On Friday 11 Dec, the European Parliament’s main political factions agreed on new intergroups for the current mandate (2014-2019). Intergroups have no legislative power, but are formed to promote exchange of views – on subjects as diverse as animal rights or youth – and are often used as a single point of contact by lobbyists.
Among the 28 groups, the continutation of the Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights was validated. This Intergroup – chaired between 2009 and 2014 by Sylvie Goulard (The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE – FR) – works to draw policy makers’ attention to the importance and urgency of the struggle against poverty. The increase in poverty and inequality cannot be tolerated in a Europe that was created to improve the living conditions of the European peoples.
This Intergroup collaborates with the ATD International (who led to his creation during the 2nd mandate of the European Parliament, 30 years ago) and other anti-poverty networks and NGOs (EAPN, FEANSTA,…).
Transcending political boundaries, it brings usually t together more than 40 Members of the European Parliament from different backgrounds like in the last mandate, Jürgen Klute, representing the Unified European Left Group (GUE), DE, Verónica Lope Fontagné, from the European People’s Party (PPE), ES, Silvia Costa, from the Socialist and Democrat Group (S&D), IT, and also Jean Lambert, from the Green party, UK.
Contact in the EP is MEP Sylvie Goulard: firstname.lastname@example.org
The list of 28 groups is due to be validated on 11 December by the Conference of the Presidents of the European Parliament’s political factions. This is an increase on the 27 groups of the previous mandate.
The proposed intergroups for 2014 to 2019 are as follows:
- Ageing and intergenerational solidarity
- Anti-racism & Diversity
- Sustainable Hunting, Biodiversity, Countryside Activities and Forests
- Children’s Rights
- Climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development
- Public Goods and Services
- Creative Industries
- Digital Agenda
- Extreme poverty and human rights
- Development of European Tourism, Cultural Heritage, Ways of Saint James and other European Cultural Routes
- Freedom of Religion, Belief and Religious Tolerance
- Integrity – Transparency, Anti-corruption and Organised Crime
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights – LGBT
- Long-term investment and reindustrialisation
- Rural, Mountainous and Sparsely-Populated Regions
- Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastlines
- SME “small and medium-sized enterprise”
- Sky and Space
- Social Economy
- Trade Unions
- Traditional National Minorities, Constitutional Regions and Regional Languages
- Urban Issues
- Welfare and Protection of Animals
- Western Sahara
- Wine, Spirits and Food Quality
- Youth Issues
More about Intergroups here.