European Parliament News

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

Senior MEPs write to Commission urging action on steel industry

31-Oct-2015 @ 8:0

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Foster secures overwhelming support for report on safe use of drones

29-Oct-2015 @ 12:30

A report by Conservative MEP Jacqueline Foster on the safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems - or drones - for non-military use, has been overwhelmingly backed by MEPs. The first ever report by the European Parliament to deal with this exciting and constantly evolving technology seeks to ensure that any legislation brought forward by the European Commission takes a risk-based approach, without creating unnecessary red-tape for the industry.

European Parliament passes ambitious but realistic clean air targets

28-Oct-2015 @ 1:0

MEPs have voted for an ambitious set of clean air targets today by backing proposals put forward by the Conservative MEP leading on the targets for the European Parliament, Julie Girling. The parliament in Strasbourg was voting on a proposal for a revised National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD), which forms part of the EU Clean Air Package. It puts in place new annual caps on the emissions of air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC) and ammonia (NH3) until 2020.

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Girling leads calls for Commission to scrap "dangerous" plan on GM feed

28-Oct-2015 @ 16:0

MEPs have backed ECR MEP Julie Girling today in calling on the European Commission to think again over plans to let member states unilaterally ban animal feed made from genetically modified (GM) crops. Mrs Girling has strongly criticised Commission proposals to give member states the freedom to restrict or prohibit the use of GM organisms in food or feed in their territory, even if EU scientists have deemed them to be safe. After similar votes from the Environment and Agriculture Committees, the Parliament as a whole has formally voted to reject the Commission's proposal. However, the Commission has refused to withdraw its proposal which it believes is the best way to address disagreements among member states on the use of GMOs. Mrs Girling said: "The Commission's refusal to withdraw its proposal despite opposition from a huge majority of the Parliament flies in the face of its own Better Regulation agenda. "The EU cannot produce enough protein feed for its livestock. We rely on imports of GM feed to maintain our livestock sector. "The Commission's proposal is dangerous as it pits politics against the agricultural sector. It side-lines science and the advice of the EU's own advisory agencies. "I still hope the Commission will eventually listen to the strong voice coming from the Parliament and scrap this plan which blasts a hole through the core principles of the single market."

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Conservatives vote to stop taxpayer-funded subsidy for Spanish bullfighting

28-Oct-2015 @ 14:0

As part of the vote on the EU's budget for 2016, Conservative MEPs have voted in favour of an amendment to end taxpayer subsidies for Spanish bullfighting. The amendment, which has cross-party support, aims to stop EU funds being released from the Common Agricultural Policy for the controversial blood sport.

Conservative MEPs reject calls for inflation-busting EU budget increase

28-Oct-2015 @ 13:30

Conservative MEPs have promised to continue calls for a disciplined and restrained EU budget that provides real added value for taxpayers, despite a majority of MEPs voting today for excessive inflation-busting increases. The parliament has voted for around €4 billion extra in payments and commitments compared to member states' own estimates for 2016, however these demands are likely to be reduced when talks with EU governments are concluded.

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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.