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Labour's MEPs will once again be at the Labour Party Conference this autumn. This year's conference will be in Liverpool from September 23-26. We'll have a fringe event, our Europe Reception and the EPLP exhibition stand.

Here are the details of our events and stand:

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Monday 24 September, 13:00-14:30:

43 Years of Labour in Europe: Battles won, battles lost, battles for the future...

Join us at our fringe meeting, where we will highlight Labour wins in the EU which are at risk from a Tory Brexit, reflect on what else might have been achieved and look to how we can strengthen our relationships with the Europe-wide labour movement.

Speakers include:

  • Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer MP
  • Leader of Labour's MEPs Richard Corbett MEP
  • TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady

Auditorium 1C, ACC

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Monday 24 September, 13:00-14:30:

The Europe Reception: A celebration of over 40 years of Labour in Europe

Join Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of Labour's MEPs Richard Corbett MEP, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady and special guests as we celebrate over 40 years of Labour in Europe.

Tickets for the Europe Reception are available at the EPLP stand (stand 37/38).

Meeting room 12, ACC

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All week:

EPLP exhibition stand

For as long as we remain members of the European Union, Labour MEPs will continue working to ensure our constituents' voices are heard in the corridors of power, on issues like jobs, the economy, fairness and equality - and we will continue working hard to fight a disastrous jobs-destroying Tory Brexit.

Visit us at our stand to find out more about Labour's achievements in Europe, collect our latest publications and take part in our interactive conference activities.

Stand 37/38, ACC

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Monday, September 17, 2018

 

EPLP at Labour Party Conference 2018

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As the European Parliament today backed a report proposing strong action to reduce plastic waste, Labour MEPs urged the UK government to match any new EU measures that come into force and keep them after Brexit.

The report calls for all plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2030, and a complete ban on microplastics added to products such as cosmetics, detergents and personal hygiene by 2020. It is estimated more than 700,000 plastic bottles are littered in the UK every day, many of which end up in our oceans, and new sources of plastic leakage, such as single-use plastic products and microplastics, are on the rise, posing new potential threats to animal and human health.

Currently, landfilling and incineration rates of plastic waste are quite high - 31% and 39%, respectively - and although landfill has decreased over the past decade, incineration has grown. According to estimates, 95 per cent of the value of plastic packaging material, €70-105 billion (£62-93bn), is lost to the economy after a very short first-use cycle.

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

“For all Michael Gove’s talk of a ‘green Brexit’, the Tory government’s record on plastics, like on so much else, shows they simply cannot be trusted to protect our natural environment.

“While the UK government has a vague and entirely non-binding goal of achieving zero avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042, the EU has set a target of all plastic packaging placed on the single market being recyclable or reusable by 2030. Similarly, while the Tories have only promised to consult on a ban on plastic straws and drink stirrers, the EU is working to prohibit the sale of a whole range of single-use plastic products that end up on our beaches including cutlery, straws, plates and cotton buds.

“When it comes to enforcement, the EU has proposed proper systems for NGOs and individuals to be able to take governments to court for failure to implement legislation, but our government has not proposed any mechanism for legal redress where government and manufacturers fail to take action.

“We must be much bolder in our commitment to tackle this, and match all current, and any new, EU environment legislation - we cannot let the Tories turn the UK into a post-Brexit dumping ground for cheap, non-recyclable plastics.”

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Labour MEPs: UK must match new EU proposals to tackle plastic waste

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New EU copyright laws, which the European Parliament will begin negotiations on with the Commission and national governments following today’s vote, will ensure creators and publishers of copyrighted content receive fair remuneration for their work while protecting online freedom, Labour MEPs said.

Crucially, MEPs backed the two key articles in the draft directive, Articles 11 and 13.

Article 11 concerns the protection of press publications and their digital use. The article protects the use of content and seeks to remunerate publishers and writers whose copy is appropriated by third party publishers.

Article 13 concerns the use of protected content by online sharing service providers. It addresses the ‘value gap’ by ensuring musicians and performers are remunerated if their work appears on user-uploaded video platforms.

The parliament now has a mandate to enter negotiations with the European Commission and member states.

Mary Honeyball MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on legal affairs, said:

"New legislation is needed to keep pace with technology - the EU's existing rules on copyright were written years ago, before the age of Google and YouTube and the widespread use of the internet.

“These new laws will ensure workers receive fair remuneration while protecting online freedom. There will be no censorship or limits on free speech and no bans on hyperlinks or parodying, nor were there ever any proposals for such measures.

“Artists, writers, musicians, indeed all creators and publishers of original content are not adequately protected under the current rules, and that is why it is vital these long-overdue updates to copyright law are negotiated and agreed on as soon as possible, to ensure workers are remunerated properly.

“Thousands of jobs in Britain depend on the creative industries, which contribute hundreds of millions of pounds to the economy and are one of our fastest growing sectors. It is crucial to act now to ensure creators are protected and are paid for their work.”

Theresa Griffin MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on industry, said:

“The vote today is to ensure creative workers get fairly paid for their work and are not exploited by large online platforms. It closes the value gap, and generates income to reinvest in content and create new work.

“Creative workers should be fairly remunerated. Would we dream of turning to other EU workers and ask them to give their work for free? This is about values, paying creative workers properly for their work, protecting them against exploitation and ending the unfair monopoly of big platforms.”

Julie Ward MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on culture, said:

“This is the biggest shake-up in EU copyright law for 15 years, and will curb the tech giants' power over online content - and crucially, will ensure creative artists in all the creative sectors are properly and fairly rewarded for their work. This is in line with Labour Party policy.

“The change will address the ridiculous situation at present that means a song needs to be streamed 50 million times on YouTube before the artist can expect to earn the average £27,600 UK salary.

“Our work in the European Parliament is concerned with looking after the small independent artists just starting out on their careers as well as those at the top of the game. Creators are workers, and deserve to have the same rights and protections as all workers, and as Labour MEPs we will continue to stand up for their rights and stand up to big business when it exploits them.”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Labour MEPs: New EU copyright laws will ensure fair remuneration for artists while protecting online freedom

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