European Parliament News

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

Girling: Commission must now scrap its dangerous plan on GM feed

13-Oct-2015 @ 9:45

A senior MEP today welcomed a decision by MEPs telling the EU Commission to think again over plans to let member states unilaterally ban animal feed made from genetically modified crops.

Safe Harbour ruling highlights the need for an international framework for data

13-Oct-2015 @ 9:0

The European Court of Justice’s decision to rule the US Safe Harbour agreement invalid highlights the need for the adoption of a clear international framework for data that will give both consumers and innovators a clear picture of their right and responsibilities, according to Timothy Kirkhope MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists’ spokesman on data protection.

Responding to the ruling, he said:

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Ford: European car makers need to regain consumers’ trust

13-Oct-2015 @ 1:0

Transparency, accountability, enforcing the rules and modernising standards: that is the recipe needed now to help re-establish consumer trust in European car manufacturers, set out by the chairman of the European Parliament’s internal market and consumer protection committee, Vicky Ford MEP, today.

Speaking in a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, she said that any market will only function if there is trust between consumers and businesses. She said that people need to know who knew what both within Volkswagen and at official level and she called for a full investigation across all European countries covering all motor manufacturers. She said that the EU’s ‘Type Approval’ system for testing car standards only works if all countries enforce it; and she said that the emissions tests in place need to ensure they reflect real world driving experience not just laboratory tests.

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Tannock: Assad deal the lesser of two evils

12-Oct-2015 @ 1:0

A deal giving Syria's President Assad a transitional role in the country would represent the lesser of two evils, the European Parliament has been told. 

Conservative foreign affairs spokesman Charles Tannock said neither Russia nor Assad could now be ignored in seeking a solution to the conflict.

Kamall calling: "No Bars" campaign to reach out from London

06-Oct-2015 @ 15:15

A campaign to highlight patchy mobile phone signals in London is set to go national.

McIntyre: EU benefits advice boosts Britain's reform plans

06-Oct-2015 @ 10:45

Conservative MEPs today welcomed expert legal advice to European Court backing Britain's right to withold Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit from some EU migrants.

NO BARS - Conservative MEPs Campaign to Improve Mobile Phone Signal in the UK

06-Oct-2015 @ 15:0

Growth over infrastructure

In recent years, the mobile phone market has been accelerating at a rapid rate with UK mobile subscriptions reaching a massive 89.9 million nationwide. Markets are rife with new and improved mobile technologies, although these technologies often fall short of what’s achievable by national communications infrastructure. Full mobile phone coverage was only available in 69% of geographic areas at the end of last year and thanks to former Culture Secretary (now Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary), Sajid Javid, there are plans in place to raise this to 85% by 2017, but this doesn’t eliminate the issue.

Conservative event to highlight horror of female genital mutilation

05-Oct-2015 @ 11:00

 A high-profile fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference today (Mon) will call for greater urgency in tackling the horrific practice of female genital mutilation.

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McClarkin promotes virtues of key trade deal

02-Oct-2015 @ 16:0

Emma McClarkin MEP this week visited the World Trade Organisation in Geneva to highlight the importance of ratifying a major trade deal focussing on the streamlining of customs procedures across the world.

Capital Markets Union: the EU breaks down barriers to business growth and investment

30-Sep-2015 @ 17:0

The uphill struggle faced by businesses looking to access capital is finally set to be levelled as the European Commission launches plans to deliver better functioning capital markets, enabling entrepreneurs and companies access to a variety of asset-backed funds.

Dr Kay Swinburne MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists Group economics spokesman, welcomed the plans, which were presented as the commission also announced a review of its post-crisis legislation to see whether it is working as intended.

Tories condemn MEPs' attempted cash grab

30-Sep-2015 @ 12:0

Conservative MEPs today condemned a move by the European Parliament's Budget Committee to add billions of extra spending to the EU's budget for 2016.

The committee voted to overturn a reduction proposed by the EU Council of the €153.8 billion commitments proposal by €564 million, and the €143.5 billion payments proposal by €1.42 billion.

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Conservative MEP slams SNP hypocrisy over fish discard ban

30-Sep-2015 @ 9:0

Conservative MEP for Scotland Dr Ian Duncan has reacted with astonishment at the recent intervention by SNP MEP Ian Hudghton regarding the imminent introduction of the discard ban to demersal species.

From January, fishermen catching demersal species, notably whitefish such as haddock and whiting, will have to bring ashore everything they catch. Pelagic fishermen have been subject to the ban since January 2015.

