After first being elected to the European Parliament in 2009, Emma joined the Parliament’s International Trade Committee in early 2012. By 2014, Emma was appointed as the ECR Group Coordinator for the committee, meaning that she is the lead MEP in the Group on Trade matters. This includes the EU-US trade deal (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and EU-China Investment Agreement. Emma is at the forefront of opening up other trade deals or modernising some of those already in place, such as the trade pillar of the Global Agreement with Mexico and the proposed free trade agreement with Australia. Emma also represents the ECR on the Parliament’s WTO Steering Committee and both the INTA Monitoring Groups on Brexit and on the US.
Emma’s role as a substitute on the Internal Market Committee compliments her role in the INTA committee. Emma is also Chairman of the Commonwealth Forum, which is a Brussels-based association and a branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society, which serves as the main forum for the Parliament’s relations with the Commonwealth nations.