Phil Bennion has called on both the Bangladesh government and European clothing retailers to take 'exceptional measures' to improve factory safety standards in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster, which killed over 380 workers in Dhaka.
The West Midlands MEP, an active member of the Parliament's South Asia delegation, said: "I must express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the hundreds of workers who tragically lost their lives in the factory collapse.
Phil Bennion and Midlands Lib Dem MPs Lorely Burt and John Hemming have backed calls at a conference in Birmingham for urgent international action to help resolve violence and disorder sweeping across Bangladesh.
The event at Birmingham Council House, organised by the Coalition of Bangladeshi Organisations in the Midlands, saw 300 people hear how the country is being brought to a standstill by protests over unfair proceedings and death sentences handed down by a government-backed tribunal prosecuting alleged war crimes.
The best way to resolve the growing crisis over war crime prosecutions in Bangladesh would be to refer all cases to an international tribunal with UN backing, the European Parliament heard today.
Liberal Democrat Euro MP Phil Bennion co-proposed the idea in an amendment to a resolution on the situation in Bangladesh debated at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.
A peaceful election and transition process with EU observers could herald a new era in Pakistan, a European Parliament seminar with experts from across the political, aid and academic spectrum heard today.
The event, on the challenges facing Pakistan in the run-up to elections due in May, was sponsored by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group and hosted by West Midlands Lib Dem MEP Phillip Bennion and German (FDP) MEP Alexander Lambsdorff.
Recent murders of medical aid workers in Pakistan endanger not just the lives of Pakistani children but also global efforts to eradicate polio, Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion told the European Parliament this afternoon.
Proposing a joint resolution condemning the attacks on behalf of the ALDE group, Dr Bennion said the attacks on nurses and staff trying to immunize 33 million children in Pakistan were a threat to one of the world’s most important public health campaigns.
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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