week include the banning of naked short selling and tougher rules on derivatives, the controversial passenger data agreements, the restriction or prohibition of GMO cultivation, the changes to Schengen, the security scanners in airports...


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