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EU responds to millions in need of emergency assistance

“Syria has become the biggest humanitarian disaster of our era”

Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee, who has been campaigning in Europe to secure an increase of funding and a better-coordinated response to the Syrian conflict, has today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement of additional aid to assist the victims of the Syrian war, which has triggered the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon through the harsh winter. Image by UNHCR via flickr 

Helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon through the harsh winter. Image by UNHCR via flickr

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Southern African nation struggles to cope with devastating floods

It is now estimated that over 170 people have been killed and many more are missing following severe flooding in Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries and a country Scotland has had special ties with dating back to the work of missionaries and Dr David Livingstone.

Flood victims rush to a rescue boat in Makalanga, Malawi. Image UNDP via flickr

Flood victims rush to rescue boat in Makalanga, Malawi. Image from UNDP via flickr

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Alyn slams UK dairy complacency: “we need short term relief and long term structural measures to fix a broken market”

In a special hearing organised by the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee MEPs discussed the challenges facing the dairy sector and the implementation of the "Milk Package", which includes the opportunity for mandatory written contracts with milk collectors, and the encouragement of producer organisations to bargain collectively for a better price.

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Unfair supply chain: UK Government’s complacency will result in job losses

Scotland’s only voice on the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, Alyn Smith MEP, has condemned the UK Government’s lack of a response to the developing crisis in the farming supply chain.

Alyn has been appointed the shadow rapporteur for a report entitled “Tackling unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food supply chain” which is likely to call for legal action at EU level.

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Alyn presses Arab League on civil society and human rights

Scottish member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs committee Alyn Smith has urged the Arab League to be more supportive of civil society organisations and to promote human rights among its members. 

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TTIP agenda on the move?

The opaque and often confusing politics of TTIP have made an important step forwards over the past week. It appears, on the surface at least, that the EU Commission is starting to understand the scale of public concern about TTIP.

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Alyn backs Parliament's call for Kyrgyzstan to reject 'gay propaganda' bill

The European Parliament has urged Kyrgyzstan to dismiss a controversial new bill that would censor information on LGBTI issues. Alyn, a strong voice in defence of LGBTI rights, has voiced his support.

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Call on Egypt to cooperate with UN and human rights organisations, join ICC

“We have a duty towards the Egyptian people, do not dash their hopes"

SNP Member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Alyn Smith, has hailed the approval of a strong resolution calling for the EU to take a much stronger role in encouraging reform in Egypt. 

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Call to back Palestinian bid for the ICC membership

“Put historic alliances aside and take both parties of the conflict seriously”

Scotland’s only full member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Alyn Smith, has urged the EU and member states’ leaders to voice their support for the Palestinian membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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GM vote "a toxic guddle only the lawyers will win from"

Alyn Smith MEP, Scotland’s only representative on the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, has slammed the passage of new EU legislation on the cultivation of GM crops as a "Trojan horse riddled with loopholes" that potentially opens the door to much greater use of GM crops and circulation of GM products in Europe.

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