Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

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.

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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.