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MEP McClarkin launches Commonwealth initiative in Brussels

10-Mar-2016 @ 1:0

At a reception in Brussels to celebrate Commonwealth Day on Monday, Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin will launch her initiative for The Commonwealth Forum; a Brussels-based association which allows and encourages Commonwealth nations, diplomats, individuals and institutions to come together to promote the interests of the global organisation.

The aim of the forum is to raise the profile of the Commonwealth amongst the EU institutions, encourage closer cooperation and promote the work of the Commonwealth secretariat in areas such as sport, trade and development. As such the forum will formally apply to become a branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society in the weeks to come.

The event will be attended by a variety of Commonwealth Ambassadors from across the globe, including India, Canada, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan. Also attending are leaders of British religious and educational organisations in Brussels and representatives from the other EU Commonwealth nations of Cyprus and Malta.

Ms McClarkin said: "It is important that Brussels keeps looking outwards, developing networks and maximising already established relationships. The Commonwealth represents these opportunities and we should be doing more to foster these relations and raise the profile of its work.

"The Commonwealth has a rich heritage and works to improve the lives of individuals in a number of third world countries, but as an organisation it is regularly overlooked. I hope that the Commonwealth Forum will serve as a platform to highlight the work that the Commonwealth does, but also that it goes further in supporting the work and efforts of this organisation around the world."

Call for EU-wide support for Thalidomide victims

10-Mar-2016 @ 1:0

Conservative MEPs are supporting calls for the creation of a framework to ensure Thalidomide victims across the EU receive similar levels of compensation.

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EU legislation threatens to turn back the clock at British ports

08-Mar-2016 @ 1:0

Conservative MEPs will continue to oppose measures they say threaten to turn back the clock at British ports.

UNHCR help needed to tackle migration crisis

08-Mar-2016 @ 1:0

A United Nations-led resettlement programme is required to provide lasting solutions to the European Union's migration crisis, Conservative Home Affairs Spokesman Timothy Kirkhope said.

Mr Kirkhope, who is rapporteur, or lead MEP, for the EU's permanent relocation system, said current measures were clearly not working.

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Kirkhope: Real solutions not false promises needed to solve migration crisis

08-Mar-2016 @ 1:0

Before the European Council of the 17th March, EU leaders need to ask themselves whether the proposed agreement with Turkey is really going to solve the migrant crisis, or whether it is committing the EU to an undeliverable plan at great cost for Europe, Conservative Home Affairs Spokesman Timothy Kirkhope MEP has said.
Speaking after the EU-Turkey summit broke up with no formal agreement, but an outline of key points for a deal later this month, Mr Kirkhope, a former British immigration minister, and rapporteur on the EU's permanent relocation system said:
"It is clear that some heat needs to be taken out of the Balkans. However, in desperation, some EU leaders are asking us to tear up the rule book for the second time in a year. The EU needs to stop trying to find this fanciful silver bullet and instead focus on a number of actions to protect the external border, and strengthen our reception capacity and processing systems. This crisis cannot be solved by one agreement, but it can be seriously eased by a number of different coordinated actions.
"Last year's silver bullet was a relocation system that did not work. This year's seems to be an all-encompassing deal with Turkey that relies on their goodwill, despite little evidence that they have delivered on promises already made. I have serious doubts that this is going to work in the real world, even if it survives the almost certain court challenges.
"We need Turkey as a major and important partner, but not at any cost. Any money handed over to Turkey must be incremental and based on clear criteria that must be met. If they fail to meet their end of the bargain then there should be no money. Frankly, I think we would be much more successful spending six billion euros on border guards and processing facilities in the EU.
"Visa liberalisation should only be granted if Turkey meets the strict criteria for granting it. I fear that in agreeing to visa liberalisation we are replacing one series of pressures from economic migration with another. We should not rush into this decision without full consideration.
"I agree with breaking the link between boarding a boat and being allowed to settle in the EU, which is why we have been calling for direct resettlement since this crisis began. However, there are a number of practical questions about how the one-for-one policy will work. Who will put people back on their boats? What if people refuse to go? What if people throw themselves and their families overboard and take their chances in the Aegean? How strong will Turkey's checks be on the validity of the refugees they send to Europe? Where will they settle and how will we then prevent secondary movement of genuine refugees? Will this not shift pressures further along the Mediterranean?
"Before the summit later this month, EU leaders need to seriously ask themselves if this is the 'solution' they have sought. I fear that it is a series of vague promises that cost the house, cannot be delivered, move the problem elsewhere, and once again tear up the EU's rules in the middle of a crisis."
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EC seeks clarity in Scottish farm payments controversy

01-Mar-2016 @ 1:0

The European Commission will seek to clarify reports that the Scottish Government could be fined if they fail to make Basic Payments to farmers on time, it confirmed today.

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Election must signal a new era for FIFA, say Conservative MEPs

26-Feb-2016 @ 1:0

Conservative MEPs say FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino will be judged on his ability to implement deep seated reform.

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 @ 15:00

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: