Jacqueline Foster MEP

North West

Jacqueline Foster

Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament; Member of the ECR Bureau; Transport and Tourism Spokesman

Parliamentary Committees:
Transport and Tourism; Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Parliamentary Delegations:
Relations with Australia and New Zealand; Relations with the United States

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4 Things We’ve Done To Improve Animal Welfare

18 Jul 2018 @ 12:00

In the European Parliament, Conservative MEPs have been leading efforts to improve animal welfare and protect the world’s wildlife for future generations. Here are just four things we’ve done:

4 Things We’ve Done To Protect Our Environment

25 Jul 2018 @ 12:00

In the European Parliament, Conservative MEPs have been leading efforts to protect our environment and combat climate change. Here are just four things we've done:

Come meet us at party conference

26 Sep 2018 @ 12:00

Join us in Birmingham for our final Conservative Party Conference from Sunday 30th September to Wednesday 3rd October. We will be answering your questions at our stand in the main exhibition hall and out our latest report showcasing how we have delivered for Britain. Together with the European Conservatives and Reformist (ECR) Group, we will also be hosting events throughout the conference discussing the UK and EU's future security and economic relationship.

Conservative MEPs call for an end to animal testing globally

28 Nov 2017 @ 12:00

Today Conservative MEPs voted to call on the EU to spearhead a global ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals.

Conservative MEPs help defeat EU attempt to control time

08 Feb 2018 @ 13:00

Conservative MEPs today helped thwart attempts by the European Parliament to scrap the twice yearly clock change.

A call to discontinue the current system, which sees the clocks advanced an hour across the EU on the last Sunday in March and turned back on the last Sunday in October, was defeated.

Conservative MEPs oppose protectionist measures for airlines

20 Mar 2018 @ 13:00

Airlines based outside the EU could face protectionist measures against them after the European Parliament’s Transport Committee voted to update the EU’s competition rules today.

Conservative MEPs reject "passenger rights" proposals which exclude Gibraltar

05 Feb 2014 @ 14:0

Conservative MEPs today voted to reject a discriminatory report which sets out planned legislation on consumer rights for air passengers – but excludes all flights in and out of Gibraltar Airport.

Conservative MEPs support aviation sector and reject "anti-growth" resolution

11 Nov 2015 @ 19:30

Conservative MEPs have refused to support a resolution on the aviation sector which calls for a reduction of the power of member states and an increase in the amount of prescriptive social legislation.

The resolution from the Transport Committee sets out the Parliament's position ahead of the European Commission's publication of a new Aviation Package by the end of the year.

Although Conservatives agree with much of the content of the report, such as improving the capacity and connectivity of EU airports, advancing the conclusion of air service agreements with a number of non-EU countries, and speeding up implementation of the Single European Sky initiative, the report has been padded out with extra demands that the delegation cannot support.

Transport Spokesman and Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster MEP, said: "I strongly support any measure which would boost the aviation and aeronautics sector, particularly speeding up the implementation of the Single European Sky programme.

"Regrettably, however, EPP, socialist and liberal MEPs have inserted a number of demands which we just cannot support.

"Although fully supporting proper recognition of EASA as an extremely effective safety agency, we do not support a single European voice in this key area.

"Every country is contracted to the International Civil Aviation Organisation in its own right, and I cannot support the removal of a representative from each member state, including the UK.

"Furthermore, I believe that current employment legislation on working conditions, standards and practice should be maintained, rather than this report being hijacked by overly prescriptive proposals on contracts and job locations which would hinder growth and competitiveness.

"I look forward to receiving the Commission's proposals in December, which I hope will be a balanced and forward looking package of legislation to modernise and grow our vital aviation sector.

Conservative transport spokesman wins support over Gibraltar vote

09 Sep 2015 @ 15:30

Conservative MEPs have won the backing of fellow parliamentarians for deleting a needless reference to Gibraltar in a report on EU transport policy.

Conservatives back EU action on live animal transport

14 Feb 2019 @ 14:00

Stronger measures to enforce legislation to protect live animals being transported across the European Union have been backed today by Conservative MEPs.

Conservatives see off EU threat to caravans and small garages

11 Mar 2014 @ 13:0

Conservative MEPs were celebrating today (Tuesday) after successfully side-lining over-zealous road safety Regulations which would have subjected caravans and light trailers to a cumbersome and intrusive inspection regime.

Conservatives shun tainted Single European Sky plans

12 Mar 2014 @ 12:0

Excellent proposals to make the Single European Sky initiative a reality have been badly thrown off course by the addition of extra proposals which add legal problems, create red tape and discriminate against Gibraltar, senior Conservative MEP Jacqueline Foster warned today.

Conservatives vote to stop taxpayer-funded subsidy for Spanish bullfighting

28 Oct 2015 @ 14:0

As part of the vote on the EU's budget for 2016, Conservative MEPs have voted in favour of an amendment to end taxpayer subsidies for Spanish bullfighting.

The amendment, which has cross-party support, aims to stop EU funds being released from the Common Agricultural Policy for the controversial blood sport.

EU 'Package Holiday' rules brought into the 21st century

09 Jul 2013 @ 16:0

Gone are the days when package holidays were always booked from a brochure at a travel agents, so EU laws protecting travellers need to be updated, Malcolm Harbour MEP and Jacqueline Foster MEP said today in response to the European Commission proposals to revamp rules for 'Package Holidays'.

EU legislation threatens to turn back the clock at British ports

08 Mar 2016 @ 1:0

Conservative MEPs will continue to oppose measures they say threaten to turn back the clock at British ports.

