Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

15 MAY 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 15th May

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 15th May

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

In the hemicycle, MEPs will discuss the powers and control of the European Central Bank, eGovernment, the EU Cohesion policy, and the Council LGBTI guidelines (particularly on the persecution of gay men in Chechnya).

On Wednesday morning, they will debate the EU guidelines for the upcoming Brexit negotiations adopted by the European Council on 29 April and will also prepare the next G7 summit.

In Strasbourg, Vicky will meet several leading colleagues from both the Parliament and the Commission to discuss the future of the Brexit negotiations and future trade and security relationships. On Tuesday, as Chair of the Internal Market committee, she will exchange views on the strategy for the Digital Single Market with colleagues from the Commission and the Parliament.

In the UK, Vicky will take part in TV debates for regional BBC and ITV. She will spend the rest of the week in Chelmsford ahead of the General Election on 8 June.


02 MAY 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Tuesday 2 May

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Tuesday 2 May

On Saturday 29 April, Vicky Ford was selected by the Chelmsford Conservative Constituency Association to be their candidate for the next UK General Election on June 8. Vicky Ford's MEP offices and staff will continue to follow matters in the European Parliament relevant to her work as an MEP and will assist residents from across the East of England on EU related issues, but will not be involved with matters related to the General Election.

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

On Tuesday and Wednesday morning Vicky will chair the Internal Market Committee including discussions on the telecoms package, franchising, cross-border parcel delivery, and on the European services e-card which will enable service based companies to operate easily in multiple Member States.

In Brussels, Vicky will meet with Niall Dickson, newly appointed Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, to discuss the wider impact of Brexit on the NHS. She will also meet with the Chairman of the Bar of England & Wales to discuss Brexit as well as IMCO's work in terms of consumer protection legislation and the progress of the Digital Single Market files.

In London, Vicky will meet Lord Bridges of Headley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at DExEU.

On Wednesday, Vicky will speak at an event organised by the European Parliament office in London, "Brexit, the European Parliament and Freedom of Movement". The list of speakers includes the Irish Ambassador to the UK.


10 APR 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 10th April

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 10th April

After the Easter break, it will be a "green" week in the Parliament calendar which is intended for constituency events and overseas delegations.

Since there are no Internal Market Committee meetings next week, Vicky will be in the UK helping candidates with the upcoming local county elections in the East of England. Polls open Thursday 4th May at 7am, until 10pm. If you need more info, please go to your county council's website.

On the week of 17th April, Vicky will be leading a delegation of colleagues from the Internal Market Committee to Estonia to observe the progress made in terms of the Digital Single Market.


03 APR 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 3rd April

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 3rd April

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

On Wednesday morning, MEPs will debate with the Commission and the Council on the start of the Brexit negotiations, following the triggering of article 50 by the Prime Minister last Wednesday and will vote on the Parliament resolution. Vicky has been pressing for the Parliament resolution to include as much of the detailed work done by the Parliament specialist Committees as possible, which has been coordinated and approved across a broad majority of political groups. Unfortunately the Parliament Coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, chose not to include this.

On Tuesday, the report on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles led through Parliament by Dan Dalton, Vicky's colleague and MEP for the West Midlands, will be discussed and voted on. A direct response to the VW emissions scandal, this report sets out new measures to make sure vehicles have to meet emissions and safety standards once out of the showroom. These include new penalties designed to prevent test cheats, introducing a robust model of review for type approval authorities and the technical services which carry out the tests of new cars. It is important to restore consumer trust both in testing systems and in manufacturers.

In Strasbourg, along with the Parliament's responsible rapporteurs, Vicky will meet Commissioner Jourova to discuss the state of play for proposed new legislation on digital contracts; the Estonian Ambassador, to discuss the Estonian Presidency priorities in terms of Internal Market; and will work with colleagues on a parliamentary report regarding the collaborative economy (also known as 'shared economy').

In the UK, Vicky will visit the Sanger Centre in the Wellcome Genome Campus with Jo Churchill MP and Ben Howlett MP, to discuss the deciphering of developmental disorders, 3D cancer model and data sharing with staff.


27 MAR 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 27th March

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 27th March

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

The Prime Minister is expected to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday. On Thursday, a resolution regarding Brexit will be tabled in the European Parliament to be voted the following week. In the past few weeks Vicky has met the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis; the European Commission's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier; and Guy Verhofstadt MEP, who is coordinating the European Parliament's resolution.