Mr Hudghton has written to EU Fishing Commissioner Karmenu Vella urging him to do more to support Scottish fishermen when the ban comes into force. This is despite the fact that Scottish Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead has repeatedly refused to help fishermen cope with the additional costs of the shore-side handling of fish previously discarded.

Ian Duncan, who participated in the closed EU negotiations, inserted the following clause into the text of the law:

“Member States shall have in place measures to facilitate their storage or for finding outlets for [undersized fish], such as support for investment in the construction and adaptation of landing sites and shelters, or support for investments to add value to fishery products”.

Mr Lochhead has chosen to overlook the clause, which his officials at Marine Scotland described as ‘gloriously open to interpretation’. Mr Lochhead has also refused to convene a summit with fishing leaders to address the issues raised by the discard ban.

Dr Duncan said, ‘I had the clause written into the Landings Obligation to oblige government to support the fleet through the challenges which could be clearly predicted. It seems that Mr Hudghton is unaware of this clause since he has written to Commissioner Vella urging the Commission to move away from ‘governing by central diktat,’ and called for co-operation between ‘local and national authorities and the fishermen’.

Let me be clear, I agree with all Mr Hudghton says. However, it is the intransigence of Scotland’s own Fisheries Minister, Richard Lochhead, which is the real problem. Mr Lochhead has the freedom to support the fishing industry. This is not only my opinion, but also the strongly held view of the Chair of the Parliament’s Fisheries Committee Alain Cadec MEP, with whom I worked closely on the legislation.

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Conservative MEP welcomes Scottish and European experts to islands summit

30-Sep-2015 @ 10:30

Dr Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland, has welcomed small businessmen from across Europe to the European Parliament to discuss the challenges facing Islands and peripheral communities. Dr Duncan chaired a meeting of the European Conservative and Reformist Policy Group on the Rural Economy, which heard that Island Communities across the EU face the common challenges of getting their goods to the market, providing a future for young people, embracing technological innovation and growing their economies.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels, Dr Duncan said

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Deva: UN Sustainable Development Goals can only be met with policies that really create wealth

28-Sep-2015 @ 13:30

The adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is a landmark moment, but the goals will only be met through policies that encourage free trade, property rights, good governance, and entrepreneurship; according to Nirj Deva MEP, who is attending the UN General Assembly as Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Development committee.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 objectives that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000. Alongside 169 targets it aims to mobilise all actors from states, international organisations, NGOs and interested parties in the fight against poverty.

Fox lashes costly EU lobbying over death penalty

25-Sep-2015 @ 12:0


Leading Conservative MEP Ashley Fox today condemned Brussels officials after it emerged they had spent millions of pounds lobbying American politicians to drop the death penalty.

McIntyre's "change or die" message to business and law-makers

23-Sep-2015 @ 17:00

Flexible design, investment in skills and constant innovation are the keys to a flourishing economy, an influential audience of business people and policy experts heard this week (Tuesday evening).

Girling: FGM more than just a big city problem

23-Sep-2015 @ 01:00

The horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is a national problem – not one merely confined to inner cities, a Conservative MEP is warning.

Conservative MEPs campaign to put an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

23-Sep-2015 @ 0:0

Why we have a zero tolerance policy on female genital mutilation

Recently there have been investigations into girls being taken out of the UK to locations abroad for female genital mutilation (FGM), the brutal practice of cutting away parts of young girls for non-medical reasons. Seen as a religious, social and cultural tradition, it’s rife in many areas of the world, including parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

It affects the UK too

Victims of FGM can be found in almost every area of the UK. And it’s estimated that over 500,000 girls from across the EU suffer from being subjected to this unnecessary genital surgery.

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Kirkhope: EU vote makes finding solutions to the migrant and refugee crisis more difficult

22-Sep-2015 @ 19:45

Responding to the vote in today’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, Conservative Home Affairs spokesman in the European Parliament, Timothy Kirkhope, said:

“My greatest fear is that forcing such a divisive issue to a vote will have negative consequences in the long run. All 28 EU countries need to work together to manage this crisis and alienating major European states makes finding common solutions even harder.

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Fox: Compulsory relocation of migrants will do nothing to help the most needy

17-Sep-2015 @ 12:30

The leader of the Conservative delegation in the European Parliament, Ashley Fox, has warned that proposals for compulsory relocation of refugees and migrants will do nothing to solve the current crisis.