Transport map failure and Budget votes show need for Plaid presence in Europe
Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has warned that Wales could lose out if there is no Plaid Cymru representative in the European Parliament after this week’s elections.
Latest opinion polls show that it is neck and neck between Plaid Cymru and the Conservatives and that progressive voters need to come out and vote if they want to make sure that a Welsh voice is heard in Europe.
Jill Evans recently exposed the failure of the UK Government to include Wales in the main corridor level of the Trans European Network – Transport maps for European funding, despite both having been originally included by the European Commission.
Plaid Cymru was the only party who voted against cuts to European investment in Wales through the Common Agricultural Policy and Regional and Structural Funds.
Plaid Cymru is pushing for a new National Transport Plan for Wales to ensure spending on improvements to railways, roads and ports in Wales.
The party is also supporting the creation of 50,000 jobs in Wales through the 'Welsh contracts for Welsh companies' scheme, a guarantee scheme for young people out of work for more than four months and an equal official status in Europe for both English and Welsh languages.
Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans said:
“A Plaid Cymru presence in Europe is vital for the benefit of Wales because it is clear that there is no other party that will stand up for Wales.
“We saw that when Labour MPs in London voted to cut the amount of European investment in Wales and Conservative and UKIP MEPs teamed up in Brussels to do the same.
“Similarly, neither UK nor Welsh Governments stood up for Wales when they allowed the new European transport investment map to be drawn up – without Wales on it.
“We want to see a new National Transport Plan for Wales to ensure spending on improvements to railways, roads and ports in Wales.
“We want to see Wales creating 50,000 new jobs through our Welsh contracts to Welsh companies policy.
“We want to see young people in Wales given a fair chance in life, through the EU Youth Guarantee Scheme, guaranteeing work or training for those out of work for more than four months.
“And have both of our official languages here in Wales given the same status.
“Wales must have a voice on issues that affect us – from workers’ rights to farming, from European investment in our communities to climate change and the environment.
“It is clear that only Plaid Cymru puts Wales first, and that is why it is so important that Wales has a voice in Europe after the elections on 22nd May.”