This letter was sent to the EU Environment Commissioner on 24 April about the role of the European Commission in sorting out the Spring massacre of migrants in Malta.
Here is a quote from it:
“In view of the abundant evidence presented to the European Commission about the systemic failures in the application of the derogation, we, the undersigned, consider this to be wholly unsatisfactory state of affairs and we request that you reconsider your position about opening new infringement cases against Malta forthwith.”
I am glad that the following UK MEPs signed this letter:
Catherine Bearder (LibDem SE England)
Andrew Duff (Lib Dem E England)
Ashley Fox (Con SW England)
Victoria Grace Ford (Con E England)
Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru Wales)
Julie Girling (Con SW England)
Fiona Hall (Lib Dem NE England)
Ian Hudghton (SNP Scotland) (added his name after letter had been sent)
Jean Lambert (Green London)
Sarah Ludford (Lib Dem London)
Bill Newton Dunn (Lib Dem E Midlands)
Charles Tannock (Con London)
Keith Taylor (Green E England)
Derek Vaughan (Lab Wales)
Glenis Willmott (Lab E Midlands)
Marina Yannakoudakis (Con London)
Well done to those MEPs who signed – they may deserve to be considered for your vote on 22 May. I have emailed all of them to thank them for signing and I suggest that you do too, particularly if any of them represents you.
Not all, not by any means all, UK MEPs were invited to sign this letter so the absence of a name on this list does not mean that the MEP refused to sign up. However, in the run up to the European election on 22 May why not email your MEPs (you have several) and ask them whether they do, or don’t, support this letter. (How to contact your MEP – click here).
If you copy me in on the email (email@example.com) and ask your MEP to copy me on their reply, then we can compile a list of MEPs who are prepared to stand up for migrant birds, those that are too rude to reply and those who refuse to stand up for threatened European wildlife. That would be a list worth having as you enter the ballot box, and a list of quite some value after 22 May too. I’ll update the list at least weekly over the next month.
There are 73 UK MEPs – 16 have called on the European Commission to take more active and robust measures to ensure that Malta protects migrant birds. You can help to get many more UK MEPs to support this measure.