August 2015 newsletter from Anthea McIntyre MEP
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August 2015
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Dear Subscriber,

As the European Parliament started its Summer Recess, we could see good potential for a successful British re-negotiation. The case for EU reform, put forward by the Prime Minister on his tour of EU capitals, was well received by the other leaders. In Brussels too there are encouraging signs that our case for a reformed, more efficient EU is gaining ground.

The European Commission’s welcome decision to drop proposals for EU rules on maternity leave is exactly what we Conservatives have been talking about for a long time: only regulate what is absolutely necessary and leave the rest to national Parliaments if they wish.

In the Employment Committee, we have seen further evidence that our Conservative vision for EU reform has wide support. As part of its work on a Commission programme which sets out to make EU laws simpler and reduce regulatory costs, a majority on the Employment Committee backed Conservative calls to cut bureaucracy, boost growth and help small businesses create jobs. We defeated the Left, who opposed us, putting their vested interests and outdated protectionist ideology ahead of boosting growth and employment.

With unemployment continuing to fall in Britain and our long term plan for the economy bearing fruit, we have much to show other countries and many are eager to listen.

All good wishes for an enjoyable Summer.

Work done in the European Parliament

As Conservative Employment Spokesman, I have:
  • Been a member of the European Parliament's team negotiating with the European Council on how Member States can best tackle undeclared work.
  • Spoken in plenary on the topic of the Youth Employment Initiative. Read more
I also sit on the Agriculture Committee where I specialise in Horticulture and have:
  • Taken over responsibility for steering new rules on plant health through the legislative process as the Parliament's "Rapporteur". This will entail leading "Trilogue" negotiations with the European Council and Commission in due course. In preparation for this I have met with Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner of Health and Food Safety. The rules are intended to prevent plant pests and diseases from entering the EU and it is important that we find a balance whereby we take protective measures against plant pests while not unduly hindering the important plant trade. 
  • Chaired a discussion on Plant Protection Products, to investigate how modern agriculture can assist in boosting food productionRead more
Out and about in the West Midlands

I spent my time in the constituency attending events and meetings, including:
  • Meeting the British Ceramic Confederation with local MPs.
  • A discussion with Councillor Mike Owen, on the topic of EU funding streams for Shropshire.
  • Attending the launch of the art exhibition at the Wolverhampton University School of Art.
  • Visiting the Portmeirion factory in Stoke-on-Trent, to discuss Anti-Dumping Duty with Dick Steele, Chairman of the Portmeirion Group.
  • Joining a Ramadan Iftar dinner.
  • A meeting with Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, to discuss re-shoring in the context of competitiveness, growth and jobs, and the balance between EU better regulation and employment legislation to encourage more companies to re-shore back to the UK.
  • Attending the launch of 'Spiced by Rayeesa', with Rayeesa Asgar-Sandys.
  • Attending the Royal Three Counties Show.
  • Visiting Stadco's automotive manufacturing plant in Telford with Simon Randall, to discuss avenues for funding for manufacturing development and management training.
  • A meeting with Justin Tomlinson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People, to discuss Health and Safety legislation.
  • A meeting with the FSB to discuss UK airport capacity and facilities, flights from regional airports, Small Business Saturday, and the ERDF schemes ESIF and LEADER.
  • A business lunch with Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
  • A meeting with Councillor Arun Photay and business leaders, to discuss helping Kabbadi players receive visas.
  • A visit to Birmingham Airport to discuss expansion and Air Passenger Duty.
  • Meetings at DEFRA to discuss Agri-tech, Plant Health and Fruit and Veg.
  • Visiting the Art Exhibition at the John Kyrle High School in Ross-on-Wye.
  • A meeting with Councillor Graham Powell to discuss the Best Bar None scheme.
  • A Herefordshire Conservative Business Forum (HCBF) breakfast with Superintendent Sue Thomas.
Work on behalf of constituents

I sent letters on behalf of constituents to the following people:
  • Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, on behalf of a haulage company regarding problems in Calais.
  • James Brokenshire MP, Immigration Minister, on the topic of problems in Calais.
  • Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, about International Rail delays on the Deutsche Bahn.
  • Andrew Haines, CEO of CAA, regarding Delayed Flight Compensation.
  • Violeta Bulc,Commissioner for Transport, about Community Transport.
  • Ente Nazionale per L’Aviazione Civile – NEB Italy – on the topic of Delayed Flight Compensation.
I attended various events and meetings in and around Parliament, including:
  • A debate with the SME Intergroup and Commissioner Frans Timmermans on the topic of Better Regulation and REFIT.
  • A round table with Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss the future of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
  • A meeting with representatives from IBM to discuss private pension funds.
  • Meeting a visitors' group from the West Midlands, to answer questions about the European Union and being an MEP.
  • A reception for the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.
  • Discussing Plant Health with representatives from Copa-Cogeca.
  • Meeting with a group of visitors from Sutton Coldfield to discuss how the European Parliament works.
  • Meeting representatives from Eurocommerce to discuss better regulation, employment and apprenticeships.
  • A meeting with a representative from Birmingham University.
  • A discussion with the Solihull-based trade association National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD).
  • Attending a lunch and meeting with the Enterprise Forum and Commissioner Hill on how businesses can better engage with the European Commission. 
  • Celebrating Women in Engineering Day with fellow MEPs.
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