European Parliament News

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

Conservatives back scheme encouraging importers to stay away from "conflict minerals"

14-Apr-2015 @ 17:0

Conservative MEPs have today supported a certification system that would encourage importers not to use minerals that are likely to fund conflicts, such as in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Duncan Slams Labour for Risking Oil and Gas Jobs

14-Apr-2015 @ 12:45

   Ian Duncan MEP has launched a scathing attack on the UK Labour Party for opposing common-sense plans to protect North Sea Oil and Gas from European meddling.

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Auditors "unaware" whether £10 billion EU youth employment scheme created a single job...yet Labour wants to spend more!

31-Mar-2015 @ 16:0

Conservative MEPs today condemned Labour's backing for the European Union's costly Youth Guarantee Scheme after reports suggested it has yet to create a single job.

Duncan condemns 'stupid and insulting' report on over-fishing

27-Mar-2015 @ 12:45

The Conservative fisheries spokesman in the European Parliament today vigorously defended British fishermen after a European think-tank accused the UK of overfishing and endangering fish stocks. Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland, condemned a report by the New Economics Foundation which claimed the UK was the worst offender in Europe for over-fishing, calling for a public apology and retraction.

"Two cheers" for EU legal opinion on benefits

26-Mar-2015 @ 18:30

 Anthea McIntyre MEP today cautiously welcomed new legal advice issued to the European Court of Justice on benefit rules.

Conservative MEPs reject proposals for more EU tax harmonisation

26-Mar-2015 @ 18:30

Conservative MEPs have opposed a report calling for more tax harmonisation at an EU level. The report - supported by Labour, Lib Dem and SNP MEPs - calls for the EU to be given more powers to enforce a compulsory Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base, and endorses a Financial Transaction tax.

Conservative MEPs secure EU support for small businesses over VAT rules

25-Mar-2015 @ 19:45

Conservative MEPs have won an assurance from a leading EU Commissioner over the party's campaign to ensure new VAT rules do not have an adverse impact on micro-enterprises. Frans Timmermans, effectively President Jean-Claude Juncker's number two in the Commission, promised that the new rules would be examined to head off any harm to small digital companies through unintended consequences. The so-called VATmoss rules mean that, from January 1st this year, businesses have had to collect VAT for each individual country they sell to, and keep the records of all their transactions for years. The rules were brought in to stop big companies from abusing international tax rules, but unfortunately lawmakers did not foresee the emergence of digital micro-businesses, such as the sellers of e-books. Conservative MEPs - backed by Prime Minister David Cameron - have been lobbying the Commissio! n to introduce a threshold, to ensure the new rules do not create extra burdens for micro-enterprises. The Commission initially sought to blame national governments, and in a debate with the European Commission in Brussels today, Conservative MEP for the East Midlands Andrew Lewer commented: "When it comes to people raising concerns about obstacles, the Commission simply blames someone else". However responding to Mr Lewer's concerns, Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans promised to evaluate the effects of the new rules, saying "We would never want this legislation to have adverse effects on small entrepreneurs who are often at the cutting edge of creating new employment". Conservative MEP for London, Syed Kamall, welcomed the change in heart of the Commission and said "I think we finally have a glimmer of hope for the many small businesses who have been so badly affected by this rule change."

Welcome for Prime Minister’s push on ‘VATmess’ at EU summit

19-Mar-2015 @ 11:30

 A senior MEP campaigning to change new EU rules on VAT, that have caused a number of very small online businesses to stop trading, has welcomed the planned intervention by Prime Minister David Cameron at today’s EU summit.

Campaign to cut EU red tape gains momentum

17-Mar-2015 @ 15:30

The campaign to remove red tape and cut EU bureaucracy secured a major victory today when supporters won a series of votes in the European Parliament's committee for the Single Market.

No megatrucks on UK roads, after Conservatives secure UK exemption

10-Mar-2015 @ 14:30

There will be no 'mega-trucks' on Britain's roads thanks to decisive action by the Conservative Transport Spokesman in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster MEP.

EU Fishing Committee ‘overwhelmingly' backs Duncan Discard plan

10-Mar-2015 @ 14:0

In a near unanimous vote the European Parliament’s Fishing Committee has backed Ian Duncan MEP’s plan for a workable fish discard ban.

Eurozone attack on City of London is ruled illegal

04-Mar-2015 @ 13:0

The European Court of Justice today issued a judgment which rules as illegal an attempt by the European Central Bank to force British companies managing trades in euros, rather than pound sterling, to relocate to Eurozone countries.

Conservatives move to protect North Sea Rigs from costly EU rules

04-Mar-2015 @ 10:0

British Conservative Energy Spokesman Dr Ian Duncan MEP has intervened to halt the European Commission adding substantial financial burden to the UK's hard pressed offshore oil and gas industry.

Revised Passenger Name Records proposal published

27-Feb-2015 @ 16:15

A revised proposal for an EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) system has been published today by the parliament’s lead member Timothy Kirkhope.

Swinburne: Only Conservatives will fix Britain - and Europe

27-Feb-2015 @ 15:30

The UK under David Cameron is showing Europe the way when it comes to creating growth and jobs, Kay Swinburne MEP told the Welsh Conservative Party Conference today.

Conservatives call for more detail on EU plans to cut reliance on Russian Gas

25-Feb-2015 @ 15:45

British Conservative Energy Spokesman Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed today's European Commission announcement on the creation of an 'Energy Union' but has called for greater clarity about how new infrastructure will be funded, and in particular the support that will be available for a North Sea Electricity grid to connect neighbouring markets.

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

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 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.