Issues • Materion
Air pollution and risks to animal populations cannot be tackled by one country’s work alone. EU countries can share the burden, such as agreeing differentiated reductions in sulphur emissions depending on their circumstances. The EU has improved water quality and takes action on waste, air quality, chemical regulation and noise pollution, safeguarding the environment for future generations.
Europe delivers a level playing field for Welsh farmers, because the Common Agricultural Policy ensures that competitor countries such as France and Ireland do not receive significantly greater subsidy than our farmers. In 2014, up to 93% of Welsh lamb, 35% of sheep meat, 92% of Welsh beef exports, and 98% of dairy exports were exported to the rest of Europe. Putting up barriers is not in our interest.Europe delivers a level playing field for Welsh farmers, because the Common Agricultural Policy ensures that competitor countries such as France and Ireland do not receive significantly greater subsidy than our farmers. In 2014, up to 93% of Welsh lamb, 35% of sheep meat, 92% of Welsh beef exports, and 98% of dairy exports were exported to the rest of Europe. Putting up barriers is not in our interest.
£2.1 million is used for STEM Cymru, promoting science, technology, engineering and maths – areas where people are very much needed for the current and future labour market – to young people aged 12-19. Wales’ flagship job creation programme, Jobs Growth Wales (JGW), is supported by £33m from the European Social Fund. Enabling universities to collaborate through student programmes like Erasmus and joint research means all can reach their peak potential, from life-changing scientific discoveries to broadening the future horizons of students.
The Lisbon Treaty – the constitutional foundation of Europe – specifies gender equality as a common value of all Member States. This has been a core principle of the EU since 1957’s Treaty of Rome ensured equal pay for men and women. The European Court of Justice repeatedly defends women’s rights, playing a crucial role in enforcing gender equality standards. Promoting equal parenting, both men and women are entitled to parental leave on the birth/adoption of a child, letting them take care of the child for at least 4 months.
Only 2.6% of Welsh residents are from the EU, the lowest proportion of any UK nation, and around half the UK average. But importantly, Britain is exempt from the passport-free Shengen Zone. This means we have all the benefits of being in Europe, while retaining control of our borders. UK citizens also benefit from their own migration to the EU. In 2010, 2.2m British – people lived in other EU countries, compared to 2.3m EU citizens living in the UK. Migration brings cultural and social benefits, by learning from different backgrounds and fusing them together in innovative and creative ways.
Advancing disabled people’s rights is key to European action against discrimination. The European Disability Strategy for 2010-2020 pursues objectives in accessibility; participation; equality; employment; education and training; social protection; health; and external action outside of the EU. This aims to benefit the 1 in 6 people in the EU that have a disability. European courts have been instrumental in challenging decisions that discriminate against disabled people.
The EU Commission has published proposals for The European Accessibility Act, it will improve the functioning of the market for accessible products by establishing EU-wide functional requirements and tackling fragmentation from different national regulations.
Amount of Welsh beef exported to Europe
Welsh residents who come from the rest of Europe
Anti-dumping measures in place to protect steel
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