ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC HEALTH
The Environment Committee is the largest committee in parliament and deals with the most legislation, from genetic modification to birds and habitats. My aim is to guarantee Europe's world leading environmental standards while protecting jobs and encouraging growth in Europe.
From regulating our oil and gas industry to protecting our unique wildlife, decisions taken in the European Parliament's Environment Committee impact Scotland.
Currently, I am consulting on changes to the European Birds and Habitats Directives. You can read and respond to this consultation here.
The First Minister of Scotland has determined that there must be a second Scottish independence referendum. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has determined that "now is not the time" for such a ballot.READ MORE
As Scotland’s First Minister took to the podium in Bute House, I took flight, literally. By the time she got down to business, I was 20,000 feet up in the air. There is a certain serenity that comes from soaring over Scotland, disconnected from telephonic communication and social media. But all good things must come to an end. By the time my flight had taxied to the gate, my inbox, Twitter account, WhatsApp, and messaging service were beeping, purring and twitching. It didn’t take long to learn that Ms Sturgeon was asking for another independence referendum. These generations, they pass so quickly…READ MORE
My speech to the European Parliament ahead of the vote on the ETSREAD MORE
This morning I chaired an ECR Rural Economy Policy Group meeting on The future of Environmental Protection in Europe.READ MORE
UPDATE: The consultation closed on 20th January 2017. The results have been analysed and sent to the relevant departments for consideration.READ MORE
Ian Duncan MEP has chaired a session exploring what future UK agricultural policy could look like outside the European Union.READ MORE
The people have spoken. For the first time in its 66 year history a country, this country, has voted to leave the EU.READ MORE
Today I wrote to Farming Commissioner Hogan on my concerns regarding current Greening Requirements faced by Scottish and British farmers and my thoughts on where there can be reform.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
Every Saturday morning when I was growing up, the fish van from Arbroath would arrive in Alyth. A queue would quickly form, and if were not near the front your chances of finding Arbroath smokies was slight; smokies always went like hot cakes. My last encounter with the delicacy was during the general election campaign. Out and about in Arbroath I discovered a smoke house down a close. I spent the rest of the morning delivering leaflets with a bag of fish dangling off my elbow.READ MORE
Whenever British MEPs foregather, and talk turns to constituencies, every member claims to have the best seat in the UK. Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they? However, Scotland is hard to beat.READ MORE
Waiting to board the flight to Shetland the air crew told me that there had been snow on the islands before they left. I wasn’t sure whether this was one of those tricks islanders play on unsuspecting mainlanders. As it happened it was absolutely true.READ MORE
Dr Ian Duncan is asking fishermen and farmers to tell him how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) can be reformed as part of the Prime Minister´s renegotiation deal.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
At the end of last year a seafood scandal broke in Brussels. An organisation by the name of Oceana went deep undercover. The organisations operatives gathered DNA samples from 280 fish dishes being offered by Brussels leading restaurants (as well as the canteens of the three EU institutions). The purpose of the investigation was simple: was the fish on the menu actually the fish that arrived on the plate?READ MORE
Alex Johnstone MSP and I visited the Guide Dogs Scotland training centre in Forfar, to highlight my study into access rights for guide dog users across the EUREAD MORE
Exactly what qualifications are needed to take a pleasure craft to sea? And what safety equipment must such a vessel possess to be considered officially seaworthy? I did some digging. The answer was surprising.READ MORE