"The Digital Single Market must be built so that citizens and businesses can fully benefit from it."

Creating opportunities for European companies

Could creating a digital single market in the EU and removing barriers online help give a boost to European companies? The European Commission outlined its strategy on 6 May, while it will also feature on the agenda of the European Council on 25-26 June. Meanwhile the Parliament is planning to respond with an own-initiative report on the digital market.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 Posted in: Latest news, 2015, David Borrelli , Newsroom, May, Industry, Research and Energy

EU's energy union 'not fit for purpose'

"The reason behind energy union, like every other plan from the commission, is a policy power-grab"

EU's energy union 'not fit for purpose'

The energy union is an attempt by the European commission to use tensions between Russia and the EU - caused by the EU's attempt to extend its empire to Russia's border - as an excuse to take control of the energy supplies and regulatory powers of member states. The commission wants EU national governments to pool their energy resources, and to be placed in charge of that pool with controls over regulation and investment decisions as well as energy deals with countries outside the 28 member states. As the paper setting out plans for the energy union put it, “Today, the European Union has energy rules set at the European level, but in practice it has 28 national regulatory frameworks. This cannot continue.”

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 Written by: David Coburn Posted in: Latest news, March, 2015, David Coburn, Newsroom, Industry, Research and Energy

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, 2014, Newsroom, December, Industry, Research and Energy