David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

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Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission has appointed senior Scottish MEP David Martin to head the EU’s Election Observation Mission (EOM) in Burundi.

 

Following the invitation of the Government of Burundi, the European Union will be deploying an Election Observation Mission in the country for the elections of Deputies and Municipal Councils of 26 May and the presidential of June 26th. This is the third observation mission of the European Union which since the end of the civil war has accompanied the democratic consolidation process in the country.

 

On the appointment of David Martin MEP as Chief Observer, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice -President of the European Commission said:

 

“With his experience in the area of election observation, human rights and international relations, David Martin is well placed to guide the European observers in a difficult context of specific concern to me.

 

“The situation in Burundi is critical. I hope that the conditions for transparent, inclusive and credible elections can, through dialogue, be swiftly restored. The Election Observation Mission of the EU will be there to help build confidence in the process if these conditions are met."

 

Commenting on the appointment Mr Martin said:

 

“These elections present major challenges for the country and the Great Lakes region. The EU Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi will work alongside other regional and international observers, including the United Nations (MENUB ) and the African Union to support the transparency and credibility of the electoral process.

 

“Firstly however it is essential that the violence and intimidation cease as well as the restrictions on human rights defenders and the media that we have witnessed in recent days. We are hopeful that the resumption of political dialogue, as soon as possible, will allow credible, inclusive and non-violent elections to proceed."

 

A core team of seven electoral experts has been based in Bujumbura since April 24. If conditions are satisfactory, the EOM will, over the course of next week, deploy the first group of 20 long-term observers who, after training in Bujumbura, will join their area of ​​responsibility in the country. In total, for the incoming polls, the EU EOM will have more than 80 observers throughout Burundi from EU member states as well as Norway, Switzerland and Canada.

 

The election observation missions of the European Union adhere to the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation adopted at the United Nations in 2005 and the Code of Conduct for International Election Observers. This mission is independent from EU institutions and from EU Member States and is required to remain neutral and respect the laws of Burundi.

 

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Europe’s future is facing a crisis: over 5 million young people are unemployed.  Scotland’s senior MEP, David Martin, welcomes an opportunity for job creation in Southwest Scotland and plans to vote in favour of a funding package to help create new jobs for those aged 16 to 25 years old.

Euro_Youth_Guarantee.jpgSpeaking from Strasbourg Mr Martin said: “It is completely unacceptable that 743,000 people aged 16-24 years old are unemployed in the UK.  Surely Britain can do better than this for our young people”.

The vote will take place later today (Wednesday 29 April, 2015) and is for an amendment to the European Social Fund which would allow for an increase in pre-financing as part of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).  This could mean that previously agreed funding could be accessed at the beginning of a scheme to allow for quick implementation. Labour MEPs have led the campaign to create the YEI, which is available in regions where youth unemployment is over 24%. Regrettably the Southwest of Scotland is one of the six areas in the UK that meets this grim statistic.

The European Commission encourages Member States to use this funding to provide a Youth Guarantee, ensuring under 25s, who have been unemployed, are offered a good quality job, continued education, an apprenticeship or further training.

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Today (28 April 2015) is International Workers' Memorial Day (IWMD) and the UN's World Day for Safety at Work. This marks a time for us to pay our respects to the 100, 000 people across in the EU and 2 million people worldwide who die every year because of their work.

martin_stihler_WMD2015.jpgThe EU has played a vital role in creating Health and Safety legislation which protects millions of workers in Europe. For many people across Europe this is one of the EU's proudest achievements. Individuals deserve to be safe in their workplace and Labour MEPs continue to fight for the rights of British workers. 

Most deaths are caused by occupational accidents or work related diseases, this is most often due to exposure to dangerous substances. To tackle this, Labour MEPs have called on the European Commission to rethink their approach to revising Health and Safety measures and have demanded that the revision of the Directive on Carcinogens is unblocked immediately.

"It is completely unacceptable that thousands of preventable deaths happen every year. Being protected in your workplace is a basic human right” said David Martin MEP.

"Labour MEPs call on the Vice President of the Commission Frans Timmermans to take real action to protect workers from cancer and unblock the revision of the Directive on Carcinogens or Mutagens immediately."

In 2013 the Commission decided to suspend all ongoing initiatives in occupational health and safety legislation; a decision that has been highly criticised by Trade Unions and Labour MEPs.

The Carcinogenic Agents Directive has been under revision for 10 years. In response to this unacceptable delay the focus of this year's IWMD is removing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.

Hazardous substances can cause asthma, dermatitis, lung disorders, cancer and death. Unfortunately, many workers often have no protection and almost every workplace in the UK will have hazardous substances in some form.

"The Commission’s new Strategic Framework on Health and Safety has nothing on carcinogens, asbestos, blacklisting or the list of occupation diseases. Health and safety’s not red tape; it’s life and death. As we commemorate those who have died at work, how about some real action from the Commission to save future lives?” concluded Mr Martin

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