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  • Jill Evans MEP Monthly Report
    May 2013
    In Wales

  • I am delighted to have been elected by party members to lead our team of candidates in the 2014 European election. Thank you for your support and trust.

  • I attended the meeting with MEPS and the National Assembly’s Presiding Officer and Chairs of the National Assembly committees.

  • I met with Sir Deian Hopkin to discuss the World War 1 centenary commemorations in Wales. Sir Deian is tasked with advising on the commemorations in Wales and Jill wanted to present her idea of establishing an European Peace Corps as part of the commemorations.

  • I was a speaker at the European Parliament UK office’s conference, “UK/EU 40 years – the Welsh experience”. In her speech she called for the citizens of Wales to have the same rights as all other EU citizens. I said that EU membership had been financially beneficial but that Wales could only play a full part in the EU as a member state in its own right.

  • I visited Swansea University to find out more about their leadership and development programme for small businesses and to visit the site of the new Science and Innovation Campus.

  • I accepted an invitation to become an Executive Fellow of the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS) at Bangor University. The ICPS’ Academy of Procurement Professionals aims to promote Welsh procurement innovation internationally, as well as bringing expertise on procurement to Wales from the rest of the world.

  • Following concerns regarding the sale of personal data, I wrote to the Information Commissioner’s Office about the sale of customer data between mobile operator EE, a polling organisation, and the Metropolitan Police.

  • I called for Welsh health boards to capitalise on Wales’s membership of the EU in their effort to attract doctors. She called on them to recruit from the other countries in the European Union, not cut hospital services. That follows a Freedom of Information request from Plaid Cymru which shows that only 3 of the 7 Welsh Health Boards have attempted to attract doctors from other EU countries, whilst telling the public that there are not enough doctors to provide a full range of services.

  • I launched a campaign for a new European Union Employee Ownership Centre to be located in Wales. A new project for the "Promotion of Employee Ownership" is currently in the pilot stage, and will be completed in Spring 2014. If successful, Employee Ownership Centres will be set up in every Member State of the EU. They will promote and encourage co-operatism and employee ownership, and will provide information, training and advice to employees, companies, and the public. I have written to the UK governments, the European Commission, local authorities, and organisations and businesses throughout the country asking for support for the bid, ahead of the first ever National Employee Ownership Day on the 4th of July.

    In the European Parliament

  • I wrote to the UK government urging them to support the European Commission’s ban on three types of neonicotinoids as they pose an unacceptable danger to bees. I highlighted the concerns of many of my constituents on this issue. The bee economy is worth well over £400 million a year. Bees play a central role in the pollination process and, therefore, a crucial role in our food chain and our natural ecosystems.

  • I voted in favour of the European Parliament to tackle tax avoidance. She has long called for tougher EU action to tackle the problem as it deprives EU member states of €1 trillion in revenue per year, according to the European Commission.

  • I was disappointed at MEP's failure to adopt a strict target for renewable energy use in Europe by 2030. I supported the ambitious target of 40-45% energy from renewable sources by 2030, but this was rejected. MEPs did however agree that targets for renewable energy use in 2030 should be binding.

  • As the author of the European "Pet Passport" law adopted in 2001, Jill has welcomed the success of the scheme. In the review of the legislation, the European Parliament heard that it has allowed thousands of people to take their pets with them when they travel without them having to be placed in quarantine or fear spreading diseases like rabies.

  • Arranged for Deian Timms from Llangollen, to do work experience in my Brussels office.

    Spring 2013 Report

    Jill's latest Spring 2013 Report is available to download from her website here. If you’d prefer a printed version please contact her office on 01443 441395 or contact@jillevans.net.

    Publication request

    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 on 01443 441395 or contact@jillevans.net.

    Media Highlights

    The majority of May’s media interviews and coverage focused on the the European Commission’s ban on three types of neonicotinoids that are a danger to bees, my call for Welsh health boards to recruit from other EU members states, and my reselection as number one on the list for next year’s European elections.

    Contact Jill:

    Jill Evans MEP, European parliament 8H153, Wiertz-Straat, B-1047, Brussel
    Tel: 00 322 284 5103 E:jill.evans@ep.europa.eu

    Jill Evans MEP, 45 Gelligaled Road, Ystrad, Rhondda, CF41 7RQ
    Tel: 01443 441395 E: jill.evans@ep.europa.eu

    Jill Evans MEP, Plaid Cymru, Regent Street, Wrecsam, LL11 1RE
    Tel: 01978 365570 E: jill.evans@ep.europa.eu

    Ends.

  • Photo: Jill Evans