Jill Evans MEP Monthly Report
| March 2013
Jill made a keynote speech on public procurement at Bangor University’s “Public Procurement Week 2013” conference. At the moment only 52% of Welsh public spending goes to companies based in Wales. Achieving our target of 75% would mean an increase of 46,000 jobs in Wales. Jill is following the proposed new EU legislation to make the public procurement process simpler and easier for Welsh companies.
Jill spoke at a conference in Aberystwyth on establishing a Peace Institute / Academi Heddwch Wales. She first proposed this in 2008. It would advise on policies to promote non-violence, sustainability and justice.
Jill visited Airbus in Broughton, Flintshire to see the success of the company’s apprenticeship scheme. Job creation is a top priority for Plaid, which recently secured a budget deal with the Welsh Government to create 5,650 apprenticeships and 2,000 higher apprenticeships. Airbus UK makes a vital contribution to the Welsh economy.
Jill chaired debates on EU membership and the "If" campaign with Oxfam and Christian Aid at the Plaid Spring Conference in Biwmaris
Jill is working on the results of her survey of Welsh farmers on the implementation of the electronic tagging of sheep (EID).
In the European Parliament
Jill spoke in the plenary debate on the EU budget in Strasbourg. Opposing any cuts affecting Wales, she said, “"The UK government backed by the Labour opposition have been calling for more cuts in the European budget - cuts that would have a disastrous effect on the Welsh economy. Labour is split on this issue. In Wales where Labour forms the government they are opposing the cuts. The situation now is that Wales is a net beneficiary of EU funding. Our membership of the EU has helped us in building our economy and like other countries we need that support and solidarity to enable us to overcome the crisis and provide a better future for our young people. That is why I oppose the cuts to the long term budget and support investment in sustainable jobs and communities at the very time when the whole of Europe needs it most."
Jill chaired a conference of food producers, retailers and consumers to discuss GMO-Free labelling. Attended by more than 150 representatives from across Europe including Wales, the discussed whether voluntary GMO-free labelling of food can increase GMO-free supplies for animal feed
On International Women’s Day (March 8th), Jill and Leanne Wood, called for all levels of government to do more to achieve equal treatment of women and men
Jill hosted a prestigious exhibition by eight leading contemporary Welsh artists in the European Parliament in Brussels. The eight exhibiting artists include Mary Lloyd Jones, Steffan Jones Hughes, Paul Croft, Pete Williams, Robert MacDonald, John Abell, Annie Giles Hobbs and Paul Croft. The successful exhibition served to showcase amazing Welsh talent and was arranged by The Print Place.
Jill arranged for Steffan Evans from Carmarthen to do a week’s work experience in her office in Brussels.
Jill arranged for stagierie, Deian Richard Timms from Dinbren, Llangollen to work in her Brussels office.
Spring 2013 Report
Jill's latest Spring 2013 Report is available to download from her website here. If
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The publication, “The Ascent of Autonomous Nations, The Institutional Advantages of being an EU member state” is available. If you’d like a copy please contact her office
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The majority of March’s media interviews and coverage were on the “Buy Local” campaign, the EU budget and the establishment of a Wales Peace Academy.
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