Monthly Archives: Jan 2014

Letter to the paper: Rebecca criticises Metro ban on e-cigs

I, along with others, am rather concerned at the decision by West Yorkshire Metro to impose a blanket ban on the use of electronic cigarettes, known as vaping, on their buses, trains and in their stations. While the indoor smoking …

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UKRAINE: EU must unite moderates on both sides to avoid crack down

Returning from a European Parliamentary delegation mission to Kiev this week, Hans van Baalen (VVD, Netherlands) was both impressed by the determination of the protesters on Maidan Square to fight for their rights for a better future as w…

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2014 European Semester – no complacency in implementation

2014 European Semester - no complacency in implementation
Today the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee adopted a report on the 2014 EU economic priorities set by the European Commission in November 2013 at the launch of the fourth European Semester by presenting its Annual Growth Survey for the next year focusing on “strengthening the recovery”.

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Ukraine: moderate forces must unite

Hans van Baalen, ALDE spokesman on Ukraine (VVD, Netherlands) calls on the moderate forces from government, Parliament and the Maidan square to come together and broker an acceptable deal.

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Letter to the papers: Fill in our business survey!

Dear Sir or Madam, As MEPs for the Yorkshire and the Humber region we are keen to hear from businesses about what daily life in their field of work is like.  Of course, we regularly go and meet with business …

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Combatting violence against women: EU must show leadership

One in four women has been a victim of violence, domestic abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, genital mutilation or other sexual violence in the EU yet there is still no comprehensive EU-strategy to prevent violence against women (VAW), des…

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Combatting violence against women: EU must show leadership

One in four women has been a victim of violence, domestic abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, genital mutilation or other sexual violence in the EU yet there is still no comprehensive EU-strategy to prevent violence against women (VAW), des…

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Geneva II talks cannot turn a blind eye to crimes against humanity by Assad regime

As the UN-sponsored peace talks get under way in Montreux this week, amid low expectations of a break through to end the civil war in Syria, reports are emerging of large-scale, systematic torture and execution of prisoners by the Syrian …

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Geneva II talks cannot turn a blind eye to crimes against humanity by Assad regime

As the UN-sponsored peace talks get under way in Montreux this week, amid low expectations of a break through to end the civil war in Syria, reports are emerging of large-scale, systematic torture and execution of prisoners by the Syrian …

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President Yanukovych has lost legitimacy by attacking the protesters

With violence in Ukraine escalating today, resulting in one confirmed death and with two others reported, Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group Leader has called on the EU to consider sanctions on Ukraine.

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