Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

20 MAR 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 20th March

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 20th March

MEPs will meet in Brussels this week for committee and group meetings.

This week, Vicky will chair the Internal Market Committee discussions on the enforcement of consumer protection laws, collaborative economy, European product standards, parcel delivery, accessibility, copyright, E-Government and CE marking of fertiliser products.

The committee will host a public hearing on the European Electronic Communications Code including the 'universal service obligation' which gives access to basic broadband for all and consumer contracts for mobile and internet services.

In Brussels, Vicky will meet the European Retail Round Table (ERRT), the European Performers association (AEPO-ARTIS), representing over 500.000 musicians, singers, actors and dancers and Guy Verhofstadt MEP, the Parliament's Brexit coordinator.

In London, on Wednesday, Vicky will meet Conservative MPs from across the East of England and elsewhere to discuss the priorities for upcoming Brexit negotiations especially future relationships with the EU Single Market, regulatory cooperation and customs issues. Mrs Ford will also meet Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

She will meet with CEOs of the British Bankers' Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive and PRS for Music.

On Thursday she will attend the British Shooting Sports Council Annual Luncheon before visiting Inmarsat's London facilities, a global leader in the field of automotive and ICT industries, working on ways to provide consumers with convenient, safer connected cars.


13 MAR 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 13th March

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 13th March

MEPs will meet in Strasbourg this week for debates and to vote in plenary.

Please note that if Article 50 is triggered early this week it is likely that the European Parliament will schedule an additional plenary session to discuss Brexit next week.

On Tuesday, Vicky’s report on the revision of the Firearms Directive will be discussed and then voted on in the hemicycle. Changes to European gun laws were proposed by the European Commission in response to requests led by the UK Home Secretary after the terrorist attacks in Paris. A loophole in the EU law meant that poorly deactivated firearms were able to be bought and sold without authorisations, some of these were used in the Paris attacks and a cache of similar weapons was found in a marina in Kent. The revisions will close this loophole.

However, there are many concerns about inadequate drafting and unintended consequences as well as concerns from museum owners and collectors, sporting organisations and groups such as the Countryside Alliance. Vicky was nominated as the European Parliament rapporteur/ draftsperson to lead the scrutiny and amendment process. Over the past 18 months she has worked with many different stakeholders as well as law enforcement authorities, proof houses and legal experts in order to protect the interest of legitimate owners whilst also addressing the security issues. The Parliament text being voted on Tuesday respects the rights and interests of legal firearms owners such as target shooters, existing holders, collectors, reservists and certain other specialist users whilst also addressing the security issues related to poorly deactivated firearms.

On Wednesday morning they will exchange views with the European Council and Commission on the Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 9 and 10 March 2017, including the Rome Declaration and will debate on Wednesday afternoon on the EU security agenda: one year after the Brussels attacks.

During the week MEPs will discuss several key issues in the hemicycle such as gender equality, packaging, electric and electronic equipment waste, the collection and use of data in the fisheries sector, and restrictions on cages for farm rabbits. Vicky has received over 20,000 emails on this subject.

On Monday evening, Vicky will chair an extraordinary meeting of the Internal Market and Consumer protection committee on topics including copyright rules in the Digital Single Market which is a significant issue for the UK creative sectors as well as the enforcement of consumer protection laws and changes to the Electronic Communications Code.

In Strasbourg, Vicky will meet with representatives from IFPI, representing the musicians and the recording industry to discuss copyright, with the European Retail Round Table (ERRT), who represents leading European retailers including METRO AG or IKEA, with Seznam.cz, the only search engine in the EU where Google does not have a monopoly and leader of the Czech online market in search and digital services, as well as with CEEMET, the national employers’ federations of the MET (Metal, Engineering and Technology) sector in Europe, representing 200,000 companies, which employ 35 million workers directly and indirectly.

She will also meet with Microsoft to discuss the impact of Brexit on the UK tech sector and how to ensure a faster pace of technology adoption across the UK society and businesses and with the European Collaborative Economy Forum whose members offer goods and services to over a million users every day and have over 500,000 service providers operating on their platforms in Europe.

On Wednesday, Vicky will welcome to the Parliament a group of A-level students interested in politics and the impact of the referendum from the King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

She will also attend a lunch debate featuring the Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmstrom, to talk about how Europe can deliver in terms of trade.

In the UK, on Friday Vicky will visit several Kings’ Lynn companies with Sir Henry Bellingham MP such as Chalcroft Construction, Shaun Hodgson Engineering, or Dodman in the field of commercial food processing equipment, as well as the Kings Lynn Innovation Centre before launching the Conservative Group Manifesto for the Norfolk County Council elections.

 

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06 MAR 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 6th March

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 6th March

MEPs will meet in Brussels this week for committee and group meetings.

This week, Vicky will chair the Internal Market Committee discussions on several topics such as geo-blocking, posted workers, the impact of technology in the financial sector, 5G, collaborative economy and accessibility requirements for products and services.

In Brussels, she will meet representatives of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to discuss the UK business view on Brexit and the role of the IMCO committee in the upcoming negotiations. Along with the Conservative delegation she will also meet with Rt Hon David Jones MP, Minister of State in the Department for Exiting the EU.

