European Parliament News

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

UK MEPs want EU to learn from British best practice in food supply chain

12-Feb-2015 @ 11:45

Conservative and Ulster Unionist MEPs from two key European Parliament Committees met today to co-ordinate their efforts to ensure a fair deal for farmers from big retailers.

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European Parliament agrees to reach Passenger Name Records agreement this year

11-Feb-2015 @ 15:30

In a wide-ranging resolution on the EU’s response to the terror threat, a majority in the European Parliament has determined to reach an agreement on Timothy Kirkhope’s report on EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) before the end of the year.

Conservatives back better labelling on processed food

11-Feb-2015 @ 13:0

The European Parliament today called on the Commission to introduce new measures to improve labelling on foodstuffs containing processed meat. The measures, if pursued by the European Commission, would oblige producers of processed products such as lasagne and cottage pies to give clear information on labels about the country of origin of the meat content.

Kirkhope: Court's prisoner ruling is disappointing

10-Feb-2015 @ 14:15

Responding to today's ECHR ruling on prisoner votes, Timothy Kirkhope MEP said:  "While this is a technical ruling – it has no implications for the UK in terms of compensation or costs - it is still a disappointing one.

Tories move to catch foreign drivers who flee justice

09-Feb-2015 @ 19:0

Conservative MEPs will this week back a measure to help British authorities pursue foreign drivers who flout UK traffic laws and then escape justice.

Green lobby endangers science-based policy making

03-Feb-2015 @ 17:45

The former chief scientific adviser to the European Commission has hit out at environmental groups, accusing them of using "fabricated" claims to get the post scrapped.

Kirkhope: Hutchinson ruling means justice will be upheld

03-Feb-2015 @ 15:15

Timothy Kirkhope MEP today welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights rejecting an appeal by triple murderer Arthur Hutchinson against his whole-life sentence.

Swinburne: Court ruling respects tax sovereignty

03-Feb-2015 @ 15:0

Kay Swinburne MEP, Conservative spokesman in the European Parliament on economic and monetary affairs, today responded to a ruling on UK tax laws by the European Court of Justice.

Conservatives praise greater openness in trade talks

30-Jan-2015 @ 13:15

Emma McClarkin MEP, Conservative trade spokesman in the European Parliament, today welcomed measures announced by the European Commission to boost transparency surrounding trade agreements.

She said the moves represented a major step in the right direction and a significant response to public concern over openness.

In a two-pronged initiative, Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has urged the EU Council to make public its negotiating mandate on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and has also signed up the Commission itself to a transparency convention for existing Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement cases.  Miss McClarkin considers it vital that public reservations over transparency are addressed in order to ensure confidence.

She said:  "The huge value of such agreements cannot be underestimated.  That is why it is so important to take public opinion with us.

"A message has been sent about transparency and I am pleased to see it has been heard and acted upon. A clear lead has been given and it may now be time that individual EU governments could consider publishing in broad terms their own mandates on TiSA.

"You can't play all your cards face up in a negotiation like this, but you can be open with the public about certain priorities and preferences."

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Agreement reached to deliver EU fish discards ban

29-Jan-2015 @ 13:0

MEPs and EU Governments have reached an agreement on a simple set of rules that will allow the EU's ban on fishing discards to be implemented whilst taking care to avoid extra burdens to Europe's fishermen.

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McIntyre encourages bringing jobs back to Europe

28-Jan-2015 @ 17:30

Anthea McIntyre, chairman of the ECR working group on Better Regulation and Re-shoring, today hosted a round table discussion on how to bring jobs back to Europe.

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Welcome as Ukip MEP rejoins Tory fold

24-Jan-2015 @ 19:0

The leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs has warmly welcomed Amjad Bashir's decision to rejoin the party from UKIP.

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Ashley Fox helps Gibraltar take her show on the road

22-Jan-2015 @ 10:0

Gibraltar was showing its wares to the world this week with a prominent display in the European Parliament, thanks to Conservative MEP Ashley Fox.

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Conservatives support European Court's ruling against Mohammed Makhlouf

21-Jan-2015 @ 17:15

A decision today by European judges confirming restrictive measures against Mohammad Makhlouf – a close associate of Bashar Al-Assad – was welcomed as a justified verdict.

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Good news as mango ban is lifted

20-Jan-2015 @ 17:0

A senior Conservative MEP today welcomed a decision to lift the EU's ban on mangoes from India.

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Conservative stand on air quality wins assurances

14-Jan-2015 @ 16:0

Conservative MEP Julie Girling has received assurances from key members of the EU Commission that the planned Air Quality Package will not be scrapped as part of a thinning out process of the legislative programme.

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New West Midlands MEP promises to make Europe work for the region

13-Jan-2015 @ 13:0

Strasbourg, 13th January 2015 -- A new Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands has today taken his seat in Strasbourg. Daniel Dalton MEP said that whilst he would prefer to have been elected under different circumstances, he is honoured to be able to play a role in helping to reform Britain's relationship with the EU, and in representing the West Midlands in Europe, rather than the other way around.

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Tributes to MEP Philip Bradbourn, who has died aged 63

05-Jan-2015 @ 14:0

One of Britain's longest-serving MEPs has died after a battle with cancer.

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Conservatives dismayed by European Court's visa verdict

18-Dec-2014 @ 10:30

Conservative MEPs today expressed dismay over a European Court of Justice ruling rejecting Britain's visa policy for foreign spouses of EU citizens.

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Sales law shift follows Conservative pressure

17-Dec-2014 @ 17:0

The European Commission has agreed to scale down and refocus plans for a Common European Sales Law (CESL).