EUL-NGLEuropean United Left/Nordic Green Left (political group in the European Parliament)
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French MEPs Marie-Christine Vergiat (EUL-NGL), Helene Flautre (Greens-EFA) and Sylvie Guillaume (S&D) argued that these post-Tunisian revolution migrants should be given residence permits, which they say is possible under Directive 2001/55/EC on minimum standards for giving temporary protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons.
Three political groups (S&D, Greens-EFA, EUL-NGL) had filed an amendment (134) prior to the vote aimed at showing the food's content in essential nutrients (fats, saturated fats, carbohydrates and salt) using a colour code: "For complex foods [ ] the declaration on the front of the package must be immediately comprehensible to consumers, to which a colour code would contribute," it stated.
"Lampedusa has become a concept that represents the hope for a better life, but also propaganda unleashed against a humane policy for refugees," observed Cornelia Ernst (EUL-NGL, Germany), a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).
The recommendation drafted by Kartika Tamara Liotard (EUL-NGL, Netherlands), adopted by the committee, consequently calls for the exclusion of this type of food from the draft regulation on novel foods.
Apart from the EUL-NGL group, which is opposed to any form of military intervention, MEPs also voiced support for setting up a no-fly zone over Libya.
"Today's vote enables us to extend the legal basis of a directive that originally targeted only the single market and that now also addresses public health," declared rapporteur Marisa Matias (EUL-NGL, Portugal) after the vote.
According to Miguel Portas (EUL-NGL, Portugal), who drafted an EP resolution on the EGF's financing and functioning, the fund presents two paradoxes: on the one hand it does not have its own budget and on the other it is a relatively slow emergency tool.
Itis tailed by S&D (16), ALDE (7), Greens (5), European Conservatives and Reformers (5), EUL-NGL (3), and Europe of Freedom and Democracy (3).
FEMM Women's Rights and Gender Equality: Eva-Britt Svensson (*) (EUL-NGL)
The only discordant voice in the previous day's debate was that of Kartika Tamara Liotard (EUL-NGL, Netherlands), who fears that the text could reveal its adverse effects in a few years' time.
The European Parliament's Fisheries Committee approved, on 7 October (consultation procedure), on the basis of a report by Pedro Guerreiro (EUL-NGL, Portugal), the proposal for a regulation to extend,auntil 31 December 2009, the deadline for the entry into the fleet of the additional fishing capacity required for the modernisation and renewal of fishing vessels using public funds (COM(2008)0444).
Endorsing the views of rapporteur Pedro Guerreiro (EUL-NGL, Portugal), the committee invites the Commission to present a proposal for revision of the common market organisation (COM) for fishery products.