On Tuesday, Vicky will host a roundtable discussion on the European Electronic Communications Code, for stakeholders to raise their priorities and concerns on aspects that fall within the scope of IMCO Committee's competence (Universal Service Obligation, OTTs, end-user rights and access to emergency numbers and services); a topic she will also discuss with the Swedish Minister for Digitalisation, Mr Peter Eriksson.

In London, Vicky will join a group of politicians, business leaders and academics for a dinner discussion hosted by The Spectator around the theme of technology and digital economy as a booster of the UK's economic growth.

On Wednesday morning, for International Women's Day, she will participate in an event organised by the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), the first rural women's NGO accredited to the United Nations, giving voice to over 9 million rural and non-rural women in 75 countries.

On Friday morning, Vicky will be a guest on the All out Politics discussion on Sky News live from Brussels in the margins of the European Council meeting.

On Friday evening she will be in Cambridge where she will give a take on EU/UK future relations update and state of play as the guest of Cambridge City Conservative Association.


27 FEB 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 27th February

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 27th February

MEPs meet in Brussels this week for committee meetings and mini-plenary.

In London, on Monday, Vicky will meet with Rt. Hon. David Davis MP Secretary of State for exiting the European Union to discuss the state of play in Brussels and the priorities for the negotiations that will follow the triggering of Article 50.

On Tuesday in Brussels, Vicky will chair the IMCO workshop on "Consequences of Brexit", moderating a session on a sectorial analysis of consequences of Brexit. She will also participate in the East of England European Partnership event on "How will Brexit impact regional policy in the UK and EU post-2020?" at the Committee of the Regions to discuss the priorities for the East of England in the upcoming negotiations and the UK's regional development post-Brexit.

On Wednesday, Vicky will attend the roundtable discussion organised by EPP colleague Michal Boni with Elliot Schrage, Facebook's Global Vice President of Communications and Public Policy, to discuss how Facebook addresses the phenomena of 'fake news' and the third party verification program that was recently rolled out in Germany and France, the new feature that allows the community to flag a 'fake news' and how Facebook disrupts any financial incentives for spammers.

In Brussels she will also meet representatives from the UK Government to talk about consumer standards especially with the Consumer Protection Cooperation proposal going through IMCO and with the Secretary General of CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, on de-carbonization of transport, connectivity and automated driving.

In the chamber on Wednesday and Thursday, MEPs will discuss how to improve access to medicines, the potential and challenges of e-Democracy, the Common Commercial Policy for wildlife sustainability, as well as the upcoming European Council meeting of 9 and 10 March 2017 with the Council and Commission.

On Friday, Vicky will meet with Oliver Dowden, MP for Hertsmere, and Martine Eni, Chair of the Borehamwood & Elstree Twin Town Association, to discuss EU Citizens Rights. Vicky and Oliver will then go on to the Dame Alice Owen's School in Potters Bar to discuss with pupils her role in the European Parliament and the forthcoming negotiations.


10 FEB 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 13th February

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 13th February

MEPs will meet in Strasbourg this week for debates and to vote in plenary.

This week in Strasbourg MEPs will vote on the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA) which has taken over 7 years to negotiate. The agreement is sometimes described as a possible template for future EU/UK trade. However it does not cover in depth many key sectors such as services.

Furthermore the provisions for mutual recognition and regulatory cooperation are significantly less sophisticated than those experienced between the UK and the EU.

MEPs will also vote on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) which has been led through the Parliament by Scottish Conservative MEP, Ian Duncan. This revision aims at meeting our climate change obligations set by the Paris agreement by giving industry the incentive to modernise and innovate.

Vicky will meet with ministers from like-minded countries working in close cooperation with the UK in the Council.

She will also meet representatives from Digital Europe, the American Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Danish and Austrian ambassadors.

On Wednesday, Vicky will meet representatives of Firearms United.


06 FEB 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 6th February

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 6th February

MEPs will meet in Brussels this week for committee and group meetings.

This week, Vicky will chair the Internal Market committee. They will vote on new measures for approval of motor vehicles to address the issues arising from the Volkswagen scandal. This includes improving the quantity and quality of testing, both in the factory and of cars on the road, introducing a robust model of review for type approval authorities and the technical services which carry out the tests of new cars and strengthening penalties so that car makers are dissuaded from breaking the rules. Speaking on the proposals Mrs Ford says "Buying a car is the single largest purchase most people ever face apart from buying a home. The reforms proposed by the Parliament are vital to restore consumer trust and hold manufacturers to account."

They will also debate Telecoms & 5G policy, posted workers, copyright and broadcasting and cross-border parcel delivery services.

On Thursday the committee members will debate new proposals to unlock the Single Market in Services with the Commissioner responsible, Elzbietà Bienkowska.

In Brussels, Vicky will meet the CEOs of Easyjet, Ryanair, Volotea, Finnair, AirFrance-KLM, Norwegian and Lufthansa Group. She will also meet the Deputy Minister for EU Affairs of Estonia, Mr Matti Maasikas, ahead of the Estonian Presidency of the Council in the second half of 2017.

