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MEP urges end to Belfast flag protests

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson called for an end to the Belfast flag protests, during the one minute speeches on 14 January 2013.

Loyalist street demonstrations have been taking place for over a month since Belfast City Council voted to limit the number of days the union flag is flown at Belfast City Hall.

Ms Anderson said the principles of the Good Friday peace agreement have to be adhered to, calling for "cross-community, all-party efforts to end the protests".

One-minute speeches allow MEPs to raise "matters of political importance", without having to give prior notice of the topic they intend to discuss.

Other topics covered included:

• free movement of Bulgarians and Romanians post-2014

• support for measures to tackle youth unemployment

• the situation of the Roma community in Hungary

• IMF assessment of deficit levels in Greece

• Italy's plans for an off-shore gas platform

• the EU's strategy for the Danube region

• climate change in the EU and flooding in south west England

• proposals to privatise healthcare in parts of Spain

• property tax in Ireland.

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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