Thursday, 4 July 2013

I´m looking forward to next week!

A few months ago I started sending a "week ahead" briefing to local press.  This helps be to think ahead and be transparent.  Here is the one for next week which I am really looking forward to!

Week Ahead for Monday 8th July

This will be the last meeting of European Parliament Committees prior to a summer break.  The Parliament will reconvene week commencing 26 August

Monday 8th July
As part of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Vicky will be attending a meeting with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank.

Tuesday 9th July
Vicky will take part in a debate on long term investment.  Vicky has frequently argued that EU legislation on financial services is restricting long term investors such as pension funds and insurance companies and thus constraining private sector investments in infrastucture.s

Vicky will vote on the Industry, Research and Energy Committee.
Vicky will meet with the Countryside Alliance to discuss the rural economy, the impact of EU legislation on shooting in the UK, with particular reference to lead shot ammunition, and invasive alien species.    Vicky has been supporting the CLA campaign to prevent a further ban on lead shot in the UK, arguing that other countries should instead follow the UK in banning use of lead shot in wetlands.
Vicky will attend the Annual General Assembly of New Direction, a Conservative think tank supporting the reform of the UK's relationship with the EU.

Wednesday 10th July
Vicky will take part in final negotiations on the  Recovery and Resolution Directive as part of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. This Directive relates to how cross-border bank failures are prevented and  managed. Vicky has successfully led an opposition to proposals which involve the UK having to pay into bailout funds and has succeeded in getting amendments passed which permit the UK to use its bank levy system as an alternative. This issue has become more highly charged in the UK given the Co-operative's bank's financial situation, bringing to light the need to strike a balance between authorities having the flexibility to deal with each crisis differently and legal certainty for investors.

Vicky will be holding a "constituency surgery" for MPs in Westminster.   Vicky is the first MEP to hold such surgeries.   She finds this allows individual MPs to discuss directly EU issues which affect their own constituents.  This time she will be meeting 7 MPs from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire.

Thursday 11th July
Vicky will attend a seminar on Cambridge City Council to discuss the Mobilising Local Energy Investment project. This local project aims to drive economic growth in the area and provide sustainable energy security.  This has been partly funded through EU grants.

Vicky is visiting the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to discuss the EU proposals on Data Protection and their potential impact on medical and scientific research.   

Vicky is visiting The Welding Institute in Cambridge to discuss the £65 billion EU programme for science and research (Horizon 2020) and how this might help develop high value manufacturing for the UK.

Friday 12th July
Vicky will be joining volunteers on the River Waveney to look at work they have done to control floating pennywort, a highly invasive species.  
Saturday 13 July
Vicky will be opening Beeston village fete in Norfolk.  Vicky visited Beeston primary school in 2010 to see their pioneering project bringing broadband to a very rural area.