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13.07.06 HUDGHTON PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR SCOTTISH BUTCHERS
SNP MEP Ian Hudghton says talk of the demise of Scottish mince is “premature” and that he’s pledging to keep up the fight to retain one of Scotland’s favourite foods. Responding to today’s breaking news, Mr Hudghton said: “The threat we face comes from an EU Commission ruling that mince can be produced only from the meat which has been hung for less than six days. The rules appear to have been introduced primarily to protect French consumers who like to eat their minced beef raw in dishes like steak tartare. From this perspective it makes some sense to prevent the spread of disease in raw meat. …»READ MORE EN
13.07.06. EFA shows its solidarity with the victims of the Bombay terror blasts and deeply condemns the attacks. A message of support and solidarity for all the victims and families. President of the European Free Alliance European Political Party, Nelly Maes (former MEP, Spirit - Flanders) send this message of support on behalf of EFA to the victims and their families of the terrorist bombings in Bombay. …»READ MORE EN
11.07.06 Cresson convicted on favouritism.
Conviction could be first step towards new administrative culture. Nelly Maes, who at the time as Member of the European Parliament and President of the EFA group issued a complaint in Belgium against malversations of European Commissioner Cresson, welcomes that the European Court of Justice, contrary to the Belgian justice system's decision not to prosecute, has convicted Edith Cresson. …»READ MORE EN ESP NL
11.07.06 New European Proposals for Multilingualism
Catalan MEP Bernat Joan will this week present his comprehensive report to the European Parliament's Culture Committee (Wednesday) which sets out far reaching new proposals on multilingualism in the EU. It is estimated that there are around forty six million speakers of regional or minority languages (RMLs) in Europe, making up some ten per cent of the EU's population. Nonetheless, EU policy is heavily geared towards the Union's twenty one official languages as set out in the EU Treaties, despite the fact that some RMLs have more speakers than some official languages.…»READ MORE EN CAT ESP
10.07.06 HUDGHTON SEEKS “A FAIR DEAL” FOR MOTORCYCLISTS . Scottish National Party MEP, Ian Hudghton is meeting with members of the British Motorcyclists Federation in the European Parliament, Brussels, tomorrow, Tuesday 11 July. The meeting forms part of an intensive lobbying exercise being staged by the BMF who feel that the EU is picking on them. Their grievance surrounds new rules on road safety contained in the Third European Directive on Driver Licences.…»READ MORE EN
05.07.06. SNP BACKS EU AIRLINE TAX PROPOSAL – WELCOMES SUPPORT FOR REMOTE AND PERIPHERAL AREAS. Scottish National Party MEP and European Spokesman Alyn Smith today welcomed the European Parliament’s recommendations on taxes and charges for air transport. Mr Smith also supported the recommendation that remote and peripheral areas which rely on air transport for connections be given special consideration. …»READ MORE EN
05.07.06. CIA abuses . Arrest of Italian secret services director confirms collusion of EU states in CIA abuses. …»READ MORE EN
04.07.06. EU RULING BOOST FOR GAELIC. SNP President and Euro-MP Ian Hudghton has welcomed this week's ruling by the European Parliament to allow people to communicate with the institution in Catalan, Basque or Galician and receive a reply in their own language.…»READ MORE EN
03.07.06. EU Languages decision welcomed - but too little, too late Commenting on today's decision by the European Parliament's authorities to approve the limited use of Catalan in allowing citizens to communicate with the institution, Catalan MEP Bernat Joan said: …»READ MORE EN
03.07.06. Plenary Session at Strasbourg . EFA Parliamentary Group priorities for this week include:Monday EP bureau vote on use of non official languages. …»READ MORE EN
03.07.06.Veneto Autonomo: se, finalmente, ci mettessimo assieme? Il referendum costituzionale del 25 giugno ha spaccato le regioni italiane e dimostrato che il “progetto padania” era qualcosa di artificiale ideato da un partito nordista per sopperire ad un deficit di ideologia e di fondamenti politici condivisi dai suoi dirigenti e militanti. »READ MORE IT
25.06.06. The road from Ankara to Brussels has to go by Dyarbakir
On behalf of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Günther Dauwen (Co-Director) spoke for an audience of 15.000 people in the first DTP Congress in Ankara today. EFA has always focused on the cultural and linguistic rights of the peoples living in Europe —In Turkey in particular we always supported the Kurdish people. This does not mean that cultural and linguistic problems are the only problems that Turkish and Kurdish people are facing. We consider the Kurdish not as a minority, with 20 million people they constitute the largest stateless nation in Europe. »READ MORE EN
Summer University 2006
Registrations open!!!! Inscriptions ouvertes!!! Periodo de inscripción abierto!!! The next Summer University RPS- EFA is coming. The event will take place the coming 27 -31 August in Mulhouse, Alsace. Three days of debates around different issues like: the question of “national minorities” in France, Federalism, the situation 20 years after Chernobyl, the use of regional languages at the European Union and youth and autonomism in Europe among others. As the entire event will be held in French we have provided all the indications only in French. Too see the list of speakers, registration and contact click here: » KNOWING MORE ABOUT THE SUMMER UNIVERSITY (FR) / PLUS SUR L’UNIVERSITÉ D’ÉTÉ (FR)
EFA youth Newsletters
(3rd Newsletter)As you may be aware, the next newsletter of the EFAy was due out next month, but members of the Bureau thought that it would be a good idea to release a ‘Special Edition’ issue, focusing solely on the General Assembly…» READ MORE this time in Russian!!
(4th Newsletter)Hello Onan hag oll (One and all)!
Welcome to the fourth edition of the EFAy Newsletter, European NewsflashYouth.
This is a slightly delayed edition to the one that had been planned, but I am pleased to say that things are keeping more or less on track.»READ MORE EN and several languages (EUSKERA)
Human and Minority Rights in the Life Cycle of Ethnic Conflicts (MIRICO)
The Research Directorate-General of the European Commission has recently approved a Specific Targeted Project under the Social Sciences and Humanities area of the Sixth Framework Programme to be co-ordinated by the European Academy of Bolzano (EURAC) in Italy. The Project "Human and Minority Rights in the Life Cycle of Ethnic Conflicts (MIRICO)" is a collaborative research effort which will analyze the status that human and minority rights did and do have in all phases of ethnic conflicts, including re-construction and reconciliation. For more information, please visit MIRICO’s website:
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Pictures: Nelly Maes/ Ian Hughton -European Parliament picture/ Bernat Joan - European Parliament picture/ Günther Dauwen