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.
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.