Welsh Conservatives in the European Parliament
Dr Kay Swinburne MEP

In The News

08/09/2010 - Promoting Wales in Strasbourg
Kay and her staff were proud to promote the Ryder Cup and Wales at an event held in the European Parliament at Strasbourg. Those present were given a talk by a spokesperson for the Ryder Cup and were shown a video of Wales which emphasised the economic benefits to Newport and its surrounding areas. Kay said, "World class events such as this prove to the world that Wales can host the most impressive sporting events.  The financial boost this will provide for local people is to be particularly welcomed."
14/09/2010 - Job Advertisement

Role: Communication Strategy Officer


Working for: Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales.



Salary: Negotiable and dependant on experience and qualifications.


Details: The successful candidate will be responsible for communication strategy in Wales and will be based in the constituency office in Cardiff, though extensive travel throughout Wales is to be expected.


Job Description:


- Raising the profile of the Welsh Conservatives in the European Parliament in the constituency;
- Developing and maintaining local contacts;
- Arranging visits in the constituency;
- Liaising with AMs, MPs, the local community and the Welsh media;
- Writing press releases and monitoring coverage in the media.


The ideal candidate will have:


- Excellent written and oral communication;
- Good political judgement;
- An ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
- A flexible and adaptable approach to work and working hours;
- A full clean driving licence and access to own vehicle for work use;
- Political experience would be an advantage.


Closes: 30th September 2010


Contact: If you have the skills required to succeed in this role, please send a letter of application along with your CV to jacquelinekay.swinburne-office@europarl.europa.eu.  

 

19/10/2010 - Welsh business is crumbling under Labour-Plaid

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has challenged the Labour-Plaid government to take responsibility for dramatically failing the business sector in Wales.

http://www.welshconservatives.com/

22/11/2010 - Welsh Conservatives to reveal alternative to NHS cuts

Welsh Conservatives have announced a commitment to eliminating waste in the Assembly Government's Draft Budget and making the delivery of services in Wales more efficient.

Addressing the Conservative Policy Forum in Cardiff, Nick Bourne AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, confirmed his group's intention to publish its proposed budget before Christmas.
 

17/11/2010 - MEPs should understand why EU governments unwilling to make long-term commitments on EU budget

Following the breakdown of talks over the 2011 EU budget, Welsh Conservative MEP, Dr Kay Swinburne, has called on MEPs from all political groups to understand why national governments are unwilling to make long-term commitments on financing at a time when they are facing extremely tough decisions regarding their national deficits, and dealing with the whole Eurozone crisis. 

 
 

18/11/2010 - Commission "hedging their bets on CAP reform"
Dr Kay Swinburne, Welsh Conservative MEP, has accused the European Commission of "hedging their bets" as Commissioner Dacian Ciolos finally unveiled the long awaited "Communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)".
06/12/2010 - Friends of the Museum Wales Visit the European Parliament
Kay was recently delighted to host an event in the European Parliament for Friends of the Museum Wales. Kay spoke about her role as the Conservative MEP for Wales in the European Parliament and congratulated the Friends for their continued hard work and dedication in promoting Welsh culture and heritage, both in Wales and beyond. Also present was Emma McClarkin MEP, the UK Conservative Spokesperson for Culture and Education who spoke about the importance of culture and heritage in the European Parliament and across the EU Member States. The main aim of the event was to create awareness of the work that the Friends do on behalf of the Museum of Wales to promote Welsh culture and heritage.

 
Kay is proud that the Friends of the Museum Wales give scholarships to research students and have the best impressionist collection in Europe, next to Paris.  The Friends were in Brussels as part of their tour of museums in Belgium.
20/12/2010 - Swinburne stands up for Welsh farmers

Commenting on a European Parliament resolution, which states any attempt to evade the EU ban on battery cages for laying hens - due to take effect in January 2012 - must be resisted, Kay Swinburne MEP said:

“As far as I am aware, all Welsh egg producers will be compliant with this legislation by the deadline, which is an excellent achievement...

07/01/2011 - Llantwit Major : Heritage Lottery grant provides funding boost for Galilee Chapel project
South Wales Central AM, Andrew RT Davies, has today spoken of his delight at the announcement of a grant of £298,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund a local project at the Galilee Chapel. Andrew visited the project in Llantwit Major yesterday alongside Kay Swinburne MEP .
 
They met with Reverend Huw Butler and some of the local organising committee who have worked tirelessly to secure the grant of nearly £300,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Speaking after the visit, Andrew said: “These are exciting proposals, seeking to develop the exhibition space in the Galilee Chapel, and will be of huge benefit to the area in terms of education and heritage as well as leisure and tourism.”
20/01/2011 - Competition Policy in the European Union
I would like to congratulate Derkjan Eppink on his comprehensive and well negotiated report - covering so many topics.
 
Fundamentally Competition policy should be at the heart of the European single market and solid principles of competition should be built into all EU legislation.
 
Competition should create a stronger market place for EU citizens and allow the EU to be more competitive on a global level.
 
In the latest swathe of financial services legislation there is a danger that this principle is being lost - we must use every opportunity to create more competition in markets dominated by large market participants and create a more vibrant market place.
 
In the derivatives legislation currently being negotiated, we can ensure that we do not create or reinforce monopolies by supporting open access to CCPs, and ensuring the availability of data streams to all players.
 
In the upcoming review of MiFID we must remember its original purpose of opening up Europe's equity markets to competition and to ensure that it is expanded to include all asset classes so as to extend the competitive principles that have significantly driven down trading fees for investors.
 
When we consider reforms for auditors' credit rating agencies and other financial service providers we can consider where the barriers to market entry lie and work to break them down.
 
I believe that standing up for competition in key industries is the way that we will generate the true growth potential of the EU and reinvigorate our economies in an ever changing world.
18/01/2011 - New EU law on Patients' Rights in cross-border healthcare
This Directive has taken concrete steps to consolidate patients' rights in accessing healthcare services across the EU.
 
I have taken an interest in this Directive as the implementation will have a particular impact on my constituency - Wales - where despite the UK Government negotiation with the EU on health matters, the subsequent management and delivery of healthcare is a devolved competence delivered through the Welsh Assembly Government.
14/02/2011 - Welsh Conservatives call for end to travelling circus
Welsh Conservative MEP, Dr Kay Swinburne, was pleased to learn that 70% of MEPs would like to stop having to travel to Strasbourg, as revealed in a report released by the European Parliament this week, "A Tale of Two Cities".
 
While there is a requirement for MEPs to meet in Strasbourg at least 12 times a year, which is the Parliament's official seat as laid out in the treaty, Welsh Conservatives have long been arguing that the cost to European taxpayers of £150 million cannot be justified...
18/02/2011 - MEP's meeting with Diamond turns to Rhayader closure
Welsh Conservative MEP, Dr Kay Swinburne, has questioned the head of Barclays on a bank closure in Rhayader.
 
Meeting with Bob Diamond in her capacity as co-ordinator for the ECR Group on Economic Affairs, Kay directly tackled the issue of a lifeblood branch being closed in Rhayader.
 
Dr Swinburne said: "I am delighted that the chief executive for Barclays listened to the need for a branch to continue in Rhayader and showed willingness to investigate this decision.
 
"Local branches are the backbone of banking across Wales, helping and enabling all sectors of the community, from local businesses to young savers.
 
"With more and more local branches closing across Wales, it makes it increasingly difficult for businesses to function on a daily basis, which has a detrimental impact on the wider economy".
 
Kay hopes that Barclays reassess its decision and that business continues as normal in Rhayader.
 
05/03/2011 - Kay addresses Welsh Conservative Party Conference
Kay was pleased to address the Welsh Conservative Party Conference during the Spring Forum in Cardiff.  Please see the link below.

http://www.kayswinburne.co.uk/videos
22/03/2011 - MEP seeks views on CAP reform
Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has invited farming communities across Wales to give their views on CAP reform.
In order to collect opinions and promote debate, free public meetings have been organised across the country, throughout April.
Representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament and the farming unions will all be present.
Kay said: “This year will be crucial for consulting with the farming community on the forthcoming CAP reform in Europe.
“The changes need to ensure that our farmers receive a fair deal and obtaining as many views as possible is crucial in getting that right.
“It is my hope that many of those with opinions and viewpoints on the subject can try and make time to attend one of these four public meetings.
“As well as collecting viewpoints, there will also be an opportunity for feedback and debate.”

