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Scotland's children miss out on free fruit and veg for seventh year running

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.

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Alyn praises 'inspirational' Whitmuir farm plans

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.

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Alyn presses Farming Commissioner on CAP cross-compliance

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.

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Diageo move on alcohol labelling underlines need for legal obligatory rule

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.

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TTIP update from Alyn Smith MEP

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.

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Human rights must be protected in anti-terror cooperation with Arab League

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.

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SNP welcomes EU investment bank assistance for Scottish hospital

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. 

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The European Investment Bank in Luxembourg from Forgemind Archimedia's photostream via flickr

 

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EU to curb cost of paying with plastic

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).

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EP backs deal to make lorries safer and greener

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.

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Saudi blogger could face death penalty

“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. 

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