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  • Jill Evans MEP Monthly Report
    February 2012
    In Wales

  • Met future Basque MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia (a member of Eusko Alkartasuna) in Cardiff to discuss political developments in Wales and the Basque country.

  • Farm visit at Gwern Farm, Llanwnda, Gwynedd, to witness first-hand the failures in the electronic tagging of sheep (EID) system that the EU introduced despite huge protests.

  • Visited Remploy, Porth, Rhondda, to meet workers to support their campaign to save Remploy

  • Spoke at an OXFAM meeting in the National Assembly to re-launch the campaign for a Robin Hood Tax.

  • Backed Hywel Williams MP in objecting to the proposed closure of the DVLA in Bangor.

  • Chaired the Plaid Leadership Hustings at Caernarfon and Neath.

  • With AMs Bethan Jenkins and Lindsay Whittel met Sinn Fein representatives - Raymond McCartney (Assembly Group Leader); Sean Oliver (Director of their European Department); Jayne Fisher (Head of their London office). Discussed closer co-operation between our parties.

  • Met with Menter Mon, who showed me examples of how European funding is spent, including on job opportunities in the local area

    In the European Parliament

  • Supported making contracts between farmers and dairy producers mandatory but we lost the vote. The Welsh Government did not support compulsory contracts to protect Welsh farmers.

  • Met councillors from Llandudno Town Council visiting the European Parliament

  • Began work on a review of the EU's Animal Welfare Strategy as the Greens/EFA spokesperson on the issue.

  • Met with RSPB Cymru to discuss the Habitats Directive.

  • Met First Minister Carwyn Jones who was in Bussels for a St David's Day reception.

    Ends.

  • Photo: Jill Evans