Senior Liberal Democrat MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Edward McMillan-Scott is leading the campaign, alongside fellow Vice-President Alexander Alvaro, a German Liberal, to end the ‘travelling circus’ of MEPs moving 12 times a year, 400km from Parliament’s home in Brussels to its second home in Strasbourg.
The leader of the Lib Dem MEPs in the European Parliament and energy expert Fiona Hall highlights the need for accurate scientific information about how climate change is affecting the planet: this is the role of GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). She questions the Commission’s proposals to fund the programme and stresses the need for a stable financial framework that would guarantee the independent future of the programme as a key requirement for Europe’s long-term security.
Senior Lib Dem MEP George Lyon, Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Budget Committee, wants MEP allowances to be frozen until the end of this legislature in 2014 and is calling for a curb on travel costs and a freeze on administrative spending for all EU institutions.
Ambition counts: Lib Dem MEP and Chair of the ECON Committee, Sharon Bowles says it is time to look beyond austerity and examine the missing elements of solving the eurocrisis: stability bonds as part of the picture to stabilise the eurozone.
George Lyon, Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland, says that the UK agriculture minister Jim Paice should not hesitate to wield the big stick of compulsory milk contracts if the dairy trade fail to reach agreement with producer representatives on a voluntary code of conduct for the milk industry.
Commenting on today’s 10-year anniversary of Shaker Aamer’s detention without charge in Guantanamo, London MEP and vice-chair of the European Parliament’s delegation to the US Sarah Ludford said:
“The continued existence of Guantanamo is a stain on the record and reputation of President Obama, a lawyer whose attachment to human rights was celebrated early in his Presidency by the Nobel peace prize award. It is an outrage that my constituent Shaker Aamer remains incarcerated in Guantanamo and separated from his family in London a decade after he was sold by bounty-hunters and having been charged with no crime.” Continue reading “NEWS: Ludford: Shaker Aamer decade of detention stains Obama record” »