Lyon: EU budget deal to fund vital infrastructure and create jobs in UK


The European Parliament voted today to approve the deal reached on the EU’s long-term budget.

Liberal Democrat MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Budget Committee George Lyon commented:

“Liberal Democrats have consistently argued for a smaller, more efficient EU budget that is more targeted towards creating jobs and growth. That is exactly what this deal will deliver.”

“Most importantly, European funding will now focus more on areas where it adds real value such as infrastructure, support for local businesses and innovation. Continue reading

Lyon: EU 2014 budget cut by 6% despite €200mn boost to research spending

Commenting on yesterday night’s deal over the EU’s 2014 budget, Liberal Democrat MEP and Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Budget Committee George Lyon said:

“On top of delivering a 6% cut compared to the 2013 budget, we have increased research and development funding by 200 million euros.”

“That means more money for UK universities, who currently receive more EU research funding than those in any other country.”

“This is a sign that the EU budget is becoming more streamlined, efficient and targeted towards promoting jobs and growth.”´

Taylor: European Parliament votes to upgrade trade relations with Pakistan

UK Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Rebecca Taylor blocked plans today that would have denied Pakistan access to enhanced trade preferences with the EU.

The valuable trade preferences (GSP Plus) are set to significantly increase Pakistani exports to the world’s largest market, giving a boost to jobs, investment and development in Pakistan.

Some MEPs tried to vote down the agreement blaming procedural reasons, but were in fact largely motivated by fears of increased competition from Pakistan in the textile market.

Commenting, Rebecca Taylor said:

“Earlier this week Liberal Democrats torpedoed Conservative plans to impose visa bonds on all visitors from so-called ‘high-risk’ countries, including Pakistan.

“Today we voted to upgrade trade relations between the EU and Pakistan, giving an important boost to development in the country and improving the livelihoods of millions of people. Continue reading

Bowles: New EU rules will step up the fight against tax fraud

Sharon Bowles MEP

The European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee today voted by a large majority in favour of extending rules on the automatic exchange of information in taxation policy, making full exchange of information the standard across the European Union.

Sharon Bowles MEP, who chairs the committee, commented:

“This is an important step forward in the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion. I have long called for the automatic exchange of relevant tax information between EU Member States and the Commission as part of a coordinated strategy to improve the fight against fiscal fraud. It is clear that individual countries cannot combat cross-border tax fraud in isolation. Continue reading

Davies: EU move to tackle waste from plastic bags

Chris Davies MEPThe European Commission today proposed measures to reduce the amount of plastic bags littering the environment, polluting the marine system and killing wildlife across the EU.

In 2010, over 8 billion plastic carrier bags were littered in the EU, which translates to almost 200 plastic bags per EU citizen a year.

The European Commission proposal leaves it open to Member States to choose the most appropriate measures to reduce the overall usage such as charges, reduction targets or a ban under certain conditions.

Commenting on today’s proposals by the European Commission, Liberal Democrat European Environment spokesperson Chris Davies said: Continue reading