Welsh Conservatives in the European Parliament
Dr Kay Swinburne MEP

Explanation of Votes, Strasbourg, 10.10.13

Neyts-Uyttebroeck - Participation of Jordan in EU programmes –


I voted in favour of this report today and I welcome this opportunity for the European Parliament to evaluate and make recommendations on how the EU can reinforce its ties with Jordan, including looking at how we can strengthen relations in areas such as economic development and trade.


OQs to the Council and Commission - Alleged transportation and illegal detention of prisoners in European countries by the CIA


I am fully supportive of comprehensive enquiries into any alleged involvement of Member States in the detention and transportation of prisoners in European countries by the CIA.


However, I am afraid that I could not vote in favour of this resolution, as I believe that such matters should be the primary premise of Member States, with each Member State in this case able to carry out their own investigations, before such judgement is passed at a European Union/European Parliament level.


Panayotov - Portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium - COD 1R


I voted in favour of this agreement on amending the Batteries Directive of 2006. I support this move to remove the exemptions that were previously given to batteries for cordless power tools and button cells containing low levels of mercury.


I hope that this agreement will now ensure the development of batteries takes greater account of environmental concerns and generates batteries that are safer for consumers.


Mulder - European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) - COD 1R


Although the UK is not a member of the Schengen area, I do support efforts to make sure that Schengen function as effectively as possible for those Member States who are participating in it.


Therefore I can support this report in its efforts to establish the EUROSUR system, which will hopefully strengthen control of the Schengen external borders and also improve cooperation efforts between Member State authorities in the field of border surveillance.


*  OQ to the Commission - Caste-based discrimination


This resolution tackles a very important issue; the elimination of Caste-based discrimination. I do hope that in debating this issue here today, the European Parliament will contribute to forging a positive and supportive role for the EU in ongoing efforts to combat caste-discrimination worldwide.


*  OQ to the Commission - Strengthening cross-border law-enforcement cooperation in the EU


The effective operation of our law enforcement bodies is of vital importance to our constituents, who wish to feel assured of their safety and security not only in their own Member State, but also whilst they are travelling within the EU.


It is therefore important that this issue is considered here in the European Parliament today. Law enforcement is one of the areas where it is the most vital that we do not allow EU bureaucracy to make the information exchange instruments and tools that we have in place the EU difficult or more costly than necessary to operate.



*  McMillan Scott - Annual report on the activities of the Committee on Petitions 2012 – INI


I welcome the European Parliament allocating time to debate the work of the Petitions Committee today. It is right that we reflect not only on the important work that has been carried out by the committee, but that we also analyse how it's work can be improved going forwards.


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The European Commission has today designated European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status to the well-known Pembrokeshire Early Potato from West Wales.
The Pembrokeshire Early Potato was one of only three quality farm products whose applications for PGI status were approved today.
The EU PGI schemes protect product names against misuse and under these schemes more than 1200 products are already protected.
Commenting on this announcement from the European Commission today Dr Kay Swinburne MEP – who is from West Wales - said:
"I am delighted to see that this application to have "Pembrokeshire Earlies" added to the register of PGI products has been approved by the European Commission today."

"Achieving this prestigious status is a clear acknowledgment of the high-quality and distinctive produce we continue to deliver in Wales. Pembrokeshire Early Potatoes thoroughly deserve their place alongside the well-known food and drink products from right across the EU which already feature on the PGI register."


Kay was delighted to host an event to celebrate Higher Education, Science and Innovation in Wales last night in the European Parliament.  The event builds on the British Council’s “Strategic Analysis of the Welsh Higher Education Sector, Distinctive Assets”.  A number of experts spoke to share their views of Welsh HE at the event and how it can develop in the future.

In advance of the 'Fox-Hafner Report' vote on the single seat for the European Parliament, Kay and the other UK Conservative MEPs feel it is right to draw attention to the fact that the seven-year cost of the dual-seat arrangement comes to £928,000,000. Since her election to the European Parliament in 2009, Kay has strongly supported bringing the monthly Parliamentary meetings in Strasbourg to an end and therefore saving taxpayers a considerable sum of money.


Kay was delighted to meet Malala Yousafzai, who was awarded the EU's Sakharov Human Rights Prize at the European Parliament today.

Following Malala’s speech to the European Parliament, Kay said, “What an inspirational speech Malala gave to the Members of the European Parliament today. As a mother of young children myself, I hope that they can also aspire to achieve like her. Malala is an exceptional young lady who has overcome adversity by tremendous force of character and a passionate belief in the right of everybody to enjoy and benefit from education.”   


Kay was very pleased to meet with members of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Group at the European Parliament in Brussels, one of four groups set up in key Welsh research strengths to engage with EU research funds. The delegation visiting Brussels included representatives from Cardiff University, Bangor University, Swansea University and Trinity St.Davids University.

In advance of tomorrow's European Council meeting of leaders, Dr Swinburne has echoed the recommendations made in a recent report published by a number of business leaders, which highlights the importance of removing barriers to business competitiveness in Europe and getting rid of burdensome legislation by cutting EU red tape.

Last year Dr Swinburne encouraged businesses in Wales to highlight to the European Commission which over-burdensome regulations they would like to see slashed, by writing to small businesses all over Wales and asking them to tell her their red-tape problems.

Electronic cigarettes no longer face being taken off the shelves by the EU after Conservative MEPs were successful today in amending EU legislation on tobacco labelling.

Conservative MEP's led the amendment to defeat proposals that would have classified e-cigarettes as medicinal products, meaning they would have to undergo an overly burdensome and costly authorisation procedure, which would go beyond the procedures for traditional tobacco products... (Read more under 'Articles')



Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has been sitting down with leaders in Europe's biotech field to choose the top five candidates to compete in this year's EuropaBio Most Innovative EU Biotech SME Award.

As a member of this year's judging committee, Kay is once again supporting the EuropaBio award, which has attracted applications from all three sectors of biotechnology - healthcare, industrial and agricultural, from across the EU... (Read more under 'Articles')


WELSH Conservative MEP Dr Kay Swinburne today hailed a vote in the European Parliament as a "wake-up call" in the battle to save Europe's endangered languages.

MEPs meeting in Strasbourg backed a report which calls on governments across the EU to develop action plans to encourage continued linguistic diversity.

The report, written by Corsican MEP François Alfonsi, also says governments should be "more attentive" to threats which may lead to languages becoming extinct.

Dr Swinburne, who was a shadow rapporteur for the report, has argued that Welsh can be seen as a positive example of language revitalisation which communities across the EU should follow... (Read more under 'Articles')

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