Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Brussels plenary 25 March 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included tax policy; the Annual Tax Report; Macro-financial assistance to Ukraine; Minimum rates of pay in the transport sector; International Roma Day.

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Europe's Roma Community

Basic human rights must not be compromised

International Roma Day on April 8 is not just about celebrating Roma culture, it is also intended to highlight the persecution and discrimination that the Roma people face in all aspects of life. The Greens have long fought for an effective strategy on Roma inclusion, and we continue this work as the European Parliament now prepares a resolution on Roma rights.


#Multilingualism - a reality in the European Parliament?

Jordi Sebastià, Ana Miranda, Josu Juaristi, Josep-Maria Terricabras


Environmental & Cultural Sustainability in Lužyca/Lausitz


Greens/EFA Conference

Interpretation: DE/FR/EN/ES Final Programme 16h30 - 16h40 - François Alfonsi, EFA President Welcoming word. 16h40 - 16h55 - Hannes Wilhelm­ Kell, President of Lužycka Alianca/Lausitzer Allianz The impact of brown coal mines and thermal power plants on the water balance and air quality. 16h55 - 17...

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Focus on minorities and languages in European Parliament

The European Parliament's Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages has held its inaugural meeting of the new parliamentary term in Strasbourg. The group is a cross party gathering of MEPs concerned with minority and language issues. Catalan-speaking EFA MEP Jordi Seb...

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Latvian EU Presidency: Russian must become an official language in EU

Press Release from EFA MEP Tatjana Ždanoka

Latvian MEP Tatjana Ždanoka has called on the incoming Latvian Presidency of the European Union to show tolerance to multilingualism and cultural diversity. Ms Ždanoka was speaking in the debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma about prioritie...


Situation in Egypt

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Judith Sargentini, Igor Šoltes, Ernest Urtasun, Davor Škrlec, Barbara Lochbihler, Alyn Smith, Molly Scott Cato, Eva Joly, Bodil Ceballos, Pascal Durand, Bart Staes, Ernest Maragall, on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, – having regard to its previous resolutions o...

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MEP highlights importance of Roma integration

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià

EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià has organised a meeting at the European Parliament to discuss the failure of integration policies for Roma people in Europe, particularly with regard to education. Jordi Sebastià invited representatives of the Roma community in Spain to meet with senior figures from the Euro...


Hungary defamation case

Court ruling a symbolic victory for minorities receiving abuse in Hungary

The district court of Budapest yesterday ruled in favour of Green MEP Ulrike Lunacek in a defamation case brought against the Hungarian journalist Zsolt Bayer for injurious statements made on Hungarian television. Commenting on the ruling, Ulrike Lunacek said: "It is welcome that the Hungarian ...


Conchita, la voix européenne


A performance by Conchita Wurst, Eurovision song contest winner 2014

Thank you all for braving the rain and giving such a bright hopeful loving welcome! You are unstoppable! Photos from the autograph session can be downloaded from our flickr album here. Video of the event Video of the press conference  PROGRAMME OF THE EVENT The Eurovision song contest winn...

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Language diversity side-lined in new EU Commission

Press Release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

The new European Commission is at risk of ignoring the importance of language diversity in Europe, according to Plaid Cymru – the Party of Wales MEP Jill Evans, a member of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group of MEPs. The Welsh MEP has criticised the decision not to appoint a dedicated EU Commi...


Fundamental rights and migration under Team Juncker

Green MEP Judith Sargentini on the provocative candidate choices

So, overall, are you happy with the proposal from Jean Claude Juncker? While President-elect Juncker has made positive sounds as regards the need to address the challenges of migration and fundamental rights in Europe, some of his proposals in terms of candidates raise serious questions. What is yo...

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