Alyn Smith MEP, Scotland’s representative on the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, has expressed disappointment that children will miss out on the EU’s School Fruit Scheme (SFS) for the seventh year in a row.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP and Emma Harper, SNP candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale, have expressed their support for Whitmuir Farm’s plan to establish itself as the first community-owned farm in Scotland.Read more
Scotland's only voice on the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee Alyn Smith MEP has today (Tuesday) pressed EU farm commissioner Phil Hogan on cross-compliance and warned that future CAP reform must prioritise a clearer and more straightforward system.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP has criticised an announcement yesterday from drinks giant Diageo on the provision of nutritional information on their drinks products as a half hearted and grudging step in the right direction and urged the European Commission to press on with plans for a legally binding obligatory regime across the whole of the EU. Today's announcement gives no timescale and makes few concrete commitments.Read more
Welcome to my latest update on TTIP, the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
My position on TTIP is (and always has been) simple. I will not support any treaty that is not in the best interests of the Scottish people or would damage the ability of the Scottish Government to manage public services as they deem appropriate. Such a statement is broad, but deliberately so.Read more
The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on EU cooperation with the Arab League on counter-terrorism. Alyn Smith MEP, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee negotiated the report for his political group and supported the compromise.Read more
SNP MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed news that the EU Investment Bank will provide funding for the construction of a hospital in Dumfries and Galloway. Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, alongside Westminster candidate Richard Arkless, acknowledged the support as a vital investment for the local area.
The European Investment Bank in Luxembourg from Forgemind Archimedia's photostream via flickr
SNP MEP Alyn Smith welcomed the move to protect consumers from overcharging banks following the European Parliament’s vote in favour of a proposed cap on debit and credit card transaction fees in Strasbourg yesterday (Tuesday).Read more
Alyn Smith SNP member of the European Parliament has welcomed the new EU rules on truck weights and dimensions adopted in Strasbourg today, which will provide for safer lorry cab design and allow manufacturers to increase the length of lorry cabs if this improves road safety and environmental performance.Read more
“The EU must stand united against human rights abuses by the Saudi authorities.”
Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, has called for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to take all necessary steps to secure the immediate release of all prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia, including liberal blogger Raif Badawi.Read more