"A voice for Scotland”
Struan has written a letter to Algirdas Semeta, European Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud, about recent proposals by the Commission to renew excise tax preferences in favour of French rum that may harm Scotch Whisky exports.
Struan was interviewed on the BBC World Service's Newsday programme discussing the plight of ethnic minorities in Iraq.
A Scottish Euro MP has just returned from four days in Iraq, where he visited Syrian refugee camps, and discussed the country’s worsening human rights situation and persecution of minorities with senior political leaders.
From 25 October to 5 November, as Vice President of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee, Struan travelled to Laos and Vietnam, at the invitation of these governments, to examine their prospects for aquaculture.
MEPs from all political groups in the European Parliament have urged the leadership of the EU and the member states to force the Iraqi government to release the 7 hostages, including 6 women, who were abducted by Iraqi government forces on 1 September during the massacre in camp Ashraf. On that day 52 defenceless members of the Iranian opposition PMOI-MEK were executed by Iraqi special forces.
The European Parliament's Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup, of which Struan is Chair, has released a report on the 1 September massacre at Camp Ashraf in Iraq and call for international action.