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
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
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!
Last week the Committees met to interview the incoming Commissioner Designates (effectively European Ministers), senior politicians with one put forward by each member state, to lead work in a particular policy area. The people being interviewed will only get the job IF they pass the scrutiny of the Parliament. This is a process designed to … Continue reading MEP Life 15- Interviews, Interrogations and a week of #Education
This week we were based in Brussels! On Monday I attended two exhibitions seeking to raise awareness of illegal wildlife trading. The EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking has been in place since 2016 and has significantly helped strengthen the EU’s role in the global fight against illegal trading. During the last EU Parliament the campaign in the … Continue reading MEP Life 14: Committees, Supreme Decisions and a Presidency
Last week, it was back to Strasbourg last week for the big debate on the resolution on the state of play of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Debate was led by Juncker and Barnier, with Guy Verhofstadt taking a leading role as the Chair of the Brexit Steering Group. That said, this was a … Continue reading MEP Life 13- Debates, Dogs and Demonstrations