Conservative MEPs resist “indisciplined” budget-grab

Conservative MEPs resist “indisciplined” budget-grab

Conservative MEPs, including East Midlands MEP Emma McClarkin, have this week resisted a move in the European Parliament to hike up next year’s EU budget by more than a billion pounds. They voted solidly against a proposal from the parliament’s Budget Committee to spend a massive €136 billion next year. The figure is €1.2 billion more than agreed by national governments through the EU Council, and even €211 million more than the sum demanded by the EU Commission. Miss McClarkin said: “David Cameron and the EU Council were absolutely right to propose a reduced budget. In this difficult economic climate the people of Europe will expect no less. “We must respond to tough times with resolve, not with indiscipline. We must reprioritise where we are spending. “Top of the list must be jobs – particularly youth employment – and growth. Research and development, and the digital economy are surely the most urgent priorities. “But these priorities must be met by redirecting spending, not by adding to the overall...
East Midlands MEP welcomes historic EU-Canada trade deal

East Midlands MEP welcomes historic EU-Canada trade deal

East Midlands Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin has today warmly welcomed the conclusion of the EU-Canada negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). A deal is expected today. This comes after four years of hard work on this agreement following the launch of negotiations in May 2009. Miss McClarkin appreciates the hard work and effort of the negotiators, especially Mauro Petriccione, the EU Chief Negotiator, and his Canadian opposite number Steve Verheul, for achieving such an ambitious and comprehensive deal. Miss McClarkin, who is a member of both the EU-Canada delegation and the International Trade Committee, said: “I am pleased these negotiations have finally come to a conclusion. “When you realise that the value of bilateral trade in goods between the EU and Canada was €61.8 billion in 2012, the huge potential which exists for this agreement to boost economies on both sides of the Atlantic is obvious. Access to Canadian public procurement is potentially a huge boost the UK and the rest of Europe. “As long ago as 2008 a report put overall potential income gains at €11.6 billion for the EU and €8.2 billion for Canada. This is great news for the economies of Canada, the EU and the...
East Midlands Conservatives back Business Taskforce EU call

East Midlands Conservatives back Business Taskforce EU call

The Government’s Business Taskforce has today proposed 30 reforms to slash EU red tape and save British companies tens of billions of pounds. At next week’s European Council, Prime Minister, David Cameron, will be calling for a clear commitment to sweep away unnecessary bureaucratic barriers and to unleash private sector growth. Commenting on the news, East Midlands Conservative MEP, Emma McClarkin said: “It is vital that business can take full advantage of the EU’s single market. But all too often EU rules are a handicap for firms. “That’s why the Government established this Taskforce, which has made clear that there are lots of simple and practical ways to cut EU red tape. “ “Part of my work as an MEP is to push back the tide legislation and red tape, ensuring British companies are in the best possible place to grow and be successful.” Councillor Andrew Lewer, Conservative East Midlands MEP candidate at the 2014 elections, added: “Business people, particularly owners of small firms, are forced to spend too much time complying with costly regulations. “These reforms are the right medicine for the European Union and the Prime Minister will be making a robust case for them next week at the European Council in...
East Midlands MEP joins campaign to stop EU Parliament’s wasteful trips to Strasbourg

East Midlands MEP joins campaign to stop EU Parliament’s wasteful trips to Strasbourg

East Midlands Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin has this week thrown her support behind a new campaign to stop the European Parliament travelling to Strasbourg once a month. Most of the European Parliament’s work is done at its huge complex of offices and debating chambers in Brussels, but once a month 754 MEPs, 3,000 staff and 25 trucks carrying documents and equipment all decamp to Strasbourg in France. The wasteful trek costs £160 million a year and needlessly pumps 20,000 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Miss McClarkin has previously supported campaigns for reducing the travel between the two seats, and is backing the new ‘Single Seat’ campaign to stop the travel to Strasbourg altogether. The Constitutional Affairs committee is now considering the ‘Report on the Seat of the EU institutions’, which sets out to use Parliament’s new right to propose Treaty change to enable MEPs to decide when and where they meet. Pressure to keep the monthly – and costly – travelling circus to Strasbourg comes mainly from French MEPs, who have tabled a number of amendments which repeat myths about having a seat in Strasbourg, in a blatant attempt to stop their country losing out on the money poured into the French economy every time the Parliament comes to town. Indeed, so worried are they by the new threat, the French Government has invested €50,000 in a Strasbourg-based lobby group to oppose the Single Seat campaign. Miss McClarkin said: “I’ve long campaigned for the ridiculous and costly trips to Strasbourg to stop, so I’m delighted to support this campaign, which has already been supported by over 1.27 million...
McClarkin’s drive for language checks and portable qualifications

McClarkin’s drive for language checks and portable qualifications

A Conservative MEP’s initiative to make professional qualifications more-easily transportable across Europe bore fruit today with a key vote in the European Parliament. A substantial majority of MEPs in Strasbourg backed a raft of proposals which stem directly from a detailed report on qualifications drawn up nearly two years ago by East Midlands MEP Emma McClarkin. The approved report includes measures to speed up and simplify the system for qualifications to be portable across the European Union, allowing better freedom of movement and employment. A key clause provides for essential safety checks in the recruitment of doctors and nurses by tightening up rules on language checks. The safeguards aim to prevent further cases such as that of German doctor Daniel Ubani, who accidentally killed a patient , David Gray, in the UK in 2008 by giving him an overdose of diamorphine. The accident happened during Dr Ubani’s first shift in the UK. Miss McClarkin said: “For me it was essential to prevent any repeat of the Urbani case. It is vitally important that prospective health professionals should demonstrate the necessary skills and ability to communicate with patients before they can work in the UK. “Even after recognition of a qualification has taken place, competent authorities will now be given the powers to carry out proportionate language controls. “I am also very pleased that my amendments to align the minimum training requirements for doctors to the UK´s system were included in the final text. We have fantastic doctors in the UK, who undergo extensive training and rigorous exams at some of the world´s best teaching hospitals and universities.” The proposals...