Wednesday: the day started early with a meeting on the Latvian Presidency (Jan 2015-June 2015) plans for renewables & energy efficiency, followed by a good chat with Carol Tongue on the creative industries in Europe & the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament group meeting, before heading to European Labour meeting with new Shadow Europe Minister Pat McFadden. The mini-plenary started with speeches marking the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Very powerful reminder of importance of EU to peace in Europe. Last night I went to see the film Pride - one word: fantastic!
Thursday: up early again (earlier if possible!) for a discussion with UK trade minister Lord Livingston & other MEPs on #TTIP before today's votes in plenary... Lots of office work, correspondence & forward planning done this pm. A productive day!
Next week the diary is rammed... Starting with the TTIP team negotiating services provisions & ending on Friday pm with me opening the pop-up Xmas Traidcraft shop in Mbro... I worked in it when I was 18!