Letter to Martin Schulz: Refugee Crisis

My letter to Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament

Dear President Schulz,

I am writing to you regarding the growing refugee crisis in Europe. Like many of my colleagues from across the European Parliament, I have been appalled …

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EU schemes are opening doors for East Midlands vocational students

apprenticeshipLast year the European Union renewed its commitment to cross-border education and skills development by combining all of its training, youth and sport programmes into Erasmus+ which has secured funding until 2020. The Erasmus programme has been running since 1987 …

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EU protection for Nottinghamshire’s Bramley apple pie

apple pie

More good news for iconic British food came this summer with the announcement that the classic filling in Bramley apple pies will be given protected status by the EU. This will put it on a par with the likes …

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Local MEP: “Workers’ rights must remain at heart of EU”

gw picAn East Midlands MEP today welcomed news that the UK would not be seeking an opt-out on EU employment protections, but called for continued vigilance against threats to workers’ rights.

Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, said:

“Any …

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The flip side of the Single Market coin

With 21 million companies and 500 million individual consumers, the European Single Market is immense, the largest in the world. Economically it’s hugely successful: by its 20th anniversary in 2012, trade between EU member states had increased from £560 …

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Further action is needed to tackle alcohol-related harm

Alcohol-related harm wineis a key public health concern in the UK and across Europe.

Glenis Willmott MEP in her role as a co-sponsor of the EU Resolution on the Alcohol Strategy has written to the European Commission’s President  and Vice-President  …

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Accessible Europe?

Family on beach]#This summer many of us are planning a well-earned break, and thousands of Britons will be heading elsewhere in Europe. EU membership has some brilliant benefits for travellers, with visa-less travel throughout the EU for citizens of member states, free …

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Tory MEPs vote against increased transparency that will help tackle tax dodging

Glenis No Tax Haven

Conservative MEPs have voted against ‘country-by-country’ reporting of companies’ tax declarations, measures that will bring in greater tax transparency and assist the fight against aggressive tax avoidance.

The Shareholders Rights Directive, which Labour MEPs voted for, will also ensure better …

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Srebrenica: “It shames the world that it failed to protect innocent civilians… Lessons of the past must be learnt”

gw picMEPs have been commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide this week.

On 11 July 1995, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, which was declared a Protected Zone by the UN, was captured by Bosnian Serb forces.

In the days …

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Labour MEPs statement on TTIP

TTIP

Last month, UK Tory and Liberal Democrat MEPs voted to delay the TTIP debate, but this week Labour MEPs had our first chance to vote for what we do and do not want to see in the Transatlantic Trade and …

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