The European Parliament voted on a report on the implementation of the Single European Sky (SES) legislation, confirming its increasing concerns at the consequences of Member States failure to accelerate a full and timely delivery.
Most Member States in fact still have failed to meet core targets to complete the SES, namely the "functional airspace blocks" which were supposed to be operational by 4 December 2012 and the "EU performance scheme" such as shorter flight routes, fewer delays and lower costs for air traffic control services.
Each year over 25 million British citizens choose to go on holiday elsewhere in Europe by public transport, using planes, trains, buses and boats.
MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this evening (Tuesday October 23rd) debated and voted to back a report calling for further strengthening of passenger rights, in particular obliging carriers to inform passengers properly of their already existing rights.
Euro-MPs at Strasbourg have backed a recommendation that all cars be fitted with an automatic road crash alert system by 2015.
West Midlands MEP Dr Phil Bennion, the Lib Dem spokesman on Transport in the European Parliament, has welcomed the call for the European Commission to compel all new cars from 2015 to be fitted with the 'eCall' system, which automatically alerts emergency services to serious road crashes when airbags are deployed.
West Midlands Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion has slammed the Greens in the European Parliament for their attempts to force all vehicles over 1.
5 tonnes used for carrying goods to install digital tachographs.
The European Commission has been challenged by Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion to spell out what the EU will do to stop American or multinational companies trying to dodge tougher factory safety laws in Bangladesh.
Dr Bennion was co-sponsor of a second resolution on action after the Rana Plaza fire disaster debated at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday May 23rd.
As a Member of the Employment Committee, I'm able to contribute to the Liberal Group position on a variety of issues. I'm particularly involved in work to supporting Small Businesses (for more information please see my "Boosting SMEs" page) but am also involved with issues like "eco-innovation". I'm also keen to ensure a good deal for our farmers, and have worked closely with Liberal colleagues from the Employment Committee and the Agriculture Committee to ensure that new proposals for the EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund, don't end up hurting farmers by shifting money from the Common Agricultural Policy.
I've been using my influence to try and steer the debates in the Committee in a more sensible direction, highlighting the practical problems with some of the fluffy policy ideas being floated. I consult with stakeholders from Business, NGOs, the European Commission, and crucially from the UK civil service based in Brussels (UKREP) to make sure that I have a well rounded view when making important decisions.
On top of being a "transport enthusiast", I am convinced that an effective, ambitious and innovative European transport policy is essential not only for growth and jobs, but also for European, and notably UK, citizens. Establishing the right European Transport policy is key to encouraging and promoting mobility, labour mobility, cultural and educational mobility but also tourism mobility. We also need to do much more to better connect Europe with efficient and sustainable transport links, to improve road safety, to develop our European Union external aviation policy to remain a hub in the world, and to support SMEs. Those are my top priorities as the Liberal Democrats transport Spokesperson in the European Parliament
As a substitute Member of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council (DPLC) I follow the situation on the ground in the Palestinian Territories, Israel, and the surrounding countries which are affected by the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict.
Though the Palestinian Legislative Council itself does not currently function, the Delegation continues to monitor the situation of Palestinians on the ground and the ongoing political developments.
The most pressing issue that is raised with us is the situation of refugees, many of whom are now the descendents (second and third generation) of refugees displaced following the 6 day war, and who have lived outside of what was once Palestine for all of their lives.
As such these "stateless persons" enjoy no citizenship of any state, and are primarily supported by aid through the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) and to a lesser extent the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Our work due to its basis on the Palestinian political situation is by nature focussed on the situation of Palestinians, rather than Israelis, though this is counterbalanced by the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Israel.
Despite this Palestinian focus, I and my colleagues try to remain objective and neutral - looking at the political failings, whatever their root causes which result in the humanitarian problems which blight ordinary people in the region.
We as a delegation continue to call for a peaceful, political resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, based on a two state solution, a safe and secure state of Israel, and a viable, economically and politically independent Palestinian State.
For more information please see the following links:
European Parliament Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council
United Nations Relief Works Agency
United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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