Brussels/Gaza/Geneva/London - September 24
The European Free Alliance (EFA) is organising a delegation of politicians and political advisors to visit East Jerusalem and the West Bank. This delegation is in collaboration with the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR) and will take place between 30 September and 3 October 2012.
The delegation will be assessing and monitoring the living conditions of Palestinians, the effects of Israel’s occupation, and the political situation in the region. The EFA delegation will visit UN agencies such as OCHA, NGO projects, Palestinian schools, Israeli Wall and settlements, plus politicians and more.
The purpose of the visit is to draw attention to the plight of the Palestinians, and to encourage the international community – the European Union and its Member States in particular – to take more concrete action in holding Israel accountable for its occupation of Palestine.
Of the 15 participants, the three Members of the European Parliament are:
Jill Evans MEP (Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales)
Jill is President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament and First Vice-President of the Greens/EFA group. A member of the EP's Palestine Delegation, Jill also serves on the Environment Committee. An MEP since 1999, Jill is also President of Plaid Cymru, a pro-European socialist party with the aim of an independent Wales.
Ana Miranda MEP (Bloque Nacionalista Galego)
Ana is Vice President of the European Free Alliance political party. Her party campaigns for Galicia's right to self-determination as a nation. In the European Parliament Ana is an active member of the Regional Development Committee as well as the Committees on Women's Rights and Fisheries.
François Alfonsi MEP (U Partitu di a Nazione Corza - Europe Ecologie)
François is a long standing campaigner for Corsican autonomy. He was elected to the European Parliament as part of a coalition between progressive greens and regionalists. He is a member of Parliament's Committee on Regional Development and Co-Chair of the Traditional Minorities and Languages Intergroup.
The European Free Alliance (EFA)
The EFA is a parliamentary group in the European Parliament made up of MEPs from stateless nations, regions and minorities. EFA forms a common parliamentary group with the European Greens making up the fourth largest group in parliament. EFA is committed to democratic, constitutional and peaceful means. EFA's work and campaigning is underpinned by the core principles of social justice and equality.
The Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR)
The CEPR is an independent non-profit organisation that provides a platform to promote dialogue and understanding between European, Palestinian, and Arab politicians and policy-makers. CEPR organises political delegations to various Arab nations, and seeks to achieve peace based on justice and a restoration of Palestinian rights consistent with the United Nations Charter and international standards of human rights:www.thecepr.org
To contact the EFA/CEPR delegation for interviews with the MEPs about EU foreign policy in Palestine and the Middle East, for statements on their impressions of the situation on the ground:
+32 (0)2 28 46387 / +34 678 641 892 (mobile)
For the use of daily videos of the EFA/CEPR delegation activities and the post-delegation film, visit: efa.greens-efa.eu
+32 (0)2 284 1665 / +32 (0)473 560967 (mobile)
For CEPR Communications:
+32 (0)2 503 5402 / +32 (0)485 432 425 (mobile)