Recent events concerning human trafficking have made current efforts by the European Parliament in combatting the trade ever more important.

In the past 24 hours it has come to light that five people have been convicted of trafficking over 50 Hungarian women through London airports and for selling them into sex slavery. In addition, it […]

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Ushering in the New Year, Greece assumed the Presidency of the European Union on the 1st of January 2014 following the conclusion of the Lithuanian Presidency.

London MEP Marina Yannakoudakis commented “I welcome Greece’s new role at the forefront of European politics. I congratulate them on taking up the reins and I am sure […]

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Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis today met with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health Jane Ellison MP to discuss the EU Tobacco Products Directive, in particular the regulation of electronic cigarettes.

Marina re-stated the European Parliament’s position on electronic cigarettes, where an amendment tabled by Conservative MEPs not to regulate e-cigarettes as medical devices was […]

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Health Ministers and experts from the World’s eight major economies met today in London to discuss the growing crisis of dementia. Tackling the disease is thought to cost the world economy over £370 billion a year, with costs due to rise sharply over the next 40 years as the world population continues to age.

Speaking […]

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New EU plans to burden householders with additional recycling requirements were condemned today by Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis.

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee this afternoon adopted proposals put forward by Italian Socialist Vittorio Prodi which seek to enforce a harmonised set of rules across the whole European Union on the disposal of plastic […]

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Conservative MEPs today voted against EU plans to impose a compulsory female quota of 40 per cent on company boardrooms – with swingeing sanctions for firms that fail to comply.

The proposed directive would oblige all listed companies to have at least  40 per cent women among their non-executive directorships, as well as to publish […]

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In a landmark vote, the European Parliament today took a major step towards scrapping the notorious Strasbourg Travelling Circus.

A plenary session of the parliament approved by 483 votes to 141 a report setting out a roadmap for reform, jointly authored by Conservative MEP Ashley Fox.

In her speech in the debate on a single […]

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In an answer to a parliamentary question submitted by Marina Yannakoudakis MEP, EU Vice-President for fundamental rights Viviane Reding refused to withdraw the Commission’s proposals for maternity leave regulation which would cost countries like the UK almost  €3 billion  (£2.5bn) a year

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Conservative MEPs today headed off extreme proposals on “sexual and reproductive health and rights” which would see sex education become compulsory across Europe for children as young as four.

A report by Portuguese Socialist Edite Estrela seeks to enforce a set of rules across the whole […]

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As the European Parliament’s women’s rights committee gets set to vote on plans to introduce a 40% quota for women on boards today, Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis, who strongly opposes the plans, has condemned amendments tabled by fellow MEPs as “beyond the pale”.

Amendments which would widen the scope of the proposals to include both […]

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