Changes to Schengen

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –   having regard to Article 2 TEU and to articles 18, 20, 21, 67, 77, 80 TFEU, –   having regard to article 45 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, –   having regard to the conclusions of the European...

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Syria, Yemen, Bahrain in the context of the Arab world

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –having regard to its previous resolutions, in particular its resolution on the situation on Syria, Bahrain and Yemen of 7 April 2011 –having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, –having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Politica...



Back-door deal on Schengen sets collision course with European Parliament

Commenting on the proposals, agreed at last week's EU summit, to revise the Schengen agreement to allow the reintroduction of border controls under certain conditions, Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms said: "Following last week's EU summit, which tasked the EU Commiss...

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EU summit

Crisis of leadership continues as summit muddles through on Eurozone and Schengen

Commenting on the outcome of today's EU summit, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "The future of the Euro hangs in the balance but EU leaders are continuing to muddle through and take the path of least resistance. At every step of the Eurozone crisis, EU leaders have acted too late an...

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Greens/EFA Press briefing


Live from Strasbourg | 10:20 - 10:40

Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms will present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group. The event is livestreamed

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5th European Meeting of Green Local Councillors


This year Berlin will be the scene of a fresh initiative towards strengthening the work of Green local level representatives across Europe. We will discuss how to further develop democratic participation of citizens, how to better...

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Neighbourhood policy review

Review points right direction for neighbourhood policy but many questions remain

A review of the EU's Neighbourhood Policy was presented today by the European Commission and the EU's foreign policy high representative at a crucial moment for the EU's neighbouring countries in the North Africa and Mediterranean region. The Greens have long called for a fundamental review of the E...

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Plenary Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session in Strasbourg 9-12 May 2011

Highlights for the Greens included the votes of the reports on lobbying transparency and registering lobbyists, on the discharge of the EU's 2009 budget and on investment agreements with 3rd countries. The debates on Schengen, on nuclear safety, on novel foods and on Syria were also our priorities during this plenary week.

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e-fa News Round-Up April/May 2011

news bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

Key issues in April and early May included: SNP landslide victory at Scottish elections Middle East - Syria, Bahrain, Yemen Imported radioactive fish Promoting democracy in the Basque Country Fish discards EFA General Assembly No to EU-wide constituency Europe without borders should remain in place...


Migration and Schengen border controls

Commission must defend spirit of Schengen and ensure common European interest prevails

The European Commission today presented a communication on migration policy, including its response to migration from North Africa and proposals on the Schengen acquis. The Greens have expressed concern at attempts by EU member states to scale back Schengen and welcome proposals by the Commission to...