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MEPs aimed to amend the EU Budget 2001 as follows:-
will continue to fight waste, fraud, mismanagement and unnecessary
subsidies so that taxpayers money is used effectively in promoting
business including our agriculture.
weak Euro is bad for British exporters and farmers. Its weakness reflects
the failure of political leadership in the EU. European politicians should
bring about economic and structural reform in their countries before
rushing into enlargement.
is lacking in several areas: capital markets - there is no support for
pensions reform; transport - there is a reticent attitude towards
liberalisation of rail freight; intellectual property rights - progress on
the Community patent is half blocked; energy - there is no initiative to
lower energy taxes which are five times higher in the EU than the USA.
BUSINESSES IN THE UK
1999 there were about 3.7m active enterprises of which over 95% employed
fewer than 10 people. These small businesses form the lifeblood of our
economy as they account for more than 50% of the private sector workforce.
Small firms contribute over 40% of the UK's total output. Whilst large
companies - especially state owned - are shedding labour, small firms have
created over 2 million new jobs in the last 10 years.
paperwork (red tape) and high cost of employing labour discourage growth
of small businesses e.g. Working Time Regulations cost UK business £2.3bn
each year. If
only a quarter of the 3.7m small businesses in the UK were able to take
one more employee, our country would achieve full employment!
EU Sugar Regime, renewed every 5 years, provides:-
Production quotas for each Member State
Producer levy that ensures no net burden to the EU budget from EU
An acceptable return to growers despite lower quotas and lower prices for
UK farmers resulting from a weak Euro.
Regulated access to the EU market to African, Caribbean & Pacific
countries (ACP) producing cane sugar.
proposals from the European Commission will allow unlimited free access to
ACP producers, abolish the EU Storage Cost Compensation scheme and renew
the Sugar Regime for only two years.
allow middlemen in ACP countries to import cheap sugar from third
countries to export to the EU at a higher price.
EU sugar producers and refiners will be devastated.
Efficient UK producers of beet sugar, especially in East Anglia, will experience considerable hardship and upto 23,000 jobs could be at risk countrywide!
OF WILD BIRDS
EU Directive 79/409/EEC of April 1979 requires that wild birds "are not hunted during the rearing season nor during the various stages of reproduction" and in the case of migratory species, "during their return to their rearing grounds."
This Directive is 20 years old and a number of difficulties have arisen in precisely defining the reproduction and migratory periods of the birds concerned. I have, together with other MEPs, encouraged debate and consultation with the European Commission. Clearly, a new Directive should be based on the most recent scientific data allowing sustainable management of migratory birds.
FOR ANIMAL WASTE IN FEED
EU has proposed new criteria that would require that animal feed may only
use animal products fit for human consumption. Such products from healthy
animals will be subject to appropriate treatment and approval by health
inspectors. Regulations will determine collection, transport, storage and
processing. Protein meal not destined for feed will be marked by a dye.
CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS
of State of the EU, including our PM Tony Blair, decided at the Cologne
European Council in June 1999 that a "European Charter of Fundamental
Rights" should be drawn up, setting out all the civil, political,
economic and social rights of EU citizens. The European Council also
stated that the Charter might subsequently be incorporated into the
Treaties so that it could become legally binding on the EU authorities and
serve as a basis for court action by any citizen.
a binding Charter could conflict with existing legislation and tradition
in Member States and will open the flood gate for endless litigation in
the courts. So far, Mr.Blair has given the impression that the EU Charter
will not be binding.
of the Charter can be obtained from: European Parliament, 2 Queen Anne's
Gate, London SW1H 9AA, Tel: 020 7227 4300 or Fax: 020 7227 4302 or E-mail:
download from http://www.europarl.org.uk
Europa is the EU's official website. It contains information on all of the
Union's activities and has specific pages devoted to contracts and funding
For information on grants and loans: http://europa.eu.int/comm/secretariat_
Homepages of Commission departments: These often contain information on
calls for tender and funding. http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs_en.htm
TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) gives information on roughly 500 new EU
contracts every day!
CORDIS is a "horizontal" database containing information on
research funding available from all Commission departments. http://www.cordis.lu
Euro Information Centre in UK can be contacted on Tel: 0800 78 36 553
VISITS TO THE CONSTITUENCY
EUW Meeting in Coltishall, Norfolk.
John Innes Centre, Norwich North & South.
Alms Houses & Woodbridge School.
Southwold Conservative Association.
Downham Market Conservatives.
Furnell Transport, Hemel Hempsted, Herts.
Conservative Cllrs at Herts County Council.
Eastern Region Assembly, Thurrock.
Meet businessmen & Francis Maude in Norwich.
TO STRASBOURG IN 2001
nights in Strasbourg & 2 nights in France
About £150 incl B&B, twin occupancy
supplement £ 18 per night
34 per coach for each trip
CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS IN THE
Promoted & Printed by Conservative MEPs in the EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament, Brussels: Khanbhai, Sturdy, Beazley & Van Orden