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Political Memory: Malcolm HARBOUR, MEP

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General Data

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Functions in European Parliament

  • Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
  • Conference of Committee Chairs (Member)
  • Delegation for relations with Afghanistan (Member)
  • Delegation for relations with Japan (Substitute)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Education: Bedford School (1960-1964)
  • MA (Mechanical Sciences), Trinity College, Cambridge (1964-1967)
  • Diploma in Management Studies, University of Aston, Birmingham (1967-1970)
  • Engineering apprentice, BMC, Longbridge (1967-1969)
  • Held posts in design, development and product planning from 1969 to 1980
  • In Austin Rover (1980-1989) held director-level posts in planning, sales and marketing
  • Founder partner, Harbour Wade Brown, motor industry consultancy (1989-1999)
  • Founder and director, International Car Distribution Programme Ltd (1993- )
  • Project director, Three Day Car Programme (1998-1999)
  • Member of the SME Union Board (2003-2009)
  • In the European Parliament: Vice-Chairman of the STOA Panel (2002-2009)
  • Member, Conservative Delegation Bureau (1999-2002)
  • Chairman and Deputy Chairman, European Parliament Ceramics Industry Forum (2003- )
  • European Parliament delegate to the World Summit on the Information Society and the Global Internet Governance Forum (2003- )
  • Coordinator for the EPP-ED Group on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (2004-2009)
  • Co-Chairman, European Forum for the Automobile and Society (1999-2009)
  • Governor, European Internet Foundation (2003-2004)
  • Member of the European Ideas Network (2003- )
  • Honorary DSc from Aston University for services to science, technology and the European Union (2008)





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25/05/2010 Written Declaration 12/2010 (ACTA)

Has signed written declaration 12/2010 on the lack of a transparent process for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and potentially objectionable content.

02/09/2008 Telecoms Package Plenary Speeches

However, I feel that consumers are also entitled to be informed about some of the problems they might encounter, be this potential for

infringing copyright, potential for unauthorised use or potential, for example, for buying things that could damage their health, like counterfeit medicines. Why should we not demand that electronic service providers carry public service messages in the same way that television channels do at the moment? That is what we are talking about, colleagues. We are not talking about this as a mechanism for

enforcing copyright, which is the responsibility of national governments, but we are talking about making life easier and better for consumers.


Madam President, I find myself in the uncharacteristic position of having the last word in this major debate so I will perhaps make a few broad‑ranging remarks at the end.

But first of all I would like, regarding my own report, to thank the many colleagues who have contributed and have reinforced the

determination of our committee to make and carry forward those improvements. I would like to assure my colleagues that over the next couple of weeks we will be working to make those further improvements, particularly around the areas of data protection, on which we had a very successful meeting this morning: I think we can reach an agreement there. On the question of data‑breach notification, it is perhaps not surprising that we still have work to do because that was an entirely fresh piece of work that we did. I cordially invite the Commission, who have already been involved, to help us complete the drafting because, after all, it was not in their

original proposal.

The other point I want to make is addressed to Mrs Harms, as she is the only representative of the Green Party here. I was absolutely

astounded to hear from her colleague, David Hammerstein Mintz – who I get on very well with – that he considers my report to be dangerous to net neutrality. We have spent a lot of time crafting a new proposal to actually allow regulators to intervene if they see net neutrality being trespassed upon. Yet Mr Hammerstein Mintz comes to this Chamber, without talking to me beforehand and without submitting any alternative, and tells me my report is dangerous. All I would say to Mrs Harms is that if the Green Group continue with this sort of scaremongering and demonising of our report, it will be dangerous for consumers because it will endanger everything else. I cordially invite them to come round our table and to say why our report is dangerous. Let us see if we can satisfy their concerns. Many of you may well even be receiving daily e‑mails. I had one telling me that this report is a danger to net neutrality. All I can say to you is

that our intention is entirely the opposite.

In conclusion, we now all have a huge responsibility to help the French presidency reach agreement. I want to emphasise that point.

There is a lot of uncertainty out in the real world, among the people who are poised to make the big investments – the next‑generation networks – who want this package settled as soon as possible. We can help do that by working together as we have done successfully. It is a really big responsibility. I pledge from my side – and I know my colleagues will come with me on this – that we will spare no effort in working with the French Presidency. I want to pay particular tribute to Mr Chatel and Mr Besson for their deep engagement to this

whole process and their real knowledge of the issues. Together I am sure we can get this package through in the quickest possible time.