Vicky has been pressing for the Parliament resolution to include as much as possible of the detailed work done by the Parliament specialist Committees which has been coordinated and approved across a broad majority of political groups. She says "There is a huge amount of work to be done in the months ahead if we are to achieve an amicable separation from the EU and also give certainty to businesses and consumers, both in the UK and in the EU about the long term economic relationship. I believe that the majority of politicians across Europe want to achieve a positive and forward looking deal like that which the Prime Minster outlined in January, however some will seek to cause disruptions for their own political gains. It is important not to get distracted by those drama makers."

In Brussels, along some of her Conservative colleagues, Vicky will meet with members of the UK Enterprise Forum, with representatives ranging from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation; Federation of Small Businesses, Food and Drink Federation, British Chamber of Commerce, British Retail Consortium, Energy UK, ABI, Water UK, the Law Society, techUK and many leading British businesses to discuss the concerns and priorities.

On Tuesday Vicky, along with her colleagues from the Digital Agenda Intergroup, will host their midterm event to discuss the state of play of the Digital Single Market and the current priorities for the tech sector.

On Thursday, in the UK, Vicky will visit a leading East Anglian Farm to discuss mitigating potential impacts of Brexit.


20 MAR 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 20th March

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 20th March

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

This week, Vicky will chair the Internal Market Committee discussions on the enforcement of consumer protection laws, collaborative economy, European product standards, parcel delivery, accessibility, copyright, E-Government and CE marking of fertiliser products.

The committee will host a public hearing on the European Electronic Communications Code including the 'universal service obligation' which gives access to basic broadband for all and consumer contracts for mobile and internet services.

In Brussels, Vicky will meet the European Retail Round Table (ERRT), the European Performers association (AEPO-ARTIS), representing over 500.000 musicians, singers, actors and dancers and Guy Verhofstadt MEP, the Parliament's Brexit coordinator.

In London, on Wednesday, Vicky will meet Conservative MPs from across the East of England and elsewhere to discuss the priorities for upcoming Brexit negotiations especially future relationships with the EU Single Market, regulatory cooperation and customs issues. Mrs Ford will also meet Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

She will meet with CEOs of the British Bankers' Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive and PRS for Music.

On Thursday she will attend the British Shooting Sports Council Annual Luncheon before visiting Inmarsat's London facilities, a global leader in the field of automotive and ICT industries, working on ways to provide consumers with convenient, safer connected cars.


13 MAR 2017

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

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

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

Please note that if Article 50 is triggered early this week it is likely that the European Parliament will schedule an additional plenary session to discuss Brexit next week.

On Tuesday, Vicky’s report on the revision of the Firearms Directive will be discussed and then voted on in the hemicycle. 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. A loophole in the EU law meant that poorly deactivated firearms were able to be bought and sold without authorisations, some of these were used in the Paris attacks and a cache of similar weapons was found in a marina in Kent. The revisions will close this loophole.

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. Vicky was nominated as the European Parliament rapporteur/ draftsperson to lead the scrutiny and amendment process. Over the past 18 months she has worked with many different stakeholders as well as law enforcement authorities, proof houses and legal experts in order to protect the interest of legitimate owners whilst also addressing the security issues. The Parliament text being voted on Tuesday respects the rights and interests of legal firearms owners such as target shooters, existing holders, collectors, reservists and certain other specialist users whilst also addressing the security issues related to poorly deactivated firearms.

On Wednesday morning they will exchange views with the European Council and Commission on the Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 9 and 10 March 2017, including the Rome Declaration and will debate on Wednesday afternoon on the EU security agenda: one year after the Brussels attacks.

During the week MEPs will discuss several key issues in the hemicycle such as gender equality, packaging, electric and electronic equipment waste, the collection and use of data in the fisheries sector, and restrictions on cages for farm rabbits. Vicky has received over 20,000 emails on this subject.

On Monday evening, Vicky will chair an extraordinary meeting of the Internal Market and Consumer protection committee on topics including copyright rules in the Digital Single Market which is a significant issue for the UK creative sectors as well as the enforcement of consumer protection laws and changes to the Electronic Communications Code.

In Strasbourg, Vicky will meet with representatives from IFPI, representing the musicians and the recording industry to discuss copyright, with the European Retail Round Table (ERRT), who represents leading European retailers including METRO AG or IKEA, with Seznam.cz, the only search engine in the EU where Google does not have a monopoly and leader of the Czech online market in search and digital services, as well as with CEEMET, the national employers’ federations of the MET (Metal, Engineering and Technology) sector in Europe, representing 200,000 companies, which employ 35 million workers directly and indirectly.

