"A voice for Scotland”
The European Parliament in Strasbourg is buzzing with excitement this week over a major challenge to a ruling by judges in the Court of Justice. In 2011 Europe's highest court ruled that pollen is an ingredient of honey, in direct contradiction to all understanding and practices in the sector. The judge's decision will cost EU honey producers an estimated £2.7 million in re-labelling jars of honey to indicate that they contain pollen, potentially undermining consumer confidence in honey.
MEPs in Strasbourg for their monthly plenary session will be asked on Thursday to vote for a proposal which will give tax breaks worth over €1 billion to rum from France's Overseas Departments in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean. Speaking out against the proposal, Scottish Conservative Euro MP Struan Stevenson said:
Iraq is plummeting rapidly towards civil war and genocide according to senior EU lawmaker Struan Stevenson, a Scottish Conservative Euro MP who chairs the European Parliament’s powerful Delegation for Relations with Iraq. Stevenson says that a current Iraqi Government-ordered onslaught against supposed Al-Qaeda terrorists in six Iraqi Provinces is no more than a cover for the “annihilation of Sunnis opposed to the increasingly sectarian Shia policies of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.”
A senior Euro MP has expressed astonishment at what he describes as “US attempts to conceal information about seven hostages, including six women, abducted in Iraq.” Struan Stevenson, a Scottish Conservative MEP and President of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq, has said that he was surprised by US Secretary of State John Kerry's response to a question about the hostages when he said the information was “classified”.
Speaking from Strasbourg, the Euro MP said:
On Friday (6th December) MEP for Scotland, Struan Stevenson, visited the Glasgow Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre and was greeted by a number of VIPs (very important pooches). The MEP made many new furry friends at the centre, including Pip an adorable little crossbreed terrier.
Struan has written to the European Commission about the treatment of foreign language lecturers in Italy (the so-called 'lettori') including recent court cases concerning the rights of the lettori.
In a major conference held at the European Parliament on Wednesday, December 4, human rights violations in Iran, the Geneva nuclear agreement, and the massacre and hostage-taking in Camp Ashraf were debated in the presence of a large number of MEPs from various political groups and with the participation of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).