European Parliament News

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

Swift action urged on EU trade deals with Australia and New Zealand

25-Feb-2016 @ 1:0

Conservative MEPs today expressed their strong support for the launch of free trade negotiations between the EU and Australia and New Zealand.

Key changes secured to jobs website used by EU migrants

25-Feb-2016 @ 13:30

Conservative MEPs have secured key amendments to rules governing an Europe-wide job website used by EU migrants seeking work in Britain.

Conservatives shape new EU insurance rules to benefit consumers

24-Feb-2016 @ 10:45

New measures to guarantee customers receive the same level of consumer protection wherever in the EU they buy insurance have come into force.

"Help us improve EU firearms legislation", urges Conservative MEP

23-Feb-2016 @ 15:0

Gun owners are being urged to engage positively with efforts to amend EU legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of terrorists' hands.

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Welcome for new measures to tackle people traffickers

22-Feb-2016 @ 1:0

Today the European Commission launched its EUROPOL European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) in The Hague, which will support EU Member States in dismantling criminal networks involved in organized migrant smuggling.

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Prime Minister's EU deal welcomed by Conservative MEPs

22-Feb-2016 @ 11:0

Prime Minister David Cameron's renegotiation of the UK's European Union membership has been welcomed by the leader of Conservative MEPs in Brussels.

New approach to ending global poverty secures MEPs' support

17-Feb-2016 @ 1:0

A report laying out innovative new ways to mobilise private capital in the fight against global poverty was approved by MEPs today.

Conservative MEPs welcome crackdown on "despicable" fake medicine trade

10-Feb-2016 @ 13:45

New  EU measures targeting the multi-million euro counterfeit medicines trade have been welcomed by Conservative MEPs.

Conservative MEP to lead emissions scandal clean up

09-Feb-2016 @ 16:30

Conservative MEP Daniel Dalton is to oversee a revision of laws governing how cars are approved, in the wake of the emissions scandal, it has been announced.

EU steel action welcomed by Conservative MEPs

08-Feb-2016 @ 16:0

News that the European Union could open new anti-dumping investigations into Chinese steel products has been welcomed Conservative MEPs, although they are critical it has taken Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom three months to respond to their calls for action.

Welcome for vote to move vehicle emission tests out of the 1970s

03-Feb-2016 @ 14:0

 

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Kamall: Tusk’s proposals show progress is being made on the four ‘baskets’

03-Feb-2016 @ 1:0

Responding to European Council President Donald Tusk’s draft proposals for a new settlement between the EU and UK, European Conservatives and Reformists Group leader and London MEP Syed Kamall said:

Car emissions testing must be brought into 21st century

02-Feb-2016 @ 14:0

European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group MEPs are warning that a rejection of changes to car emissions testing procedures could delay improvements to air quality.

The European Parliament will tomorrow (Wednesday) vote on a proposal to block the introduction of so-called "Real Driving Emissions" (RDE) testing.

RDE tests aim to ensure that emissions tests take place in real-world operating conditions, and are expected to help address the problem of high nitrogen dioxide emissions from diesel vehicles. This is a big change from the current “Type Approval” testing which only uses laboratory tests.

A committee of experts has said that real-world emissions of Nitrogen Dioxide should be phased in between 2017 and 2020 but has not identified an end date by which a variance from the norm would be set at zero.

The blocking proposal has been put forward by MEPs who claim that these limits are excessive.

ECR Environment Spokesman Julie Girling MEP said: "Concerns about the limits proposed are valid, but blocking the whole process of moving to RDE would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

"Instead, the concerns about emissions should be dealt with in parallel to the new tests being introduced.

"RDE for new cars will bring clear reductions in emissions of Nitrogen Dioxide and improve air quality therefore delaying its introduction by months, or even years, is not the right response.

"Emissions testing rules have not changed for almost thirty years, and it is vital that the European Parliament endorses this latest step towards improving the testing regime."

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Greater ambition and effort needed to halt loss of biodiversity say Conservative MEPs

02-Feb-2016 @ 1:0

A report urging the EU to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2020 and to restore ecosystems has been backed by Conservative MEPs.

The report is the European Parliament's response to the Commission's mid-term review of the EU's Biodiversity Strategy, which was published in October.

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Commission proposals on tax avoidance must not undermine European competitiveness

28-Jan-2016 @ 1:0

New proposals from the European Commission to tackle tax avoidance must ensure that businesses pay their fair share of tax, whilst not hindering Europe's competitiveness, say Conservative MEPs.

Conservative MEPs win campaign to axe 17 million pieces of red-tape a year

27-Jan-2016 @ 16:30

Plans to impose "burdensome, costly and time consuming" red-tape on consumers and courier companies have been avoided after a sustained campaign by two Conservative MEPs.

The European Commission was asking for paperwork for every package that comes into the EU.

However, following an intervention by East of England MEP Vicky Ford and Daniel Dalton West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton, packages with a value of £17 or €22 and under will now be exempt.

This is an estimated 17 million packages a year. The MEPs warned that it would lead to higher prices and adversely affect small courier and delivery firms who would have been ‘swamped’ with paperwork.

“The proposals were burdensome, time-consuming and unworkable. It would have reduced the incentive to trade and the costs would have been passed onto consumers in the form of higher prices" said Mr Dalton.

Mrs Ford added, “It is another victory for common sense as what we need is simpler, less bureaucratic and more effective customer systems and this was not."

MEPs backs Foster's call to save the Asian Elephants

27-Jan-2016 @ 12:0

The European Parliament's Animal Welfare Intergroup has backed the call by North West Conservative MEP, Jacqueline Foster, for action to stop the illegal international trade in wild elephants and improve the welfare of those in captivity.

McIntyre report shows the way forward for smart farming

26-Jan-2016 @ 10:45

Technological progress is the key to productivity and sustainability in agriculture, a new report to the European Parliament stresses.