European Parliament News

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

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.

Tannock report stresses need for human-rights element to Sahel strategy

24-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Human rights abuses, sexual violence and humanitarian crisis across the Sahel region of Africa are highlighted today in a Conservative MEP's hard-hitting report.

Auditors expose wasteful EU spending - on trees

19-Sep-2013 @ 13:0

Conservative MEPs today called on the European Union to take an axe to "frivolous and unfocused" spending programmes after the bloc's auditors levelled searing criticism at a costly scheme supposed to make forests better.

Female directors make sense, quotas don't

18-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Compulsion and quotas can never be the way to increase female representation in the boardrooms of Europe, MEPs were cautioned today.

Commission benchmarking intervention is impulsive and out of proportion

18-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Plans announced by the European Commission to regulate a huge range of financial and trading benchmarks were condemned today as disproportionate and needless.

Europe's "triple key" to boosting job creation

18-Sep-2013 @ 16:0

Europe should follow the UK's example on employment by adopting a three-pronged strategy on job-creation, MEPs were told today.

Step forward in campaign to scrap the Strasbourg circus

17-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Pressure mounted today for an end to the European Parliament's notorious "travelling circus" between Brussels and Strasbourg, with a telling vote in the legislature's Petitions Committee.

EU legal highs clampdown welcomed

17-Sep-2013 @ 12:0

Proposals to strengthen the EU's ability act against 'legal highs' have been welcomed by Conservative home affairs spokesman Timothy Kirkhope MEP.

EU sales law is a recipe for confusion

17-Sep-2013 @ 11:0

Legislation to create a so-called single European Sales Law is a recipe for confusion and uncertainty, a Conservative MEP has cautioned.

Pleasing progress for Singapore trade deal

16-Sep-2013 @ 20:0

Conservative MEP Syed Kamall today welcomed news that the planned trade deal between the European Union and Singapore has taken an important step forward.

Labour MEPs push through dangerous policy on unions

13-Sep-2013 @ 12:0

Plans to set up a raft of Europe-wide regulation for pay talks between employers and trade unions were condemned today by Conservative MEPs.

Welcome backing for Britain's rejection of EU finance regulation

12-Sep-2013 @ 12:0

Conservative MEPs today welcomed legal opinion handed to the European Court of Justice which deems that a key clause in a piece of EU finance regulation is illegal and should be annulled.

European Parliament hears welcome for new British car jobs

11-Sep-2013 @ 16:0

The announcement of hundreds of new jobs at Jaguar Land Rover was welcomed by West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre during a speech in Strasbourg.

Military intervention may still prove the last resort over Syria

11-Sep-2013 @ 16:0

President Obama is right to hold back on military action in exchange for the neutralisation of the Assad chemical arsenal, MEPs heard today.

Don't just change Europe's leaders, change its whole direction

11-Sep-2013 @ 16:0

Europe does not need a new leadership, it needs a completely new direction, MEPs heard today.

Welsh Conservative MEP hails "wake-up call" in the battle to save Europe's endangered languages

11-Sep-2013 @ 13:0

Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne today hailed a vote in the European Parliament as a "wake-up call" in the battle to save Europe's endangered languages.