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e-fa: News Round-Up September 2011

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

Key issues over the past few weeks included: Oriol elected party leader Plaid Conference Developments in the Basque peace process Welcome for transaction tax announcement SNP disappointment at fish quota proposals Call for ban on eggs from caged hens Strong backing for Palestinian statehood Eu...


Ulrike Lunacek

Sexual orientation and gender identity at the UN Human Rights Council


Indonesia and attacks on minorities

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

The European Parliament, - having regard to European Parliament resolution of 16 December 2010 on the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2009 and the European Union's policy on the matter, - having regard the Indonesia's election to the United Nations Human Rights Council in May 2011, which ...

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EU-Russia Summit in Nizhny Novgorod on 9-10 June 2011

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –    having regard to its previous resolutions on Russia with regard, in particular, to the one on the on the conclusions of the EU-Russia Summit in Rostov-on-Don of 17 June 2010 and the one on the Rule of Law in Russia of 17 February 2011, – &nb...

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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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EU framework for Roma welcomed but need for stronger EU oversight urged

The European Commission today presented an EU framework for national Roma integration strategies. The Greens have given a cautious welcome to the framework but regretted the failure to put a central focus on discrimination and the weak requirements on member states. The group has stressed the need f...


Situation of Christians in the context of freedom of religion

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

Greens/EFA strongly condemn all kinds of discrimination and intolerance based on religion and belief and acts of violence against all religious communities and reiterate their support for all initiatives aimed at promoting dialogue and mutual respect between religious and other communities

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Violation of freedom of expression and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Lithuania

Joint motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –    having regard to international instruments guaranteeing human rights and fundamental freedoms and prohibiting discrimination, notably the European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), –    having...


A different vision for Europe

Green priorities for the Hungarian EU presidency

At the outset of the Hungarian presidency of the European Union, the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament together with their Green partner in Hungary, LMP (Lehet Más a Politika -Politics can be different) present their contribution on the Priorities of the Hungarian Presidency.

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Basque ceasefire announcement welcomed

Catalan MEP Oriol Junqueras from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament has welcomed today's ETA announcement of a 'permanent and general ceasefire'.Junqueras is also a member of the Basque Friendship Group in the European Parliament - a grouping of MEPs set up in 2005 to suppor...


MEPs shocked by Van Rompuy's ignorance

EFA press release

EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy's declaration that he knows of 'no pro-European nationalist party in Europe' has provoked shock and anger amongst many in the European Parliament.The comments made in Flemish TV programme Ter Zake (26 October) were met with dismay by MEPs from the European Free...