Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

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.

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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.