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Rescuing refugees at sea

FRONTEX treatment of refugees at sea to be retasked following EP vote

The European Parliament's civil liberties committee this evening voted on new EU legislation governing sea missions by FRONTEX, the EU's border management agency. The Greens welcomed the vote, which sets out the EP's position for negotiations with EU governments on the new rules (1), with Green migr...

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European Investigation Order

Acceptable compromise between legal rights and facilitation of cross-border investigations

Negotiators from the European Parliament and Council this evening reached agreement on new EU legislation setting up the European Investigation Order: a standard form allowing cross-border investigations to obtain evidence. The Greens described the outcome as an acceptable compromise, with home affa...

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Tax avoidance and competition

Closing loophole will help address corporate tax chicanery but wider approach needed

The European Commission today presented proposals to revise the EU's parent-subsidiary directive, with a view to closing loopholes in the legislation, which facilitate corporate tax avoidance. The Greens welcomed the proposals but cautioned on the need to ensure a broader approach to properly addres...

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 18-22 November 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included standards in public procurement, MFF and EU budget, single seat of the Parliament, boardroom quotas for women, rules on EU spending to hit crisis countries, priorities for additional social funds, agriculture policy reform, EU environment and climate change action,...

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Cohesion Fund

Group pushes for new Greener elements

The Cohesion fund for the next programming period 2014 – 2020 was voted on by MEPs today. Although containing weaknesses in places, the outcome was a definite step forward with provisions the group had pushed for throughout the process. After the vote, Greek Green Nikos Chrysogelos, Mep of the ...

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Public procurement and global rules

MEPs give go-ahead to backdoor dismantling of EU standards

The European Parliament today gave its consent to the revised Government Procurement Agreement, which sets out rules on how public procurement is regulated at international level (1). The Greens voted against the agreement and expressed concern about its implications for EU standards on public procu...

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MFF/EU budget votes

EP president Schulz undermines democratic process and role of EP

The Greens/EFA group has hit out at a decision to prevent MEPs voting on any amendments in the context of this week’s votes in the European Parliament on the EU’s multiannual financial framework and the various multiannual funding programmes for 2014-20. Following a unilateral procedural decisio...

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e-fa: News Round-Up

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

October/November 2013 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 larg...

The right to decide
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The right to decide


A democratic right

 CONFERENCE DOCUMENTATION Watch the recorded video stream Simultaneous interpretation will be provided English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Catalan and Galician DRAFT PROGRAMME 9:00-9:30Registration 9:30-11:00Welcome speech: Jill Evans MEP, EFA Group President Part 1: A recognised right &nbs...

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EFA Conference - the Right to Decide

Press Release from the EFA Group in the EP

Speakers from Catalonia, Scotland, the Basque Country, Wales, Galicia, and Quebec took part in a conference hosted by the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament today on 'The Right to Decide'. The event focussed on the distinctive and different con...


Social funds

Approval of opaque Council deal deprives crisis countries of much-needed social funds

The European Parliament's regional development committee today voted to approve a proposal from the Commission on new financial allocations for certain member states under the European Social Fund (ESF) for the current period. The proposal would see additional funds for action on unemployment exclus...

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