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Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan today visited the EU funded Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation 2 project in Cardiff which has received £8 million from the EU to support Welsh women’s career development as well as £2 million from the Welsh Government.

The project provides accredited training programs for women and works with businesses and organisations to develop and improve working practices, to ensure equality in the workplace.

Mr Vaughan said he was pleased to see European funding backing this worthwhile cause.

“If we look across workplaces in Wales, we can see that women are likely to be paid 20% less than men who are doing similar work. In addition, only 7% of women are in management positions compared to 11% of men.

“This project will help build the careers of 2,207 women and help 500 businesses over the next three years. The need for this is very real and it was great to speak to people who have directly benefitted from this support.

"The EU has been instrumental in legislating to protect women’s rights including in terms of maternity leave, pension provision and protection from violence and exploitation. If the UK left the EU these rights would be at risk.

Trish Chalk, the lead for the Agile Nation 2 project was clear about the importance of the project.  

“ We were very pleased to welcome Derek Vaughan to our office today to meet participants on the Agile Nation 2 project. The first Agile Nation project helped nearly 3000 women and over 500 businesses, and we’re delighted to be continuing this work, to build a Wales where women achieve and prosper”

Chwarae Teg - How the EU is helping women in Wales achieve their full potential

Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan today visited the EU funded Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation 2 project in Cardiff which has received £8 million from the EU to support Welsh women’s career...

 Today Barack Obama joined the very long list of world leaders and international experts who say the UK, Europe and the

 world are better and safer with Britain inside the European Union. Mr Obama said that being in the EU makes Britain “even Greater” and “magnifies British strength”.

 

Derek Vaughan, Labour MEP for Wales said;

 

"When Barack Obama talks about the EU making Britain more influential and a great asset in tackling multinational challenges, including terrorism, he is speaking with almost eight years’ experience of being President of the most powerful nation in the world. I absolutely welcome his comments, if anyone knows about power and influence in the modern world, it’s him. No one in the Out Campaign has been at that top table. At least not for two decades.”

 

Mr Vaughan also said that our close friendship made Obama’s point important; “Americans fought and died for peace in Europe in the two World Wars and are one of our closest allies. Obama is showing the value of that friendship by being honest about his view that we can’t afford to presume that peace and prosperity will take care of themselves. Most crucially, he was speaking with “the candour of a friend”.

 

"The OUT Campaign has tried to argue that being in the EU somehow impedes our relationship with the US. Obama has made it clear this is utter nonsense. Looking at the trade figures for February we exported £3.7 billion to the US, and this was helped through EU-US co-operation such as the Transatlantic Economic Council and the Open Skies agreement between the EU and the US, we don’t need to leave the EU to trade excellently with the US, we already are doing so. The OUT campaign are trying to sell us something we already have. Obama’s intervention along with our ongoing military and intelligence co-operation shows that not only can we have both EU membership and this special relationship but that at the moment that’s exactly what we do have. Diplomatically and economically it’s the best of both worlds.”

 

 “You just need to look at the people who’ve said we’re better off IN, General Petraeus, one of the key US Generals in Afghanistan said that leaving 'would only make our world even more dangerous and difficult to manage'.” Our European allies, the Prime Minister of New Zealand and the G8 have all made it clear that they think the UK leaving the EU would be bad for our economy, and by extension bad for their economies. As long ago as 2013 the Japanese Government made clear that the UK leaving the EU would make it less attractive for Japanese investment. In comparison to that you could fit the world leaders in favour of leaving in a Mini, and none of them are our friends. This disparity and the OUT campaign's shrill reaction to Obama’s comments, shows that the OUT Campaign are out of their depth and playing Russian roulette with our future.”

Welsh Labour MEP welcomes Obama backing

 Today Barack Obama joined the very long list of world leaders and international experts who say the UK, Europe and the  world are better and safer with Britain inside the...

Following the confirmation today by Vote Leave that they would like to see the UK out of the European Health Insurance Card scheme DEREK VAUGHAN MEP for Wales said that the proposed change would be a “worry” for Welsh tourists and punish those who fall ill abroad. 

 

The Chair of Vote Leave has said that money spent by the NHS reimbursing other EU countries who give UK nationals free healthcare “could have been much better spent.” This shows that the Out campaign see the UK leaving the European Health Insurance Card scheme which these payments underwrite if we left the EU. Mr Vaughan has slammed this move for punishing and worrying Welsh tourists taken ill abroad.

“Thanks to our membership of the European Health Insurance Card scheme Welsh tourists can have access to state healthcare at a reduced cost or even free across a whole continent. This means that when Welsh tourists have an accident or fall ill in Europe they know that they will be looked after and not have the prospect of worrying about huge insurance costs hanging over them. Being in hospital abroad is frightening enough without having to worry about where the money is coming from, it seems perverse that the Out campaign are willing to force that worry on Welsh tourists. Since the days of Nye Bevan we’ve recognised in this country that falling ill isn’t your own fault, but it seems that the Out campaign are happy to punish those who fall ill abroad with putative charges to fulfil their desire to leave the EU. They’re pulling the safety net out from under every Welsh tourist in Europe”

Mr Vaughan went on to note that - “Given that UK citizens cost far more to other EU countries through this scheme than EU citizens cost the UK the idea that this will help the UK taxpayer is ludicrous. When we have a position where Spain is paying 30 x more to treat UK citizens than we pay for Spanish citizens and Vote Leave still think we get a bad deal, it just highlights how the Out campaign want us to cut off our own nose to spite our face. Top doctors from across the UK have already said that “Brexit should carry a health warning” – it seems like a lot of the Out Campaigns claims on health are already on life support.”

Vote Leave Punishing Welsh Tourists

Following the confirmation today by Vote Leave that they would like to see the UK out of the European Health Insurance Card scheme DEREK VAUGHAN MEP for Wales said that...


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