Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for the immediate suspension of the EU Israel Association Agreement.
Ms Anderson, the chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council, said;
“The international community, and the European Union in particular, has a responsibility to challenge the human rights abuses carried out by Israel against the Palestinian people.
“The European Parliament could demonstrate its support for the people of Palestine by immediately suspending the EU-Israel Association Agreement.
“I have repeatedly called for the suspension of the agreement and I have also written to a range of groups right across Europe asking them to support my call.
“More than 300 organisations, including some of Europe’s biggest trade unions, political parties and NGOs have now signed a letter calling for the agreement to be suspended.
“I have now written to the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, asking her to listen to the will of the people and suspend this agreement.”
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has congratulated anti-austerity party Syriza on its success in the Greek elections.
Ms Anderson said;
“I want to congratulate Alex Tsipras and his Syriza party on their impressive victory in the Greek elections.
“Their anti-austerity programme resonated with voters who wanted real progressive change after years of punitive budgets.
“At the European Parliament I work on an ongoing basis with Syriza’s MEPs, including Dimitri Papadimoulis and I look forward to continuing that engagement.
“Syriza has pledged to renegotiate Greece’s debt and to call for a European debt conference to discuss the economic situation across Europe.
“I commend the Greek voters for choosing a left-wing alternative to the failed policies of austerity and I hope that people across all of the EU member states follow their example.”
MEP Martina Anderson visited WELB’s Limavady Youth Resource Centre to meet with members of Limavady Youth Council to discuss anti smoking and legal highs legislation and their proposed plan to visit the EU Parliament next year.
Facilitated by the Western Education Library Board’s (WELB) Youth Service, Limavady Youth Council members welcomed Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson to Limavady Youth Resource Centre to speak on the issue of smoking and its harmful effects on young people today.
As an MEP in Brussels, Martina Anderson helped guide the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) legislation through EU Parliament, and as part of her anti-smoking message to children and young people, Martina led a lively discussion with members on smoking and legal highs in their community. The group members expressed their opinions on the changes they feel should be made to current legislation in Northern Ireland on legal highs in order to protect young people from these harmful and toxic substances.
Martina relayed to members that action on this topic is needed urgently and reassured the group that she would raise this issue with EU colleagues in order to explore all options, legislative and otherwise, to deal with legal highs at European Commission level.
WELB Youth Worker Emma McCotter, said: “This was a great learning opportunity for members to voice their concerns to a key political figure on the effect and damage smoking and legal highs can cause young people.”
She added: “Members discussed possible funding avenues for Limavady Youth Council’s proposed visit to the European Parliament in Brussels. The trip is planned to take place within the next year and members are working actively to make it possible through applying for funding and by carrying out fundraising events.”