European Parliament News

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

EU Dublin regulation: reinvention of the wheel would be a recipe for chaos

20-Jan-2016 @ 16:0

Proposals to reform the EU’s Dublin Regulation should focus on helping to better implement rules in place, not to reinvent the wheel, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, said today as he sent a list of proposals for Dublin reform to the European Commission.

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Conservatives pour cold water over plans to regulate washing up gloves

20-Jan-2016 @ 13:0

EU plans to regulate household items such as umbrellas and washing up gloves in the same way as industrial safety equipment have been blocked.

Conservative MEP Vicky Ford, who is the European Parliament's lead negotiator or "rapporteur" on the European Commission's legislation on personal protective equipment has successfully simplified and limited the scope of the proposals.

The EU has had rules governing the manufacturing and import of equipment such as hard hats, life jackets and safety harnesses for over 25 years and the recent proposals were intended to modernise and simplify the legislation.

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New approach to CAP penalties will help farmers, say Conservatives

19-Jan-2016 @ 15:0

Conservative MEPs have welcomed proposals from the European Commission for simplifications to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), including fairer and more proportionate penalties.

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Lewer: Preventing radicalisation should not be an excuse for further EU propaganda

19-Jan-2016 @ 11:0

Conservative MEPs have rejected a report from a Labour MEP which calls for an increase in education about so-called "EU citizenship" to play a role in the fight against radicalisation.

Although the report is no doubt well intentioned in recognising the vital role of education in promoting intercultural dialogue, it strays too far into issues which are outside of the competence of the EU.

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Conservatives call for barriers to female entrepreneurship to be removed

19-Jan-2016 @ 11:0

Conservative MEPs have backed a report which looks at ways to boost the number of female entrepreneurs.

The report notes that the EU is lagging behind countries such as the U.S.A and China in terms of female entrepreneurial rates.

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Services agreement will boost exports whilst protecting public services

19-Jan-2016 @ 8:0

Conservative MEPs have backed a report from the International Trade Committee establishing the Parliament's position on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).

The report calls for an ambitious agreement which could form the basis for further progress at the multilateral level for trade in services, where progress up until now has been less than satisfactory.

TiSA is currently under negotiation in Geneva by 23 members of the World Trade Organisation - including the EU - who together account for 70% of world trade in services.

The aim of TiSA is to open up markets and improve rules in areas such as licensing, financial services, telecoms, e-commerce, and professionals moving abroad to provide services.

Conservative spokesman on International Trade, Emma McClarkin, said: "I welcome the broad support of MEPs for TiSA, as this agreement is of vital importance to Europe, especially given the increased role that services play in the global economy.

"Europe is the biggest exporter of services in the world, with tens of millions of jobs relying on this sector.

"European businesses are well placed to directly benefit from greater and fairer access to foreign markets, often on an equal footing with domestic suppliers."

The East Midlands MEP added: "ECR MEPs recognise the value of public services in EU countries and have supported specific safeguards to ensure that these services are properly protected.

"Nothing in TiSA will prevent EU governments from running public services in the way they see fit".

Futures market could help hard pressed UK dairy farmers

15-Jan-2016 @ 2:45

A futures market in dairy products could be established in an attempt to reduce the price volatility affecting UK farmers.

The idea, championed by Conservative MEPs, is to be examined by a new EU task force charged with examining how to strengthen the position of farmers in the food supply chain.

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We are seeking to recruit an experienced Policy Adviser

15-Jan-2016 @ 1:0

We are seeking to recruit a policy adviser to the Conservative delegation of the ECR Group in the European Parliament.

We are recruiting an experienced press and media officer

15-Jan-2016 @ 1:0

The Conservative delegation of the ECR Group in the European Parliament is seeking an experienced Media Officer to join the delegation's press office.

Duncan demands discard ban protection for cod fishermen

14-Jan-2016 @ 18:30

Conservative Fisheries Spokesman Ian Duncan MEP is working to change European Union rules that will see fishermen who catch white fish treated differently to those who fish mackerel or herring.

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Bashir critical of EU's Drax investigation

05-Jan-2016 @ 15:30

Yorkshire's Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir today hit out at the announcement of an EU "state aid" investigation into the future of Drax Power Station.

He said the "unhelpful and unwelcome" move could undermine or delay crucial plans to turn the plant near Selby into one of the world's biggest producers of energy from bio-mass.

Mr Bashir said: "I have every confidence that the Government's planned investment in Drax is not only forward-thinking, but also fair on the consumer and fair on the energy industry.

"It is inevitable that a strategic conversion on this scale from coal-fired to green energy will need support from Government. But I understand great care has been taken to plan this in a way that will not unduly distort the energy market.

"That really should be all the Commission needs to know.
"I foresee a smooth transition to a new and exciting future for Drax, but that can only happen if the EU accepts the soundness of the scheme. We do not need unwarranted interference or high-handed edicts.

"To the Government, to the Drax company and to its employees in Yorkshire, this development is unhelpful and unwelcome. It has the hallmarks of another piece of EU meddling in British business and British industry."

Duncan: Plan B needed following alcohol minimum pricing ruling

23-Dec-2015 @ 11:0

Ian Duncan, the Conservative MEP for Scotland, has reacted to the ruling by the European Court of Justice that introducing a Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol in Scotland would be in breach of EU Law.

This follows a challenge to the Scottish Government's plans by the Scotch Whisky Association.

Conservative MEPs back UK Steel's call for EU action

21-Dec-2015 @ 12:30

Conservative MEPs today backed UK Steel's call for immediate action by the European Union to help the British steel industry.

Conservative MEP to oversee new EU gun laws

17-Dec-2015 @ 12:0

Conservative MEP Vicky Ford has been handed the role of overseeing the formulation and scrutiny of tougher EU gun laws which have been proposed in the wake of the Paris terrorist attack.

Mrs Ford, who chairs the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, was today appointed rapporteur for legislation amending the current EU Directive on firearms.

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Duncan: EU Commissioner "overstepped the mark" during fish quota talks

17-Dec-2015 @ 11:30

Conservative fisheries spokesman in the European Parliament, Dr Ian Duncan MEP, has written an urgent letter to Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella, after the European Commission conducted negotiations on the 'Blue Whiting’ catch without consulting the UK or other member states.

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MEP calls for targeted sanctions to counter worsening situation in Maldives

17-Dec-2015 @ 11:30

A senior Conservative MEP has said it is time for the EU to consider targeted sanctions and travel bans against leading members of the government of the Maldives.

Foreign Affairs Spokesman Dr Charles Tannock has today (Thursday) expressed deep concerns about the situation in the country, following the arrest of former President Mohamed Nasheed.