"On International Migrants Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to shape diverse and open societies that provide opportunities and lives of dignity for all migrants."
18/12/2014 11:50 - facebook
A vote happened a couple of minutes ago in the EU parliament to recognise the state of Palestine. Here is the vote breakdown: 498 in favour, 88 against, 111 abstain. The Green group believes a two-state solution is key for a peaceful solution. The 3 UK Green MEPs submitted a letter for publication to The Guardian, but they didn't want to print it. We thought we would share the text: http://www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk/2014/12/17/letter-green-meps-recognising-palestine/
17/12/2014 13:13 - facebook
Jean visited a centre in Jagaroni, which is in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This place (called CORR) provides work for women who may have lost husbands and therefore struggle terribly for their livelihoods, as well as for women with disabilities and who could not otherwise make any kind of living. Many of their items are made from a natural fibre called jute (one of Bangladesh’s main exports) which grows extremely well in the region. Jean is back in the EU parliament now, but we thought we'd post some short snippets from her engagements last week.
16/12/2014 15:06 - facebook
You may have heard about the Luxembourg Leaks tax avoidance scandal. The 3 Green MEPs wrote a joint letter on the subject asking for Labour and Conservative MEPs to back a powerful Inquiry into tax evasion right across Europe. It was submitted, in turn, to The Independent, The Guardian and The Telegraph with no success, but we think it is worth publicising. Here it is:
The LuxLeaks tax avoidance scandal is so serious that Green MEPs believe it warrants a European Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry. Yet the centre-right and centre-left groups that make up the Grand Coalition in the Parliament are blocking such an Inquiry, seeking to protect President Juncker, the very man who presided over colossal corporate tax avoidance when he was Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
Chancellor Osborne has taken a welcome but limited step on tax avoidance by announcing a ‘diverted profits tax’ in the autumn statement. Labour has also pledged to stand up to powerful vested interests and impose penalties on companies avoiding tax.
Conservative and Labour MEPs should therefore want a robust parliamentary interrogation of secret tax deals and tax competition between member states. It appears not, as they have failed to add their signatures to the Green call. At least 188 signatures are needed to force such an Inquiry; we are 40 short and there are 20 Labour and 27 Conservative MEPs. We urge constituents to put pressure on their MEPs to match their rhetoric on cracking down on tax evasion with action.
Jean Lambert MEP (London)
Molly Scott Cato MEP (South West)
Keith Taylor MEP (South East)
Dans les longues négociations avec les Américains concernant des transferts de données axés sur la sécurité, les eurodéputés exigent un traitement égal pour les citoyens de l'UE en cas de différends juridiques.