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News Bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

March/April 2014 Round-Up The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a European parliamentary group with the Greens, making up the fourth largest g...


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Electoral Fraud in Turkey

Press Release from Aralar MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia

Basque MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia held a press conference today in the European Parliament to raise concerns of alleged electoral fraud in the recent municipal elections in Turkey. He was joined for the press conference by Eyyup Doru of the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party or BDP. Mr Irazabalbeitia ...


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Europe on the Far Right

04.03.2014

Developments and Strategies against

Right-wing radicalism is increasingly on the rise in all EU Member States. Who are they? Why do they claim to be the supposed voice of an underrepresented majority? What are their strategies to gain access to the political centre? What can we do in response?


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e-fa: News Round Up

News Bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

February 2014 Round-Up The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a European parliamentary group with the Greens, making up the fourth largest grou...


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Developments in the Basque Peace process

EFA MEPs Alfonsi, Demesmaeker, Irazabalbeitia and Zdanoka react

Several MEPs from the EFA Group in the European Parliament have given their response to recent significant developments in the peace process in the Basque Country. This includes notably the announcement of a beginning to disarmament by ETA and the subsequent interrogation of members of the independ...


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MEPs welcome ETA disarmament announcement

Press Release from François Alfonsi, Mark Demesmaeker and Inaki Irazabalbeitia

A number of MEPs who have been supporting moves at EU level to peacefully resolve the conflict in the Basque Country have welcomed today's announcement concerning an independently verified disarmament process. The independent International Verification Commission confirmed in Bilbao that ETA had 's...


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Minority rights

Overdue EU action on homophobia and LGBT discrimination must be delivered

The European Parliament today voted in favour of a report calling for an EU roadmap against homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Commenting after the vote, EP rapporteur/draftsperson and Green civil liberties and LGBT spokesperson Ulrike Lunacek stated: &quo...


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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 3-7 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include tackling homophobia, enforcing EU law, smart grids, clamping down on insider trading, winding up failing banks, trade dumping, EU climate and energy policy to 2030, air passenger rights and compensation, basic rights for seasonal workers, Ukrainian crisis and the EU's role, refugee deaths and the role of Greece


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e-fa: news round-up

News Bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament

January 2014 Round-Up The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a European parliamentary group with the Greens, making up the fourth largest group...


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LGBT Rights: Europe, let's move on!

30.01.2014

A Greens/EFA conference

For the first time in January 2011, the European Parliament called on the Commission to issue an EU Roadmap with concrete measures against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. While such coordinated policy documents already exist for other groups (eg. EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies or the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020) a Roadmap for equality on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity would help to protect and advance the fundamental rights of LGBT people in the work of the EU. Despite the European Parliament’s ten (!) requests for the Commission to issue such a roadmap in the last three years, the European Commission indicated it wouldn’t work on such a roadmap. The LIBE INI report "on the EU Roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity" sets out to describe what an ‘LGBT roadmap’ should contain to lay groundwork for the next Parliament and Commission to earnestly work on it. During this conference, the LIBE INI report "on the EU Roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity" will be presented and representatives of the European Commission, the European Council, NGOs, and national Green parties will discuss about the need to implement the LGBT roadmap during the next legislative period.


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 27-31 January 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Europe's banking sector, F-gases' climate damage, emissions trading, pollution from shipping, airline emissions, data protection and Europol. Greens/EFA events will deal with human trafficking and smuggling, seed diversity, food security and the role of industry, greening regional policy, LGBT rights


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Basque Political Prisoners - latest developments

Statement by Aralar MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia

Last Tuesday when we decided to call this press conference in order to give our opinion on the document released by the Basque Political Prisoners Collective last December, 28th, we were aware of the demonstration that had been called for last Saturday in support of Basque prisoners. However, we did...


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