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A Conservative MEP has demanded that the EU account for the funding it has given to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency following the publication on 31 January of an anti-Semitic piece on its opinion pages which denied the existence of the Holocaust.

Marina Yannakoudakis, who is MEP for London, put an official question to the […]

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London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis today made speech in the European Parliament criticising recent comments by the speaker of the Ugandan parliament on the country’s draconian anti-gay legislation and called on the EU to suspend its aid to Uganda if the bill becomes law.

Marina Yannakoudakis, who is Conservative spokesman on women’s rights in the […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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