Emissions reduction aspirations may have been badly weakened by the recent ICAO agreement

The International Civil Aviation Organisation, the global aviation governing body to which almost all nations are signatories, has agreed the recommended standards and practices phase of its landmark carbon reduction programme: The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). While this should be a step towards securing a greener and more sustainable future, serious deficiencies threaten to undermined…

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Salisbury’s Three Pro-EU MEPs release joint statement on Russian poison attack

The following statement has been issued by the three pro-EU MEPs in the South West: Molly Scott Cato MEP, Clare Moody MEP and Julie Girling MEP: “In a difficult week for pro-EU MEPs, when we debated the next stage of the leaving process, it was heartening to feel the warmth and generosity of our European colleagues in solidarity with the…

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Press Statement from Julie Girling MEP (SW England & Gibraltar) and Richard Ashworth MEP (SE England)

We wish to inform you that we will be leaving the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) and joining the European Peoples Party Group (EPP) in the European Parliament with immediate effect. It is our intention to remain members of the Conservative Party in the UK as we believe that the activities and approach of the EPP will more effectively…

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MEPs set up enquiry to review pesticide policy implementation

The licensing of pesticides will be reviewed by MEPs following the establishment today of a special European Parliament committee. Sitting for nine months, committee members will examine the scientific evaluation of pesticides, including glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weed killer which was relicensed for five years by the EU in December. Julie Girling MEP, lead member for the Conservative…

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Parliament approves EU carbon trading reforms

Reforms to the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) have been approved today by MEPs in Strasbourg. The ETS is the world’s first, and to date largest, installation-level cap-and trade system for cutting man-made greenhouse gas emissions. It puts a monetary value on carbon emissions, in order to better reflect the costs of climate change and the opportunities for low-carbon options…

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Girling: Let’s link farm grants to cutting CO2

Campaiging MEP Julie Girling has joined a cross-party group of parliamentarians in calling for farming subsidies tied to activities that help combat climate change. Mrs Girling and three other South West politicians have written to the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, urging him introduce the green grants. They call for subsidies based on: # Cutting greenhouse gas emissions, # Better capture…

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European Parliament votes to ban electrocution of fish

Campaigning MEP Julie Girling has been successful today in moves in the European Parliament to ban so-called pulse fishing. Mrs Girling, MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, linked with colleagues in the Parliament’s Green, Liberal, Left and Socialist groups in a vote to end the destructive practice, which is blamed for creating deserts on the sea bed wherever it…

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Girling leads call for ban on electrocution of seabed fish

Campaigning MEP Julie Girling is leading a move in the European Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) to ban so-called pulse fishing. The technique kills fish and other marine life indiscriminately with a powerful electric shock. Mrs Girling, MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, has linked with colleagues in the European Parliament’s Green, Liberal, Left and Socialist groups to press for an…

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A victory for science over scaremongering

Farmers can today breathe a sigh of relief after EU Member States voted to re-licence the weed killer Glyphosate for five years. While the compromise fell short of the 15 year renewal preferred by the British Government, this is a victory for farmers after increasing fears that an agreement would not be reached. ECR lead MEP Julie Girling, MEP for…

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Girling hails big leap forward on horse welfare

Horse welfare campaigner Julie Girling has warmly welcomed moves to set up a multi-national steering group to improve equine protection and care. The British MEP, whose own comprehensive report on equine welfare was adopted by the European Parliament earlier this year, described the proposals for co-ordinated action across the EU by leading member states as signalling a “big leap forward”….

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