Rights and freedoms

Fighting for EU democracy, defending human rights

European Ideas Lab - Brussels

01.03.2018

Greens meet Changemakers

During a three-day event, Greens/EFA will welcome hundreds of "changemakers" from around many organizations of most European countries. This lab will be the opportunity for us to listen, share and take stock!


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Irish PM calls for dialogue in Catalonia

EFA MEP Jordi Solé asks Ireland's PM about the situation in Catalonia

Ireland's Prime Minister has called for dialogue between the Spanish government and Catalonia following recent elections which saw a pro-independence majority elected. The Taoiseach was in Strasbourg to deliver a keynote speech on the future of Europe to the European Parliament and hold a deb...


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Tatjana Ždanoka to stand down as MEP

Press Release from EFA in the European Parliament

Latvian and EFA MEP Tatjana Ždanoka has announced that she intends to stand down as a Member of the European Parliament from March 2018. Ms Ždanoka will then focus on her party's campaign for the Latvian national elections to the Saeima due to be held in October this year. Tatjana Ždano...


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No spyware for dictators: stricter rules for dual-use exports

Briefing on the recast of the "Control of exports, transfer, brokering, technical assistance and transit of dual-use items"

On 17 January 2018, the European Parliament will vote on its position for the recast of the "Control of exports, transfer, brokering, technical assistance and transit of dual-use items", from Greens/EFA rapporteur Klaus Buchner. Dual-use items can be used for military as well as for civilian purposes, including drones, high performance computers and some chemicals. About 10% of EU exports fall under dual use. This recast introduces the possibility to control exports of cyber-surveillance items on human rights grounds. With warfare increasingly built on dual-use technology, this is a much needed reform.


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Greens/EFA group offers full support to LuxLeaks whistleblowers in fight for justice

Luxleaks trial

“We are delighted that the court has overturned the verdict against Antoine Deltour. His brave action, and that of Raphael Halet who sadly lost his appeal today, was vital in bringing this tax scandal to public attention," said Greens/EFA transparency spokesperson Benedek Jávor.


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EU wide ban on Nazi and fascist symbols and slogans

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Solé (Catalonia)

The European Parliament this week held a debate with the participation of the European Commission on proposals for an EU wide ban on Nazi and fascist symbols and slogans. EFA MEP Jordi Solé took part in the debate and spoke of the current situation in the Spanish state. Speaking in the ...


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MEP delegation to visit Catalan political prisoners

Press release from EFA MEP Jordi Solé (Catalonia)

A delegation of seventeen MEPs from different political groups is set to travel to Madrid in the coming weeks to visit the prisons where Catalan political prisoners are being held following the recent referendum and declaration of independence in the Catalan Parliament. Eight members of the legit...


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Francoism Post Franco

20.11.2017

Politics on European Rememberance - organised by EFA & GUE/NGL MEPs

This event, organised by MEPs from the EFA and GUE/NGL, is in the context of remembering the ongoing suffering and injustice caused by the dictatorship in Spain. It comes 42 years after the death of Franco when many continue to seek justice, truth and redress.


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 13-16 November 2017

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary week included: Paradise Papers - scandal shows need to implement PANA recommendations; Malta - Money-laundering scandals need to be investigated; Money Laundering legislation; Poland - parliament to vote on breach of EU values; Winter plan for asylum seekers - call for action plan; COP23: turning diplomacy into action.


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First step towards Article 7

Rule of law in Poland

Europe must be united in telling the Polish government that there will be consequences if they to stray from the path of democracy.


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Terricabras – Why this unequal treatment for Catalonia?

Press release from EFA MEP J-M Terricabras (Catalonia)

The European Commission has been accused of 'unequal treatment' in respect of Catalonia during a debate today in the European Parliament on the rule of law in Malta. Today's debate was in response to the recent brutal murder of a Maltese journalist. However the EU institutions are ...


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Rule of law in Malta

Quote from Sven Giegold

Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group, comments on on the rule of law in Malta and the proposal to establish a prize to recognize Daphne Caruana Galizia’s work.


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