“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 […]Continue Reading →
The European Parliament’s Women’s Rights Committee today voted on its opinion the EU’s 2013 draft budget. As part of the budgetary scrutiny procedure, Conservative MEP for London Marina Yannakoudakis submitted amendments which would remove all funding for the European Institute for Gender Equality.
The EU funding allocation to the European Institute of Gender Equality was […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
Proposals on tissue donations, including bone marrow, which would make it easier to find matches across Europe and help save lives were overwhelmingly approved today by the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee.
The proposals drafted by London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis stress the need to ensure traceability and transparency in the various […]Continue Reading →
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 […]Continue Reading →
London MEP Marina Yannakoudakis today led calls for action to end the barbarism of young girls being subjected to horrific mutilation in the name of cultural tradition.
The Conservative spokesman on women’s rights has tabled a motion to the European Parliament calling on EU countries to bring the full force of their laws to bear […]Continue Reading →