EU police forces must do more to combat human traffickers

Richard Ashworth MEP speaking to the BBC said that he was “indignant” that police forces from the European Union are not doing enough to prosecute human traffickers, criminal gangs, who are trafficking refugees from places like Libya, Syria and  sub-Saharan Africa.

Speaking on the Julia George show on BBC Radio Kent, Richard Ashworth Conservative MEP for South East England expressed his anger that the problem of illegal immigration is down to organised crime gangs exploiting the human tragedy of some of these people, and EU members states failing to prosecute these gangs.

“At any one time there around 2000 migrants camped out in Calais and I suggest part of the reason some of these people are bought there, are by people traffickers and organised criminal gangs. Let me be clear the whole system is operated by illegal people traffickers. These people can quite easily be picked out, and I am indignant that the police forces of EU member states, to my knowledge, have never apprehended these criminals and have never put them before the courts”.

“It has now come to the point where these criminal gangs are over-loading small boats from Libya in the Mediterranean and literally hundreds of people drown. These are serious criminal actions and they must be held to account by the police forces across Europe and from destination countries”.


Fishermen given 2 years to adapt to new EU fishing rules

The following was sent to the local media 12 March 2015
Readers with an interest in fishing might be interested to know the Conservative’s in the European Parliament have successfully won a vote for a workable fish discard ban.
Under this plan fishermen will be given two years to adapt to new rules banning the discard of fish. The discard ban is part of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, brought in to stop caught fish being thrown back into the sea. UK Conservatives in the European Parliament have campaigned to support the ban but have raised concerns that the European Commission was trying to push the reforms through too quickly and without the proper legal basis.
This entire episode has been a case of bad law-making and could have left fishermen in a legal no man’s land. From the outset, the European Commission was wrong in trying to treat all fisheries alike.
UK Conservatives in the European Parliament have made it clear that the pelagic species (Mackerel and Herring) could have been dealt with first, as they are a clean fishery, and then the more complicated demersal stock (Haddock, Whiting). Now all Fishermen have two years to adjust to the new rules and will be able to fish without fear of breaking the law.
I strongly believe that no one wants to throw back caught fish, least of all fishermen, but we need the right rules in place. The vote was another step down that road before the whole Parliament votes in April.
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Yours Faithfully,