Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

10 FEB 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 13th February

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 13th February

MEPs will meet in Strasbourg this week for debates and to vote in plenary.

This week in Strasbourg MEPs will vote on the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA) which has taken over 7 years to negotiate. The agreement is sometimes described as a possible template for future EU/UK trade. However it does not cover in depth many key sectors such as services.

Furthermore the provisions for mutual recognition and regulatory cooperation are significantly less sophisticated than those experienced between the UK and the EU.

MEPs will also vote on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) which has been led through the Parliament by Scottish Conservative MEP, Ian Duncan. This revision aims at meeting our climate change obligations set by the Paris agreement by giving industry the incentive to modernise and innovate.

Vicky will meet with ministers from like-minded countries working in close cooperation with the UK in the Council.

She will also meet representatives from Digital Europe, the American Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Danish and Austrian ambassadors.

On Wednesday, Vicky will meet representatives of Firearms United.


06 FEB 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 6th February

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 6th February

MEPs will meet in Brussels this week for committee and group meetings.

This week, Vicky will chair the Internal Market committee. They will vote on new measures for approval of motor vehicles to address the issues arising from the Volkswagen scandal. This includes improving the quantity and quality of testing, both in the factory and of cars on the road, introducing a robust model of review for type approval authorities and the technical services which carry out the tests of new cars and strengthening penalties so that car makers are dissuaded from breaking the rules. Speaking on the proposals Mrs Ford says "Buying a car is the single largest purchase most people ever face apart from buying a home. The reforms proposed by the Parliament are vital to restore consumer trust and hold manufacturers to account."

They will also debate Telecoms & 5G policy, posted workers, copyright and broadcasting and cross-border parcel delivery services.

On Thursday the committee members will debate new proposals to unlock the Single Market in Services with the Commissioner responsible, Elzbietà Bienkowska.

In Brussels, Vicky will meet the CEOs of Easyjet, Ryanair, Volotea, Finnair, AirFrance-KLM, Norwegian and Lufthansa Group. She will also meet the Deputy Minister for EU Affairs of Estonia, Mr Matti Maasikas, ahead of the Estonian Presidency of the Council in the second half of 2017.

On Monday she will attend the European Energy Forum to discuss the impact of Brexit on the EU and UK energy markets and energy cooperation post-Brexit especially security of supply, affordability and CO2 emissions.

On Tuesday, Vicky will be in London meeting with Conservative MPs re Brexit.

On Wednesday, she will host in the Parliament the UK manufacturers organisation, EEF, to discuss the sector's priorities in the upcoming negotiations to ensure continued stability and business confidence.

In Cambridge, on Friday, Vicky will meet NHS Staff who come from other EU countries to discuss concerns regarding citizens rights in the Brexit negotiations. Mrs Ford is keen to understand specific concerns of individuals and families so that she will be able to help ensure that these are addressed in detail as soon as the negotiations commence.


30 JAN 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 30th January

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 30th January

MEPs meet in Brussels this week for committee meetings and mini-plenary.

This week, Vicky will work on key files such as the European Accessibility Act, intended to make it easier for people with disabilities to access products and services, or the European Agenda for Collaborative Economy (also called 'shared economy'), which encompasses popular online platforms such as Airbnb or BlaBlaCar and their consumer potential in the digital age. She is also responsible for representing her political group on standardisation, making sure that the European standards process continues to be industry-led and developed at a global level.

In Brussels, Vicky will discuss the impact of the triggering of Article 50 with representatives of different sectors. She will meet Ford Motor Company for the automotive sector, the farmers' organisations senior representatives for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and a delegation of Vice-Chancellors from the Universities UK International to exchange on the future of European cooperation in science, research and higher education and the university sector's priorities for future access to and influence over the European science agenda.

She will also meet the Junior Minister for Industry and Energy, Mr. Jesse Norman MP.

On Thursday, as part of the mini-plenary, MEPs will discuss the Energy Union and Erasmus +, a budget of €14.7 billion aiming at providing opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.

On Friday Vicky will join a Question Time panel in Huntingdon for businesses arranged by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP and speak to A-level students at Seevic College in Benfleet, Essex.


23 JAN 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 23rd January

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 23rd January

MEPs will meet in Brussels this week for committee and group meetings.

On Monday, Vicky will meet with several MPs from her constituency to discuss the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

On Tuesday, she will be a member of the expert panel at the Tech UK event "The UK Digital Sectors after Brexit" to exchange views on the potential economic impact on the UK tech sector and their priorities ahead of the negotiations. At 16% of GVA and 25% of total UK exports, the UK Digital sector is the fastest-growing and most dynamic part of the UK economy. As the Government outlines its Brexit strategy, it is clear that making a success of Brexit must mean making it a success for the UK tech sector.

