“I am not convinced by the argument put forward by the pilots union that this proposal would lower standards in the UK. The British government was advised by the Civil Aviation Authority on all the safety aspects throughout the negotiations, and I believe they were right in saying that the best balance had already been struck.” Continue reading
Liberal Democrat MEP and European Transport Spokesperson Phil Bennion has welcomed today’s ruling by the European Court of Justice that rail passengers are entitled to a partial refund of the price of their train ticket in the event of significant delay, even where that delay is attributable to “force majeure”. Continue reading
Fiona Hall, leader of the UK Liberal Democrat MEPs and European industry spokesperson, commented:
“This is an exciting time for the research community and for businesses up and down the country. Liberal Democrats have ensured that over £2.3 billion will be allocated to small innovative businesses, which provide the key to creating new skilled jobs and rebalancing the economy. We also pushed for simpler rules to reduce administrative costs and make it easier for smaller firms to apply for funding.” Continue reading
Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament for Democracy and Human Rights, was presented with the Medal of Honour by the President of Venice-based European Inter-University Centre forHuman Rights and Democratisation, Professor Horst Fischer, “in recognistion of his lasting efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights.”
Previous winners are Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Manfred Nowak, human rights lawyer and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.
Speaking after the awards ceremony at the opening of the academic year at the Scuola Grande, Venice on 22 September, McMillan-Scott said: Continue reading
Ms Hall commented:
“Over 3 million jobs are linked to our membership of the EU. Over the past decade, hundreds of thousands of jobs have been created by companies investing across the UK because we have full access to the single market and a say over its rules. If we left the European Union, would Japanese car manufacturers be likely to continue investing in Sunderland or Burnaston, or Swindon?”
“It is only us, the Liberal Democrats, who are fighting for these jobs. We realise the importance of being able to say to investors: ‘If you come to Britain, you can sell to Europe.’” Continue reading
In his annual State of the Union speech today at the European Parliament, Commission President Barroso unveiled proposals to create a single telecoms market in the EU which could boost annual GDP growth across the EU by around 0.9%. The proposals include phasing out mobile phone roaming charges and new rules to improve consumer protection.
Fiona Hall MEP, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament, commented:
“A truly integrated telecoms sector will mean lower prices and more choice for customers. Putting an end to mobile roaming charges will mean people can go on holiday in Europe without having to worry about racking up large bills while they’re abroad. And new measures will prevent the misleading advertising of internet speeds so you can be sure that you are getting what you pay for.” Continue reading
MEPs today voted in favour of a 6% cap on the amount of crops that can be used to generate energy for transport and in favour of taking indirect land use change (ILUC) factors into account, but postponed a final vote on biofuels until further deliberations.
The leader of the Lib Dem MEPs and European energy spokesperson, Fiona Hall, commented after the vote:
“Indirect land use change (ILUC) needs to be taken into account when evaluating biofuels and their potential to decarbonise the transport sector. The European Parliament signalled today that from 2020 crop-specific ILUC will indeed be factored into the calculations in the Fuel Quality Directive. Continue reading
Liberal Democrat MEPs have refused to back proposals to ban online live betting, as adopted today by the European Parliament in a report on the gambling industry drafted by Conservative MEP Ashley Fox.
Whilstwelcoming some of the measures proposed in the report, in particular those to reduce gambling-related addiction, Lib Dem MEP Graham Watson has stated that banning live betting online would restrict consumer choice while failing to have a discernible impact on match-fixing.
The South West MEP commented: Continue reading
Liberal Democrat MEP Sharon Bowles, who chairs the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, commented: Continue reading