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EU environment ministers must not water down the European Parliament’s proposals for a 40 per cent cut in car and van emissions of CO2 by 2030, Labour MEPs warned ahead of tomorrow’s crunch Environment Council.

Seb Dance MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on environment, said:

“Last week MEPs backed a bold and ambitious set of proposals to cut CO2 emissions of cars and vans by 40 per cent by 2030, targets which will not only help the fight against climate change but safeguard the competitiveness of the car industry and the jobs of workers in the automotive sector.

“It is vital EU environment ministers, especially Michael Gove, back the new targets and do not water them down. Ninety four per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions of the transport sector are caused by road transport, seventy three per cent of which are from cars and vans - inaction is not an option.”

Monday, October 8, 2018

Labour MEPs: EU ministers must not water down tough new CO2 emissions targets for cars and vans

EU environment ministers must not water down the European Parliament’s proposals for a 40 per cent cut in car and van emissions of CO2 by 2030, Labour MEPs warned ahead...

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A Labour MEP will today tell Knesset foreign affairs and defence committee chair Avi Dichter that Israel’s illegal destruction of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar must be halted. Mr Dichter is facing questions from MEPs on the European Parliament foreign affairs committee.

Wajid Khan MEP, member of the European Parliament foreign affairs committee, said:

“We will raise urgent concerns with Mr Dichter about Israel's aggressive actions towards the residents of the Khan al-Ahmar community. The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar contravenes the Geneva Conventions, is opposed by the international community and will cause untold pain and misery.

“The Israeli authorities’ proposed transfer of the residents of Khan al-Ahmar would move a rural livestock-dependent community to an urban site unsuitable for the Bedouin livelihood, culture and traditions. This is likely to increase their level of humanitarian need. Israel has a responsibility to protect the Khan al-Ahmar residents, which it is quite clearly not meeting.

“If Israel goes ahead with this, and other such blatant disregarding of international law like the never-ending blockade of Gaza and the new nation-state law, the European Union cannot and must not look the other way, and in the European Parliament we will continue to push for action.

“I look forward to hearing Avi Dichter's response and having a dialogue with him about how we can make progress towards a peaceful, two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.”

Monday, October 8, 2018

Labour MEP tells Knesset defence committee chair: Stop illegal destruction of Khan al-Ahmar

A Labour MEP will today tell Knesset foreign affairs and defence committee chair Avi Dichter that Israel’s illegal destruction of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar must be halted. Mr...

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Tory MEPs today voted against a resolution calling on EU countries to “refrain from selling arms and any military equipment to Saudi Arabia”.

Wajid Khan MEP, member of the European Parliament foreign affairs committee, said:

“At least ten thousand civilians have died since 2015. Two million people have been displaced. Eight million people are reliant on relief agencies for food. The incidence of cholera is rising. The country is on the verge of famine.

“Death. Disease. Displacement. The Yemen war has raged for year after year after year, affecting millions, yet the Tories today, in opposing an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, have voted to prolong the suffering.

“Truly the Tories are the party of the few. The arms dealer. The mercenary. The dictator. And so long as their pals continue to line their pockets, they remain indifferent to the hell of the many.”

Wajid Khan MEP added:

“All sides are to blame for the atrocities that the Yemeni people are suffering. Saudi air strikes against civilian targets, Houthi recruitment of child soldiers and ballistic missile attacks on Saudi territory, as well as allegations of torture and extra-judicial killings in UAE-controlled jails, make this a horrific situation.

“Peace talks in Geneva collapsed before even starting, because not all the warring parties sat at the table. Resolution 2216 called for the Houthis to surrender as a precondition for the negotiations - this has caused a political deadlock and has not helped the cause of Yemen in any sense. However, the UK government - which bears the responsibility for this act - has so far refused to table a new resolution.

“A new UN initiative would show the serious commitment of the international community, support peace mediation efforts and give a glimpse of hope to the Yemeni population.”

Clare Moody MEP, vice-chair of the European Parliament security and defence committee, said:

“What we are witnessing in Yemen is a humanitarian crisis, possibly a war crime, yet the Tory government continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia even when it has been proven that those weapons are being used to murder innocent children in Yemen.

“By voting against an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, the Tories are continuing to ignore the evidence of Saudi atrocities and turning a blind eye to the devastation being wrought upon millions of civilians, who will continue to suffer.”

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Notes to Editors:

  1. The full text of the resolution can be found here.

As Yemen war rages, Tory MEPs vote against arms embargo on Saudi Arabia

Tory MEPs today voted against a resolution calling on EU countries to “refrain from selling arms and any military equipment to Saudi Arabia”.

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