European Parliament News

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

Fish discard ban catastrophe headed off by Conservatives

11-Dec-2015 @ 16:0

Following Conservative pressure, the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee has reversed its decision of yesterday which would have introduced the discard ban for North Sea cod a year early.

Conservative MEPs welcome increased access to finance for small businesses

10-Dec-2015 @ 19:0

A new plan that will guarantee loans to small businesses in the UK has been welcomed by Conservative MEPs.

UKIP and SNP representatives heap misery on UK fishermen

10-Dec-2015 @ 18:0

A large swathe of the UK's fishing fleet is facing damaging uncertainty after a European Parliament committee refused implement a previously agreed decision on discards.

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Reforms to kick-start Digital Single Market must not undermine existing rights

09-Dec-2015 @ 14:0

A series of proposals to update consumer rules for the digital age must underpin, rather than undermine the digital single market, say ECR MEPs.

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Senior Conservative addresses major EU transport summit

09-Dec-2015 @ 8:0

The Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster MEP, has urged MEPs to avoid becoming too focused on employment and environment issues when examining transport legislation.

Foster leads debate at major conference on drones

08-Dec-2015 @ 18:0

Conservative Transport Spokesman Jacqueline Foster has reiterated calls for a light-touch, safety-first approach to the proposed regulation of non-military drones at a major aviation industry conference today. Mrs Foster was a keynote speaker at a wide-ranging debate in Brussels on the development of drones, organised by the influential European Aviation Club, of which she is a longstanding member

Ford: Agreement on information security rules will help counter cyber-attacks

08-Dec-2015 @ 11:0

New rules have been agreed which would establish minimum standards of cyber security for key infrastructure sites across the EU, such as airport facilities, power stations and banks. The Network and Information Security Directive is an attempt to deal with the emerging threat of cyber-attacks and the need for information sharing across member states. It also covers some digital service providers, such as search engines and online marketplaces, although following pressure from MEPs, requirements in this area will be specific to the digital sector and future-proofed, as cyber security is already a top priority for many of these digital companies. The final round of talks on the directive were chaired by ECR MEP Vicky Ford, the Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. Mrs Ford commented: "This has been a hugely complex piece of legislation. We have set up a network which will enable experts from each of the 28 countries in the EU to share and develop best practice in network security, whilst not compromising any individual member state's own national security measures." The British Conservative added: "Network security is a significant and growing concern and many operators already invest significantly in their network and information security systems. "I hope that this agreement will help others to come up to speed but without putting an unnecessary burden on smaller companies." A final vote in the European Parliament to approval the deal is expected to take place in the Spring, after which member states will have just less than two years to put the measures into place.

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New firearms legislation needs "a lot of work"

07-Dec-2015 @ 19:30

Draft legislation proposed by the European Commission aimed at tightening gun laws in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks needs a lot of work, according to Conservative MEP Vicky Ford. Mrs Ford chairs the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and was speaking after members received a presentation of the Commission's proposals.

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Swinburne questions Bank of England chief

07-Dec-2015 @ 1:0

Conservative Spokesman on Economic Affairs, Kay Swinburne, has addressed Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, speaking in the European Parliament's Economic Affairs Committee in his capacity as Chairman of the European Systemic Risk Board. Her questions focussed on the overlap between EMIR, which mandates central clearing of derivatives, and CRD IV which is European legislation on Basle III, in particular the leverage ratio.

​​Kirkhope welcomes agreement on key EU counter-terrorism proposal

04-Dec-2015 @ 16:30

Conservative Home Affairs Spokesman Timothy Kirkhope has welcomed confirmation of the deal between MEPs and national governments on the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive.

