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Time for Kenny to seek progressive EU reform- Lynn Boylan MEP

15 January, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the Taoiseach to seek progressive EU reform and to hold a convention to identify which powers could be returned to member states.

Speaking at the launch of the SpunOut EuroHub Lynn Boylan said:

“The extension of this SpunOut facility to include a European hub is a great initiative. 

I would hope that this European hub will help to engage more young people in the political process and in the institutions. Especially as Eurobarometer polls consistently show that peoples trust in the European Institutions is falling and when it comes to the younger population, that number is even greater. 

I believe in giving credit where credit is due and the European Union has introduced some very important pieces of legislation that contribute to ending racial and gender discrimination. 

That said I believe over the last two decades the European Union is talking a good talk when it comes to equality but is promoting an economic agenda that is actually fostering growing racial discrimination and is leading to many people but most acutely women and migrants falling into poverty.”

Ms. Boylan continued:

"Therefore as an MEP, I would like to see a reform of the European Union. 

I would like to see a Europe that is based on solidarity and cooperation.

I would like to see the social pillar of European policies treated with the same seriousness as the economic pillars.

 I believe that now there is a window of opportunity for such reforms to the EU to be sought.

The Laeken Declaration allows for this and the Taoiseach must hold an EU Convention to discuss reforms and to identify powers that could be returned to member states. “

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