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Catalans' right to vote highlighted in Brussels

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

Catalonia's democratic right to decide on its own constitutional future was highlighted today at an event in the European Parliament in Brussels. Politicians from across the political spectrum and representatives of Catalan civil society came together to press the case for Catalan self-determination...


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Commissioner Hearings 2014 – Multilingualism sidelined

Jill Evans

As MEPs consider the make-up of the new EU Commission, EFA MEP Jill Evans (Wales) talks about the importance of multilingualism and linguistic diversity in Europe. Promoting multilingualism is a priority for the European Free Alliance Group which has already won greater status at EU level for langua...


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The Catalan Referendum in an EU Context

Press Conference

When:    15h00 – Thursday 2 October Where:  Press Room PHS 0A50 (Salle Anna Politkovskaya), European Parliament, Brussels. With MEPs: Ernest Maragall (Greens/EFA)Ramon Tremosa (ALDE)Ernest Urtasun (Greens/EFA)Francesc Gambús (EPP) Following the recent decision of Spain's cons...


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Catalan referendum – MEPs address open letter to EP President

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

In a joint initiative, MEPs from several political groups have written to the President of the European Parliament to take issue with the refusal of Spanish authorities to allow a consultation on Catalonia's constitutional future. In an open letter they explain that the Catalan Parliament approved a...


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Regional Policy Commissioner Hearing

Greens/EFA assessment

Green MEP Monika Vana Delli gives our assessment of Regional Policy Commissioner nominee Corina Cretu


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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...


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European Commission appointment

Greens/EFA group highlights conflict of interest concerns on commissioner-designate Cañete

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has written to European Commission president-elect Juncker to highlight concerns with commissioner-designate Miguel Arial Cañete's candidacy, notably as regards certain conflicts of interest. Commenting on the initiative, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebe...


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Letter to President Juncker

Greens/EFA group highlights concerns with commissioner-designate Miguel Arial Cañete's candidacy

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has written to European Commission president-elect Juncker to highlight concerns with commissioner-designate Miguel Arial Cañete's candidacy, notably as regards certain conflicts of interest. Download the letter EnglishSpanishFrenchGerman...


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Green New Deal

Research materials and best practice

The Green New Deal is the Greens' comprehensive response to the current economic, social and environmental crises. It aims to ensure prosperity and well-being for all, across the planet and generations, based on reducing inequalities within and between societies, and reconciling our lifestyles - the way we live, produce and consume - with the physical limits of our planet.


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Scottish independence referendum

Press release from the EFA Group in the European Parliament

Commenting on the Scottish independence referendum, Catalan MEP and President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras said: "The Scottish referendum process has been a remarkable and inspirational exercise in popular democracy which has engaged unprecedented nu...


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EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

Compromise on free trade is a political disgrace

The European Parliament today voted to endorse the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The Greens/EFA group welcomed the ratification of the Association Agreement but expressed concern with a new plan to delay the implementation of part of EU's free trade agreement with Ukraine. After the vote, Greens...


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EU summit

Europe must move on from Juncker controversy and ensure a strong EU leadership team

Commenting on the outcome of today's summit of EU heads of state and government, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts stated: "At last, the EU can move on from the controversy over Jean-Claude Juncker. It is certainly welcome to have a pro-European candidate, who is comm...


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