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 […]Continue Reading →
An answer to a detailed question put forward by Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis revealed the massive cost of chauffeuring EU diplomats posted abroad.
In her answer to Mrs. Yannakoudakis’ question, EU foreign affairs supremo Baroness Ashton, herself paid over £250,000 a year, revealed that one of the European External Action Service’s drivers was paid €6,050 […]Continue Reading →
Marina met with Sikhs from across Europe who came to the European Parliament to discuss human rights abuses against Sikhs and those Sikhs facing the death penalty in India.
Marina has expressed her position to the death penalty imposed on Balwant Singh Rajoana and has 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 →
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 →
Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis today condemned EU funding to local governments in totalitarian regimes including Zimbabwe and Belarus. The EU is currently providing €6.48 million (£5.2 million) to support 20 different development projects which benefit local authorities in repressed countries throughout the world.
The EU is providing funding to local authorities in Belarus, Côte d’Ivoire […]Continue Reading →
London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis voted not to sign off on the accounts for the European Union’s multi-billion pound aid programme today.
Conservative MEPs have refused to sign off on any part of the EU’s accounts until the Court of Auditors approves the entire budget. Last year the court rejected the budget for the seventeenth […]Continue Reading →
Calls by EU foreign affairs supremo for a £23 million increase in the budget of her already bloated diplomatic service were criticised today by a Conservative MEP. Marina Yannakoudakis, Member of the European Parliament for London, called the budget increase “shameful” when she had identified nearly £14 million wasted by the service on activities such […]Continue Reading →