EU must follow UK ban on ivory trade

05 Jun 2018 @ 10:00

The EU is being urged to follow the UK's lead and introduce a near total ban on the sale of ivory.

EU time change is "unwanted and unnecessary"

26 Mar 2019 @ 15:00

Moves by the European Union to abolish the bi-annual clock change have been condemned as unwanted and unnecessary by Conservative MEPs.

EU to allow time for a global deal to cut aviation emissions

12 Dec 2017 @ 12:00

Conservative Transport Spokesman and Deputy Leader, Jacqueline Foster MEP, welcomed today's agreement to “Stop the Clock” to allow time for a global agreement to cut aviation emissions to be negotiated.

The EU currently operates an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for internal flights, but could not extend its scope outside the EU following international opposition. Today's decision will give the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) until December 2023 to finalise a new global scheme called CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation).

Foster leads call for robust action against wildlife crime

21 Oct 2015 @ 16:15

The EU must take more robust action to tackle international wildlife crime, the Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster, has said.

Foster leads debate at major conference on drones

08 Dec 2015 @ 18:0

Conservative Transport Spokesman Jacqueline Foster has reiterated calls for a light-touch, safety-first approach to the proposed regulation of non-military drones at a major aviation industry conference today.

Mrs Foster was a keynote speaker at a wide-ranging debate in Brussels on the development of drones, organised by the influential European Aviation Club, of which she is a longstanding member

Foster rejects "ridiculous" report calling for a ban on cars

02 Dec 2015 @ 19:45

A report from a Green MEP calling for cars to be banned from all European cities by 2050 has been rejected by Conservatives.

Foster secures overwhelming support for report on safe use of drones

29 Oct 2015 @ 12:30

A report by Conservative MEP Jacqueline Foster on the safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems - or drones - for non-military use, has been overwhelmingly backed by MEPs.

The first ever report by the European Parliament to deal with this exciting and constantly evolving technology seeks to ensure that any legislation brought forward by the European Commission takes a risk-based approach, without creating unnecessary red-tape for the industry.

Foster warns against over-regulation in major speech on aeronautics industries

14 Oct 2015 @ 11:30

Deputy leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster, has used a major speech in Brussels today to warn of the dangers of over-regulation by the EU in the aeronautics sector.

Foster: "Cosmetic testing on animals must be banned worldwide”

03 May 2018 @ 01:00

Today Conservative MEPs backed a call for the EU to spearhead a global ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals.

Foster: new safety rules extend British standards to the rest of Europe

26 Feb 2014 @ 13:0

New rules have been agreed on the reporting of all aviation related incidents which will enhance safety across the EU, extending the model of Britain’s safety regime, a leading MEP predicted today (Wednesday).

Foster: Rules on civil use of drones need to be light-touch and safety-focused

14 Jul 2015 @ 14:30

Conservative Transport Spokesman Jacqueline Foster has today presented her draft report on the safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems – or drones – for non-military use.

Foster: We will fight EU plan for caravan and trailer tests

02 Jul 2013 @ 9:0

Conservative transport and tourism spokesman Jacqueline Foster has vowed to do all she can in the European Parliament to resist proposals which would impose a cumbersome and intrusive inspection and testing regime for caravans and light trailers.
The European Union has drafted a raft of proposed legislation on vehicle safety testing which would hugely extend the scope of the current regime for MOT tests, as well as roadside tests on commercial vehicles.
Mrs Foster, Conservative MEP for North West England, said: "Caravan enthusiasts and the caravan industry itself are extremely fearful. This proposed regulation will bring extra costs and inconvenience that could spoil their holidays and leisure time.
"It also poses a threat to ordinary householders occasionally using small trailers for jobs like taking garden waste to the tip.
"I am all in favour or improving road safety, but this is set to take our perfectly good British system backwards."
The draft legislation includes proposals that could potentially ban some repair garages from also conducting MOT tests and for making caravans and light trailers (under 3.5 tons) subject to frequent MOT tests.
Mrs Foster said: "I have spent many months objecting to the inclusion of caravans in this proposed regulation. I believe it to be pointless and it would contribute nothing to improve road safety. It is accepted that our roads are among the safest in Europe.
"Caravans are generally well-maintained by their owners and used typically in good driving conditions with low annual mileage. I am pushing hard to protect the UK from yet more overly prescriptive, burdensome and unnecessary regulation from the European Commission.
"With so many caravan owners across the United Kingdom, not least the one million members of the Caravan Club, this industry is worth more than £6 billion a year. It contributes greatly to our local and national economies. This is an important part of our leisure and tourism industry which we should be encouraging, not penalising."
In a speech to the plenary sitting of the Parliament in Strasbourg last night (Monday), Mrs Foster told fellow MEPs: "I was also stunned by colleagues calling for measures that would have banned some repair garages from operating testing services. This would have potentially affected the work of up to 50,000 inspectors, and 20,000 SMEs in the UK, threatening some with closure. In these tough economic times, we should be supporting our SMEs, not closing them."
On roadside inspections, Mrs Foster played a key role in removing initial plans to have smaller vehicles included in the proposal. She said: "Widening the scope to smaller vehicles would only reduce attention of Heavy Goods Vehicles, which is where the bigger danger lies. Our roadside inspectors need to make sure that they can inspect what is really necessary. HGVs pose a far higher road safety risk than smaller vehicles, so we should not undermine road safety.
"This proposal is a Commission classic: Over-burdensome, too prescriptive, and too costly."

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