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MEP welcomes EP report on Fruit and Vegetables (16th July 2015)

A Report to the European Parliament on the fruit and vegetable sector by Nuno Melo has taken many of the recommendations of Anthea McIntyre’s Horticulture report into account. These recommendations will be very beneficial for the horticulture sector. The Melo Report has a welcome emphasis on measures intended to increase the market position of fruit and vegetable growers: a move Ms McIntyre strongly supported in her own report. There is also a strong focus on research and innovation in POs to boost product value. Ms. McIntyre’s report called on the Commission to...


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Cheer as EU drops anti-jobs directive (2nd July 2015)

Anthea McIntyre MEP today welcomed an announcement that plans for a set of EU rules on maternity leave have finally been dropped. Conservatives have consistently opposed the proposals on the grounds that countries should be allowed to decide their own maternity arrangements, instead of having a set of conditions imposed by Brussels Miss McIntyre, Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, said:  "It is a welcome relief that this meddlesome proposal has finally been ditched, but it has taken seven years of dogged opposition to see it off. This shows exactly why...


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Europe has a moral obligation to optimise food production (23rd June 2015)

Anthea McIntyre MEP hosted the European Agri-Food Chain Roundtable in Brussels this evening. Plant protection products are a huge issue for Europe’s food producers. Many national associations of the fruit and vegetable-processing industry in Europe came together to discuss their call for a coherent policy on plant protection solutions with representatives of the European Parliament and Commission. Introducing the event, Miss McIntyre said: “I start from the point of view of the real concern for food security and the rising worldwide demand for food.  While over 840 million people in the world do...


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Tories get backing for their roadmap to growth (3rd June 2015)

MEPs in Brussels have backed a raft of Conservative guidelines for cutting red tape and minimizing burdensome regulation. As a package, the proposals approved by the European Parliament's Employment Committee for shaping the EU's planned "Refit" programme amount to a road map for cutting back bureaucracy, boosting growth and helping small businesses create jobs. Anthea McIntyre, who drew up the proposals through a series of compromises and amendments, said: "This is about helping the EU limit its regulation to what is absolutely necessary. Then it can get out of the way and...


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