Explanation of Votes- Strasbourg, February 2015

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OQ to Commission - Country of origin-labelling for meat in processed foods - MR Mandatory labelling of country of origin of meat in processed foods is a step towards rebuilding consumer trust in meat products following the horse meat scandal and enabling consumers to make more informed choices. Country of origin labelling is already in place for beef following the BSE crisis and today's vote calls for this to be extended to cover meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry. I supported today's vote but hope that when the Commission brings forwards its proposals they will do so whilst minimising any cost burdens on producers and consumers to ensure the measures are implemented proportionately and cost effectively.

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Ayala Sender - Cross-border exchange of information on road safety related and traffic offences - COD 1R The cross-border exchange of information on road safety related and traffic offences Directive in its original format provided an opt-out for the UK. However, even though the new legal basis for this Directive does not allow the UK to opt-out, I was able to support this vote for two main reasons. Firstly, the UK DVLA already supplies this information to other Member States on request and therefore it will not materially change current practice. Secondly, given the number of non-British vehicles using UK roads currently, it would seem appropriate for the UK authorities to be able to access information on EU drivers, who breach UK road safety rules or commit traffic offences whilst in the UK.