European Parliament News

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

Conservative leader insists multi-nationals must pay fair taxes

03-Feb-2016 @ 01:00

Multi-national companies must pay their fair share of taxes, the leader of the Conservative delegation at the European Parliament has insisted.

New measures to tackle 'black economy' backed by Conservative MEPs

03-Feb-2016 @ 11:00

New measures to crackdown on undeclared work across the EU have been welcomed by Conservative MEPs after they secured a number of key changes.

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.

Experts meet to discuss new controls on semi-automatic weapons

26-Jan-2016 @ 10:45

Senior police officers, an Imperial War Museum expert and members of the shooting lobby will discuss proposed new controls on semi-automatic weapons at an event in London this week.

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Deva: EU development funding has reached a "crisis point"

25-Jan-2016 @ 17:0

ECR Spokesman on International Development, Nirj Deva MEP, has launched a blistering attack on the European Commission over the way in which the EU carries out international development funding.

Parliament vote jeopardises consumer information rules applying to infant foods

20-Jan-2016 @ 17:0

A vote by MEPs to block an important piece of legislation on the labelling, composition and advertising of processed cereal-based food and baby food is disappointing, say Conservative MEPs.

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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".