Scottish Euro-MP selected for senior Parliamentary roles
Euro-MPs from the European Free Alliance (EFA) Parliamentary Group have
chosen the Scottish National Party's Ian Hudghton MEP
as group leader. Mr Hudghton succeeds the Flemish Euro-MP Nelly Maes as
President of the EFA Group, which draws together political parties from
the stateless nations and regions of Europe.
In the European Parliament, European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a common
group with Green Euro-MPs from across Europe. At present the group numbers
some 42 MEPs. Mr Hudghton will also be Vice President of the Green / EFA
Ian Hudghton MEP
"It's an honour to be chosen for this position and I'm proud to accept
this new role. Fighting for the interests of those countries which are not
yet not fully represented at the European level is much enhanced by being
part of a sizeable group in the European Parliament.
I want to thank my fellow MEPs for their support and assure them I look
forward to working with them to further the cause of Europe's stateless
nations and regions in the years to come. I also want to pay tribute to
the commitment and dedication of Nelly Maes who as EFA Group leader in the
last parliament commanded a huge amount of respect from across the
We have a huge task ahead of us over the next five years of this
Parliament. There will be crucial debates to be had about the Common
Fisheries Policy, European funding programmes, reform of the European
institutions and further enlargement of the EU.
It's vital that those smaller countries like Scotland whose interests have
been so consistently let down over the years by the bigger member states
have their voices heard. I am confident that this new role, as well as our
partnership within a larger parliamentary group, can only help further the
interests of our nations and regions."
Vice Presidents of the Group will be Bernat Joan i Marí (Esquerra
Republicana de Catalunya) and Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru - The Party of