April 1st, Glyndwr University, St Asaph, 6pm-9pm
April 8th, Royal Showground, Builth Wells, 6pm-9pm
April 27th, Haverfordwest Showground, 6pm-9pm
April 28th, Bridges Community Centre, Monmouth, 6pm-9pm
13/05/2011 - SWINBURNE: Helping small business in Wales
 
Welsh Conservative MEP, Kay Swinburne, has welcomed the European Commission’s review of the Small Business Act (SBA); to reduce the administrative burdens for SMEs, facilitate better access to finance, and open new markets.
 
Kay called for ideas from the SBA to be used to provide practical support for Welsh creative industries in particular, in order to support their growth.
 
The sector currently employs 5 million people across the EU and accounts for 2.6% of its GDP.
 
Kay said: "I fully support and endorse the ambitious targets for reducing the administrative burden on SMEs.
 
"We have so much creativity in Wales. It is a hub of activity for new businesses in the hugely profitable global gaming world, as well a centre for cultural excellence with regards to film and programme production. I want to do all we can to nurture these industries.
 
"We must do more by turning our words into direct actions.
 
"Big projects like the European Patent and the Digital Agenda need to focus on delivering for small businesses, so they can be used as tools to develop the huge amounts of creative energy around us into true wealth creating businesses - providing jobs and a future for people in Wales, and in the whole of the EU."
18/05/2011 - Wrexham Supporters Trust
Kay Swinburne MEP is backing Wrexham Supporters Trust and their bid to secure a future for the club. “I  support and back the Trust’s plans to give majority ownership of the club and its assets back to the community. Wrexham football club has a long and rich history as one of the oldest surviving football clubs in the UK and as the oldest professional club in Wales it is vital to secure it for the local community.”
02/06/2011 - Local residents urged to beware when buying property in Spain
As Spain's development minister Jose Blanco launches a campaign to encourage British people to invest in Spanish property,local Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne, has warned people to beware some of its planning laws which have seen thousands of homeowners robbed of their houses and nest eggs.

The development ministry launched its Europe-wide campaign in the UK. It is aimed at promoting the 'transparency' of Spain's housing market and the 'soundness' of its property legislation. However, the Ministry is unlikely to highlight the thousands of British families that have invested in homes in Spain, only to have those properties seized by the state because of retrospectively applied planning laws, often resulting in the owners being forced to pay substantial sums for demolition or to rent the land that they have already bought.

The European Parliament's petitions committee has heard from dozens of victims, and in 2009 the parliament passed a report calling on the Spanish authorities to rethink their laws. To date, the Spanish authorities have ignored the call.

Kay said:

"Over the past 2 years I have heard heart-breaking stories from  Welsh  residents who invested their savings into a holiday or retirement home in Spain, only to face losing everything.

"The Spanish Minister coming here to promote
 Spanish real estate whilst thousands of British people have lost their homes is not appropriate. Minister Blanco is trying to whitewash his country's abysmal record. I would suggest that the minister sits down with some of the victims and see what they think of his claim about the transparency and soundness of Spanish property legislation. Some of the stories that I have heard are absolutely heart-breaking and demonstrate that the Spanish courts can be futile when it comes to actually helping people pursue justice in this area.

"Conservative
 MEPs will continue to campaign for Spain to bring its planning laws into the 21st century."


16/05/2011 - Kay Swinburne appointed Conservative Spokesman for Economic and Monetary affairs
 
 
Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has been appointed as the Economic and Monetary affairs spokesman for the Conservative Party in the European Parliament.
  
Dr Swinburne already speaks for the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the Parliament.
 
After her appointment she said that her main priority is to ensure that financial institutions are sufficiently regulated to ensure taxpayers' money is never again used to prop up the banking sector. However, she also pledged to fight overregulation which would see financial institutions, jobs, innovation and venture capital funding relocate away from the UK.
 
She said:
 
"We need strong legislation at a national, European and global level to ensure our financial services operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. Our financial markets are the most efficient in the world and we need to ensure they remain competitive whilst able to fund the real economy. Ensuring a strong financial sector in the UK, which is responsible for funding our entrepreneurs and for providing so many jobs in Wales. This will mean working with the coalition government to get the balance right."
 
01/07/2011 - Internship
Working for: Dr Kay Swinburne, MEP (Wales)
 
Salary: €1000 per month
 
Details: Based in the European Parliament in Brussels for a 6 month period. Starting: 5th September 2011
 
Skills required:
  • Interest in ongoing financial services reforms and economic & monetary affairs
  • Preferably, a recent graduate in Finance, Economics or "PPE"
  • Excellent Literacy and Numeracy skills
  • Information Technology Skills (including the use of e-mail and Internet)
  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours in a very busy office and to work as part of a team
 
Closes: 15th July 2011
 
Contact: Please email CV and covering letter to: jacquelinekay.swinburne-office@europarl.europa.eu
 
Unfortunately only successful applicants will be contacted.
 
01/08/2011 - MEP condemns EU blanket speed limits
 
 
Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has condemned moves by Brussels to create a blanket speed limit below 20mph across all residential areas. 
 
Kay said the proposal was another example of European bureaucrats trying to dictate to Wales on issues that should be decided locally. 
 
The plan for blanket 30 kilometre per hour limits, already approved by the European Parliament's transport committee, would also slap the dead-slow restrictions on most town and city roads - unless they have a separate cycle lane. 
 
The scheme was put forward in a package of measures which the committee has proclaimed will halve road casualties by 2020. Other proposals include regular eye tests for drivers and uniform highway codes and road signs across Europe.  
 
Conservative critics say the plan is a piece of European Union meddling and raises the "plain silly" prospect of road signs saying: Speed limit - 18.64mph. 
 
Kay said: "Of course speed limits as low as 20mph or so can be right in some very specific areas, especially near schools or nurseries, but every location is different and these decisions need to be made case by case. Not by a Europe-wide edict. 
 
"A blanket limit set so low and affecting huge areas of our town centres and suburbs will simply cause resentment among motorists and create more problems than it solves."
 
14/09/2011 - Kay Swinburne MEP - ECON Speech, Strasbourg
The economic crisis in Europe and the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis is not happening in a bubble.
 
It is occurring at a time of unprecedented turmoil in all major economics around the world. Collectively, Europe needs to raise trillions of euros to fund the 27 economies - therefore they need investors to purchase their sovereign bond issuances. What the market thinks is therefore very important. For as long as we need money from the markets, whether sovereign or for the EFSF bonds, we need to listen to what they say.
 
Currently their message is clear. Italian bonds issued this week saw very low demand at very high rates - this despite the purchasing of billions of Italian and Spanish bonds by the ECB in the secondary market. This week the interest rate for Italian bonds have again reached 5 ¾% - hardly sustainable for the 3rd largest sovereign bond market globally.
 
The markets are pricing in a 98% chance of a Greek default.
 
Are all the experts in global asset management wrong? If they do not want to take the investment risk who is left to buy eurozone sovereign bonds?
 
We cannot have the public purse and the taxpayer saving a nation.
 
Bold moves not a sticking plaster are urgently needed.
12/10/2011 - CAP proposals are a backward step
 
Welsh Conservatives have concerns over the proposed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy which was unveiled by the EU Commission this morning.
 
The reform proposal includes four separate regulations and covers all aspects of agriculture. It will form the basis of the CAP post-2013.
 
The key aspect is the proposal to withhold 30% of the single farm payment which will only be given to farmers who comply with ‘greening’ measures, which will include farmers having to leave 7% of their land fallow.
 
Payments to large farms will be capped and the criteria to qualify for as a Less Favoured Area (LFA) will be reclassified. In addition, there will be a separate fund of €3.5bn to allow the EU to respond to crises quickly.
 
Kay Swinburne MEP for Wales said:
 
"I am very concerned with the impact this proposal will have on Welsh farmers.  Previous reforms have focused on making agriculture more market orientated whereas this reform takes a step backwards. Disappointingly, the proposals will not help to encourage competitiveness as they put more obstacles in the way of farming.
 
"The greening measures will put an excessive burden on Welsh farmers and will make it exceedingly harder for them to produce food. Direct payments are already subject to strict cross-compliance rules and the existing agri-environment schemes in the second pillar are effective in Wales and should only be further developed.
 
"At a time of rising food prices and fears regarding food security, it is incredible that the Commission wants to pay farmers to keep land fallow.
 
