Government in complete denial of ‘scandalous’ waste of throwaway cups says MEP

Yesterday government ministers threw out a proposal to introduce a 5p levy on throwaway cups, spearheaded by the Liberal Democrats.

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Canadian deal shows striking up trade agreements will not be easy as pie says MEP

The European Union has been negotiating a comprehensive trade agreement with the Canadian government, known as CETA.

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Deadly bee disease “varroa” threatens to completely take over

Varroa is a parasitic mite that attacks honey bees and can lead to the destruction of entire bee colonies.

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MEP voices concerns for air quality as third runway at Heathrow announced

The government today has given a third runway at Heathrow the green light.

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WATCH: EU Human Trafficking Day 2016

Five years ago the EU made huge strides when the anti-trafficking directive was brought into force and yet data shows the number of trafficked individuals continues to rise. Earlier this year I wrote a report examining the Directive’s implementation and outlining the fact that we are still not joined-up enough in our approach. My hope was that we could reawaken an awareness of trafficking that was clear when the directive first came in in 2011. This remains to be seen.

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Illegal wildlife crime now recognised as a “serious and organised crime”

The European Parliament today voted overwhelmingly in favour of Catherine Bearder MEP’s report on the EU’s Action Plan against wildlife trafficking.

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MEP to fight ‘tooth and nail’ to protect £200M funding for two major projects in South East

Two major projects could be under threat as the European Investment Bank (EIB) reveals it will not be able to lend to the Uk at the recent high levels it has been.

 

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Golden opportunity to end the illegal ivory trade wasted

I was honoured to be part of the European Parliament's observer delegation to the CITES CoP17 in South Africa. As a campaigner for wildlife protection I know the opportunity to influence protection at the highest level is rare.

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MEP calls for the UK to take its fair share of refugees

Tomorrow the European Parliament will debate a pledge by the French President Francois Hollande to close the Calais camp by the end of this year.

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Quitting Europol would undermine fight against ivory poaching

Quitting the EU’s main crime-fighting agency, Europol, would deal a damaging blow to the fight against poaching and wildlife-trafficking, Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has warned.

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