This EU Committee event will see the chamber welcome a number of British MEPs from a variety of parties to discuss the European Parliament.
The discussion will be split into three parts:
1. Each MEP will discuss recent files that have been discussed in their committees and what may be taken into the next Parliament. In addition, they will cover any key members that may leave or join their committees.
2. In the second discussion, the MEPs will discuss their biggest successes and their reflections on Brussels.
3. The MEPs will engage with members in a moderated Q&A. Participants will also have the chance to network with the MEPs and fellow members after the discussion.
MEP - ALDE - UK | European Parliament
Catherine Bearder is currently a highly accomplished Member of the European Parliament with a vast amount of experience in local and international governance. She also has held several positions in the voluntary sector as chair, governor and president for several charities. Catherine has a lifelong passion and understanding for environmental protection, having helped with zoological studies in Southern Africa on hyaena and bushbabies, she has seen first hand the destruction and erosion of the natural environment. In her role in the European Parliament as well as leading cross party groups, notably the MEPs for Wildlife team, her focus was tackling illegal wildlife trade and she was the Parliament’s author on the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking. Catherine is also an active member of the EU/ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly, working with elected members and ministers from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, were she has championed environmental protection measures amongst other issues. Driven and dynamic, Catherine has a commanding, tenacious presence, not afraid to challenge the status quo and speak up for the causes she champions. Committed to environmental protection, equality, social justice and democracy; she places integrity, transparency and justice firmly at the heart of all her undertakings.
MEP - ECR - UK | European parliament
Daniel Dalton became a member of the European Parliament in January 2015, having previously stood as a candidate in the 2009 and 2014 European elections. He played professional cricket for Warwickshire County Cricket Club and subsequently ran his own cricket coaching company before working as an adviser on Agriculture and Trade issues in the European Parliament prior to his election. He is Coordinator for the ECR Group on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), where he has been deeply involved in negotiations on digital single market-related legislation since the DSM was launched in 2015. Throughout this parliament he has championed the empowerment of consumers that the digital revolution has brought about, focusing on the opportunities that EU legislation should be helping to unlock. This started with his work as rapporteur on a report into non-tariff barriers in the single market which identified ways to deepen the common digital market for the benefit of consumers and SMEs , and his rapporteurship of the Digital Trade Strategy opinion, which sought to broaden these benefits beyond Europe's borders. He has continued to champion this cause whilst shadowing a range of files in the IMCO and LIBE committees, including the Copyright Directive, the Free Flow of Data proposal, the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC), and the Digital Contracts Directive. One of his key priorities in this legislature has been to raise the de minimis threshold for ecommerce goods so that millions of European consumers can benefit from greater competition for their spending money and no longer be troubled by expensive and counter-productive customs procedures that serve as a barrier to trade. Daniel strongly believes that allowing consumers to feel the benefits of a Digital Single Market is the best route to securing political support for abolishing digital protectionism in the internal market. 2018 saw the completion of two years of work on the Type Approval and Market Surveillance of Motor Vehicles Framework Regulation that he was Rapporteur on, as well as the Import of Cultural Goods Regulation he led for the Parliament. He is currently Rapporteur on two active files in Parliament, the New Deal for Consumers Omnibus Directive and the Terrorist Content Online Regulation.
MEP - SD - UK | European parliament
Jude Kirton-Darling is a Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England. Jude is a member of the International Trade Committee, the Industry, Energy and Research Committee and the Petitions Committee in the European Parliament. With nearly 15 years of experience working within the Labour and trade union movement, she was elected Confederal Secretary at the European Trade Union Congress in 2011. She previously directed European trade union work in the areas of energy, industrial policy, environment and health and safety. She can draw on wide-ranging experience and knowledge, having represented workers in the service and communications sectors, manufacturing and basic industries.