"Ultimately, all this proposal will achieve is a greater reliance on imports of food of a lower quality from outside the EU."
 
 
Antoinette Sandbach AM, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs commented:
 
“As I feared the Welsh Government have jumped the gun with Glastir, exposing more farmers to unnecessary red tape. With greening elements now built in to first tier of the CAP, Glastir will become unworkable.
 
"This is a huge reform, but proposals regarding capping payments for large farms and reclassification of less favoured areas (LFAs) are also unwelcome and will do nothing to reduce bureaucracy and help farmers to meet the goal of feeding a growing Welsh and world population.
 
"The CAP needs to find a balance whereby it can assist farmers to provide good quality food at affordable prices whilst also delivering environmental benefits. These proposals get the balance completely wrong.
 
 
 
 
 
02/12/2011 - Monmouthshire CAP Forum

Many thanks to all those of you who attended the forum on the proposed changes the the Common Agricultural Policy in Usk on 2nd December.  It was good for me to hear and try to abate some of your concerns regarding how the changes will affect you. I will be in touch with more details as things develop.

25/01/2012 - MEP serves up a taste of Wales
 
 
Kay Swinburne, Welsh Conservative MEP, is delighted to be hosting a 'farmhouse' breakfast this week - right in the heart of Brussels.
 
The promotional event in the European Parliament on Wednesday is backed by the Farmers' Union of Wales and aims to promote Welsh produce across Europe.
 
It is linked to a series of events throughout the UK drawing attention to the importance of eating breakfast - but this is the only one to take the key message abroad.
 
Welsh sausages, bacon, cheese and yogurt will be on the menu, all shipped to Brussels from local producers in Wales.
 
"Welsh farm produce is of an extremely high quality and something we should be very proud of," said Kay.
 
"Continentals care very much about sourcing the best produce and we aim to show them they can't beat what we offer
 
"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so what better way to start than with a hearty Welsh farmhouse breakfast?
 
"I am sure my colleagues will enjoy a meal to savour. And for afters - while we’ve got them, we'll give them a better understanding of Welsh farmers' needs in the upcoming review of the Common Agricultural Policy".
23/01/2012 - EU Commissioner's City of London speech fails to understand global nature of finance, Brussels, 23.01.12
Speaking at a City of London event at the Guildhall today, EU internal market commissioner Michel Barnier called on the City to play 'the European game' in a wide-ranging speech on the commission's agenda for financial services.


European Conservatives and Reformists economics spokesman Kay Swinburne MEP warned that the commissioner's presumption that financial services is a European - rather than a global - game summarises perfectly the problem that the City faces...


15/02/2012 - A boost for Welsh dairy farmers
 
 
Kay Swinburne, Welsh Conservative MEP, welcomed the new measures voted on in the European Parliament which will give dairy farmers greater bargaining power and control over the price they receive for milk.
 
The legislation was drawn up in response to widespread concerns that the negotiating power of major food companies was driving prices down to levels that threatened the survival of some dairy farms.
 
Importantly, dairy farmer Producer Organisations will now be recognised under the EU legislation, which will allow them to collectively negotiate a price for their milk up to limits of 33 % of national production or 3.5 % of the total EU production. As a result, farmers will have a strong position on the dairy supply chain enabling them to negotiate a better price per litre for their milk.
 
Finally, the issue of a lack of a written contract will be addressed with national governments having the option of introducing compulsory contracts.
 
 
Kay said:
 
"Welsh dairy farmers have been getting a raw deal on the price of their milk for too long and the uncertain economic situation has only exacerbated this. It is grossly unfair that Welsh dairy farmers receive on average 3p per litre less than the EU average and it is about time this issue is addressed.
 
“I am pleased to see that the EU is in touch with what dairy farmers are experiencing across Europe with Welsh farmers getting a worse deal than their counterparts across the EU. Whilst it doesn’t solve all of problems that dairy farmers face, this piece of legislation is a good starting point in redressing the balance of power when negotiating the price of milk.
 
“All EU countries now have the option of introducing contracts, which I would urge the Welsh Government to seriously consider implementing, particularly given that the number of Welsh dairy farmers has halved within the past decade. This move will provide farmers with the much needed stability that they have long been asking for.
 
“This is a substantial step in the right direction, which I am sure will be welcomed by dairy farmers across Wales."
 
29/02/2012 - Dr Kay Swinburne MEP and David Davies MP fighting for Boxing Clubs in Wales
 
 
 
Kay Swinburne, Welsh Conservative MEP, along with David Davies MP for Monmouth who is the President of the Welsh Amateur boxing Association will visit Brecon Amateur Boxing Club on Friday to meet with head coach and former Welsh heavyweight champion, Andy Griffiths and his coaching team.
 
Participation in sport by all age groups brings both health and social benefits, and as part of her work on the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee, Kay is visiting young boxers in clubs around Wales.
 
"We are very grateful that Kay has taken an interest in the sport and has been able to assist the club with some much needed equipment - raising funds can be very difficult and every little helps," said Andy Griffiths who runs the small club in Brecon. The club was started in 2006 by Andy and along with three coaches, provides boxing coaching to all the youth in Brecon.
 
David Davies MP, who has fought in several charity boxing matches as ‘The Tory Tornado’, is backing Kay's effort to enable young people who want to take part in the sport to have the opportunity to do so.
 
“Most people think boxing is just about jumping into a ring and exchanging punches with an opponent,” he said. “In fact that is only a tiny part of the sport, mostly it is about a very intensive system of training. Many people who train at boxing clubs never step into the ring and they are just as welcome.
 
"As an active boxer myself, I know the benefits of regular training for young people and it's great to see Kay engage with young people in this way.”
 
Kay is working with clubs across Wales to help provide some basic equipment to assist young people as they progress in the sport. "There is a great coaching team in Brecon and I am pleased we can support the great work they are doing in the local community. Currently, there are 113 affiliated clubs throughout Wales with approximately 4,600 members, including many 10 to 24 year olds. Wales has a history of nurturing world class boxing athletes and I am hugely supportive of our youth taking part in the sport.
 
"I look forward to following their progress as they compete in tournaments across Wales."
01/03/2012 - Kay Swinburne MEP celebrates St. David’s Day
 
 
As people across Wales today celebrate St. David’s Day, Kay Swinburne, Welsh Conservative MEP, brought a small slice of Wales to Brussels this morning (1st March). The event was hosted to raise the Welsh profile in the European Parliament for MEPs from across Europe and Welsh citizens working in the city, so they could enjoy Bara Brith, Welsh cakes and tea!
 
Speaking at the event, Kay said:
 
“I am very proud of my Welsh heritage and am keen to show how rich our history and culture is to my colleagues from across Europe.
 
“We can all learn a lot from one of St. David’s most famous proverbs, 'gwnewch y pethau bychain', meaning that one should do the small things in life. I think it is particularly relevant to MEPs as they strive to make a difference for the people they represent across Europe.
 
“Happy St. David’s Day! Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus i bawb!”
07/03/2012 - New EU rules to create safer cross-border securities transactions

The European Parliament's rapporteur (lead member) on plans to regulate the infrastructure that enables 900 trillion Euros of securities transactions to be settled every year has said that the Commission proposals announced today are a welcome start.

Dr Kay Swinburne MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists group economics spokesman, has said that the regulation should look after the needs of both securities issuers and investors, particularly when trading across the EU single market. However, she also wants to ensure that legislation is proportionate and recognises the global nature of securities transactions.

The proposals on so-called Central Securities Depositories (which enable the settlement of virtually all securities transactions) will see common standards introduced to increase the safety of cross-border transactions, to increase the efficiency of settlements by creating a competitive internal market for CSD operations, and to apply a regulatory framework including higher prudential requirements to CSDs.

The proposals will complement proposals already in the pipeline to improve financial market infrastructure including the regulation of trading and clearing (tackled by MiFID and EMIR respectively), and to fulfil the EU's G20 commitments in this regard.

Dr Swinburne said:

"The Commission has provided us with a good starting point for our work. European CSDs facilitate over 900 trillion Euros of transactions annually so it is important that we put in place a regulatory framework that will improve safety and efficiency for both issuers and investors.

"Enhancing the infrastructure to enable easier cross-border access to settlement processes within the EU single market is a positive move; we must always be mindful of the global role that CSDs play. I welcome these moves to improve standards of operation."

