MEP Life 24- Goodbye to Strasbourg

With my time as an MEP coming to an end there will be many ‘lasts’. Last encounters with fantastic European colleagues; last committee meetings; and, as was the case this week, last visits to the official seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg. I’ve explained in previous versions of MEPLife that this is where we have … Continue reading MEP Life 24- Goodbye to Strasbourg

EPLife- A view from Judith’s UK team in Brussels

Hello, Felix here from Judith’s UK team! Recently I had the chance to join Judith’s Brussels office team for a week. I thought I’d take over her blog this week and fill you in on some of the things I got up to! To begin with, the European Parliament is a pretty remarkable place. If … Continue reading EPLife- A view from Judith’s UK team in Brussels

MEP Life 23- and the work goes on…

Hello. Welcome back to MEPLife. Thank you for reading. I am sure you will understand if I come back to the election, the result and Brexit in a future message. This blog is about the work that has been going on behind the scenes. One of the huge differences about the European Parliament and Westminster … Continue reading MEP Life 23- and the work goes on…

MEP Life 22- Commissioners, Budget and Europe wide Climate Emergency

Hello everybody and thanks, once again, for stopping by and taking the time to read MepLife. Work in the European Parliament powers on and, as you know, I use my newsletter, this weekly blog and the podcast I do with Caroline Voaden to shine a light on them. If you have views about the things … Continue reading MEP Life 22- Commissioners, Budget and Europe wide Climate Emergency

UK YOUNGSTERS TO GAIN ACCESS TO €2.8bn FUNDING FROM EU

Judith Bunting, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East of England, has welcomed the news that the European Parliament has this afternoon approved €2.8bn additional funding for the Erasmus+ programme, which provides financial and logistical support for EU students to live, train and study abroad. Judith Bunting, the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education, apprenticeship campaigner and … Continue reading UK YOUNGSTERS TO GAIN ACCESS TO €2.8bn FUNDING FROM EU

MEPLife 21- EU4U positives that the EU brings us!

This week I wanted to share with you, here, what are the best, most important things the European Union offers the UK: Peace, Security, Carbon Targets, Erasmus+, Horizon Europe, Data Roaming, Regional Development, Agricultural Guarantee Fund, Sustainable Fishing, EU Solidarity Fund for Natural Disasters, Tariff Free Trade with 27 countries, Jobs, Cross-border Trade, Jobs, a … Continue reading MEPLife 21- EU4U positives that the EU brings us!

MEP Life 20; Culture, Innovation, and toppling walls

WELCOME BACK. This week MEP Life has been all about the 30th year since the fall of the Berlin Wall. In my previous life as a documentary producer, I was lucky enough to travel a bit; telling science stories that were exciting and often important. In 1991, not long after the Berlin Wall came down, … Continue reading MEP Life 20; Culture, Innovation, and toppling walls

MEP Life 19: history, diplomacy and Korean travels

This past week or so I have had a chance to immerse myself in Korean culture leading a multiparty learning visit to South Korea. Like many people I am sure, I have read the headlines and am aware of ongoing conflicts and some of the news linked to the Korean Peninsular. Last year at Newbury … Continue reading MEP Life 19: history, diplomacy and Korean travels

MEP Life 16- Brussels, Swinson and a week of #StopBrexit visitors

Another busy and exciting week in Brussels. You’ll recall the week before last we had a round of Commissioner-Designate hearings, which provided us MEPs with a great opportunity to scrutinise what are essentially incoming European Ministers. I was able to attend more last week, including, Margrethe Vestager’s, whose proposed portfolio is “Europe fit for the … Continue reading MEP Life 16- Brussels, Swinson and a week of #StopBrexit visitors

MEP hits back after fiery exchange in European Parliament

On Thursday, during a debate about Brexit in the European Parliament, Nigel Farage got up and dusted off a routine with which we’ve all become painfully familiar.“You’re not looking for solutions”, shouted the man who knows nothing but the politics of protest. “We are not dealing with people acting in good faith”, said perhaps the … Continue reading MEP hits back after fiery exchange in European Parliament