Our Labour MEP Anneliese Dodds has sent us this report:
Lots of discussion in the European Parliament focused on what more can be done to help Europe recover from the financial crisis and return to growth. These debates are hugely important as they get to the heart of how we can improve life for people and small businesses right across the South East. In particular the EU is setting up a huge new investment fund worth 315bn — and trying to make finance more readily available to businesses (so called “capital markets union”).
We need to make sure that as a region we make the most of these opportunities and make sure that everyone pays their fair share
Parliament has voted to set up a ‘Special Committee’ to look into dodgy tax practices. I will be a member of that Committee, and am also leading the work in Parliament to make recommendations for how the law should be changed to stop these things happening in future. You can read a blog I wrote about taxation, and let me know your ideas for how things should change, on my website.
I also called for the Commission to come forward with clear proposals for mandatory country of origin labelling for all meat in processed food and voted for measures to make it easier to prosecute foreign drivers who commit traffic offences in the UK.
Anneliese Dodds MEP
The South East’s voice in Europe