European Parliament News

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

New plans to close firearms loopholes unveiled by Conservative MEP

20-Apr-2016 @ 16:30

Legal controls on blank firing guns, basic standards for firearms storage, mandatory medical checks for licence holders and tighter controls on the sale of ammunition are being proposed in an attempt to close loopholes in European gun laws.

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Africa must take greater responsibility for its problems

19-Apr-2016 @ 18:00

It is in all our interests for African countries to do more to create peace and stability on their continent, but they need help in this.

New approach to end global poverty

18-Apr-2016 @ 12:00

The European Parliament has backed proposals to create new innovative ways to mobilise private capital in the fight against global poverty as part of a broader approach to development.

EU Passenger Name Records directive finally takes off

14-Apr-2016 @ 12:00

An EU law allowing the collection and sharing of flight passenger data – to detect terrorist and serious criminal activity - finally took off today after five years of talks between MEPs and European governments.

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Passenger Name Records: It's now or never, lead MEP says

13-Apr-2016 @ 18:00

The European Parliament has this afternoon debated tomorrow's vote on a new EU Passenger Name Records directive, seen as a critical tool in the EU's counter-terrorism efforts.

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Glyphosate: European Parliament votes for seven year approval

13-Apr-2016 @ 16:00

The European Parliament has voted to support extending approval for glyphosate, the world's most widely used weed killer.

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Leader of Conservative MEPs comments on AfD MEP's expulsion

13-Apr-2016 @ 16:00

Responding to the expulsion last night of Alternative fur Deutschland MEP Marcus Pretzell from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, UK Conservative delegation leader Ashley Fox MEP said:

MEPs back moves to increase role of national parliaments.

13-Apr-2016 @ 01:00

MEPs have backed measures increasing the role of national parliaments in EU law making.

European Parliament backs plan to streamline regulation

13-Apr-2016 @ 15:30

MEPs from across Europe have supported British-backed proposals calling on the EU to avoid unnecessary regulation in the Single Market.

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Vote on EU Passenger Name Records likely to happen next week

07-Apr-2016 @ 15:00

A long-awaited vote on the EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) legislation is likely to happen next week after months of delays.

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Make the EU's asylum rules work better, rather than re-inventing the wheel

06-Apr-2016 @ 15:30

The European Commission has today put forward two possible visions for the future of the EU's Dublin regulation, which determines where asylum applications should be made.

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MEPs consider moves to increase role of national parliaments

06-Apr-2016 @ 14:30

New measures to secure a greater role for the UK and national parliaments in EU law making are being proposed by a Conservative MEP.

Iconic British foods could receive a major boost in US markets.

01-Apr-2016 @ 01:00

Six of Britain's best known foods could be granted special status in the United States after it was announced they are to be included in ongoing trade negotiations.

Trade top priority at EU-India Summit, say Conservative MEPs

30-Mar-2016 @ 01:00

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making his first visit to Brussels today for the first EU-India summit for four years.

Conservative MEPs respond to the Brussels terrorist attacks

22-Mar-2016 @ 01:00

Ashley Fox, leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament and MEP for South West England and Gibraltar:

"Our thoughts are with the people of Brussels after these terrible attacks. We will offer them every assistance but must carry on with our daily lives and not let the terrorists win.
"If we change our routines, or if we surround the European Parliament with a ring of steel, we play into the hands of the people who committed these atrocities."

Geo-blocking findings should not prompt "burdensome regulation", says MEP.

18-Mar-2016 @ 01:00

Most digital content providers in the EU use geo-blocking to prevent material being viewed across borders, a new survey has found.

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Legal boost for open wi-fi networks

16-Mar-2016 @ 1:0

An opinion from the European Court of Justice that businesses which offer free, open wi-fi in their premises should not be liable for how it is used, has been welcomed by a Conservative MEP.

Internal Market and Consumer Protection spokesman Vicky Ford MEP said the Advocate General's opinion, although not binding on the court, sent the right signal.

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New measures to help the steel industry welcome, but more needed.

16-Mar-2016 @ 1:0

Conservative MEPs will press for EU anti-dumping investigations into imported steel to be further streamlined.

Expert claims proposed gun laws could be a security threat

15-Mar-2016 @ 18:30

Proposals to clamp down on semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks could in fact increase the security threat, MEPs have been told.

At a hearing organised by Conservative MEP Vicky Ford in the European Parliament, Dr Edward Impey, Director General of the Royal Armouries, claimed draft plans by the European Commission to force museums to deactivate so-called Category A weapons in their collections could hamper law enforcement.

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Take EU-Turkey deal back to the drawing board, leaders urged

14-Mar-2016 @ 17:30

This week EU leaders will meet to finalise an agreement with Turkey aimed at stemming the flow of migrants along the Balkan route.

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