She will also meet with Microsoft to discuss the impact of Brexit on the UK tech sector and how to ensure a faster pace of technology adoption across the UK society and businesses and with the European Collaborative Economy Forum whose members offer goods and services to over a million users every day and have over 500,000 service providers operating on their platforms in Europe.

On Wednesday, Vicky will welcome to the Parliament a group of A-level students interested in politics and the impact of the referendum from the King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

She will also attend a lunch debate featuring the Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmstrom, to talk about how Europe can deliver in terms of trade.

In the UK, on Friday Vicky will visit several Kings’ Lynn companies with Sir Henry Bellingham MP such as Chalcroft Construction, Shaun Hodgson Engineering, or Dodman in the field of commercial food processing equipment, as well as the Kings Lynn Innovation Centre before launching the Conservative Group Manifesto for the Norfolk County Council elections.


06 MAR 2017

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

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

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 geo-blocking, posted workers, the impact of technology in the financial sector, 5G, collaborative economy and accessibility requirements for products and services.

In Brussels, she will meet representatives of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to discuss the UK business view on Brexit and the role of the IMCO committee in the upcoming negotiations. Along with the Conservative delegation she will also meet with Rt Hon David Jones MP, Minister of State in the Department for Exiting the EU.

On Tuesday, Vicky will host a roundtable discussion on the European Electronic Communications Code, for stakeholders to raise their priorities and concerns on aspects that fall within the scope of IMCO Committee's competence (Universal Service Obligation, OTTs, end-user rights and access to emergency numbers and services); a topic she will also discuss with the Swedish Minister for Digitalisation, Mr Peter Eriksson.

In London, Vicky will join a group of politicians, business leaders and academics for a dinner discussion hosted by The Spectator around the theme of technology and digital economy as a booster of the UK's economic growth.

On Wednesday morning, for International Women's Day, she will participate in an event organised by the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), the first rural women's NGO accredited to the United Nations, giving voice to over 9 million rural and non-rural women in 75 countries.

On Friday morning, Vicky will be a guest on the All out Politics discussion on Sky News live from Brussels in the margins of the European Council meeting.

On Friday evening she will be in Cambridge where she will give a take on EU/UK future relations update and state of play as the guest of Cambridge City Conservative Association.


27 FEB 2017

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 27th February

Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 27th February

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

In London, on Monday, Vicky will meet with Rt. Hon. David Davis MP Secretary of State for exiting the European Union to discuss the state of play in Brussels and the priorities for the negotiations that will follow the triggering of Article 50.

On Tuesday in Brussels, Vicky will chair the IMCO workshop on "Consequences of Brexit", moderating a session on a sectorial analysis of consequences of Brexit. She will also participate in the East of England European Partnership event on "How will Brexit impact regional policy in the UK and EU post-2020?" at the Committee of the Regions to discuss the priorities for the East of England in the upcoming negotiations and the UK's regional development post-Brexit.

On Wednesday, Vicky will attend the roundtable discussion organised by EPP colleague Michal Boni with Elliot Schrage, Facebook's Global Vice President of Communications and Public Policy, to discuss how Facebook addresses the phenomena of 'fake news' and the third party verification program that was recently rolled out in Germany and France, the new feature that allows the community to flag a 'fake news' and how Facebook disrupts any financial incentives for spammers.

In Brussels she will also meet representatives from the UK Government to talk about consumer standards especially with the Consumer Protection Cooperation proposal going through IMCO and with the Secretary General of CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, on de-carbonization of transport, connectivity and automated driving.

In the chamber on Wednesday and Thursday, MEPs will discuss how to improve access to medicines, the potential and challenges of e-Democracy, the Common Commercial Policy for wildlife sustainability, as well as the upcoming European Council meeting of 9 and 10 March 2017 with the Council and Commission.

On Friday, Vicky will meet with Oliver Dowden, MP for Hertsmere, and Martine Eni, Chair of the Borehamwood & Elstree Twin Town Association, to discuss EU Citizens Rights. Vicky and Oliver will then go on to the Dame Alice Owen's School in Potters Bar to discuss with pupils her role in the European Parliament and the forthcoming negotiations.


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.


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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 and improved lifestyles for all our families.

Strong 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.