European Parliament News

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

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.

Committee backs UK nominee for EU Commissioner

13-Sep-2016 @ 12:00

Members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee today recommended that the UK’s Sir Julian King be approved in the role of Security Union Commissioner.

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Kamall: All 751 MEPs must decide parliament's Brexit negotiator

08-Sep-2016 @ 17:00

After European Parliament President Martin Schulz today tried to appoint the leader of the fourth largest group in the parliament as the institution's only Brexit negotiator, the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Syed Kamall said: "If the parliament wishes to appoint a Brexit negotiator then it must be a decision made by a majority of all 751 MEPs, and the person and persons to fulfil the role must be voted on by the full parliament.

European court threat to anti-terror deal

08-Sep-2016 @ 13:00

The European Court of Justice’s adviser has delivered an irresponsible piece of advice that would strip the EU-Canada counter-terror Passenger Name Records (PNR) agreement of most of its value.

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Conservative MEP begins campaign to tackle wildlife trafficking.

02-Sep-2016 @ 14:30

A report proposing how international trade agreements could be used to combat wildlife trafficking will be introduced in the European Parliament by a Conservative MEP in December.

Conservative MEP takes the title Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate

02-Sep-2016 @ 13:30

Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope will take the title Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate, having been nominated for a peerage in former Prime Minister David Cameron's resignation honours list.

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EC told to think again on investor standards

01-Sep-2016 @ 16:30

Poor technical standards that could hurt high street investors have been rejected today by the European Parliament’s economics committee.

Duncan: Brexit is an opportunity for the fishing industry

26-Aug-2016 @ 13:45

Brexit presents a significant opportunity for the UK fishing industry, according to Conservative Fisheries spokesman Ian Duncan MEP.

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Peerage for Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope

05-Aug-2016 @ 08:30

Senior Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope has been awarded a peerage in David Cameron's resignation honours and promised to use his seat in the House of Lords to promote his home county of Yorkshire. "This is a great honour and an unexpected one," said Mr Kirkhope. "It is recognition not just for me but all the Conservative MEPs who perform an important and often unheralded role in representing the UK's interests in Brussels. "When I take up my seat in the Lords I will continue to champion Yorkshire as I have always done as an MP and MEP." Mr Kirkhope has been MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber since 1999. He is Conservative spokesman for Justice and Home Affairs and a member of the European Parliament's delegation for relations with the United States. He recently succeeded in steering his Passenger Name Record directive through the European Parliament. This will see air travel details shared between police and intelligence services across the EU, aiding the fight against terrorism and organised crime. In 2009 he was a founder member and Deputy Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament. Mr Kirkhope was MP for Leeds North East from 1987 to 1997, holding a number of posts including Home Office minister responsible for immigration, race and community relations and international policing.

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Kirkhope: Commission announcement reflects UK's lead security role.

02-Aug-2016 @ 12:30

Today's decision by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to name Sir Julian King as EU Commissioner for the Security Union has been welcomed by Conservative Home Affairs spokesman Timothy Kirkhope MEP.

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Industry needs to look for longer term solutions to dairy crisis

19-Jul-2016 @ 12:00

Dairy farmers must address structural weaknesses in their industry if it is not to lurch from one crisis to another, Conservative MEP Richard Ashworth said today.

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