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Does the European Union say anything interesting to us?

by awitherick on 5 March, 2012

The European Union has been there a while, and often we hear all kinds of horror stories and claims about what it’s up to.  But we don’t hear that much, which is really frustrating, especially when we’ve elected our MEPs from the UK and even our MPs which sit in the European Council of Ministers (which plays a crucial role in  decisions).

So let’s have a quick look at a few of the headlines you might have missed which the Liberal Democrats in the UK, includingAndrew Duff MEP who represents St Albans, have done through their European partners ELDR and ALDE:

Fighting for small Businesses

We’ve stepped up the pressure on the UK and other EU Member States and the Commission to boost successful entrepreneurship in Europe. By further improving the framework conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The initiative and manifesto is designed to boost the approximately 23 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which make up to 99% of all businesses and provide two-thirds of all private sector jobs in the EU.  The UK has around 4.5 million SMEs.

Protecting our children and the food they eat

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) adopted a report written by an MEP from one of our sister parties which calls for more safety and quality of infant formulae and baby food products in the EU.

Breaking glass ceilings with better gender balance

The Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament have pushed hard on gender balance issues, just as they have in the UK.  We’re calling for it at all levels, right up to company boards.

And finally, for your holiday and business calls in the EU…

MEPs have voted to extend EU rules aimed at reducing the cost of using mobile and smart phones whilst abroad. Since 2007, EU roaming regulations have gradually introduced price caps on cross-border mobile phone calls and text messages and established guarantees against ‘bill shocks’.

Want to find out more about how you could get involved…

If you’re interested in getting involved drop us a line, or you can find out more from our national special interest group, LDEG (Liberal Democrat European Group).

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