European Free Alliance in the European Parliament
Press Release - Barcelona
March 26, 2004
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Historic Agreement on Political Parties Signed in Barcelona
of 30 political parties from across Europe signed the official
declaration establishing EFA (the European Free Alliance) as
a European Political Party in Barcelona today.
This comes in the light of new regulations on founding political parties
at the European level and is designed to promote even closer working
between progressive political parties that fight for a democratic Europe
of the peoples with full representation for regions and historic nations.
The European Free Alliance (EFA) is an association of regionalist and
democratic nationalist parties from across the European Union, represented
in the European Parliament by nine MEPs from Scotland, Wales, Catalunya,
the Basque Country, Flanders, Galicia and Aragon.
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Speaking from Barcelona after the agreement was signed, Nelly Maes
MEP (Spirit * Flanders), President of EFA said:
'Today's historic agreement means that EFA is the first and the only
political party established at the European level with the defence of
the interests of regions and historic stateless nations as its main
aim. EFA will have the status of a European political party with legal
personality. We were founded over twenty years ago as a federation of
political parties and today we have become a fully fledged political
party in our own right.
Working together at the European level, we are now in a much stronger
position to fight for the rights of Europe's regions and statelss nations
thanks to today's agreement. We look forward with confidence to the
European elections in June. Our fight for full democratic representation
and recognition of the rights of Europe's regions and stateless nations
is infinately strengthened by the even closer alliance we have formed
today in Barcelona.'
Today's agreement was signed by representatives of political parties
from across Europe including Bloque Nacionalista Galego, Chunta Aragonesista,
Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, Eusko Alkartasuna, Partido Sardo
d'Azione, Plaid Cymru * the Party of Wales, Scottish National Party,
Partido Nacionalista Vasco, Spirit (Flanders), Partit Socialista de
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