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Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe

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Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 2 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
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Open Europe and EU regulation NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Open Europe has today produced a report claiming to be the most comprehensive study on how much EU regulation costs the UK economy. It is, however, full of deliberate omissions and is no more independent or authoritarian than any other obsessively Eu...
Limnitis NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Monday 29 March was an important day for inter-communal trust in Cyprus.  The two leaders, Dimitris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat, attended a 'turf turning' ceremony in Limnitis that started work towards opening another route across the Green...
Belarus and the death penalty NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 11 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Recently Belarus carried out the death penalty on two of its citizens. This cruel action was made worse for the families concerned because they were not told the date of the execution and did not have the bodies of their relatives returned to them.We...
Cluster munitions banned by the UK NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Today the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Bill received Royal Assent.  In recognition of the unacceptable harm these weapons can inflict on civilians this Bill will enter into force with immediate effect, banning the use, production, stockpilin...
A step closer to banning cluster munitions NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 9 Months, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 10 Minutes ago
On 17 March I led the Commons debate on the Second Reading of the Cluster Munitions Bill. I'm delighted by the strong support the Bill received from all sides of the House. Nearly all who spoke clearly recognise the unacceptable effect that cluster b...
International Women’s Day – Equality & Stamping Out Violence Against Women NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
The 8th March  is celebrated throughout the world as International Women’s Day, which commemorates the political, social and economic achievements of women. Equality between women and men is a fundamental right, it's one of the common values o...
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights - carrying on the debate NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 22 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
The issue of civil partnerships and how, or if they’re recognised across Europe is a complex one. I know this from those of you who have commented on my blog posts, and those who asked questions at an event the FCO hosted jointly with Stonewall las...
Lettori: British Lecturers in Italy fight against discrimination of pay and jobs NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 18 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Having written my previous blog after meeting with Professor Petrie, I was surprised by the reaction and number of comments. It is clear that this is an important and emotive issue for many people. I feel strongly about this issue and hope the le...
LGBT rights: not just a sideshow NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
I know some people dismiss Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights as something of a sideshow in international relations, but I am proud to say that the FCO has argued for a decade that human rights are a seamless garment.  You can'...
Madeira NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
It was really distressing to hear of the devastating effect of the storms in Madeira on Saturday and the tragic loss of life which has occurred, including the death of one British national.  My thoughts are with the families and friends of all t...
And the Bafta went to... NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
The 21st of February was a fantastic night for EU funded films at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAS).   Fish Tank won in the Outstanding British Film category, A Prophet won the Best Foreign Film and Carey Mulligan won leading actress...
Welcome to a New Commission NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 10 Months, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
I am pleased that the European Parliament approved the appointment of the next European Commission earlier this week.  The UK has been a long-standing supporter of President Barroso, and it is excellent that he will have Cathy Ashton as one...
Russia and the UK - finding solutions together NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 10 Months, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Next week I’m heading to Russia for my first official visit as Minister for Europe.  As a P5 country, a member of the G8 and G20, and one of the world’s largest economies, Russia plays a crucial role in global affairs. On many of the most im...
Lettori: British Lecturers in Italy fight against discrimination of pay and jobs NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
I met with Professor David Petrie, Chairman of the Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy on Monday to discuss his long running fight with Italian universities over pay and jobs.  It is shocking that hundreds of British Lecturers are being pa...
Colombia: Human rights and free trade NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 18 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Last Wednesday I took part in a commons debate on human rights in Colombia.  I was asked some important and serious questions, including why the UK should support the negotiation of a free trade agreement between Colombia and the EU in view of e...
The EU in Afghanistan NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 17 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Today, Foreign Ministers and representatives from international organisations arrive in London ahead of the Afghanistan Conference. This is a landmark event. It will help us achieve our shared goal of a stable and secure Afghanistan that can exercise...
Foreign Office Ministers and legislation NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Foreign Office Ministers don't normally have much legislation to take through Parliament, apart from addressing the European Scrutiny Committees on developments in the EU. But we do have two pieces at the moment: the Cluster Munitions Bill, which wil...
2010: a year of opportunity in Turkey NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
I was in Istanbul this weekend for the opening celebrations of the European Capital of Culture. It is a bustling, thriving city, steeped in Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history. The celebrations culminated in a spectacular fireworks show and, pointed...
Ukraine - a colourful and energetic campaign NEW
Chris Bryant - Minister for Europe 4 Years, 10 Months, 4 Weeks, 18 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Ukraine went to the polls to elect a President on Sunday.  This is the first Presidential election since the momentous events of the Orange Revolution.  It’s been a colourful and energetic campaign, with 18 candidates in the running two n...