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Michael Gove’s plan for a new environmental “gold standard” is just more hot air from a government that has repeatedly failed to meet, and has lobbied to weaken, EU standards on air pollution, Labour MEPs warned as the UK today launched its air quality strategy.

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

“Time and again, the UK has failed to meet the EU’s high standards on air pollution, and is now being taken to the European Court of Justice. Today’s statements from ministers are just hot air, nothing more than a response to the EU’s recent legal action. Given their record to date, the idea a post-Brexit Tory government will bring in more stringent air pollution targets than the EU is risible.

“And on vehicle emissions, the government may talk about bringing criminal charges against car manufacturers that use software to cheat emissions tests and recalling vehicles that emit illegal levels of harmful nitrogen oxide fumes, but they have failed to implement fines and other sanctions proposed by the EU after the dieselgate scandal. Indeed, MEPs last month voted for even more punitive punishments, including fines of up to £26,000 per car.”

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Labour MEPs: Gove’s hot air can’t disguise UK’s interminable failure to meet EU air quality standards

Michael Gove’s plan for a new environmental “gold standard” is just more hot air from a government that has repeatedly failed to meet, and has lobbied to weaken, EU standards...

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Labour MEPs have welcomed the announcement tomorrow’s hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the abuse of users’ data will be webstreamed live, following pressure from the Socialists and Democrats Group to ensure greater transparency.

Claude Moraes MEP, chair of the European Parliament civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, said:

“The issues raised by the data abuse scandal affect millions of European citizens, either because they have been directly affected by the practices of Cambridge Analytica or because they are Facebook’s users.

“European citizens need to know what happens and we cannot hide this debate from them, and we welcome Facebook agreeing to the hearing being webstreamed live, following pressure from the Socialists and Democrats Group to ensure the greatest possible transparency. Holding the meeting behind closed doors would have diluted public confidence in the process and in Facebook's willingness to live up to the responsibilities expected of it.

“Trust in Facebook has suffered as a result of the data breach and it is clear Mr Zuckerberg and Facebook will have to make serious efforts to reverse the situation and to convince individuals that Facebook fully complies with European data protection law. General statements like “we take privacy of our customers very seriously” are not sufficient, they have to comply and demonstrate it, and for the time being this is far from being the case.

“The Cambridge Analytica case was already in breach of the current Data Protection Directive, and would also be contrary to the General Data Protection Regulation, which is soon to be implemented. We expect the EU data protection authorities to take appropriate action to enforce the law.”

Claude Moraes MEP added:

“The most recent revelations may be just the tip of the iceberg - it is therefore imperative European citizens are given greater clarity.

“At the hearing, we will ask crucial questions of Facebook and Mr Zuckerberg, including the possible violation of competition law by merging Facebook data with Instagram and WhatsApp; the protection of privacy and rules on Facebook Apps; and the imbalance in privacy standards between the US and EU.

“We will use this opportunity to gain assurances that Facebook will commit to comply with European data protection standards, which under GDPR are now the strongest in the world. Facebook will also need to show that it will adhere to the comprehensive privacy rights due to be provided by the ePrivacy Regulation, in addition to answering questions about its response to the prevalence of hate speech online and the need for Federal Trade Commission compliance.

“We will not shy away from reporting back to parliament and the wider public on the meeting and will follow up on the hearing; we will continue to expect full cooperation from Facebook and other key organisations as we investigate these issues.”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Notes to Editors:

  1. Watch the hearing live tomorrow from 1815-1930 CET: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/schedule#22052018

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Unless the UK government can secure guarantees on the validity of insurance contracts after Brexit there will be even more chaos on the Irish border, as well as extra red tape and costs for the millions of EU-27 drivers in Britain and British drivers in the rest of the EU, Labour MEPs warned after the Commission said there is no guarantee Brexit won’t disrupt insurance and derivative contracts.

Labour’s Neena Gill MEP yesterday asked Valdis Dombrovskis, EU vice-president in charge of financial stability, financial services and capital markets union, how it can ensure the 96 trillion pounds of derivative and tens of millions of insurance policies can continue and not be disrupted when the UK leaves the EU in the absence of a clear regulatory framework. Mr Dombrovskis replied that he “would be somewhat hesitant to give guarantees because negotiations are still ongoing and the outcome is still not 100 per cent clear”.

Earlier this week, however, UK officials claimed British drivers will be able to use their existing insurance policies when travelling in Europe after Brexit, saying the UK would remain inside the “free circulation zone” - comprising all EU countries plus Serbia, Switzerland and Andorra - after it leaves the EU.

Neena Gill MEP, member of the European Parliament economic and monetary affairs committee, said:

“The validity of insurance contracts after Brexit is yet another issue that hasn’t been resolved, creating more uncertainty - particularly around the Irish border. As the Commissioner told me yesterday, there are currently no guarantees and the outcome is not clear, yet the UK government seems to assume everything will be fine.

“Unless these issues are resolved, we could end up with the ludicrous situation of someone having to purchase additional insurance and possibly a green card, and have to show it each time they crossed the Irish border. This will create more red tape, more costs and more delays. The Irish border issue, along with the rest of Brexit, is far from resolved.”

Friday, May 18, 2018

Labour MEPs: Failure to guarantee insurance contracts post-Brexit will cause even more chaos on Irish border

Unless the UK government can secure guarantees on the validity of insurance contracts after Brexit there will be even more chaos on the Irish border, as well as extra red...

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