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Childers demands legal protection for whistleblowers across the EU

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Wednesday 25 Oct 2017

Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, welcomed the decision by the European Parliament to demand a European legislative framework to protect whistleblowers who come forward with disclosures of misconduct.

Ms. Childers had steered the work on this report for her political grouping in Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee.

Speaking after today’s vote by the full parliament in Strasbourg, Ms. Childers said:

“We had a horrific reminder of the life and death nature of these matters just this week, as Europe lost a brave investigative journalist in a car bomb murder.

“There has been a litany of high profile disclosures of disgraceful behaviour on a global scale in recent years, including on tax avoidance.

“Yet, the most significant impact we saw on people’s lives was that suffered by the whistleblowers and journalists at the dock, as we saw with the Luxleaks trials.

“This is a farcical and unjust state of affairs, which led me to vote against the Trade Secrets Directive when it came before Parliament.

“Indeed, when egregious misconduct happens not to be explicitly prohibited in legal terms, not only do we often end up with impunity for the perpetrators but also condemnation for those who had the courage to point the finger at them.

“We can no longer tolerate a legal regime that safeguards commercial secrets and at the same time leaves whistleblowers vulnerable to retaliation and even prosecution.

“People’s jobs, good names, and even life and limb are at risk when they take the step to expose wrongdoing.

“Sadly, in Ireland, we are no strangers to this reversal of the scales of natural justice at the hands of the organisations put on the spot.

“I was disappointed to see Fine Gael’s conservative EPP grouping attempting to withhold protection from whistleblowers who reach out to the media in good faith, and then rejecting this motion altogether.

“I call on the Commission to come forward with a proposal as soon as possible.”

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Green-minded MEPs put more energy on renewables, face headwinds

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Wednesday 25 Oct 2017

Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, praised the outcome of a vote this week in the European Parliament to reform the EU’s rules and objectives on renewable energy.

The committee on the Environment in the European Parliament of which Ms. Childers is a member, voted on its own proposals yesterday night. These will be referred to the main committee on industry and energy, where all proposals will be worked on before a full vote over the coming months.

Ms. Childers’ proposals for the new renewables regime focused mainly on eliminating the use of food crops other than waste by-products to make biofuels and the displacement of food production from land for the same purposes.

The Dublin MEP also took the same approach to environmentally disastrous crops such as palm oil and aimed to establish tight criteria allowing the use of forestry waste and residues whilst preventing unsustainable use of trees to generate energy, and ensuring that forest carbon stocks are not depleted.

Commenting on the outcome of the vote, Ms. Childers said:

“I am satisfied to see our committee proposing a higher renewables goal with binding national targets, and particularly happy to see the demand to phase palm oil out by 2021, and a gradual phase-out of conventional biofuels by 2030.

“I am concerned with the lax approach to forestry that we saw

“The conservative members shot down proper biomass sustainability proposals, yet they still found our overall outcome too green to the liking of biofuels producers and voted against the final text.

“I hope our colleagues in the energy and industry committee won’t make this set of proposals any less ambitious before it is put to a vote by the full house.”

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Childers will not contest the 2019 European Parliament elections

05/04/2013. Nessa Childers resigns from the Labour Parliamentary Party. Ireland East MEP Nessa Childers pictured at her home office this afternoon after announcing that she has left the Labour Parliamentary Party. She said 'I entered politics to help people, and am now resigning from the PLP because I no longer want to support a government that is actually hurting people,'. Childers is the latest member of Labour to leave the PLP due to their opposition of Party policy, following Tommy Broughan, Patrick Nulty, Roisin Shortall and Colm Keaveney. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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Tuesday 18 Jul 2017

Independent MEP for Dublin, Nessa Childers has announced that she will not run as a candidate in the next European elections in 2019. “Although there are two more years until the next European elections, from this September onwards we will enter a pre-election phase. Therefore I decided to make it known that I will not contest the next European Parliament elections. I will of course continue to work as an MEP in Brussels and Strasbourg until the end of my mandate. Read More