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In June I hosted a Young Innovators Conference in Cork, to stimulate a culture of innovation among young people by demonstrating what EU and state supports exist to help Irish entrepreneurs build their own businesses and boost employment.

A chara, Seán Kelly MEP with Vice-President of the European Commission Viviane Reding

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KELLY MEP Newsletter 2013

With an increase in the use of Big Data and with people living more and more of their lives online, we are faced with big questions regarding privacy issues. Within the European Parliament, I have continued my work as a Rapporteur for the powerful Industry Committee on the reform of the entire Data Protection regime across the EU. My recent report seeks to achieve a strong balance between the right to privacy and the obligation to promote innovation. My report can be accessed on my website at:


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• CAP Update • European Science Global Collaboration • Fisheries Reform • Data Protection • Young Innovators

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Seán Kelly MEP with CoderDojo participants from Ireland South in the European Parliament. Seán Kelly MEP with Pupils of Fenor N.S., Waterford celebrating Europe Day

AROUND THE CONSTITUENCY I enjoy travelling around the beautiful constituency of Ireland South, speaking at events and meeting constituents so I can make sure that I am aware of the issues which are of concern to people. In the past 12 months I have attended approximately 240 events across the counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford clocking up 40,000 miles on the car.

CODERDOJO IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT I invited my fellow MEPs to “listen and learn” at a showcase “CoderDojo” computer coding workshop, led by young Irish CoderDojo mentors, in the European Parliament in January. Mentors from several EU countries along with the young participants showed us exciting projects, including a flying mini-drone and an app created to drive a remote controlled toy-car. At CoderDojos, young people learn from volunteer mentors how to code and develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. It lays the foundation for the jobs and growth of tomorrow and the drive for growth and innovation that will underpin Europe’s recovery and ensure Europe’s future economic success.


Seán Kelly MEP with some YFG members at EU Presidency Seminar in Killarney.

Seán Kelly MEP with visitors from Ireland South in the European Parliament

Seán Kelly MEP with Cllr Sinead Sheppard and Midleton YFG members in the European Parliament

FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION MEETING IN MALLOW I spoke at a packed meeting, organized by Mallow District Fine Gael, on the future of the European Union. I outlined the European Union’s legislative process and the European Parliament’s role in reform of the Agricultural Policy. Tom Barry TD ably chaired the meeting with Minister Lucinda Creighton and former European Parliament President Pat Cox also speaking.

In February I met with representatives of Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation to discuss Common Fisheries Reform. The important issues in relation to discards, quotas, the Irish box and the Hague Preferences were discussed. CFP Reform was voted Seán Kelly MEP with Castletownbere on in the European fisherman William Power. Parliament in February and while no deal is perfect, a good deal was achieved for Ireland. I myself led a whipping operation within my EPP Party to ensure that Ireland’s Hague Preferences were explicitly protected. My intervention with 8 MEPs who changed their votes to support Ireland’s position was critical in protecting the Hague Preferences which succeeded by 6 votes.

Seán Kelly with public representatives and members of Fine Gael.

Seán Kelly MEP with Buzz Aldrin at EU Science Conference in the European Parliament.

The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy has been agreed for the next 7 years. Under the leadership of Minister Simon Coveney, Ireland has secured a good deal which ensures that Irish Agriculture can expand and thrive into the future.

Seán Kelly MEP with Minister Simon Coveney, Minister of State Tom Hayes, and Mairead McGuinness MEP

The main points of the agreement are: • The Single Farm Payment, which is the bedrock of family farm incomes across Ireland, has been protected • The Abolition of Sugar Quotas in 2017 • I have worked on this issue since my election in 2009 by tabling key legislative amendments to ensure a new dawn for the Irish sugar industry • This will enable the re-establishment of the sugar industry in Ireland providing a huge jobs boost with direct employment at agricultural level, work opportunities in processing and spin-off benefits in the regional economy • Specific Solid Support for Young Famers • There will be a 25% top up for young farmers in their first 5 years worth approximately €24 million to young Irish farmers annually

EUROPEAN SCIENCE GLOBAL COLLABORATION In March, in association with the Irish Council Presidency, I hosted a conference on EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration. It was the biggest ever conference of its kind with special guests and speakers including the former NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The conference brought together researchers, industry representatives and policymakers to encourage scientists and researchers to seek out funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 Europe and to maximise Europe’s contribution to global science cooperation.


• Abolition of Milk Quotas in 2015 • This presents a huge opportunity for Irish dairy farmers to invest in and expand production so as to take advantage of growing markets abroad • Small Farmers Scheme • The agreement provides specific provisions to support and protect small farmers Seán Kelly MEP with speakers at an Open Forum on CyberBullying which Seán hosted in Cork.

• Continuing support for Rural Development through Pillar 2 with the following goals: WHERE ARE GOALS??

Newsletter 2013  
Newsletter 2013