"We need to recognise that CSDs are Systemically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIS) whose failure would be catastrophic for the entire financial system. Therefore, if special measures need to be taken, such as banking licences for certain parts of their businesses, this needs to be undertaken carefully so as not to disrupt a model that has worked well throughout the financial turbulence of the past few years."

"The cost of settlement for European investors is off the scale in comparison to the low costs experienced in the US. We need to level the playing field and knock down all barriers for investors so that EU financial markets can be competitive on a global level and serve the needs of the entire economy."

08/03/2012 - World Kidney Day 2012
 
Kay is pleased to be supporting World Kidney Day 2012. You can find more information at http://www.worldkidneyday.co.uk/
and further information can be found in the 'Article' section of this website.
15/03/2012 - Science must lead the fight against new farm virus
  
Conservatives today called on the EU to ensure scientists respond vigorously and urgently to the threat of the new livestock virus Schmallenberg.
 
Welsh Conservative MEP, Kay Swinburne, speaking after a debate in the Parliament in Strasbourg today, said science would be vital in learning more about the disease and finding ways to control its spread.
 
Schmallenberg virus emerged this year and causes alarming birth defects in cattle and sheep. There have now been more than 2,000 cases in Europe, including several hundred in England, the virus having crossed the Channel from Holland and Belgium.
 
Kay said: "Little is so far known about the virus and there is no cure or preventive vaccine at present.
 
"It is not a notifiable disease but we would strongly urge farmers to report cases so that the right precautions can be taken and more can be learnt about the disease.
 
"There is no evidence of any implication for human health, but the commercial damage for farmers whose stock is hit by the virus is potentially terrible.
 
"We would encourage the European Commission to make sure scientists tackle vigorously the question of whether an early cure can be found for this disease and whether vaccination could be effective..
 
"Its progress across Europe has so far been gradual, but worrying. However, it is believed to be carried by midges and mosquitoes - so the coming spring and summer months could be vital to its containment or otherwise.
 
The debate in the European Parliament was called by for by Northern Ireland MEP James Nicholson, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group agriculture spokesman.
 
"Although Welsh farmers have not experienced a case of this new virus to date, we need to be on our guard and report any suspected cases promptly.
 
"It is vital that we learn the lessons of bluetongue - another insect-borne virus affecting sheep and cattle that crossed over from Europe a few years ago. Viruses like this do not respect international boundaries. Europe needs a joined-up response to Schmallenberg which ensures veterinary firepower is available promptly wherever it is needed."
 
19/03/2012 - Congratulations to the Welsh Rugby Team!
My congratulations to the Welsh Rugby Team who have made Wales so proud after their outstanding performances in this year’s Six Nations Championship.  Their success in achieving the Grand Slam has brought the attention of the world onto Wales and has showcased the very best of Wales’ talent.  Llongyfarchiadau!  
20/03/2012 - Dr Kay Swinburne MEP and David Davies MP fighting for Boxing Clubs in Wales
 
Kay Swinburne, Welsh Conservative MEP, along with David Davies MP for Monmouth who is the President of the Welsh Amateur boxing Association will visit Chepstow Amateur Boxing Club on Thursday to meet with head coach and Terry Dymock and his team.
 
Participation in sport by all age groups brings both health and social benefits, and as part of her work on the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee, through her unique social action project, Kay is visiting young boxers in clubs around Wales.
 
"We are very grateful that Kay has taken an interest in the sport and has been able to assist the club with some much needed equipment - raising funds can be very difficult and every little helps," said Terry Dymock who runs the small club in Chepstow.
 
David Davies MP, the Tory 'Tornado' and President of the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association, is backing Kay's effort to encourage as many young people to participate in sport as possible. "As an active boxer myself, I know the benefits of regular training for young people, and it's great to see Kay engage with young people in this way. I am pleased that Kay can support a local club in my area."
 
As part of a wider social action project, Kay is working with clubs across Wales to help provide some basic equipment to assist young people as they progress in the sport. "Terry and his team are doing a fantastic job in Chepstow and I am pleased we can support the great work he is doing in the local community. Currently, there are 113 affiliated clubs throughout Wales with approximately 4,600 members, including many 10 to 24 year olds. Wales has a history of nurturing world class boxing athletes and I am hugely supportive of our youth taking part in any sport.
 
"I look forward to following their progress as they compete in tournaments across Wales."
21/05/2012 - Welcome research into honeybee mortality

Welsh Conservative MEP, Kay Swinburne, welcomed the announcement of a new and comprehensive programme of research into the worrying decline of honeybee numbers across Europe.


Over the past few months, Kay has taken a close interest in the crisis affecting the Welsh honeybee population. Last summer, Kay launched a ‘Save the Bee’ campaign at the Royal Welsh Show to raise awareness of the sharp decline in the honeybee population and the important role they play in pollinating crops. She subsequently supported calls for EU funding to be allocated for a study into the decrease in the numbers of honeybees across Europe.
 
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23/05/2012 - FTT will worsen Europe's ills, not cure them
  
A Financial Transaction Tax would be bad for the whole of Europe - not just bad for Britain - MEPs were warned today.
 
Kay Swinburne, Conservative spokesman on economic and monetary affairs in the European Parliament, said it was time EU politicians were honest about the harm a tax would bring to Europe's savers, economy and financial stability.
 
Ahead of a plenary vote in Strasbourg on the principle of an EU-wide tax, she said: "A Spanish home buyer paying an extra €2,000 on an average mortgage [1]; a German pensioner losing 4% return on his equity options investments [2]; a French SME facing a 90% cost increase for foreign exchange hedging [3] – I am NOT describing the consequences of predatory banking practices or an external economic shock. I am simply illustrating what proponents of a European Financial Transaction Tax are willing to inflict on their own constituents in pursuit of a misguided attempt to make someone – anyone – pay for the financial crisis of 2008... (read more via link below)
23/05/2012 - Local Rotary Club visits Euro Parliament to meet up with Local MEP
 
 
Welsh Conservative MEP, Kay Swinburne, welcomed the visit of Aberystwyth Rotary Club to the European Parliament in Strasbourg (23rd May).
 
As well as meeting Kay, the group met with European Officials  and other MEPs, to learn how the Parliament works and see a debate!
 
Kay, who was born in Aberystwyth said,
 
“I was delighted that Aberystwyth Rotary Club were able to come to Strasbourg and raise issues that were important to them directly with me. There were concerns, in particular, about the way in which funds are used in Wales. Despite both the Valleys and West Wales being eligible for EU funding, it seems that the Valleys are benefiting more from the funds.
 
“The group also agreed that broadband links needs to be developed and utilised more in West Wales. I have always argued that this should be the focal point for Wales as it will fuel businesses allowing them to grow.
 
“It was great to catch up with members from my home town area.”
 
06/06/2012 - Commission publishes bank resolution proposals - and not before time
 
 
The European Commission has today published its long-awaited proposals to create a common framework for dealing with troubled banks.
 
The measures set out to ensure that in future taxpayers are not burdened with the costs of bank failures. They provide for the creation of clear guidelines for regulator-intervention and for a degree of cross-border assistance between resolution funds.
 
Kay Swinburne, Conservative spokesman on Economics and Monetary Affairs, said that the proposals were not before time: "This is something which should have happened immediately after the banking crisis first arose. Failing banks were the trigger of the 2008 crisis and a mechanism for dealing with cross border banking failures should have been thoroughly thought-out and in operation by now... (Read more under 'Articles')
 
03/07/2012 - Kay Swinburne MEP becomes Real-Life Entrepreneur Champion
 
Kay Swinburne MEP has signed up to be a Real-Life Entrepreneur Champion.
 
As a Real-Life Entrepreneur Champion Kay agrees to:
 
·         Listen to the concerns of Real-Life Entrepreneurs and champion their cause
·         Represent the interests of Real-Life Entrepreneurs on a European level
·         Recognise the many thousands of hard-working entrepreneurs that support Wales and European economies
·         Support the FSB in its endeavours to get the best deal for Real-Life Entrepreneurs... (Read more under 'Articles')
 
19/09/2012 - EuropaBio’s 3rd Annual Most Innovative EU Biotech SME Award 2012
Kay is delighted to be hosting EuropaBio’s 3rd Annual Most Innovative EU Biotech SME Award 2012. This will be a unique opportunity to find out how Europe’s top scientists are working to build a better future for Europe and the challenges they face.
 
The event will be held on Wednesday 19th September at the European Parliament, Brussels, room number ASP1E2. Registration will commence at 5.30pm with addresses starting at 6pm.
 