On Monday she will attend the European Energy Forum to discuss the impact of Brexit on the EU and UK energy markets and energy cooperation post-Brexit especially security of supply, affordability and CO2 emissions.

On Tuesday, Vicky will be in London meeting with Conservative MPs re Brexit.

On Wednesday, she will host in the Parliament the UK manufacturers organisation, EEF, to discuss the sector's priorities in the upcoming negotiations to ensure continued stability and business confidence.

In Cambridge, on Friday, Vicky will meet NHS Staff who come from other EU countries to discuss concerns regarding citizens rights in the Brexit negotiations. Mrs Ford is keen to understand specific concerns of individuals and families so that she will be able to help ensure that these are addressed in detail as soon as the negotiations commence.


30 JAN 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 30th January

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 30th January

MEPs meet in Brussels this week for committee meetings and mini-plenary.

This week, Vicky will work on key files such as the European Accessibility Act, intended to make it easier for people with disabilities to access products and services, or the European Agenda for Collaborative Economy (also called 'shared economy'), which encompasses popular online platforms such as Airbnb or BlaBlaCar and their consumer potential in the digital age. She is also responsible for representing her political group on standardisation, making sure that the European standards process continues to be industry-led and developed at a global level.

In Brussels, Vicky will discuss the impact of the triggering of Article 50 with representatives of different sectors. She will meet Ford Motor Company for the automotive sector, the farmers' organisations senior representatives for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and a delegation of Vice-Chancellors from the Universities UK International to exchange on the future of European cooperation in science, research and higher education and the university sector's priorities for future access to and influence over the European science agenda.

She will also meet the Junior Minister for Industry and Energy, Mr. Jesse Norman MP.

On Thursday, as part of the mini-plenary, MEPs will discuss the Energy Union and Erasmus +, a budget of €14.7 billion aiming at providing opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.

On Friday Vicky will join a Question Time panel in Huntingdon for businesses arranged by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP and speak to A-level students at Seevic College in Benfleet, Essex.


23 JAN 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 23rd January

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 23rd January

MEPs will meet in Brussels this week for committee and group meetings.

On Monday, Vicky will meet with several MPs from her constituency to discuss the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

On Tuesday, she will be a member of the expert panel at the Tech UK event "The UK Digital Sectors after Brexit" to exchange views on the potential economic impact on the UK tech sector and their priorities ahead of the negotiations. At 16% of GVA and 25% of total UK exports, the UK Digital sector is the fastest-growing and most dynamic part of the UK economy. As the Government outlines its Brexit strategy, it is clear that making a success of Brexit must mean making it a success for the UK tech sector.

In Brussels, Vicky's Internal Market committee will elect its Chair and Vice-Chairs as part of the mid-term review. During the committee meeting, MEPs will also exchange on topics like the market surveillance of motor vehicles, geo-blocking, the European Agenda for the Collaborative Economy, online platforms, the accessibility requirements for products and services and the influence of technology on the future of the financial sector.

The committee will also welcome the Maltese Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Christian Cardona, to discuss the programme and priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the European Council.

On Thursday, Vicky has been invited as committee chair, to share her committee's experience on transparency and coordination of the legislative process at the meeting of the JURI-AFCO working group on Better Law-Making.


16 JAN 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 16th January

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 16th January

MEPs will meet in Strasbourg this week for debates and to vote in plenary

This will be quite a special week in Strasbourg as MEPs will be voting to elect the next President of the European Parliament, as well as the Vice-Presidents and the Quaestors. Vicky will be supporting her colleague and group candidate Helga Stevens, who has been doing outstanding work on the Parliament Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee and leading work to make sure that the European Parliament increases accessibility, particularly for those who are hard of hearing or visually impaired.

MEPs will also discuss with the Council and the Commission the programme for the Maltese Presidency of the Council, setting the agenda for the coming months. Vicky will focus on the priorities related to the Single Market as Committee Chair.

She will meet with both representatives of the UK government to discuss the digital content directive and the services package and representatives of the US government to discuss the triggering of article 50.

Vicky will also attend an event on low carbon investments organised by the European Steel Association and discuss the impact of the EU ETS revision on UK industry.


09 DEC 2016

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 12th December

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 12th December

MEPs will meet in Strasbourg this week for debates and to vote in plenary.

Vicky will participate in a roundtable hosted by Vice President Ansip to discuss the current status of the Digital Single Market and objectives for 2017-2019 with the Commissioners and Committee Chairs involved in Digital issues.

She will also meet Mr Anthony Gardner, the US Ambassador to the EU and members of the American Chamber of Commerce financial services committee

In the hemicycle, MEPs will debate on several topics such as the Energy Union package, the Railway package, and the Aviation strategy.


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My Political Priorities

Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.

I support Science and Research which is key to delivering better medical care, healthy food as well as the Innovation and Creative Industries which bring improved lifestyles for all our families.

Strong home Security is vital in today's uncertain world, which requires robust policing and defence and deep international relationships that we can depend on. I work with others to achieve this.

I care about the Countryside and the Environment and making sure that rural and urban communities flourish.