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Smart meter roll-out will reduce energy use and save money

03-Dec-2015 @ 15:30

Conservative Spokesman on Energy and Climate Change, Dr Ian Duncan, has welcomed today's announcement that seven million UK homes are to receive smart meters for energy use. The roll-out is being funded by a £1bn programme funded by six commercial banks and the European Investment Bank, backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI). Smart meters contain a digital display, showing consumers how much energy they are using and how much it is costing them. Dr Duncan commented: "Against a backdrop of the UN Climate talks in Paris – which I will be attending - this is the perfect time to be focusing on measures to boost energy efficiency. "Smart meters can offer a range of benefits for consumers, giving people almost real-time information about their energy use "The meters should mean households are only billed for the energy they actually use, meaning an end to sometimes costly estimated bills. "Today's announcement will complement the positive work being done by the UK Conservative government, which plans to ensure that all homes and small businesses receive a smart meter by the end of 2020."

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British workers get first look at UK job vacancies in new EU deal

03-Dec-2015 @ 11:30

Tens of thousands of jobs will be advertised only to workers in Britain under changes agreed in Brussels today.

Foster rejects "ridiculous" report calling for a ban on cars

02-Dec-2015 @ 19:45

A report from a Green MEP calling for cars to be banned from all European cities by 2050 has been rejected by Conservatives.

Conservative MEPs oppose EU tax straightjacket

02-Dec-2015 @ 19:0

Conservative MEPs have opposed a move which they fear will see Brussels continue attempts to introduce EU direct taxation and tax harmonisation.

Improved access to TTIP documents a welcome move, say Conservatives

02-Dec-2015 @ 17:0

Conservative MEPs have welcomed today's announcement that all MEPs will have access to all categories of confidential documents relating to the proposed EU-US trade agreement, TTIP.

Quotas for boards are a quick fix and do not address causes of gender inequality

02-Dec-2015 @ 16:0

Conservative MEPs are today reiterating their opposition to mandatory EU targets to improve gender balance on company boards. In a debate in Brussels, a number of MEPs asked why a proposal for gender balance among non-executive directors of major companies had yet to be formally agreed by national governments.

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Conservatives calls for answers on EU-China steel discussions

01-Dec-2015 @ 14:15

International Trade Spokesman Emma McClarkin has urged the European Commission to provide answers over the state of talks between the EU and China on allegations of "dumping" in the steel sector. The East Midlands MEP has tabled a so-called "priority question" to the European Commission, following reports that the US trade officials have set up a dialogue mechanism with their Chinese counterparts to discuss over-capacity. The European Commission is being asked what interaction it has had with China over allegations that China has breached international trade rules by possibly flooding Europe with cheap imports. Miss McClarkin said: "The British steel industry is facing unprecedented pressures, with many job losses and plant closures. "I am concerned that the European Commission has been far too slow off the mark in investigating whether current anti-dumping measures need to be revised or strengthened. "If the US can set up a formal dialogue with China on steel, then why can't the EU? "At last week's Parliamentary debate in Strasbourg, the European Commission supported our calls for stronger anti-dumping measures, but it is now time for warm words to be backed up with real action to support our steel industry."

Plan would lift red tape from businesses and benefit investors

30-Nov-2015 @ 17:15

Proposals to cut red tape for companies seeking to raise capital and make prospectuses easier for potential investors to understand have been welcomed today by Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne. The ideas put forward by Briton's EU Commissioner Jonathan Hill particularly benefit small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) , which would be relieved of some of the costly burden of producing a lengthy, detailed prospectus each time they sought to raise funding by issuing shares or debt.

Conservative MEPs: Supporting the British steel industry

26-Nov-2015 @ 01:00

The Background The British steel industry is facing unprecedented pressures following the financial crash of 2008, and - as in the rest of Europe - large scale job losses and closures have taken place. In the UK this has included the closure of the SSI plant in Redcar and job losses at plants operated by Tata Steel.

Conservative MEPs want more effective protection of workers

25-Nov-2015 @ 16:30

Simpler and more effective European rules covering the safety of workers were demanded today by Conservative MEPs as they voted against moves to impose further legislation on businesses. Employment and Social Affairs spokesman Anthea McIntyre said that while the European Parliament's new strategic framework on health and safety at work broadly addressed the right issues, Conservatives could not support proposals for new laws covering harassment and violence in the workplace and musco-skeletal conditions.