Having visited and worked closely with many high tech companies in Wales, Kay believes strongly that high tech SMEs offer Europe as a whole and Wales exciting opportunities for development and economic strength. She said, “I am delighted to be hosting this exciting event to promote and reward high tech SMEs and look forward to welcoming them and other interested parties to this year’s ceremony.”
20/09/2012 - Welcome for hi-tech Swansea investment plan
Responding to today's announcement of £60m funding from the European Investment Bank for Swansea University, Conservative MEP for Wales Kay Swinburne said the scheme had the potential to create a hi-tech research hub that would drive economic growth for generations.

 
She said: "This is really wonderful news. Research and development is the key to transforming economic performance and it is essential to do everything we can to help the worlds of business and academic science work together in this regard. When this happens research becomes a real catalyst for growth and you start to get clusters of small and larger businesses growing up alongside academic institutions."
 
11/10/2012 - Kay Swinburne MEP named Most Influential Woman in Trading and Technology

 
Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales has been named the most influential woman in trading and technology by the Financial News.
 
 
At their annual awards for excellence in trading and technology in Europe, Kay was announced the winner of the prestigious award.
 
 
The awards honoured the achievements of firms and individuals working across the spectrum of trading and technology in European financial markets, from stock exchanges and alternative trading platforms, to software vendors and in-house IT teams.
 
 
“I am delighted to have been given this award. It is a testament to the great work my team has been doing on recent legislation on the financial markets.” Said Kay Swinburne MEP.
17/10/2012 - Celebrating 20 years of the single market
Kay recently spoke at a distinguished panel in Cardiff to celebrate 20 years of the single market and its help to business in Wales.
 
06/11/2012 - Kay Swinburne MEP highlighting Autism Awareness across Europe
Kay Swinburne, Welsh Conservative MEP, today hosted an event in Brussels (6th November) to raise awareness of Autism across Europe. The event was in conjunction with Autism Cymru for MEPs sign up to “Supporting Autism Strategy in Europe”.
 
This joint initiative led by Dr Kay Swinburne MEP, between Autism Europe, the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership & Autism Cymru, supported a number of workshops examining what is required to develop national and international Autism strategies, and exploring the opportunities with the Irish Presidency including ASD as a priority.


Speakers at the event Mrs Zsuzsanna Szilvasy - President of Autism Europe and Hugh Morgan OBE - CEO of Autism Cymru welcomed the progress made on an EU Autism strategy during the day's workshops.


Speaking at the event, Kay said, “It is imperative that we have an autism strategy across Europe, with nations working together, sharing best practice and ideas. I look forward to continuing to work with Autism Cymru to ensure we have the best approach in place to highlight autism in Wales.”
 
07/11/2012 - Tell us your red-tape problems
 
Local MEP Kay Swinburne is putting herself forward as an agony aunt for small business who find themselves fuming over red tape.
 
Kay is calling on entrepreneurs and leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Wales to contact her with their chief concerns over burdensome rules and regulations - particularly those emanating from Brussels.
 
She has written to trade organisations and companies across the country asking them to take part in a Europe-wide survey to take stock of the legislation that creates the biggest headaches for business.
 
The move follows an initiative by the European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani, who says he wants to discover the 10 most-restrictive pieces of legislation for SMEs on the EU's statute books. He has launched a consultation which will last until December 21, when the Commission will analyse the results and assess what should be done to help small businesses.
 
Kay is asking business to write to her so that she can be aware of their concerns before forwarding the information to the Commission in Brussels.
 
"She said:  "I want business people to really get things off their chest - tell me all their biggest bug-bears.  Instead of just grumbling to themselves about the problems red tape cause them, they should tell me all about it - and I will tell Brussels.
 
"At the same time I can hopefully build up an invaluable picture of the mood of business in the region and the challenges people face."
 
She said: "The Commission is saying it wants to know the problems of small business. It says it aims to cut red tape but wants guidance about which bits to tackle.
 
"Let's hold them to their word and make sure we tell it like it is."
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20/11/2012 - Kay Swinburne MEP named as one of top 40 most influential Brits in EU

 

Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales was named as one of the top 40 British influencers on EU policy in a list to mark the 40 years of UK Membership of the EU. The list was compiled by an expert panel of 15 UK- EU Affairs specialists ranking the 40 most influential Britons in current EU policy making and included MEPs, UK Ministers, civil servants, ambassadors, lobbyists and academics. (Read more under 'Articles')

16/01/2013 - Welsh Airport buyout fears raised in Strasbourg
Controversial proposals to take Cardiff Airport into public ownership have been criticised in the European Parliament as a potential misuse of taxpayers' money.
Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne raised the issue of the Labour-run Welsh government's grand plans to enter the aviation industry when she intervened during a plenary sitting of the parliament in Strasbourg.
She spoke in a debate on public finance to question the Welsh Assembly's motives and wisdom in ploughing public cash into the struggling airport. (Read more under 'Articles')
24/01/2013 - Common Agricultural Policy vote in EP Agriculture Committee fails to deliver reform


The Parliament's agriculture committee has concluded a two-day long voting session to determine its position on CAP reform which, for the first time under the Lisbon Treaty, gives MEPs co-decision powers.


Proposed changes to CAP passed by MEPs threaten to undo previous reforms that uncoupled payments from production and moved farmers closer to the marketplace, whilst doing nothing to address the challenges of food security or further environmental objectives... (Read more under 'Articles')

12/03/2013 - MEPs propose improvements to audit proposals and mandatory rotation, Strasbourg


Last night, the European Parliament's Economics (ECON) committee voted on controversial new proposals from the European Commission regarding reforms to the audit market in the EU. Responding to concerns about the negative effects that mandatory rotation of audit companies, the ECON Committee adopted a proposal to introduce regular tendering for audit appointments every seven years.


Speaking after the vote the committee's lead member on the reforms, European Conservatives and Reformists group economics spokesman Kay Swinburne MEP said:


"This is a proportionate response to calls for improvements in the audit of European companies which encourages increased shareholder engagement in how companies are governed, without unnecessary increases in costs for businesses. (Read more under 'Articles')

13/03/2013 - What reforms? EU fails to deliver on CAP

 
A disappointing package of proposed changes to Europe's Common Agricultural Policy were voted through the European Parliament today.
 
 
This vote should have been an historic opportunity for Members of the European Parliament to fundamentally reform the CAP, as this is the first time that the CAP has been considered under the co-decision process. However ultimately today's vote represents a missed opportunity to provide taxpayers and farmers alike with a fairer and less wasteful system. (Read more under 'Articles')
08/04/2013 - Sad Death of Baroness Thatcher

I am incredibly saddened to hear of the loss of Baroness Thatcher this morning, who has served as a continual inspiration to myself and so many others across Wales and the UK throughout her life.
 
She was a truly outstanding Prime Minister, who championed the economic virtue of free and open trade, the benefits of which, at a European level, continue to be felt via the single market over 25 years later.
01/05/2013 - Kay Launches New Guides To European Funding

Kay is delighted to be able to launch her two new guides to European funding, which she hopes will encourage and support constituents in Wales to access and make full use of the EU funds available to them.

Please see the 'Our Booklets' tab below, or contact Kay via the 'Contact Kay' tab above, and we will send you copies of the booklets directly.
21/05/2013 - Yes to tackling tax evasion - No to a common euro-tax!



Conservative MEPs will today refuse to back moves which they fear would be a first step towards a common corporation tax - imposed right across Europe and decided in Brussels.

The worrying measures come in two reports put before the European Parliament today. Both set out ostensibly to tackle tax evasion - but they spoil that good intent with a raft of sweeping proposals which could be used to pave the way for a common tax regime.


Conservative MEPs are vehemently opposed to the idea of a so-called Common Consolidated Consolidated Tax Base (CCCTB) and so will abstain on the package as a whole, despite their strong support for all sensible measures to ensure that multi-nationals pay their taxes fully, fairly and squarely... (Read more under 'Articles')

22/05/2013 - EU banking union sets in place the basis of a multi-speed Europe, Strasbourg

An agreement reached on the EU Banking Union is a 'seminal' moment that sets in place a mechanism for a multi-speed EU, Kay Swinburne MEP said today as MEPs held a vote on a single supervisor for Eurozone banks.

