MEP Midlands North West

‘Tariff truce is good news for Irish exporters and importers’

Ursula von der Leyen and Joe Biden at the EU/U.S. summit in Brussels via @vonderleyen Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey has welcomed a deal at the EU-U.S. summit to suspend tariffs relating to the long running Boeing/Airbus dispute for another five years.  Since 2019, a 25% tariff has been placed on €420 million worth of...
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Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey has called on the EU and the U.S. to redouble their efforts to resolve a long-running trade dispute, which has resulted in retaliatory tariffs placed on a range on Irish products. He made the comments ahead of Tuesday’s EU-U.S. summit in Brussels, which will be attended by President Joe Biden....
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Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey has welcomed further talks between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the Common Agricultural Policy. Negotiations ended today without an agreement but all sides have agreed to resume discussions in June with the aim of reaching a compromise. He commented, “Although a deal wasn’t reached this week,...
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With the EU setting out its budgetary framework and strategic priorities for the coming seven years, many programmes have changed or been given a new focus.  I thought it timely, therefore, to draw together this brief guide to EU funding which gives an overview and an explanation of some of the relevant funding programmes and...
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Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey has called on the Government to introduce a new bank holiday later this year to thank volunteers for their tireless efforts during the COVID-10 pandemic. The proposal comes during National Volunteering Week and coincides with a vote in the European Parliament to approve a new EU volunteering programme for young...
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Fine Gael’s Colm Markey has said the proposed EU COVID-19 Certificate is a major step towards normality, which will save Irish jobs and reunite families. The Midlands-North-West MEP has confirmed he will be voting in favour of the plans in the European Parliament this week (Wednesday) and questioned why two of his constituency colleagues are...
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Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey has described moves by some countries to alter the calculation method for allocating the €5 billion Brexit Adjustment Reserve as an attempted ‘cash grab’ which goes against the spirit of EU solidarity. He made the comments at the European Parliament Committee on Fisheries (PECH) today (Monday) where members discussed a...
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Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey has said that Ireland needs to change the conversation around post second-level education and promote alternative paths. He was speaking as the Government prepares to launch its new Apprenticeship Action Plan later this month. It comes as the CAO system faces a revamp to incorporate apprenticeships and traineeships for the...
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Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey has told the European Parliament that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to reinvent and reimagine rural communities. He was speaking during a debate on Thursday with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Janusz Wojciechowski on the Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas. Commenting afterwards, the Midlands...
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