Brussels Update Jan 2016

Richard Ashworth MEP: EU investment in the UK, CAP simplification, Court of Auditors, and the Digital Single Market.

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Richard Ashworth MEP

Brussels Update

Dear Colleagues,


We are living in difficult and challenging times, whether it is geopolitical tensions, the threat of terrorism or faltering global markets. With a myriad of political and economic hotspots that have the potential to undermine growth, the economic and geopolitical outlook for 2016 looks more unsettled this year than it has in decades.


I am sending you this report as part of my endeavour to inform my constituents about my activities and the wider activities of the European Union. In our corner of the world, the UK’s upcoming referendum on our relationship with the EU will have broad ramifications for Britain’s place in the world, as well as the future of our own Union and the European Union as a whole.


The report includes news stories for January, a myth-buster on the EU accounts, and a piece on the Digital Single Market.


All the best for 2016,


Richard Ashworth.

January News


The European Investment Bank (EIB) lent a record €7.77 billion to UK projects last year, an increase of 10.8% on 2014 investment.


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Richard Ashworth MEP has been at the forefront of campaigning for a futures market in dairy products to reduce the price volatility affecting UK farmers and has thus welcomed the Commission’s new expert group.

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Gigaclear, the ultrafast broadband provider, received an investment of £18 million from the EIB for superfast broadband in rural communities. Richard Ashworth MEP said “this is a good example of how the EU is able to support the UK government in its plans to deliver superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017.”

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Richard with a South East region visitor group at the European Parliament.

Agriculture Commissioner praised Richard Ashworth MEP for his Common Agricultural Policy simplification report which influenced recent proposals on penalties.

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European Criminal Records Information System will be extended to facilitate better exchange of criminal records of non-EU citizens within the EU.

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Myth-busting the Court of Auditors.

The ECA has signed off the 2014 accounts as complete and accurate, as it has done every year since the 2007 financial year. Read our factsheet to learn more...

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Digital Single Market Strategy.


The Digital Single Market is a top priority for the European Commission, but what does it mean? In this article, we outline the main ideas of the strategy and its relevance to the UK...

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