Proposals to cut red tape are major step towards EU reform

The European Commission announced today that it would be repealing and simplifying EU rules in several areas to reduce the burden of regulation, especially for small businesses.

County and West Midlands Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion commented: "These proposals are a clear sign that by working together with our European partners, we can deliver an EU that is more competitive, more open and less bureaucratic

European Arrest Warrant 'absolutely vital' to West Midlands Police: Chief Constable tells MEP

At a meeting with Euro MP Phil Bennion to discuss international crime and police co-operation, Chief Constable Chris Sims has described the European Arrest Warrant as 'absolutely vital' to police work fighting crime in the West Midlands force area.

Phil Bennion MEP with West Midlands Police's Chief Constable Chris Sims

MEP hails EU court ruling that rail delays must be compensated

Liberal Democrat MEP Phil Bennion has welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Justice that rail passengers are entitled to a partial ticket refund after a significant delay, even where that delay is due to "force majeure".

EU laws on rail passengers’ rights guarantee that a passenger facing a delay of an hour or more can request a partial refund of the ticket price

Pilot flying time limits & 'Single European Sky': best package for efficiency, environment and safety

Speaking after new rules on flying time limits were rejected in the European Parliament's Transport Committee today, county and West Midlands Liberal Democrat MEP Phil Bennion commented: "I am not convinced by the argument put forward by the pilots union that this proposal would lower standards in the UK.

The British government was advised by the Civil Aviation Authority on all the safety aspects throughout the negotiations, and I believe they were right in saying that the best balance had already been struck

EU Cars2020 strategy to cut red tape and turbocharge R and D funding

The EU's Cars2020 action plan for the car industry has the potential to turbocharge latest UK government plans to help manufacturers such as JLR compete globally, improve the business environment and boost research and development, says Midlands MEP Phil Bennion.

The Lib Dem MEP for the region which contains Jaguar Land Rover's main factories and many of Britain's remaining carmakers spoke out ahead of a debate and vote due later today in the Employment Committee of the European Parliament on the proposals

Liberal Democrats deliver billions of EU research funding for universities and small business

Lib Dem MEPs have hailed an EU deal for a £60 billion research programme that will bring huge benefits to business and higher education research, with universities in the West Midlands region well-placed to receive substantial help.

The new programme, Horizon 2020, includes significant funding for industry and provision for a separate €2

MEP congratulates Stratford campaigner after Lib Dems back her domestic violence policy motion

A campaign by Stratford mum Elizabeth Adams to change the law on sexual and domestic violence has taken a big step forward after the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow backed her motion as national party policy.

County and West Midlands Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion, who seconded Elizabeth's motion to help make sure it was put on the agenda, congratulated her for her success

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