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07 JUL 2014

Vicky makes her inaugural speech as IMCO Chair

This committee, under the excellent leadership of my predecessor Malcolm Harbour, had a reputation across the Parliament for working incredibly hard to reduce barriers to economic trade and growth, and simplify legislation to enhance competitiveness across the Single Market, while making improvement...


26 FEB 2014

Vicky Ford MEP comments on Switzerland and the Freedom of Movement

Mr President, freedom of movement is a very important principle of the EU, and I am very proud to live in a part of Europe where many people want to come and live. But we also need to recognise that migration can put significant pressures on public services and listen to the local communities' conce...


04 FEB 2014

Vicky speaks out against the proposals for a Financial Transaction Tax

Mr President, I cannot believe we are still spending time talking about the Financial Transaction Tax. This is not a Robin Hood tax – it is a Sheriff of Nottingham charge. History tells us that, when financial transactions are taxed, financiers leave. They move to other parts of the world, and...


04 FEB 2014

2030 framework for climate and energy policies

I did think my colleague, Mr Davies, was going to try and ask you to explain why the German subsidy for renewables is currently about a hundred times greater than the cost of the CO2 emissions it prevents, because surely that is a subsidy to be aware of. We will not make our carbon reduction ta...


04 FEB 2014

Better law making

Mr President, our businesses have to compete with others across the globe and, if we want growth and jobs, we need to allow them to be competitive. Politicians do not make jobs. Businesses do. The single market is meant to be about helping businesses to trade across borders, giving them easy access ...


29 JAN 2014

EU Space Policy Conference - European Commission

I am very honoured to be standing in the place of my friend and colleague, Amelia Sartori and to represent colleagues from the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament this morning. Our thoughts are with Amelia's family. The Industry Committee has many members who themselv...


14 JAN 2014

Reindustrialising Europe to promote competitiveness and sustainability

Madam President, we need a new revolution to help industry. In the 1870s nearly a third of the world's manufactured goods were made in the UK alone, but now Europe makes less than a fifth of the total, and last year only one European country made it into the top ten most competitive countries for ma...


14 JAN 2014

Plastic waste in the environment

It is right to minimise plastic waste and protect the environment. However, I do not believe that banning plastic bags should be a European-level decision. Many smaller companies have creative solutions in the sustainable packaging sector. To enable economic growth we should avoid putting new burden...


14 JAN 2014

Food crisis and fraud in the food chain

Mr President, last year, of course, we had the horsemeat scandal, but seven years ago in my region we had a bird flu epidemic when dead turkeys imported from Hungary were being processed in the UK and then being labelled as British meat. I have called for better traceability ever since then. Tho...


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