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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 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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Compulsion and quotas can never be the way to increase female representation in the boardrooms of Europe, MEPs were cautioned today.

Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis said such a move – as advocated by Equality Commissioner Viviane Reding – would be bad for business and bad for women.

She was speaking at a European Parliament hearing […]

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At a meeting of the European Parliament’s Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup, London MEP Marina Yannakoudakis today condemned the massacre of 52 Iranian dissidents, with seven more taken hostage, at Camp Ashraf in north-west Iraq.

Opponents of the regime in Tehran have been living in Camp Ashraf as refugees since 1986. Following the invasion […]

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The European Union is guilty of meddling and “mission creep” in its determination to impose ever more social legislation and employment laws on member states, Conservative MEPs said today.

They were responding to the latest proposal by the European Parliament’s Committee for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality – to roll out new equal-pay legislation across […]

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A group of MEPs who represent their political groups on the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights Committee have written to Irish Minister of State for Equality Kathleen Lynch calling on her and other EU Ministers to move “the Maternity Leave dossier out of the current deadlock.”

EU plans for 18-weeks compulsory paid maternity leave were extended […]

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In an interview with BBC 2’s Daily Politics programme today, Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis expressed her concern for the clashes between protesters and police in Istanbul’s Gezi Park.

She told the programme: “I’m concerned. I have sympathy with protesters. They have a democratic right to protest and that’s part of living in a democracy.

“There […]

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Members of the European Parliament missed an opportunity to put right an unreasonable European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling which has adversely affected young female drivers who have seen their premiums rise by as much as 38% from December last year.

Marina Yannakoudakis MEP, who is Conservative Spokesman on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in […]

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