Monthly Archives: Oct 2012

Migration situation in Greece: improvements made but more needs to be done

From 28 to 31 October ALDE MEP Jan Mulder (VVD, the Netherlands) led an EP fact-finding delegation to Greece on the migratory situation in the Evros region at the Greek-Turkish borders and in Athens.. Members visited the detention centres…

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My speech on the delays in publishing the new EU tobacco products directive

To view my speech expressing concerns about delays in publishing the new EU tobacco products directive go to the following –

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Human rights prize awarded to Iranians in recognition of their struggle for freedom

Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh and Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi have won the Sakharov Prize 2012 which is the annual human rights prize of the European Parliament. They were nominated for the award by the AL…

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Parliament approves stronger protection for investors in financial products

Today the European Parliament signed off the review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), proposed by the Commission in 2011 to take into account developments in the trading environment and to respond to the finan…

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Scandal, intrigue, tobacco and unanswered questions

As some people may already be aware (it`s been reported in UK national media and international media like the Wall Street Journal), the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, John Dalli from Malta resigned his pos…

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Verhofstadt: EPP sells Parliament short by undermining democratic vote on Mersch nomination

Reacting to the statement issued today by the EPP that the Council should proceed with the appointment of Mr Mersch, despite a negative opinion by the Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, president of the ALDE group, said:

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Guy Verhofstadt salue la fermeté du Parlement européen dans son combat pour la parité à la BCE

Le Parlement européen, réuni en session plénière à Strasbourg, a approuvé aujourd’hui l’avis défavorable de sa commission des Affaires économiques et monétaires sur la candidature du Luxembourgeois Yves Mersch au directoire de la…

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Verhofstadt welcomes EP tough stance on ECB appointment

Today the European Parliament endorsed a negative opinion from its Economic and Monetary affairs committee on the candidature of Yves Mersch who is standing for the ECB’s executive board to replace Sr. Gonzalez Paramo, a Spaniard whose ma…

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Rebecca Taylor MEP condemns EU budget increase

Liberal Democrat Euro-MP Rebecca Taylor has criticised the recent vote of the European Parliament  which backed an above inflation increase for the EU budget.  The parliament voted for a 6.8% increase of the 2013 EU budget.  Rebecca Taylor  voted against this increase because …

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Parliament makes a stand for gender balance in ECB

The European Parliament decided today, following last Monday Economic and Monetary Affairs committee’s recommendation, to confirm a negative opinion to the only candidate nominated by the Council last July to fill the last vacant post – u…

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