European Parliament News

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

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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Conservative MEP backs May on migration

23-Sep-2016 @ 12:00

Conservative MEP Dr Charles Tannock today backed Theresa May's call for an international response to tackle the current refugee crisis.

As the Conservatives' Foreign Affairs spokesman, Dr Tannock said: "I welcome the Prime Minister's call to better distinguish between refugees and economic migrants, an approach which will be vital if we are to maintain the value and confidence of the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees, which is in need of a radical overhaul if it is to address the realities of the modern world.

"We must defend the right to seek temporary refuge for those fleeing war and persecution. But this cannot entitle others to use the opportunity to cross dozens of safe countries, moving half way across the globe in search of the most generous welfare systems and employment opportunities.

"Strengthening the principle of seeking asylum in the first neighbouring safe country, where common historical and cultural ties are often present, is a logical step and one which I support."

Van Orden: An EU army has no credibility with our potential enemies.

14-Sep-2016 @ 20:15

It is no surprise that European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker called for an EU common defence in his “State of the Union” speech to the European Parliament. This idea will be taken forward when Prime Ministers of 27 EU countries (excluding Britain) meet in Bratislava on Friday.

Juncker supports private sector role in international development.

14-Sep-2016 @ 20:00

A conference could be staged in the New Year and talks started with private investors following the announcement today by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker of an investment plan for Africa.

Juncker has repeated the same old mantra

14-Sep-2016 @ 12:00

In today’s State of the Union debate in the European Parliament, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, warned European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker that he had an opportunity to listen to the warning signs across Europe and alter the EU’s direction, yet instead we saw the same mantra as before.

Juncker urged to use State of the EU address to advance international aid plan

13-Sep-2016 @ 17:30

European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker is being urged to use Wednesday's State of the European Union speech to back a plan which could channel €300 billion a year to the developing world.

It is understood Mr Juncker is considering taking forward a strategy steered through the European Parliament by Conservative Development spokesman Nirj Deva which involves using the private sector to supplement public funds for Africa and other areas.