European Parliament News

Here you can find an archive of all the news items that have been on this website.

MEPs must address Somaliland's independence claim

16-Nov-2016 @ 18:00

The European Parliament should be ashamed of its failure to consider Somaliland's claim to be recognised as an independent state, a high level hearing heard today.

EU task force backs UK's Groceries Adjudicator system

16-Nov-2016 @ 17:00

New EU-wide proposals to help farmers secure a better deal for their products feature support for a system pioneered in Britain.

Long awaited findings from the European Commission's Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) highlight the value of independent national adjudicators. The UK Government appointed a Groceries Code Adjudicator in 2013 to regulate the relationship between supermarkets and their suppliers and AMTF chairman Cees Verman visited Britain to see the scheme in operation at the invitation of Conservative Agriculture spokesman, Richard Ashworth MEP.

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Brexit minister to hold regular meetings with Conservative MEPs

15-Nov-2016 @ 01:00

Minister for Exiting the European Union David Jones said today he wanted to hold regular meetings with Conservative MEPs as the Brexit process moves forward.

"Long overdue" horse welfare proposals launched.

08-Nov-2016 @ 15:00

New guidelines to improve the welfare of the EU's 7 million horses and donkeys have been unveiled by Conservative MEP Julie Girling.

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Ashworth: Georgieva is a class act who will be missed in the EU

31-Oct-2016 @ 13:45

Responding to news that EU Budgets Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has decided to resign from the European Commission to take a post at the World Bank, Conservative Budgets spokesman in the European Parliament, Richard Ashworth MEP, said: "Kristalina Georgieva is a class act and the EU's loss will be the World Bank's gain.

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CETA: Conservatives welcome agreement but regret delay

27-Oct-2016 @ 13:30

Responding to the news that the Belgian government has finally reached an agreement on the CETA EU-Canada trade deal, Conservative International Trade joint spokesman Emma McClarkin MEP said: "It makes you wonder why they dragged this out so long. Justin Trudeau could have been in Brussels signing this agreement today with fanfare. Instead he has cancelled his trip with a bad taste in his mouth.

"The credibility of the EU on global trade deals is in tatters following this debacle. CETA is one of the highest quality agreements ever negotiated, with a country that has values and standards very similar to our own. Other countries will now ask whether it is worth the time and effort conducting such deals with the EU. We need to show them that the EU can be a reliable trade partner."

EU budget increase is unnecessary and unacceptable

26-Oct-2016 @ 15:45

Extra spending on areas such as security, agriculture and the migrant crisis can be accommodated without increasing the overall European Union budget, Conservative MEPs insist.

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UK bio security strengthened after MEPs pass Conservative report.

26-Oct-2016 @ 14:00

Britain's bio security will be strengthened after a report by Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre was approved today by the European Parliament.

We must overcome difficulties and implement CETA, says Conservative MEP

24-Oct-2016 @ 18:00

The EU and Belgium must look at their political processes following the failure to agree the CETA trade deal with Canada by today's deadline, Conservative International Trade spokesman Emma McClarkin MEP said.

Rules to protect shoppers should be "clear and enforceable"

20-Oct-2016 @ 09:00

Shoppers should be provided with more information about special promotions as part of the current review of EU consumer legislation.

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Vicky Ford: Internal market benefits go beyond trade

20-Oct-2016 @ 15:00

The European Union must begin engaging with ordinary people if it is to rebuild trust in international trade deals and the Single Market.

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Simplify EU rules to reduce spending errors, says Conservative MEP.

13-Oct-2016 @ 12:00

 The Court of Auditors has today signed off the EU's accounts for 2015 but notes that the level of error in payments remained above target.

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EU students continue to be welcome at UK universities.

11-Oct-2016 @ 19:00

Britain's world class universities will continue to welcome EU students despite the Brexit vote, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox stressed today.

Conservative MEP to investigate UKIP "altercation".

07-Oct-2016 @ 13:00

The decision to refer yesterday's incident involving UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe to the European Parliament's Code of Conduct Advisory Committee has been welcomed by committee chairman Sajjad Karim.

MEPs leader tells conference: Britain's best days lie ahead.

02-Oct-2016 @ 17:30

People should not focus on a "hard" or "soft" exit for Britain from the EU but instead concentrate on securing a good exit, Conservative MEPs leader Ashley Fox told the party's conference this afternoon.

He said the goal must be to agree a deal that meets the needs of the British people and restores control over the country's borders.

Measures to prevent another emissions scandal unveiled by Conservative MEP.

29-Sep-2016 @ 11:30

A new EU vehicle testing system aimed at preventing any repeat of the VW emissions scandal has been unveiled by Conservative MEP Dan Dalton.

Mr Dalton's report, presented to the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee today, proposes a rigorous programme of assessment and market surveillance by Member States to be policed by other countries through peer review. The European Commission would oversee the process, checking the performance of national authorities every three years and having the power to take action against those that do not meet the required standards.

Broad support for move to limit European Parliament presidents to two terms.

27-Sep-2016 @ 16:45

A call for European Parliament presidents to be limited to two terms in office has been supported by MEPs from six of the parliament's eight political groups.

Members from the ECR, EPP, ALDE, GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups are amongst the 50 to sign an amendment submitted by Conservative MEP leader Ashley Fox to the revised rules of procedure being drawn up by the Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee via the Corbett report.

Conservative MEPs back call by HRH The Duke of Cambridge to end the illegal wildlife trade

23-Sep-2016 @ 14:00

Conservative MEPs Emma McClarkin and Julie Girling today backed HRH The Duke of Cambridge as he called for the end of the illegal wildlife trade.

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Ashley Fox: Limit European Parliament presidents to two terms.

23-Sep-2016 @ 15:30

MEPs are being urged to support a move which would limit European Parliament presidents to two terms as a way of promoting "fresh leadership."

Conservative MEPs leader Ashley Fox has submitted an amendment to the revised rules of procedure being drawn up by the Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee via the Corbett report. It states that "Members shall be permitted to serve a maximum of two terms in the office of President ...which may be served consecutively or with interruption."

Lord Kirkhope welcomes the PM’s call for a global crack down on airport security

23-Sep-2016 @ 15:00

A United Nations move to improve airport security has been backed by Conservative MEP Lord Kirkhope.

Later today the UN Security Council will discuss a resolution, circulated by the UK earlier this month, calling on the International Civil Aviation Organisation to step up its efforts to ensure countries comply with internationally agreed security standards.

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