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26 MAR 2015

The Role of the EU Single Market in the digital economy - Contribution to Panel discussion at Informal Competitiveness Council, Riga, Latvia

Check against delivery We need to agree on priorities where action at regional or national level is not enough; on areas where action across the EU can make a real difference, and we need to work with others across the globe where needed because the digital economy is a global economy. Any actions ...


26 MAR 2015

Opening Remarks on the Digital Economy - Informal Competitiveness Council, Riga, Latvia

Check against delivery It is great to be here in Riga, in the "Castle of Light", and to share views on the Digital Single Market.Thank you to the Latvian Presidency for organising this informal meeting of the Competitiveness Ministers, and the splendid welcome you have given us. There is a strong ...


26 MAR 2015

Single Market Forum Speech

Check against delivery 1. Introduction It is a great pleasure to take part in this event. The Single Market Forum was initiated by IMCO back in 2010, at the motivation of my colleague Roza Thun, who is here today, with the first event held in Krakow. It is good to see it continuing and this year t...


09 FEB 2015

Internet Governance Forum

                        Mr President, our internet must be open, yet safe; accessible, yet affordable; exciting, diverse and dynamic. We in Europe start from a great position: the World Economic Forum has listed the most ...


28 JAN 2015

Vicky begs the EU Council to help micro businesses

  Madam President, we need investment. We need private sector investment and investors, entrepreneurs and small businesses need to know that we are on their side. My email box is full of horror stories of small business which have shut and stopped trading in the fasting growing sector of our...


20 JAN 2015

British Chambers of Commerce - 20th January 2015

British Chambers of Commerce Reception- Brussels  Thank you for inviting me to speak today. It is a pleasure to support the British Chamber in Belgium and thank you for the work that you do to ensure concerns of the business community and stakeholders are heard across all the activities of the...


15 JAN 2015

Commission work programme 2015

On behalf of the ECR Group In the votes on the seven group motions on the Commission work programme the ECR only voted for its own text. The ECR motion offered a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the 2015 work programme. The motion gave a cautious welcome overall to the general approach tak...


13 JAN 2015

Possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs

Madam President, if we are to feed the world's growing population and combat weather changes and diseases, then we must harness the best science in crop areas. The stalemate on GM has gone on for far too long, and for that reason I support this vote, which returns decision-making to Member States. T...


13 JAN 2015

Conclusions of the European Council meeting (18 December 2014) (debate)

Mr President, the EU does need to change: there are serious problems in many Member States. Our national leaders need to listen more closely to the people, and we in this Chamber need to listen more closely to our national leaders. There are still deep problems in many European economies. We nee...


17 DEC 2014

Palestine Statehood

I have opted to abstain on this resolution on Palestine since the recognition of a state falls within the competence of the Member States. In my own Member State, the UK, the national parliament has voted in favour of recognising the State of Palestine. I have full respect for that decision. I hope ...


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