FOOD, DRINK & FARMING
Scotland's Food and Drink industry exports are worth more than £5 billion annually - that includes the 40 bottles of Scotch Whisky which leave our shores every second! But this remarkable success story doesn't happen by chance. It is the hard work of farmers, producers, processors, distillers, fishermen and many others that ensure Scotland is known the world over for the quality of our produce.
The European Union has the ability to help grow our exports, and ensure our top quality produce reaches as wide a market as possible. My role as an MEP is to ensure there is a strong voice for Scotland's food and drink industry in the European Parliament.
RURAL AFFAIRS WORKING GROUP
I chair the ECR Rural Economy Working Group, and you will find more information on the activities of this group below.
The ECR Policy Group on the Rural Economy looks at all aspects of economic activity in rural areas, with a specific focus on how to make these areas more attractive as places to work and live. As such the group has a very wide scope and covers issues including the digital single market and rural broadband, transport infrastructure, regional development, land prices, tourism and the various CAP funding streams that are available in rural areas.
Please see below for details of previous meetings of the group
March – CAP Simplification – exchange with Commissioner Hogan
May – Rural Economy – Jobs@Risk
July – Bringing the Rural Economy up to speed – Rural Broadband
September - Island and Peripheral Communities
This morning I chaired an ECR Rural Economy Policy Group meeting on The future of Environmental Protection in Europe.READ MORE
Examining the prospects for a mid-term review of the CAP and my early thoughts on what Brexit means for European farmers.READ MORE
The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will take place on the 23 June. I believe it will be a once in a generation, perhaps even once in a lifetime, event. The question to be posed in the referendum is straightforward, the answer, a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ However, the relationship between the UK and the EU is anything but simple.READ MORE
Delighted to have hosted an event in the European Parliament last Wednesday celebrating Scottish Gin! With a big thanks to The Edinburgh Gin, Tanqueray, Isle of Harris Gin, The Botanist Gin, the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, Diageo, Spirits Europe and my co-host Dr Charles Tannock MEP.READ MORE
Whilst all respondents stated that the Directives have played a significant role in managing Scotland’s natural habitats and species, the majority view is that there is room for improvement.READ MORE
Oliver is the only candidate from the major parties to have grown up in the constituency, so he knows the issues well. He was schooled in Moffat and knows the local issues because he is local.READ MORE
The drive from Inverness to Forres takes you through some of the best farmland in Scotland. Fine seed potatoes are grown in Moray. Fine barley too. I always think that barley is best enjoyed in whisky form, and where better to enjoy it than Moray, home to more distilleries than anywhere else on the planet. Macallan, Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, Tomintoul, Aberlour; if you want a fine dram, Moray’s for you!READ MORE
ECR Rural Economy Policy Group, chaired by Ian Duncan MEP, hears from Commission and Council on Climate Change and Agriculture, CAP Reform and a possible investigation by the Commission into Scottish Government Farm Payment Crisis.READ MORE