In Brussels, Vicky's Internal Market committee will elect its Chair and Vice-Chairs as part of the mid-term review. During the committee meeting, MEPs will also exchange on topics like the market surveillance of motor vehicles, geo-blocking, the European Agenda for the Collaborative Economy, online platforms, the accessibility requirements for products and services and the influence of technology on the future of the financial sector.

The committee will also welcome the Maltese Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Christian Cardona, to discuss the programme and priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the European Council.

On Thursday, Vicky has been invited as committee chair, to share her committee's experience on transparency and coordination of the legislative process at the meeting of the JURI-AFCO working group on Better Law-Making.


16 JAN 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 16th January

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 16th January

MEPs will meet in Strasbourg this week for debates and to vote in plenary

This will be quite a special week in Strasbourg as MEPs will be voting to elect the next President of the European Parliament, as well as the Vice-Presidents and the Quaestors. Vicky will be supporting her colleague and group candidate Helga Stevens, who has been doing outstanding work on the Parliament Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee and leading work to make sure that the European Parliament increases accessibility, particularly for those who are hard of hearing or visually impaired.

MEPs will also discuss with the Council and the Commission the programme for the Maltese Presidency of the Council, setting the agenda for the coming months. Vicky will focus on the priorities related to the Single Market as Committee Chair.

She will meet with both representatives of the UK government to discuss the digital content directive and the services package and representatives of the US government to discuss the triggering of article 50.

Vicky will also attend an event on low carbon investments organised by the European Steel Association and discuss the impact of the EU ETS revision on UK industry.


09 DEC 2016

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 12th December

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 12th December

MEPs will meet in Strasbourg this week for debates and to vote in plenary.

Vicky will participate in a roundtable hosted by Vice President Ansip to discuss the current status of the Digital Single Market and objectives for 2017-2019 with the Commissioners and Committee Chairs involved in Digital issues.

She will also meet Mr Anthony Gardner, the US Ambassador to the EU and members of the American Chamber of Commerce financial services committee

In the hemicycle, MEPs will debate on several topics such as the Energy Union package, the Railway package, and the Aviation strategy.


05 DEC 2016

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 5th December

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 5th December

MEPs will meet in Brussels this week for group meetings.

On Monday, Vicky will lead the trilogue negotiation on changes to EU laws on the control and acquisition of firearms. "Trilogues" are informal meetings to go through the changes proposed by the European Parliament and the European Council in order to try to come to a common agreement. Changes to European gun laws were proposed by the European Commission in response to requests led by the UK Home Secretary after the terrorist attacks in Paris. They seek to close loopholes in the existing law, which has been in place since 1991. However, there are many concerns about inadequate drafting and unintended consequences as well as concerns from museum owners and collectors, sporting organisations and groups such as the Countryside Alliance. Mrs Ford has tabled over 80 new amendments to address these concerns. The Parliament has rejected the Commission's original proposals. The Parliament's approach respects the rights of legal firearms owners whilst also addressing the loopholes regarding poorly deactivated firearms.

On Tuesday, Vicky will chair a public hearing on data localisation on Tuesday morning and meet with the European Consumer Organisation, BEUC, to discuss the revision of the telecoms package and the REFIT, Fitness check of consumer law.

In Brussels, Vicky will also welcome in the Parliament a group of students from The Hewett Academy in Norwich.

On Wednesday, Vicky will give the annual lecture at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries annual meeting to be held in Edinburgh. She will also meet Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party. In her lecture she discuss the need for a bespoke trading relationship with the EU, as there is no off the shelf solution available, and also how we should aim for a regulatory relationship with the EU, which focuses on sectors where there is a need for cross border co-operation and consensus. Vicky will reiterate that this is not a case of having our cake and eating it.

In the East of England, she will take part in the manufacturers' organisation (EEF) East of England Regional Advisory Board meeting and meet with the Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP) to discuss ways to encourage engagement between the agritech sector and academia.

On Saturday, she will attend the inaugural event of the Richard Austen Butler Debating Society in Saffron Walden along with Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP.


21 NOV 2016

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 21st November

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 21st November

MEPs will meet in Strasbourg this week for debates and to vote in plenary.

This week in Strasbourg, MEPs will discuss several key issues in the hemicycle such as the outcome of Cop 22 in Marrakech, the situation in Syria, energy security, atmospheric pollutants, wildlife trafficking, opportunities for small transport businesses, cod stocks and fisheries, and sign language interpreters.

In Strasbourg, Vicky will also welcome to the Parliament a group of students from both Mildenhall College Academy and St Joseph's College, Ipswich.

