Taylor: Lib Dem MEPs back transparency in clinical trials data

Liberal Democrat MEPs in the Environment Committee today backed an important piece of legislation which will set the bar for transparency in medical research for years to come. The vote at committee stage on the Clinical Trials Regulation saw key amendments relating to transparency of clinical trial data adopted. This will require detailed clinical trial data on medicines to be published once the medicine is authorised.

Lib Dem European health spokesperson Rebecca Taylor MEP commented after the vote:

“Doctors should have access to vital safety and efficacy information on the medicines they prescribe to patients. In the past, that has not been the case. Today is the start of a sea change in data transparency that will lead to important clinical trial data being made publicly available as never before. 

While I believe that it is necessary to publish detailed data for authorised medicines, some flexibility should be allowed in relation to non-commercial (academic) clinical trials, in order to encourage research and innovation rather than create barriers. 

MEPs will now enter negotiations with national governments before a final vote on the legislation in the autumn.

For more information have a look at Rebecca’s blog.

Lib Dem MEPs pave way for tough new rules on corporate transparency

Large oil, gas, diamond and logging companies will be obliged to disclose full information on all projects where payments to governmental authorities exceed a threshold of 100.000 Euros under new rules negotiated between MEPs and ministers from all 27 EU Member States last night.

The Leader of the Liberal Democrat delegation in the European Parliament, Fiona Hall MEP, who steered the legislation through the Development Committee and was a key MEP for the insertion of the county-by-country and project-by-project rule, commented: Continue reading

Taylor: MEPs push for better access to finance for SMEs

MEPs today sent a strong signal to the European Commission to come forward with new proposals to improve access to finance for Small and Medium Enterprises’ (SMEs) by adopting a European Parliament report calling for practical new funding mechanisms and more legal certainty.

Liberal Democrat MEP Rebecca Taylor, who helped draft the report, said that 99% of businesses in the EU are classified as SMEs and pointed out that between 2002 and 2010 they created 85% of all new jobs. Stressing the need for better access to funding for SMEs in times of economic crisis, she commented after the votes  Continue reading

Fighting tax dodging and corruption: MEPs vote for tough new rules on corporate transparency

MEPs in the Legal Affairs Committee today voted in favour of tough amendments to European Commission’s proposals requiring oil, mining and logging companies to disclose payments to governments of countries in which they operate on a project by project basis.  MEPs also succeeded in extending the scope of the legislation to cover the banking, construction and telecommunications sector. Continue reading

Taylor: Time for European initiative to tackle youth unemployment

One in five people under 25 cannot find a job in Europe.

This week, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Youth Opportunities Initiative, which aims at driving down youth unemployment by focusing on four areas:

  • preventing early school leaving;
  • developing skills relevant to the labour market;
  • helping young people gain their first work experience and on the job training;
  • and helping young people to access the labour market and get a job. Continue reading

New Yorkshire & The Humber MEP Rebecca Taylor takes up her duties in the European Parliament

The new Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and theHumber, Rebecca Taylor, has today taken up her new post in the European Parliament. Rebecca is replacing Diana Wallis who represented the region as a Lib Dem MEP for the past 12 years but resigned from the position earlier this year.

Hitting the ground running, the new MEP had to cast her vote on several important reports voted today during the Parliament’s plenary session inBrussels. The issues ranged from strengthening the rights of air passengers to calling for a single seat of the European Parliament in connection with a vote on the Parliament’s budget for 2013. 

Speaking after the votes, Rebecca said: Continue reading

Lib Dems vote for the UK to play a constructive role at the heart of Europe

Liberal Democrats today strongly condemned the obstructive Conservative approach at an EU level towards tackling the economic and financial challenges facing the Eurozone, saying it would threaten the economic recovery of the UK.

Calling on the Coalition Government to play a constructive role as a major EU player, Liberal Democrat members at their Spring Conference in Gateshead voted in favour of the fiscal compact as a concrete way of leading the Eurozone and theUKtowards the road of economic recovery. Continue reading

NEWS: Rebecca Taylor announced as new MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber

The Liberal Democrats can confirm the new MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber will be Rebecca Taylor. Rebecca takes up the post following the resignation of Diana Wallis.

Rebecca is from Yorkshire, born and brought up in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. She went to university in Sheffield and Leeds, and Rebecca’s immediate family all live in Yorkshire. Continue reading