European Parliament News

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

Conservative MEPs back final deal to end mobile roaming charges

27-Oct-2015 @ 13:45

Mobile phone roaming will end in July 2017 and will be significantly cut next summer in an agreement on telecoms laws backed by MEPs today, with the support of Conservative MEPs

Modernised package holiday rules will give greater protection to travellers, say Conservative MEPs

27-Oct-2015 @ 13:45

Travellers buying a package holidays online will now get the same protection as those buying from traditional travel agents under new EU-wide rules, backed today by Conservative MEPs.

Conservative MEPs give strong backing to PM's commitment over gender pay

26-Oct-2015 @ 20:00

The Conservative spokesman in the European Parliament on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, Julie Girling, has warmly welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement on new measures to tackle the gender pay gap.

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Foster leads call for robust action against wildlife crime

21-Oct-2015 @ 16:15

The EU must take more robust action to tackle international wildlife crime, the Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster, has said.

Conservative MEP gathers EU fishing leaders in Peterhead as discard ban and quota talks loom

19-Oct-2015 @ 10:15

The Conservative MEP for Scotland, Ian Duncan, today joined leading Dutch MEP Peter Van Dalen and the Chief Executive of pan-European Fishing body Europeche, Kathryn Stack, in Peterhead as the Demersal Discard Ban and quota talks loom large on the horizon.

Peterhead is the busiest white fish market in Europe, with over 140,000 tonnes landed each year, at an estimated value of £165m. The next phase of the discard ban, commencing in January 2016, will require fishermen to land all their catch (although not cod, which is to be included the following year), even if they exceed their allocated quotas. Ian has repeatedly called upon the Scottish Government to support fishermen with the storing, icing and transport of catch.

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Girling issues warning over proposed organic food rules

14-Oct-2015 @ 11:30

ECR MEP Julie Girling has strongly criticised a proposed revision to the rules on organic farming in the EU.

Foster warns against over-regulation in major speech on aeronautics industries

14-Oct-2015 @ 11:30

Deputy leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster, has used a major speech in Brussels today to warn of the dangers of over-regulation by the EU in the aeronautics sector.

MEPs back Conservatives' call for greater role for national parliaments to end EU democratic deficit

13-Oct-2015 @ 14:15

Conservative Legal Affairs Spokesman in the European Parliament, Sajjad Karim, has used his annual report on subsidiarity to push for a greater role for national parliaments in the EU's law-making process.

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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