Alyn Smith MEP, Scottish full member of the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, has welcomed today's announcement by the Danish Prime Minister in the European Parliament of the new priorities of the Danish Presidency in the field of agriculture, notably to reopen the discussions on transparency on CAP beneficiaries, and to make the fight against antimicrobial resistance a priority of its food policy.Read more
38 out of 47 UK credit companies 'mislead' public
SNP MEP Alyn Smith has called for the UK Government to name and shame online credit companies following a Europe-wide assessment which concluded two-thirds of banks and credit card services are guilty of misleading the public.Read more
"Commissioner warned of injustice done to Highlands and Islands"
SNP MEP Mr Alyn Smith has this morning (Tuesday) secured agreement from EU Commissioner-designate Danuta Hubner to re-examine the funding status of the Highlands and Islands. While not raising false hopes, this is a step forward compared to the unwillingness of the UK government to take up the issue.
Mr Smith was questioning the Commissioner-designate at the European Parliament hearing whereby each proposed Commissioner must satisfy MEPs that they are up to the job. The European Parliament will vote on the appointment of the Commissioners later in the year.Read more
"Buzzwords, warm words, group hugs, gimmicks and fluff"
SNP MEP Mr Alyn Smith has today commented upon the content of the much trailed Scottish Executive International Strategy launched this morning (Thursday).Read more
"Let's see how european non-EU states manage"
SNP MEP Mr Alyn Smith has today been confirmed as a full member of the European Parliament's 17-man delegation for relations with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway and the European Economic Area. The delegation covers relations with European states which are not members of the European Union and is of particular relevance to Scotland given that Iceland and Norway are so close to us, yet not EU members.Read more