MEPs back Girling plan for tackling aviation carbon emissions

International commercial flights should be granted a further exemption from the EU’s carbon emissions controls, but only until 2021, MEPs agreed today. A report by Conservative Environment Spokesman Julie Girling MEP proposes that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) be allowed more time to establish a global carbon offsetting scheme, which would freeze emissions at 2020 levels. The current exemption…

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Girling helps deliver simpler energy labels on household products

MEP Julie Girling is backing new labelling rules to help customers choose low-energy “white goods” such as cookers and fridges. The new rules making energy-labelling much more simple and clear were voted through by the European Parliament in Strasbourg today (Tuesday). The existing system includes the rankings A+, A++ and A+++ – so a product with an A rating may…

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ETS Rapporteur Girling welcomes Strasbourg debate on Trump and Paris

Julie Girling MEP has welcomed news that the European Parliament will next week debate climate change and President Trump’s decision to ditch the landmark Paris agreement As the Parliament’s rapporteur on phase IV of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the aviation ETS proposal, she insisted that the EU must step up to challenge the United States if the new…

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Let’s end this unfair tax on e-books

Campaigning MEP Julie Girling is backing moves to cut VAT on e-books. She will support a vote in the European Parliament tomorrow (Thurs) calling for the discrepancy to be ended which obliges governments to slap hefty VAT charges on e-books and other digital publishing while the tax is waived for printed books and newspapers. In Britain, for example, newspapers and…

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“Ban” on replacement diets could cost lives

The fight against obesity and diabetes could be severely hampered by an effective ban on use of total replacement diets for severe cases, a campaigning MEP warned today. Julie Girling, Conservative MEP for the South West, spoke out at a high level conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, which she co-chaired. Consumers and suppliers fear that planned EU legislation…

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MEPs vote to tackle environmental impact of palm oil production

Julie Girling MEP has backed plans to encourage the sustainable production of palm oil to tackle deforestation and climate change passed by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Palm oil is a widely used agricultural commodity which can be found in everyday food items such as peanut butter and chocolate, in addition to its industrial and biofuel uses. The expansion of…

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Car emission measures a step forward

Today the European Parliament voted on two key files for air quality – on the new Type Approval rules for motor vehicles and on the recommendations from the Special Committee of Enquiry into the emissions scandal. In the aftermath of the dieselgate revelations, the European Commission made new legislative proposals to ensure car manufacturers comply with all EU safety, environmental…

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Protecting Gibraltar after Brexit

EU’s tough talk on Gibraltar requires determined diplomacy

Julie Girling MEP has responded to a clause in the EU 27’s draft negotiating position on Brexit which suggests Spain will have a veto on future trade deals involving Gibraltar. The Conservative MEP for the South West and Gibraltar said: “Nobody should be surprised that the EU is talking tough on Gibraltar. I’ve been warning that this would be the…

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Article 50 is being triggered, now the hard work starts

A South West MEP has warned there would be no ‘plain sailing’ towards a UK exit from the EU, as Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggers Article 50. Conservative Julie Girling said many challenges lay ahead, adding it would be ‘business as usual’ for MEPs as Brexit negotiations get underway. “This is what we have been building up to since…

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Julie Honoured for Agriculture Work

Julie Girling MEP has won a top award, voted on by her peers, for her work on countryside issues. At an event in Brussels last night she was named MEP of the Year in Agriculture and Rural-Development issues in the annual awards organised by Parliament magazine. The whole European Parliament was invited to vote to decide which MEP had made…

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