“Europe for citizens”

A mixed outlook

The European Parliament adopted on 19 November 2013 the new “Europe for Citizens” programme, aimed at improving EU citizens' knowledge of the EU and its history. The programme will support activities such as public conferences, targeted at fostering remembrance of the EU's past and increasing debate and citizens' interest and involvement with EU issues at EU level. However, although Greens support and will vote in favour of the programme, the group believes that the budget is too small to respond to the challenges faced by the European Union.



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Malika Benarab-Attou


Respect My Privacy

New Data Protection Rules approach first vote

On Monday, 21st October, the Civil Rights, Justice and Home Affairs committee of the European Parliament will have its first vote on new EU wide data protection rules. Although we are still some months away from a final vote, this will give an important signal before negotiations with Member Sta...

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Call for action on minority language radio

EFA Press release from Inaki Irazabalbeitia MEP

A conference at the European Parliament this week organised by Basque MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia has recognised the importance of radio broadcasting in supporting minority languages. Organised in conjunction with AMARC Europe and ELEN, the conference echoed previous calls for the European Commission t...

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Radio broadcasting in minority languages


where we are, where we should go

Today globalization, the growth of the Internet and web-based information is having a direct and detrimental impact on minority languages and linguistic diversity, as global communications and marketplaces require global understanding. Nevertheless, community media are a tool that reinforces pluralism and diversity not only through radio content production, but through participatory and democratic processes that support and reinforce the European identity and cultural wealth through the use and promotion of minority languages in Europe.


EU tobacco rules

Centre-right MEPs do work of tobacco lobby and vote to stub-out plans for ambitious rules

The European Parliament today voted on proposals to revise EU legislation on tobacco products. The Greens expressed regret at the outcome, which would weaken the proposals made by the European Commission, and hit out at the intense industry lobby behind the result. Commenting after the vote, Green p...

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Clashes in Sudan and subsequent media censorship

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Judith Sargentini, Barbara Lochbihler, Raül Romeva i Rueda on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, - Having regard to its previous resolutions on Sudan, - Having regard to the Rule 122 of its Rules of Procedure, - having regard to its previous resol...


EU-Thailand Free-Trade Agreement

Thousands protest on the streets of Thailand

  The 2nd round of the Thailand - EU Free-Trade Agreement (FTA) talks took place last week in the city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Since the start of the negotiations, civil society has expressed its fear that the EU, as it did in the recent past with India, is pushing levels of &quo...


Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 9-13 September 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included the reports on the climate impact of biofuels, the right of access to a lawyer, innovative, sustainable transport technologies, supervising European banks, mortgages, eel stocks under threat, covert surveillance and threats to media freedom, preserving endangered languages in Europe, access to genetic resources and rights, Egypt crisis and the EU's role


Youth in Crisis

Forgotten Generation?

A lost generation, a forgotten generation. MEPs sent mixed messages today to young people across Europe suffering from the effects of the crisis. We have ended up allocating too little money for too many years while imposing policies that only make matters worse. Saying “Try harder; here is a litt...

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Europe's Endangered Languages: report calls for action

Press Release from EFA MEP François Alfonsi

The European Parliament has called for urgent action to protect the continent's endangered languages. The call was made in a report by Corsican MEP François Alfonsi which was adopted today by an overwhelming majority. Mr Alfonsi is the European Parliament's only Corsican-speaking MEP. This is the E...