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.
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.