MEPs today voted on plans to create a Single Supervisory Mechanism, making the European Central Bank responsible for ensuring financial stability of most banks within the Eurozone... (Read more under 'Articles') 
18/06/2013 - Welsh MEP backs support for threatened languages



Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has welcomed a decision in the European Parliament to tackle the threat to endangered languages across the EU.
 
Members of the Parliament's culture committee today voted to adopt a report which calls on EU Member States to protect endangered languages and develop strategies which address the threats facing them.

 

The report also points to existing cases across the EU, such as that of Welsh, where pro-active measures have led to greater use of the language across all levels of society. It urges Member States to support knowledge and best practice sharing to protect languages across the EU... (Read more under 'Articles')

26/06/2013 - Some gains for Wales in Common Agricultural Policy deal, Brussels

 

WELSH Conservative MEP Dr Kay Swinburne today challenged the Welsh Government to ensure farmers in Wales receive the best possible outcome from reforms to Europe's Common Agricultural Policy. 

Speaking after agreement was reached following lengthy negotiations in Luxembourg between MEPs, the European Commission, and EU farming ministers, Dr Swinburne called on ministers in Cardiff to ensure "smart implementation" of the new rules. 

She said proposals for greater regional flexibility needed to be used to full advantage in the interests of the farming industry in Wales... (Read more under 'Articles')

02/07/2013 - Periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers, Strasbourg



Ensuring that the vehicles on our roads are as safe as possible and improving EU road safety is of course something that is of grave importance.

 

However I have concerns relating to the proposal to set such common EU wide minimum standards for vehicle checks in the form of a regulation and not a directive.

 

I do welcome the fact that some of the areas of concern within the proposal for periodic roadworthiness tests have been addressed, including the recognition of the fact that historical cars should be exempt from the legislation.

 

However I remain concerned about the proposal to include light trailers (under 3.5 tonnes) within the scope of this regulation. These proposals for the testing of light trailers would in particular result in unnecessary burden and costs for the caravan owners within Wales and those farmers who transport a small number of animals locally. And more generally smaller micro business operators who use trailers to transport goods around Wales. I hope that all smaller trailers (under 3.5 tonnes) can be excluded from the scope when this text is returned to plenary.


11/09/2013 - Welsh Conservative MEP hails "wake-up call" in the battle to save Europe's endangered languages, Strasbourg


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')

18/09/2013 - Welsh MEP joins biotech judging panel


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')

08/10/2013 - Electronic cigarettes safe thanks to Conservative MEPs’ amendment


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')

 


23/10/2013 - Kay Swinburne joins fellow Conservative MEPs in Strasbourg to call on the European Commission to take action to cut red-tape

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.
20/11/2013 - A Single Seat for the European Parliament


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.

20/11/2013 - Malala Yousafzai Awarded the EU's Sakharov Human Rights Prize


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.”   

12/11/2013 - Advanced Manufacturing Research Group



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.

26/11/2013 - Maximising Universities’ Strengths in World Class Research and Innovation for 21st Century Challenges

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.
04/12/2013 - Welsh Conservative MEP welcomes the award of PGI status to Pembrokeshire Early Potatoes

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."

 
07/01/2014 - Kay calls for the UK and Welsh Governments to work together to unlock European money and help communities affected by recent flooding and bad weather


WELSH Conservative MEP Dr Kay Swinburne today called for the UK and Welsh Governments to work together to unlock European money and help communities affected by recent flooding and bad weather.


Dr Swinburne said money from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) could help towns in South and West Wales rebuild infrastructure shattered by high winds, torrential rain, and storm surges.


The EUSF was established to provide financial assistance to Member States in order to deal with major national disasters. In exceptional circumstances the fund can also be used for regional disasters.


Money from the fund can be used for clear-up work, infrastructure restoration, providing temporary accommodation, and funding rescue services... (Read more under 'Articles')

15/01/2014 - Conservatives: Marathon regulation talks seal leading role of London and UK, Strasbourg, 15.01.14

A new package of measures to regulate the market in financial products - agreed in Strasbourg last night after months of negotiation - will improve transparency and ensure the UK stays at the forefront of the global trade.


They should also be good for pensioners, small business and investment in technology, Conservative MEPs said today.


Political agreement on the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFiD) was reached on Tuesday night between the Parliament, EU Council and Commission.


The deal fulfils the commitments made by the G20 in 2010, at the height of the financial crisis, to bring in new rules governing the trading of derivatives and new transparency requirements to improve the way that these markets function.


Lead negotiator for the UK Conservatives Kay Swinburne said: “The UK has the largest financial markets in Europe and so was at the heart of negotiations. The focus of the regulation is competition and completing the single market in financial services – both of which are hugely positive for the UK. We proved under MiFID I that in a competitive market London beats Frankfurt and Paris every time, I believe the same will be true of MiFID II... (Read more under 'Articles') 
24/01/2014 - Welsh Government Outlines how Common Agricultural Policy funds will be distributed, Dr Kay Swinburne MEP, 24.01.14


The plans outlined by the Welsh Government on how Common Agricultural Policy funds will be distributed have confirmed that they will transfer 15% of the CAP Single Farm Payment from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 (Rural Development Programme).


15% is the maximum amount allowed, when it comes to transferring funds from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 and it is a bigger chunk of the budget than is planned in England, where the Government will only initially move 12% of the funds available and then gradually increase the amount to 15%. This initial reduction is designed to provide some comfort to farmers who are worried that this transfer of funds could leave them disadvantaged.

 

Commenting on this decision by the Welsh Government to opt for the maximum 15% transfer Dr Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales said:

 

“I am disappointed to see that the Welsh Government have not chosen to offer our farmers the same sliding scale that farmers in England are going to receive. Conservative MEP's fought hard for the flexibility and it is a shame that the Welsh Government are not using it to help Welsh farmers".

 

“In failing to opt for the 12% transfer rate, the Welsh Government has missed a vital opportunity to address some of the understandable concerns our farmers have and to offer Welsh farmers a helping hand in what is a hugely competitive European agricultural market.”

11/02/2014 - Kay Meets The European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs in Cardiff



Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, has today met with European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, László Andor, who is currently making a visit to Cardiff. At an event in Ty Hywel, to welcome the Commissioner, she had the opportunity to discuss with him her thoughts on how Wales can ensure it generates the absolute maximum benefit from its new allocation of European Union funding for 2014 – 2020.

During his visit, Commissioner Andor will also be visiting the sites of three European Social Fund projects in Wales, to see how our communities have already been aided by EU funding.

25/02/2014 - Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, will join representatives of UK thalidomide survivors today to meet with Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, in Strasbourg


Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, will join representatives of UK thalidomide survivors today to meet with Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, in Strasbourg.

These representatives have campaigned tirelessly for proper compensation for thalidomide survivors, from the German manufacturer of the drug, Grunenthal.

Speaking in advance of today's meeting Dr Swinburne MEP said:

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join the representatives at this crucial meeting today."

"Proper compensation from Grunenthal for thalidomide survivors is long over-due, but these representatives have refused to give up, campaigning continually for justice."

"I have already written to Commissioner Borg stating my support for their campaign and I really hope that together we will be able to secure the help of the Commissioner, in brokering a meeting between the representatives of UK thalidomide survivors, the German Government and Grunenthal."

25/02/2014 - Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has welcomed today's news that Wales will benefit from an additional £12 million to fund Superfast Broadband roll-out.


Wales has already benefitted from £57 million pounds of UK Government investment in the Superfast Cymru project, but today's news that local projects in Wales will receive an additional £12 million of funding, focusing in particular on rural areas, will come as a welcome boost to businesses and families, who are yet to reap the benefits of superfast broadband.


Commenting on the news Dr Swinburne MEP said:


"This is great news for Wales. We are already seeing the value that investment in superfast broadband can bring, but it is vital we ensure that no community in Wales is left behind and this kind of extra funding can help us to achieve this goal and deliver a real boost to our rural economies."


"Superfast broadband can also unlock direct access to EU markets for our Welsh businesses, providing real opportunities for growth and for export."


"This extra funding is a clear signal of the UK Government's commitment to investing in broadband infrastructure for people in Wales and I look forward to seeing this funding aiding the delivery of the new technology to the doorsteps of as many homes and businesses in Wales as soon as possible."




26/02/2014 - WELSH Conservative MEP Dr Kay Swinburne today backed moves to support fishermen who have not been able to fish since December due to the severe winter weather



Conservatives in the European Parliament have contacted the European Commission seeking information about EU funds for those facing financial losses because of the storms.

