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“Legally-enforceable quotas for women in the boardrooms of major companies would be bad for business and bad for genuine equality.”

That was the response today from Marina Yannakoudakis MEP, who speaks on women’s rights for Conservatives in the European Parliament, to reports that the European Commission is drafting legislation forcing listed companies to reserve at least […]

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As part of delegation of Members of the European Parliament, London Conservative MEP visited the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki today.

Marina held meetings with senior officials to discuss the EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) Directive. The complex directive has already had a negative impact on industry and plans to increase […]

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A Conservative MEP today condemned the amount of aid  which the EU gives to those countries which retain the death penalty for homosexuality. In 2010, the EU gave €545 million to countries, including €6 million to Iran which has hanged more than 100 men for homosexuality since 1979.

The EU has no aid conditionality based […]

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Baroness Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign affairs supremo, has called for senior appointments in the EU’s External Action Service to be made on merit. Ashton, herself the second highest paid female politician in the world, endorsed London MEP Marina Yannakoudakis’ stance on staffing quotas for women.

In a reply to a parliamentary question tabled by […]

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London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis today co-authored a resolution aimed at supporting rights for lesbian women in Africa.

The joint resolution which was submitted by all political groups bar one, addressed violent and degrading treatment which targets lesbian women in Africa. Female homosexuality is illegal in 27 African countries with Malawi newly outlawing female homosexuality […]

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Strasbourg, 4 July 2012 – EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloş today met with a group of Members of the European Parliament who had written protesting against the European Commission’s competition-distorting sugar regime. Thousands of jobs are at risk across the European Union, including in Tate and Lyle’s London refinery, if sugar cane refiners and beet […]

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The European Commission today revealed the price of sending its officials to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. It cost €590,000 (£475,000) to send five Commissioners, including Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and their entourage of over 60 to Rio.

The meeting, which ends today in the Brazilian city which hosted the first Earth Summit 20 years […]

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Last month, EU diplomats the world over were passing round the Ferrero Rocher and raising glasses of champagne to the European project as the EU marked its “national day” of 9 May. Yet, at a time of austerity, EU Foreign Affairs High Representative Catherine Ashton does not know how much her diplomats are spending […]

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EU rules on sugar are making the EU’s sugar refineries unviable with thousands of highly-skilled jobs at risk across Europe. London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has led the charge against the European Commission’s competition-distorting rules. She, along with 61 MEPs from 11 countries, has today written to EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloş calling for a […]

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Marina Yannakoudakis, Conservative MEP for London, today spoke out against European Parliament proposals for an EU financial transaction tax.

Marina has long opposed an EU Tobin Tax which she believes would harm Europe’s competitiveness and drive business out of the EU, especially from her constituency of London. She voted against the tax in today’s ballot […]

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