Regions

Possibilities for keeping EU citizenship after leaving EU set out in new report

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Wales)

As formal negotiations get underway in Brussels, Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans is publishing a new report that explores how UK citizens could retain EU citizenship after the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The study was launched in the European Parliament on Tuesday, and the researchers will present t...


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"Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a Republic?"

EFA MEP Jordi Solé on Catalonia's plans for an independence referendum on 1 October

The Catalan government has announced a referendum on independence which will take place on 1 October 2017. EFA MEP Jordi Solé from Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya took the floor at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week to inform MEPs from across Europe of the Catalan government...


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Six ways to improve the Erasmus programme

With 4000 students being involved at any one time, it’s clear that the Erasmus programme has been a massive success in bringing students from all over Europe together and in allowing them to experience totally different environments. However, like any system, there are always ways to make it better.


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Great step towards European security union

European Public Prosecutor

The Justice and Home Affairs Council has come to a political agreement on the European Public Prosecutor (EPPO). The EPPO is tasked with identifying instances of fraud using EU money, for example in cross-border EU-funded construction projects. The European Commission estimates that this amounts to €500 million per year, with a large share being VAT fraud.


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The Future of Cohesion Policy

08.06.2017

Greens/EFA priorities

Come and exchange with key actors about the future of cohesion policy and contribute in shaping the green priorities, such as partnership involvement, local development, circular economy, fundamental rights, climate spending and fight against fraud in the new post-2020 cohesion framework


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EU Parliament debates current situation

Turkey

Talks on Turkey's accession to the EU should remain frozen until Turkey returns to democracy and substantially improves its approach to human rights, says Greens/EFA co-president, Ska Keller.


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European Parliament blocks move to co-opt cohesion spending for Junker Plan

Cohesion Policy

The Greens/EFA group has helped to block a proposal originating from the European Commission that would have given Member States the ability to transfer unlimited funds from European Structural and Investment Funds to the 'Juncker plan'.


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Negotiations must be conducted in good faith

Brexit

The European Parliament has backed a resolution setting out its terms for negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. The resolution was co-signed by the Greens/EFA group alongside the EPP, S&D, ALDE, and GUE-NGL groups. Negotiations must commence in good faith, says Greens/EFA co-president, Philippe Lamberts.


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Rome Treaties 60th Anniversary

EFA MEP Jordi Solé's video statement

EFA MEP Jordi Solé highlights the contribution of Europe's historic small and stateless nations and regions to the process of European integration.


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The European Union must evolve

60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

As the European Union celebrates its 60th anniversary, many challenges remain. If the EU is to survive, and the people of Europe to regain their enthusiasm for it, it must evolve. The Greens/EFA group is calling for a renewed focus on equal rights for all; an open, democratic and free society, with a humane refugee and migration policy.


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EU-Turkey deal left in responsibility vacuum

EU-Turkey deal

At the Conference of Presidents, the Liberals and right wing parties blocked proposals for a plenary debate in Strasbourg on the EU-Turkey deal. The Greens/EFA group had proposed an oral question to ensure the Parliament maintains democratic oversight of the EU-Turkey deal.


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EU governments must wake up

Future of the EU

"One thing is absolutely clear: the EU cannot continue as before and expect its problems to simply disappear. The EU’s politicians must wake up and actively fight for the European project," said Greens/EFA co-president Ska Keller, commenting in the run up to the next EU summit, and on the Commission's White Paper on the Future of the European Union.


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