 

Inshore fleets, including those in Wales and southern England, have been particularly badly affected this winter as storms have prevented them from going to sea.

 

According to Dr Swinburne fishermen have faced the choice of risking their lives at sea or not having enough money to pay their bills and feed their families. Fishermen were finally able to return to the sea only last weekend after almost two months of inactivity.

 

Following pressure from Conservative MEPs, the European Commission has revealed that support can be provided via EU schemes such as the European Fisheries Fund...(Read more under 'Articles')

25/02/2014 - Tobacco Products Directive Vote


 

In advance of tomorrow's European Parliament vote on the Tobacco Products Directive UK Conservative MEPs gather to show that they are 'still fuming' about EU proposals to over-regulate e-cigarettes. Many of the companies currently supplying Welsh constituents with these less harmful alternatives to tobacco products are small Welsh businesses. As the proposal currently stands it would be draconian and likely to result in the e-cigarette business being moved to the pharmaceutical companies and tobacco companies themselves. Another unintended consequence would also be that the sponsorship of the Merthyr stadium by Welsh Company, E-ciggs would also be unlikely to be allowed if these measures are adopted unchanged.

14/03/2014 - Dr Kay Swinburne MEP welcomes the re-launch of a Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadron in Wales
 

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Air Force is reforming an auxiliary squadron in Wales, 57 years after its disbandment. The announcement follows a series of proposals outlined in the independent review of the UK's reserve forces, part of the overall strategic defence and security review in 2010.

 

The newly reformed squadron’s commanding officer, Wing Commander Phil Sagar, said:

 

“As reserves play a bigger part in the UK’s military strategy, the reforming of 614 Squadron will provide an exciting and challenging opportunity for people in Wales to be part of the future of their Royal Air Force."

 

Efforts to re-launch 614 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force is now nearing completion, with an emphasis to start recruiting personnel to man the squadron in the near future.

 

Upon learning of the announcement, Dr Swinburne MEP commented:

 

"I am delighted to hear of the Ministry of Defence's decision to reform 614 Squadron in Wales, especially considering the UK's reserve forces play such a crucial role in the nation's defence capabilities.

 

"The opportunities to develop skills in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadron are endless, and provide for an excellent opportunity for those who are interested to train with likeminded driven, and professional individuals.

 

"I wish Wing Commander Sagar the best in the recruitment process for the squadron, and look forward to hearing of its successes in the weeks and months to come."

 

If you are interested in joining the reserve forces, find out how you can get involved at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence/about/recruitment#join-the-reserves
17/03/2014 - Dr Kay Swinburne MEP welcomes the Gwent Magistrates to the European Parliament in Brussels



Dr Kay Swinburne MEP was delighted to welcome the Gwent Magistrates to the European Parliament in Brussels this week. The group, led by Revis Williams, enjoyed an informative talk about the workings and the history of the European institutions, followed by a visit of the main Parliament buildings.

 

The group also listened to the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee, and watched a televised briefing by UK Government Minister of State for Europe, David Lidington MP.

 

Speaking of the Gwent Magistrates' visit to the European Parliament, Dr Swinburne remarked:

 

"The opportunity to welcome Welsh constituents to the European Parliament, whether it be in Brussels or Strasbourg, is always an occasion which I look forward to. It was a pleasure to meet the Gwent Magistrates this week, and I look forward to hearing from them in the near future."

26/03/2014 - Kay Becomes a Freeman of the City of London



Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, has today become a Freeman of the City of London.

Dr Swinburne collected her Freedom of the City in a ceremony that took place today at London's Guildhall, in recognition of her work throughout this mandate as a Member of the European Parliament, particularly during her period as Co-ordinator on Economic and Monetary Affairs for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

The granting of the Freedom of the City of London is one of the oldest traditional ceremonies still in existence today...(Read more under 'Articles')

03/04/2014 - WELSH Conservative MEP Dr Kay Swinburne today condemned a vote in the European Parliament by her Plaid Cymru rival which could have threatened thousands of aerospace jobs in Wales



Conservatives rallied sufficient support during a full plenary session in Brussels to overturn an earlier decision by the Environment Committee under which the EU would have attempted to force non-European airlines to pay a carbon levy every time they flew in or out of the EU. This would have provoked retaliation which could have severely damaged the UK's aerospace sector.

 

During the vote Plaid MEP Jill Evans joined Green colleagues in rejecting proposals to continue exempting non-European airlines from its Emissions Trading Scheme... (Read more under 'Articles')

24/04/2014 - WELSH CONSERVATIVE MEP Dr Kay Swinburne supports local fishing industry


Welsh Conservative MEP Dr Kay Swinburne met local fishermen to discuss support for those unable to put to sea because of the severe winter storms.

Dr Swinburne was in Tenby for a meeting with the New Under Ten Fishermen's Association, which represents those operating in boats under 10m in length.

Inshore fleets in Wales have been particularly badly affected this winter as storms have prevented them from going to sea.

Fishermen have faced the choice of risking their lives at sea or not having enough money to pay their bills and feed their families. It was only by mid-February that fishermen were able to return to the sea after almost two months of inactivity.

Following pressure from Conservatives in the European Parliament, the European Commission revealed that support can be provided via EU schemes such as the European Fisheries Fund... (Read more under 'Articles')

23/09/2014 - Meeting with NFU Cymru
Today Kay will be meeting with NFU Cymru President Stephen James and NFU Cymru Director John Mercer. Kay will have the opportunity to discuss the key current issues facing farmers, mainly being: The new CAP rules set to be implemented in just over three months and the new Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development who will be questioned on Thursday 2nd October on what he intends to achieve if his position is confirmed.
24/09/2014 - Meeting with British Council Wales



I was delighted to meet with members of British Council Wales to discuss the ways in which they promote Wales on an international stage.  We covered a wide range of issues including the Erasmus Plus programme, how efforts may be coordinated to showcase Wales globally and how to actively involve and educate Welsh schools as to what goes on in the European Parliament.

13/11/2014 - Health First Europe Event



Kay was delighted to help launch a European Parliamentary Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care this week. This Interest Group is led by Health First Europe and with Kay’s support as one of the Co-Chairs will aim to facilitate greater focus on improving patient access to innovation in health and social care and to address key policy objectives around research, health promotion and public health at EU level.


Ensuring that public health is a Parliamentary priority in the next term, the Interest Group will focus its activities on prioritising innovation on the EU health and social care agenda, raising awareness of patient-centric solutions for sustainable, accessible and resilient health systems, and seeking broad support from MEPs for implementing innovative solutions for patients and healthcare professionals.


The Interest Group was launched on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Health First Europe, bringing together officials from the European Institutions and health stakeholders to celebrate the past work of the association on a variety of key health issues.  The first meeting of the Interest Group will take place in 2015.

11/11/2014 - Porthcawl Business Group



Kay was delighted to welcome a group of 12 constituents from Porthcawl to the European Parliament to discuss how European Union funding can be better used going forwards
to help grow businesses in Wales.

13/11/2014 - Conservative Future Group



Kay was really pleased to welcome representatives from Swansea Conservative Future to the European Parliament, so that they could hear more about her work as an MEP and view this month’s mini-plenary session first-hand!

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13/11/2014



Kay was delighted to help launch a European Parliamentary Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care this week. This Interest Group is led by Health First Europe and with Kay’s support as one of the Co-Chairs will aim to facilitate greater focus on improving patient access to innovation in health and social care and to address key policy objectives around research, health promotion and public health at EU level.


Ensuring that public health is a Parliamentary priority in the next term, the Interest Group will focus its activities on prioritising innovation on the EU health and social care agenda, raising awareness of patient-centric solutions for sustainable, accessible and resilient health systems, and seeking broad support from MEPs for implementing innovative solutions for patients and healthcare professionals.


The Interest Group was launched on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Health First Europe, bringing together officials from the European Institutions and health stakeholders to celebrate the past work of the association on a variety of key health issues.  The first meeting of the Interest Group will take place in 2015.

13/11/2014



Kay was really pleased to welcome representatives from Swansea Conservative Future to the European Parliament, so that they could hear more about her work as an MEP and view this month’s mini-plenary session first-hand!

11/11/2014



Kay was delighted to welcome a group of 12 constituents from Porthcawl to the European Parliament to discuss how European Union funding can be better used going forwards
to help grow businesses in Wales.

