Country of Origin Labelling

Country of Origin Labelling

"Sometimes in the European parliament, an issue that seems on the face of it perfectly clear-cut turns out to be rather more complicated.  On Wednesday we voted on “COOL” – country-of-origin labelling for meat in processed foods.  Note that word “processed” – it comes up later. "Of course after the horsemeat and other scandals, consumers are quite rightly concerned to know where their food comes from.  If you ask them, 90% plus will say they want labelling.  And if you ask British farmers or the NFU, they’ll say the same – probably 100%.

Saturday, 14 February 2015 Written by: Roger Helmer Posted in: February, Latest news, 2015, Newsroom, Industry, Research and Energy

Climate mitigation on the Kyoto model is probably unnecessary, certainly ineffectual, and ruinously expensive

Roger Helmer criticises the EU's 'expensive and ineffectual' climate mitigation policies

Climate mitigation on the Kyoto model is probably unnecessary, certainly ineffectual, and ruinously expensive

I recently attended an 'exchange of views' with the European commission on their negotiating position for the upcoming climate talks in Lima, ahead of next year's Paris conference, and I shared with them some unpopular views. Part of the package seems to be a proposal for an €8bn fund to help developing countries deal with 'the effects of climate change'. In UKIP we take the view that climate mitigation on the Kyoto model is probably unnecessary, certainly ineffectual, and ruinously expensive.

Monday, 08 December 2014 Written by: Roger Helmer Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2014, December, Industry, Research and Energy

Science has become highly politicised

Science has become highly politicised

In the first week of his presidency of the commission, Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the EPSC as a revamped version of the bureau of European policy advisers (BEPA).  EFDD member of the industry, research and energy committee Roger Helmer said, "the attitude of parliamentarians to the issue of the chief scientific adviser [was] determined to a considerable extent by their opinion on the salient issue of the day". He added, "there is concern among some that the holder of the post was a supporter of GM crops, rightly in my view, and was dropped because this opinion was an embarrassment to Jean-Claude Juncker. So on those grounds I regret her passing."

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 Written by: Roger Helmer Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2014, November, Industry, Research and Energy

Recognising access to the internet as a human right should be the priority of the EU digital agenda

Recognising access to the internet as a human right should be the priority of the EU digital agenda

The internet, like water, is a common good. It is much more than a platform for entertainment or a virtual location where goods can be bought and sold. In fact, it enables the general public to access, process and share information. It is also essential when dealing with administrative and public bodies. In March 2014, the European commission recognised access to drinking water as a human right, and recognising access to the internet as a human right should be the priority of the EU digital agenda. This would be the best possible starting point from which to implement the bridging of the European Union’s digital divide - the digital agenda’s next priority.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 Written by: Dario Tamburrano Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2014, Dario Tamburrano, November, Industry, Research and Energy