Gay Mitchell speaks on EU-China negotiations for a bilateral investment agreement

October 9, 2013  

During a debate in Plenary Session in Strasbourg, Gay Mitchell MEP highlighted the potential opportunities to build investment in the services sector between the EU and China. Mr. Mitchell also emphasised that there are parts of China that do need assistance, particularly in relation to urbanisation and challenges with languages.

Dublin for Sam

September 19, 2013  

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Gay Mitchell MEP donned his Dublin GAA jersey in the European Parliament, Brussels this week in a show of support for his home county ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Gaelic football final against Mayo. Mr Mitchell is pictured with his Fine Gael party colleague from Mayo, Jim Higgins MEP (North West).

Gay Mitchell speaks on the situation in Syria – 11 September 2013

September 11, 2013  

On Wednesday 11th September, Gay Mitchell spoke on the situation in Syria in a Plenary debate with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton.

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Gay Mitchell MEP speaks in Plenary on the Review of the Irish Presidency

July 2, 2013  

Gay Mitchell MEP spoke in Plenary Session on 2nd July 2013 in a debate about the Review of the Irish Presidency. Mr. Mitchell commended the work of the Irish government in their chairmanship of the European Council and spoke about the success of the MFF agreement that was reached under the Irish Presidency.

Gay Mitchell MEP speaks in Plenary on the Council Conclusions of 27-28 June 2013

July 2, 2013  

Gay Mitchell MEP spoke in Plenary Session on 2nd July 2013 in response to the Council Conclusions of 27-28 June and raised the issue of eurobonds and the potential for a Solidarity Charter. Mr. Mitchell also called for an explanation from the US Ambassador to the EU in relation to the allegations of US spying on EU Institutions and EU and Member State embassies.

Gay Mitchell MEP speaks at plenary on progress regarding the Millenium Development Goals

June 13, 2013  

Gay Mitchell MEP today spoke at the plenary session in Strasbourg regarding the millennium development goals. Mr Mitchell believes the commission should take stock of what has been achieved to date. He believes the institutions should take the time to show the people of Europe all that has been achieved and pass on the good news that is a direct result of development aid, particularly in this time of austerity when governments are hard pressed to meet their development aid commitment.

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Gay Mitchell MEP speaks on the freedom of the press and media and the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief

June 12, 2013  

Gay Mitchell MEP today spoke at plenary regarding the issue of sexual reproductive rights and religion being perceived as opposing forces and secondly regarding the issue of religion and the intolerance for religious opinion found generally today in European society. He also touched on the freedom of the press and seeks non interference from the owners of print media.

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Gay Mitchell MEP on stimulating growth in Europe and capitalism without government manipulation

June 12, 2013  

Gay Mitchell MEP spoke today with preparations for the next council meeting in mind. Mr Mitchell asserted that for growth to be achieved Europe requires a free market that is actually free and went on to urge action regarding the perceived boardroom culture where large companies seek to socialise debt and privatise profit. While acknowledging the merits of capitalism Mr Mitchell believes Europe should strive for the operation of a market that is free from state dictatorship and manipulation.

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Basic education for every child by 2030 – Gay Mitchell MEP welcomes EU development commitment

May 28, 2013  

Gay Mitchell MEP (Dublin) has welcomed an EU commitment to ensure every child has access to a basic education in the developing world by 2030.

“Education is an investment in a child’s future, their family’s future and that of their community. In fact, it is estimated that if all children in low-income countries could read, global poverty would fall by 12 per cent. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five. Women who take part in literacy programmes have better knowledge of health and family planning,” Mr Mitchell said in Brussels today.

The European Commission has confirmed that at least 20 per cent of the 2014-2020 development aid budget is foreseen for human development and social inclusion – with education as a main component. Up to €2.5 billion will be mobilised for education, as a priority for EU development post-2015.

“Since 2004, the EU has helped to get 9 million pupils in developing countries into primary education, but many children still often leave school without essential literacy or numeracy skills,” Mr Mitchell continued.

“Literacy remains a challenge here in Europe with 1 in 5 pupils and more than 73 million adults experiencing difficulties with reading and writing. Improving literacy across Europe is also a priority. A further €1.5 billion will go to the future Erasmus for All programme, an academic exchange programme between EU and overseas universities, which has helped pupils improve their education by gaining experience of studying abroad.

“We are now less than two years away from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target date of 2015. One clear MDG is to promote progress in education and establish a global dialogue around education. We cannot forget the global commitment to the developing world,” Mr Mitchell added.

Gay Mitchell MEP speaks on banking union

May 21, 2013  

Gay Mitchell MEP addressed the European Parliament at its plenary session in Strasbourg regarding the challenges that should be considered and the priorities that should be observed regarding a European banking union. Please click on the video below to view the speech:

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