24/09/2014



I was delighted to meet with members of British Council Wales to discuss the ways in which they promote Wales on an international stage.  We covered a wide range of issues including the Erasmus Plus programme, how efforts may be coordinated to showcase Wales globally and how to actively involve and educate Welsh schools as to what goes on in the European Parliament.

23/09/2014 Today Kay will be meeting with NFU Cymru President Stephen James and NFU Cymru Director John Mercer. Kay will have the opportunity to discuss the key current issues facing farmers, mainly being: The new CAP rules set to be implemented in just over three months and the new Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development who will be questioned on Thursday 2nd October on what he intends to achieve if his position is confirmed.
24/04/2014


Welsh Conservative MEP Dr Kay Swinburne met local fishermen to discuss support for those unable to put to sea because of the severe winter storms.

Dr Swinburne was in Tenby for a meeting with the New Under Ten Fishermen's Association, which represents those operating in boats under 10m in length.

Inshore fleets in Wales have been particularly badly affected this winter as storms have prevented them from going to sea.

Fishermen have faced the choice of risking their lives at sea or not having enough money to pay their bills and feed their families. It was only by mid-February that fishermen were able to return to the sea after almost two months of inactivity.

Following pressure from Conservatives in the European Parliament, the European Commission revealed that support can be provided via EU schemes such as the European Fisheries Fund... (Read more under 'Articles')

03/04/2014



Conservatives rallied sufficient support during a full plenary session in Brussels to overturn an earlier decision by the Environment Committee under which the EU would have attempted to force non-European airlines to pay a carbon levy every time they flew in or out of the EU. This would have provoked retaliation which could have severely damaged the UK's aerospace sector.

 

During the vote Plaid MEP Jill Evans joined Green colleagues in rejecting proposals to continue exempting non-European airlines from its Emissions Trading Scheme... (Read more under 'Articles')

26/03/2014



Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, has today become a Freeman of the City of London.

Dr Swinburne collected her Freedom of the City in a ceremony that took place today at London's Guildhall, in recognition of her work throughout this mandate as a Member of the European Parliament, particularly during her period as Co-ordinator on Economic and Monetary Affairs for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

The granting of the Freedom of the City of London is one of the oldest traditional ceremonies still in existence today...(Read more under 'Articles')

17/03/2014



Dr Kay Swinburne MEP was delighted to welcome the Gwent Magistrates to the European Parliament in Brussels this week. The group, led by Revis Williams, enjoyed an informative talk about the workings and the history of the European institutions, followed by a visit of the main Parliament buildings.

 

The group also listened to the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee, and watched a televised briefing by UK Government Minister of State for Europe, David Lidington MP.

 

Speaking of the Gwent Magistrates' visit to the European Parliament, Dr Swinburne remarked:

 

"The opportunity to welcome Welsh constituents to the European Parliament, whether it be in Brussels or Strasbourg, is always an occasion which I look forward to. It was a pleasure to meet the Gwent Magistrates this week, and I look forward to hearing from them in the near future."

14/03/2014  

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Air Force is reforming an auxiliary squadron in Wales, 57 years after its disbandment. The announcement follows a series of proposals outlined in the independent review of the UK's reserve forces, part of the overall strategic defence and security review in 2010.

 

The newly reformed squadron’s commanding officer, Wing Commander Phil Sagar, said:

 

“As reserves play a bigger part in the UK’s military strategy, the reforming of 614 Squadron will provide an exciting and challenging opportunity for people in Wales to be part of the future of their Royal Air Force."

 

Efforts to re-launch 614 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force is now nearing completion, with an emphasis to start recruiting personnel to man the squadron in the near future.

 

Upon learning of the announcement, Dr Swinburne MEP commented:

 

"I am delighted to hear of the Ministry of Defence's decision to reform 614 Squadron in Wales, especially considering the UK's reserve forces play such a crucial role in the nation's defence capabilities.

 

"The opportunities to develop skills in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadron are endless, and provide for an excellent opportunity for those who are interested to train with likeminded driven, and professional individuals.

 

"I wish Wing Commander Sagar the best in the recruitment process for the squadron, and look forward to hearing of its successes in the weeks and months to come."

 

If you are interested in joining the reserve forces, find out how you can get involved at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence/about/recruitment#join-the-reserves
26/02/2014



Conservatives in the European Parliament have contacted the European Commission seeking information about EU funds for those facing financial losses because of the storms.

 

Inshore fleets, including those in Wales and southern England, have been particularly badly affected this winter as storms have prevented them from going to sea.

 

According to Dr Swinburne fishermen have faced the choice of risking their lives at sea or not having enough money to pay their bills and feed their families. Fishermen were finally able to return to the sea only last weekend after almost two months of inactivity.

 

Following pressure from Conservative MEPs, the European Commission has revealed that support can be provided via EU schemes such as the European Fisheries Fund...(Read more under 'Articles')

25/02/2014


 

In advance of tomorrow's European Parliament vote on the Tobacco Products Directive UK Conservative MEPs gather to show that they are 'still fuming' about EU proposals to over-regulate e-cigarettes. Many of the companies currently supplying Welsh constituents with these less harmful alternatives to tobacco products are small Welsh businesses. As the proposal currently stands it would be draconian and likely to result in the e-cigarette business being moved to the pharmaceutical companies and tobacco companies themselves. Another unintended consequence would also be that the sponsorship of the Merthyr stadium by Welsh Company, E-ciggs would also be unlikely to be allowed if these measures are adopted unchanged.

25/02/2014

Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, will join representatives of UK thalidomide survivors today to meet with Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, in Strasbourg.

These representatives have campaigned tirelessly for proper compensation for thalidomide survivors, from the German manufacturer of the drug, Grunenthal.

Speaking in advance of today's meeting Dr Swinburne MEP said:

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join the representatives at this crucial meeting today."

"Proper compensation from Grunenthal for thalidomide survivors is long over-due, but these representatives have refused to give up, campaigning continually for justice."

"I have already written to Commissioner Borg stating my support for their campaign and I really hope that together we will be able to secure the help of the Commissioner, in brokering a meeting between the representatives of UK thalidomide survivors, the German Government and Grunenthal."

25/02/2014

Wales has already benefitted from £57 million pounds of UK Government investment in the Superfast Cymru project, but today's news that local projects in Wales will receive an additional £12 million of funding, focusing in particular on rural areas, will come as a welcome boost to businesses and families, who are yet to reap the benefits of superfast broadband.


Commenting on the news Dr Swinburne MEP said:


"This is great news for Wales. We are already seeing the value that investment in superfast broadband can bring, but it is vital we ensure that no community in Wales is left behind and this kind of extra funding can help us to achieve this goal and deliver a real boost to our rural economies."


"Superfast broadband can also unlock direct access to EU markets for our Welsh businesses, providing real opportunities for growth and for export."


"This extra funding is a clear signal of the UK Government's commitment to investing in broadband infrastructure for people in Wales and I look forward to seeing this funding aiding the delivery of the new technology to the doorsteps of as many homes and businesses in Wales as soon as possible."




11/02/2014



Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, has today met with European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, László Andor, who is currently making a visit to Cardiff. At an event in Ty Hywel, to welcome the Commissioner, she had the opportunity to discuss with him her thoughts on how Wales can ensure it generates the absolute maximum benefit from its new allocation of European Union funding for 2014 – 2020.

During his visit, Commissioner Andor will also be visiting the sites of three European Social Fund projects in Wales, to see how our communities have already been aided by EU funding.

24/01/2014


The plans outlined by the Welsh Government on how Common Agricultural Policy funds will be distributed have confirmed that they will transfer 15% of the CAP Single Farm Payment from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 (Rural Development Programme).


15% is the maximum amount allowed, when it comes to transferring funds from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 and it is a bigger chunk of the budget than is planned in England, where the Government will only initially move 12% of the funds available and then gradually increase the amount to 15%. This initial reduction is designed to provide some comfort to farmers who are worried that this transfer of funds could leave them disadvantaged.

 

Commenting on this decision by the Welsh Government to opt for the maximum 15% transfer Dr Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales said:

 

“I am disappointed to see that the Welsh Government have not chosen to offer our farmers the same sliding scale that farmers in England are going to receive. Conservative MEP's fought hard for the flexibility and it is a shame that the Welsh Government are not using it to help Welsh farmers".

 

“In failing to opt for the 12% transfer rate, the Welsh Government has missed a vital opportunity to address some of the understandable concerns our farmers have and to offer Welsh farmers a helping hand in what is a hugely competitive European agricultural market.”

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