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Political Memory: Struan STEVENSON, MEP

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General Data

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Functions in European Parliament

Curriculum Vitae

  • West of Scotland Agricultural College (1967-1972)
  • Dip.Ag
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, State Medical Academy, Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan (2000)
  • Director, J. and R. Stevenson Ltd (farming and tourism business) (1968-2004)
  • Director, Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh (1986-1990)
  • Director, Saferworld (international foreign affairs and defence think-tank) (1992-1994)
  • Director, PS Public Affairs Consultants, Edinburgh and Belfast (1993-1999)
  • In the Scottish Conservative Party: Chairman, Scottish Conservative Candidates Association (1992-1997)
  • Chairman, Arts and Heritage Committee (1992-1997)
  • Spokesman on the environment, transport, media and arts (1997-1998)
  • Chairman of the Tuesday Club (1998)
  • Member of the European Parliament (since 1999)
  • Vice-Chairman, Sustainable Development Intergroup (1999-2004)
  • Co-Chairman of EPIC (European Parliamentarians and Industrialists Council) (1999-2004)
  • Chairman of the Committee on Fisheries (2002-2004)
  • Board Member, Kangaroo Group (1999-2004)
  • Led campaigns to raise awareness of plight of victims of Soviet nuclear testing programme in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan (1999-2004)
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Medicine - State Medical Academy Semipalatinsk (2000) and given Freedom of Semipalatinsk City in 2003, in recognition of this humanitarian work
  • Won $50,000 in The John Templeton Foundation International Essay Competition for writing an article on the Victims of Soviet Nuclear Tests (2004) and gave prize to 'Mercy Corps Scotland - Aid International' to provide aid to Semipalatinsk.Campaigned to ban the import of cat and dog fur products from China into the EU (since 1999)





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10/07/2008 Reply to campaign concerning vote on IMCO & ITRE of Telecoms package

John Purvis and Struan Stevenson

Members of the European Parliament for Scotland

We wanted to update you following the vote on 7 July in the Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, which produced a very large majority in favour of a series of amendments that significantly enhance users´ rights in electronic communications. Some of the key points are summarised below:

* Users will now be informed by operators, before contracts are concluded, about any restrictions on access to services (such as Skype).

* Market demand and competition between operators will decide whether they see any point in restricting access. The IMCO vote does not give governments new powers to decide that, or to make applications illegal.

* Where handsets or other terminal equipment are included free, or at a subsidised price, users must be informed of the cost of terminating their agreement early.

* Number porting (the process of keeping a number when switching networks) will now take one day (while it has previously taken up to one month). However, there are also provisions in case of slamming (when a consumer is switched to another network without their consent) which will allow NRAs to intervene in such cases.

* Promotion of the European 112 emergency call number across the EU, and measures to speed up the availability of mobile caller location when emergency calls are made. This is complementary to existing national emergency numbers.

* Disabled users will have equivalent access to communications with special terminal equipment for their needs.

* The need to keep the Internet open by empowering regulators to intervene if a carrier discriminated against a particular service provider - for example, by blocking or slowing traffic.

* Regulators would be given enabling powers to allow standardised public service messages to be delivered to users. These service messages could include security protection advice, and advice on harmful or unlawful uses of the Internet, and their potential consequences. The information would be sent to all users, not to targeted individuals and not based on individual usage. Copyright infringement is just one of the areas that might be covered, but it will be up to public authorities to supply the information.

* Under Parliament's rules, the Committee also accepted, without a vote, a set of amendments from the Civil Liberties Committee on data protection. These include significant new requirements for operators to inform subscribers in the event of any breach of their personal data through electronic networks

The level of cross party support confirms that MEPs totally reject the claims that these amendments are intended to reduce consumer choice and undermine individual freedom. In particular, the Directive contains no provisions on Copyright Law enforcement, not does it refer, in any way, to the French Government's proposed enforcement agreement.

Members of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee were highly critical of lobbyists who had completely misrepresented the objectives of the legislation. Nevertheless, they welcome further constructive suggestions for improvements to ensure that the text has no "unintended consequences" that infringe consumer rights. MEPs will examine the detailed drafting of all amendments before the final approval by Parliament in September.

A detailed examination of the points referred to in the "Quadrature" mailing can be found below. We also enclose the post-vote Conservative Press release by Malcolm Harbour, for your interest.

The "detailed examination of the points referred to in the Quadrature mailing" seems to be the same as the [/wiki/ColmBurke/en Colm BURKE's reply]