European Parliament News

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

Conservatives resist "indisciplined" budget-grab by MEPs

23-Oct-2013 @ 17:0

Conservative MEPs dug in today to resist a move in theEuropean Parliament to hike up next year's EU budget by more than a billionpounds.

Callanan: Cut Red Tape and smash vested interests to create a business-led economic recovery

23-Oct-2013 @ 12:0

Tomorrow's meeting of EU leaders in Brussels shouldprioritise cutting the red tape that causes Europe to export jobs and wealth,rather than goods and services - Martin Callanan MEP, European Conservativesand Reformists Group leader, said today in a debate with the CommissionPresident Barroso.

Report approved on troubled African region

22-Oct-2013 @ 17:0

Charles Tannock MEP today welcomed the adoption by theEuropean Parliament of his comprehensive report on the Sahel region of Africa.

Consumer protection measures undermined by MEP vote

22-Oct-2013 @ 14:0

Late last night, the European Parliament's Economic andMonetary Affairs Committee decided to add additional, unnecessary requirementsto investor-protection measures set out in the Key Information DocumentRegulation.

Conservatives oppose compulsory sex education aged four

22-Oct-2013 @ 14:0

Conservative MEPs today headed off extreme proposals on"sexual and reproductive health and rights" which would see sexeducation become compulsory across Europe for children as young as four.

ECR Group welcomes historic Canada trade deal

18-Oct-2013 @ 11:0

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group in theEuropean Parliament warmly welcome the conclusion of the EU-Canada negotiationsfor a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). A deal is expectedtoday. This comes after four years of hard work on this agreement following thelaunch of negotiations in May 2009.

Kirkhope: Prisoner-vote ruling puts down a clear legal marker

16-Oct-2013 @ 15:0

A senior Conservative MEP today welcomed the SupremeCourt's decision dismissing appeals from two prisoners over the right to voteunder European Union rules.

Anger over costly EU propaganda to sell us benefits of "hopeless" CAP

16-Oct-2013 @ 9:0

Conservative MEPs today condemned a costly European Union"awareness campaign" intended to tell people what a good job theCommon Agricultural Policy is doing.

Praise for EU red-tape task-force report

15-Oct-2013 @ 9:0

Malcolm Harbour MEP haswelcomed the publication today (Tuesday) of a report on EU red tape producedfor Downing Street by a business-led taskforce.

Big step forward for campaign to end Strasbourg circus

14-Oct-2013 @ 18:0

Campaigning MEP Ashley Fox today hailed a key vote in theEuropean Parliament as a major boost in his drive to end the notoriousStrasbourg "travelling circus".

MEPs set to strike a blow for end to Strasbourg circus

14-Oct-2013 @ 9:0

The European Parliament is set today (Monday) to take ahistoric vote, committing itself to work for changes to the EU's treaties inorder to scrap the notorious Strasbourg "travelling circus".

Malala Yousafzai wins EU Sakharov human rights prize

10-Oct-2013 @ 12:0

The European Parliament has awarded its annual Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought to Malala Yousafzai, the education activist from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban one year and one day ago.

Malala was co-nominated for the award by the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

MEPs risk handing terrorists another gift by cancelling crucial EU-USA terror agreement

09-Oct-2013 @ 13:0

After the Head of MI5 warned that Edward Snowden's leaks had provided the 'advantage' to terrorists and were a ‘gift they need to evade us and strike at will', MEPs risk handing them another gift if they vote to suspend a crucial counter-terror agreement off the back of the NSA allegations, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, Conservative Justice and Home Affairs spokesman, warned today.

Electronic cigarettes safe thanks to Conservative MEPs’ amendment

08-Oct-2013 @ 19:0

Strasbourg, 8th October 2013 -- Electronic cigarettes no longer face being taken off the shelves by the EU after Conservative MEPs were successful today in amending EU legislation on tobacco labelling.

Progress for our plans get Europe ready for a changing world

08-Oct-2013 @ 16:0

A Conservative blueprint for keeping the European Union abreast of changing trends in key areas such as population growth, climate and shifting global power, received the enthusiastic backing of the European Parliament today.

Unanimous vote upholds seven-year research budget

26-Sep-2013 @ 18:0

MEPs today voted through an agreement on the EU's next seven-year funding programme for science and research, giving the Horizon 2020 package a budget of around £60bn to take European innovation into the next decade.

Conservatives demand early Commission report on Gibraltar border investigations

26-Sep-2013 @ 15:30

Gibraltar's Conservative MEPs have called on the European Commission to make an early and "crystal clear" public statement on the findings of a fact-finding mission sent to the Spanish border.

Deva calls for UN to cut ballooning budget

26-Sep-2013 @ 12:0

Nirj Deva MEP, Vice Chairman of the European parliament's Development Committee and Conservative spokesman for International Development, today lashed out at bloated and expanding UN bureaucracy.

Cheers for UK legal action over EU bonus interference

25-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Reacting today to news that the UK is to take legal action against the EU over its planned cap on bonuses for bank employees, Syed Kamall MEP, Conservative spokesman in the European Parliament on economic and monetary affairs, said: "I welcome this move by George Osborne and I congratulate him for standing up to Brussels.

Kamall welcomes investigative spotlight on bank accountancy standards

24-Sep-2013 @ 19:0

The European Parliament's Economic Monetary Affairs Committee today voted to press ahead with a major investigation into the international accounting standards used by banks (International Financial Reporting Standards or IFRS) and their role in the financial crisis.