Vicky along with her colleagues in the British Conservative delegation will meet the Rt. Hon. David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

As the Chairman of the Internal Market committee, she will meet with stakeholders on copyright (International Federation of Phonographic Industry and Vivendi), geo-blocking (Eurocommerce) and on the upcoming revision of the Telecoms Package (European Broadcasting Union). She will also be working on her report on the revision of the Firearms Directive, currently in trilogue negotiations with the Commission and Council.

In the UK, Vicky will visit the Vauxhall Motors plant in Luton. The plant, which is owned by General Motors, is Britain's longest- running automotive factory and one of the company's most efficient operations across the globe. She will also meet Cambridge Innovation Capital, a key investor in high growth technology and healthcare, and will meet Mike More at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Interim Chairman at Cambridge University Hospital.


14 NOV 2016

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 14th November

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 14th November

MEPs will meet in Brussels this week for group meetings.

In the UK, on Monday, Vicky will visit Astra Zeneca, an international biopharmaceutical company working on innovative medicines in their Cambridge facility and attend the launch of the Cambridge Personalised Breast Cancer Project at the Cancer Research UK Institute in Cambridge.

In Brussels on Tuesday, Vicky will lead the third trilogue negotiation on changes to EU laws on the control and acquisition of firearms. "Trilogues" are informal meetings to go through the changes proposed by the European Parliament and the European Council in order to try to come to a common agreement. Changes to European gun laws were proposed by the European Commission in response to requests led by the UK Home Secretary after the terrorist attacks in Paris. They seek to close loopholes in the existing law which has been in place since 1991. However, there are many concerns about inadequate drafting and unintended consequences as well as concerns from museum owners and collectors, sporting organisations and groups such as the Countryside Alliance. Mrs Ford has tabled over 80 new amendments to address these concerns.

She will also meet the CEO of Uber.

On Wednesday she will meet with both the Conservative Party Chairman, Patrick McLoughlin and the Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, Rt. Hon. David Jones MP.

She will also meet with BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, and with a senior TheCityUK delegation led by its CEO Miles Celic to discuss the UK's future relationship with the EU and implications for financial and related professional services. They will exchange views on how to retain access to the Single Market that resembles the terms the UK-based industry currently enjoys as closely as possible.

On Thursday in London, Vicky will meet with Rt. Hon. David Davis MP Secretary of State for exiting the European Union. She will also meet Lord Willetts the former science minister to discuss EU/UK cooperation in science and Lord Kirkhope the former UK immigration minister and former UK MEP spokesperson on justice affairs to discuss migration controls.

On Friday, Vicky will visit Caterpillar, a diesel engine manufacturer in their Peterborough facility before meeting with Julie Spence, the Chairman of Mental and Community Health Trust at the Fulbourn Hospital.


08 NOV 2016

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 7th November

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 7th November

MEPs will meet in Brussels this week for committee and group meetings.

This week, Vicky will chair the Internal Market committee discussions on several topics such as the European Cloud Initiative, the Audio-visual Media Services Directive, and will also welcome the representatives of the 2016 European Youth Event in committee to discuss their ideas on consumer protection, collaborative economy and cybersecurity. The European Youth Event took place in May 2016 in Strasbourg and gathered over 7.500 young people discussing" Ideas for tomorrow's Europe" (title of the final EYE report).

In committee, Vicky will update colleagues on the outcome of the second trilogue negotiation on the control and acquisition of firearms. She will also say a few words on the delegation trip she led last week to Geneva: the programme included meetings with representatives of the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

On Tuesday, Vicky will introduce the IMCO Workshop on Collaborative Economy as the Chairman of the IMCO Committee and as the ECR shadow rapporteur on the file and will on Wednesday address the panel gathered for the first European Payment Institutions Federation public workshop on the Payment Services Directive and the Retail Financial Services.

On Wednesday, Vicky will welcome a group of councillors from Buntingford to the European Parliament.

In Brussels, Vicky will meet with a delegation from Anglian Water, the largest water and water recycling company in England and Wales, supplying water and water recycling services to more than six million domestic and business customers.

In London on Thursday, Vicky will attend the EEF's advisory panel meeting along with representatives from many of the UK's leading engineering and manufacturing companies.


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My Political Priorities

Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.

I support Science and Research which is key to delivering better medical care, healthy food as well as the Innovation and Creative Industries which bring improved lifestyles for all our families.

Strong home Security is vital in today's uncertain world, which requires robust policing and defence and deep international relationships that we can depend on. I work with others to achieve this.

I care about the Countryside and the Environment and making sure that rural and urban communities flourish.