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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Conference weighs countryside Brexit challenges

Leaving the EU will present huge challenges as well opportunities for the businesses and organisations that manage Britain’s countryside, a high-level conference heard today. Current European regulation and funding affected farming and the environment on a multitude of fronts – and detailed consideration would have to be given to what would stand in their place after Brexit, the audience heard….

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Girling: Glyphosate NOT a carcinogen – now let’s end the hysteria

Campaigning MEP Julie Girling today welcomed a landmark scientific decision that the widely-used herbicide glyphosate should NOT be classified as a carcinogen. She spoke out after the European Chemicals Agency’s Risk Assessment Committee published its conclusions following a comprehensive review of the weed-killing agent’s safety. The opinion follows over a year of debate over glyphosate’s future in the EU, with…

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Girling: This is a chance to improve the lives of 7 million horses and donkeys

Measures to improve the welfare of millions of horses and donkeys across the EU have been approved today by the European Parliament. The proposals from Julie Girling, Conservative MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, were passed by a large majority and cover animals used in a broad range of activities, from farming to tourism. They include: * A shorter…

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Julie Girling with Fabian Picardo

Protecting Gibraltar After Brexit

I strongly believe that Gibraltar’s specific needs must be carefully considered in the ongoing discussions about the UK’s departure from the EU and the subsequent negotiations over our future relationship. Gibraltar has unique issues which must be taken into account as we move forward in these difficult discussions. I have previously called for a specific representative within the Department for…

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Girling: Air pollution breaches show UK not alone in facing challenges

The European Commission has sent a final warning to five EU countries, including the UK, regarding persistent breaches of nitrogen dioxide in 16 air quality zones. Conservative MEP Julie Girling steered legislation through the European Parliament last November that revises the national ceilings for overall emissions of five key pollutants. Responding to the news, Mrs Girling said: “The fact that…

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“Wasted opportunity” of EU pesticides proposal

Two influential Conservative MEPs have today criticised calls from the European Parliament to improve growers’ access to low-risk pesticides – because the proposals do not go far enough. Julie Girling and Anthea McIntyre said the proposals put forward by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee represented a wasted opportunity. Mrs Girling, MEP for the West of England and Gibraltar is lead…

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An Invitation to The Environment Conference 17th March 2017

An Invitation to The Environment Conference “What next for the countryside post Brexit” An opportunity to address and discuss many of the environmental issues currently facing land owners, farmers, environmental groups and organisations Hosted by Julie Girling MEP Representing the South West of England & Gibraltar On Friday 17th March 2017 At The Royal Agricultural University Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6JS…

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Girling horse-welfare report clears European Parliament hurdle

Steps to halt the abuse and cruel exploitation of horses and donkeys are set out in a report from British MEP Julie Girling which was approved by a key committee of the European Parliament. As her package of measures for equine welfare received the approval of the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Mrs Girling declared: “We are on…

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Girling welcomes Supreme Court judgment on Brexit process

The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment, ruling that the UK Government requires a Parliamentary vote before triggering article 50 and formally starting the Brexit process. Theresa May’s government had argued that it was not necessary to publish an Act of Parliament and that the Government had the authority to use the Royal Prerogative to start formal negotiations with…

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