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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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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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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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London MEP Marina Yannakoudakis visited Johnson & Johnson’s Innovation Centre in London, one of four regional hubs established this year to accelerate innovation across the healthcare landscape.

The centres promote collaboration between the world’s leading scientists and entrepreneurs. Johnson & Johnson chose London for its European hub as the UK is home to one of the world’s thriving life sciences ecosystems.

Marina said: “I […]

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Marina Yannakoudakis MEP visited the construction site of the new Whitechapel Station which will be part of the Crossrail transport project which will traverse London from East to West.

When completed in 2018 24 trains per hour will pass through the station taking commuters to and from, Shenfield, Abbey Wood, Maidenhead and Heathrow Airport.

Marina […]

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The lead Conservative MEP on equality issues today poured scorn on a claim by the European Commission that its own actions were responsible for putting more women in top company boardrooms.

London MEP Marina Yannakoudakis was responding to a Continue Reading

Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis today welcomed the European Commission’s climb-down on compulsory quotas for women on the boards of publicly-traded companies.

The revised plan suggests a target of 40% for women in non-executive posts on boards and leaves member states to decide how to deal with companies which do not meet the quota.

The plans […]

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European Commissioners will score a victory for common sense tomorrow (Tuesday October 23) if, as predicted, they vote to scrap plans for compulsory quotas of women on the boards of major companies.

Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis, who has campaigned vigorously against the quota scheme, hailed the potential rejection of the proposal by the college of Commissioners […]

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