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


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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TTIP: Labour MEPs vote to keep out public services and protect workers’ rights and environmental standards

Very large 3D render of blended US and EU flags.Labour MEPs voted yesterday to keep public services out of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and to ensure workers’ rights and environmental standards are protected.

Labour MEPs also voted to rule out ISDS, Investor-State Dispute Settlement, which enables companies …

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Labour MEPs: EU action to help developing countries tackle tax dodging will save lives

clean water pumpLabour MEPs voted yesterday for the EU to do more to help developing countries clamp down on tax dodging, measures which will give governments resources to improve healthcare, sanitation and education.

The report calls for the European Commission to put …

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Labour MEPs vote for EU countries to take action on zero-hours contracts

Low Paid Young PeopleThe European Parliament voted yesterday for national governments to tackle precarious employment – including zero-hour contracts – youth unemployment and poor wages.

Labour MEPs have long called for action on abusive zero-hour contracts that offer no job security and prevent …

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Labour MEPs tell Tsipras and Juncker: Agree deal or Greece will sink into the abyss

bankingThe leader of Labour’s MEPs today implored Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to put their egos aside and agree a deal by Sunday to prevent Greece sinking into the abyss.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s …

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