Entries by Darren

Seized cash should be used for communities

Jonathan Arnott, the region’s local UKIP MEP, has thrown his weight behind calls for communities blighted by crime to receive all of the assets and cash seized from local criminals by councils “I fully support the Local Government Association (LGA) in their demands for communities affected by crime to benefit from the assets seized from […]

EU Anti-Fraud Chief admits fraud is on the rise in the EU budget

A UK Independence MEP caused a stir in the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee recently after he obtained a startling admission from the head of the European Union’s anti-fraud body – that fraud within the EU budget is rising. Giovanni Kessler, the Director General of OLAF, was appearing before the European Parliament Committee speaking to […]

Letter – Time for tougher prison sentences for animal abuse

Dear Editor,   I recently read with disgust the recent reports about local thugs in Seaham who tortured a stolen pet rabbit to death. This is completely unacceptable in our society and I was appalled to learn that they only received community sentences. Crimes like this deserve jail; these thugs got away virtually scot-free with […]

Commission Question – Could the Commission provide details of the criteria it uses to evaluate the success (or otherwise) of EU-funded projects?

Question to the Commission for written answer Could the Commission provide details of the criteria it uses to evaluate the success (or otherwise) of EU-funded projects?     Answer given by President Barroso on behalf of the Commission (12.9.2014)     The 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) is now in place. The legal bases of the new generation of […]

Commission Question- It has been reported in the press that the Commission paid the United Nations EUR 140 million. Could the Commission confirm or deny this claim?

Question to the Commission for written answer E-006231/2014 It has been reported in the press that the Commission paid the United Nations EUR 140 million1.  Could the Commission confirm or deny this claim? 1  See ‘Revealed: EU hands out multi-millions to the BBC and green lobby’, www.breitbart.com, 8 July 2014.     Answer given by Mr Dominik on behalf of […]

Commission Question- Can the Commission please provide a breakdown by UK region of total funding received from the EU in the latest financial year for which breakdown figures are available? For the same year, could the Commission please provide a hypothecated breakdown of the total contributions made to the EU budget and institutions by UK region (e.g. foreign aid)?

Question to the Commission for written answer Can the Commission please provide a breakdown by UK region of total funding received from the EU in the latest financial year for which breakdown figures are available? For the same year, could the Commission please provide a hypothecated breakdown of the total contributions made to the EU budget and […]

Commission Question – Carbon emissions – Brussels-Strasbourg travel, it has been reported that the carbon emissions generated by Parliament’s journey from Brussels to Strasbourg represent 20 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. What is the Commission’s estimate of the total carbon emissions generated on an annual basis by Brussels-Strasbourg travel?

Question to the Commission for written answer Carbon emissions – Brussels-Strasbourg travel.  It has been reported that the carbon emissions generated by Parliament’s journey from Brussels to Strasbourg represent 20 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide1. What is the Commission’s estimate of the total carbon emissions generated on an annual basis by Brussels-Strasbourg travel? 1  ‘Europe’s GBP 150m ‘travelling circus’ should […]

Commission Question- Can the Commission please provide details of the Investor-State Dispute Mechanisms included in the proposed TTIP agreement with the USA?

Question to the Commission for written answer Can the Commission please provide details of the Investor-State Dispute Mechanisms included in the proposed TTIP agreement with the USA? Answer given by Mr De Gucht on behalf of the Commission (28.8.2014)   A public consultation was launched on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade […]

Commission Question – Can the Commission confirm that under the planned TTIP multinational companies will have the right to take legal action against national governments?

Question to the Commission for written answer: Can the Commission confirm that under the planned TTIP multinational companies will have the right to take legal action against national governments? Answer given by Mr De Gucht on behalf of the Commission  (15.9.2014)     Investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is a means of enforcing the limited number of investment protection […]