European Parliament News

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

Deva hosts ground-breaking Myanmar visit

07-Mar-2013 @ 14:0

In a ground breaking historical visit, the President ofMyanmar (Burma) Thein Sein visited the European Institutions in Brussels and waswarmly received by the European Parliament, the European Commission andCouncil.

Progress must not be halted by the economic crisis

06-Mar-2013 @ 16:0

The economic crisis should notaffect gender equality issues or be used as an excuse for inaction, ConservativeMEP Vicky Ford told a forum in the European Parliament today.

EU banks agreement is a curate’s egg: very good in parts

28-Feb-2013 @ 18:0

Last night’s agreement on the Capital Requirements Directive secured the main safeguards for the real economy and is overall a good deal for almost everyone in the UK, despite the caps on a few bankers’ bonuses, Vicky Ford MEP, one of the parliament’s lead negotiators from the European Conservatives and Reformists group, said this morning.

Competition Commission's Audit concerns being addressed by MEP Karim

22-Feb-2013 @ 17:0

Reforms to the EU's audit market, currently being led through the European Parliament by Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim, will address concerns raised by the UK's Competition Commission regarding the lack of competition in the sector and the dominance of the 'Big Four' companies.

EU still looking for more to do

21-Feb-2013 @ 18:0

In a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence committees today (21 February), Poland and Sweden's Foreign Ministers presented their proposals, alongside Italy and Spain - to create a 'European Global Strategy' for a more active EU foreign and defence policy.

EU takes UK to court over energy-saving products

21-Feb-2013 @ 17:0

Responding to news that the European Commission is to take the UK to court over its reduced rate of VAT on energy-saving materials and installation, Martin Callanan MEP, Conservative environment spokesman in the European Parliament, said:

Erosion of North Sea safety standards thwarted

21-Feb-2013 @ 16:0

Conservative MEPs have successfully headed off EU proposals on oil and gas safety which they feared would mean poorer standards in the North Sea and unnecessary added cost.

Call for Camp Liberty residents to be returned to Ashraf and designated refugees

20-Feb-2013 @ 16:0

The Friends of a Free Iran (FOFI) intergroup in the European Parliament, which enjoys the active support of over 200 MEPs from different political groups, held an urgent press conference highlighting the recent rocket attack on Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty in Iraq. The camp occupied by 3100 asylum-seekers and refugees was attacked by 40 missiles on 9th February which resulted in the death of 7 people including a woman and injuries - many critical - to over 100.

Callanan: EU budget deal not perfect but European Parliament should stand behind it

18-Feb-2013 @ 15:0

Speaking today in a European Parliament debate with Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso, European Conservatives and Reformists group leader Martin Callanan MEP called on MEPs to avoid going to war with national governments over the agreement they reached on the EU's next seven-year budget.

Working to protect British jobs

15-Feb-2013 @ 15:0

This week David Cameron led the largest trade delegation undertaken by a British Prime Minister, bringing over 100 British business leaders to India in order to strengthen bilateral trade links.

A smaller EU budget is better - now it must be spent better too

08-Feb-2013 @ 10:0

Richard Ashworth, leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs, today offered a cautious welcome to news of a deal at the Brussels summit on the EU's Multi-annual Financial Framework.

Keeping the pressure on Mugabe

07-Feb-2013 @ 15:0

The European Parliament has today condemned the increase in violence and intimidation of protestors and political activists in Zimbabwe in the run up to the 2013 polls.

EMIR vote cancellation means MEPs' message is getting through

07-Feb-2013 @ 13:0

A decision today by the European Parliament to withdraw a controversial motion on EMIR derivatives regulation - in advance of an impending vote in Strasbourg - is a sign that MEPs' concerns have hit home, a senior negotiator on the legislation has said.

Vital battle against cybercrime stepped up

07-Feb-2013 @ 12:0

A package of measures to tackle the growing problem of cybercrime across Europe was welcomed today by senior Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope.

CFP vote marks "end of the beginning", says Stevenson

06-Feb-2013 @ 16:0

Today’s vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg marked a "seminal and long-overdue landmark" on the road to reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), but there are still enormous hurdles to clear before meaningful change is embedded that will make EU fisheries sustainable in the long-term.

Conservative spokesman denounces violence against women

06-Feb-2013 @ 15:0

The Conservative spokesman on women’s rights in the European Parliament, Marina Yannakoudakis, spoke out in Strasbourg to condemn domestic violence.

Conservatives MEPs act to protect immigration borders

06-Feb-2013 @ 15:0

Conservative MEPs today helped to vote through a key package of measures which will help to strengthen Europe's borders against illegal immigration and make it easier for Britain to send asylum seekers back to their point of entry to the EU.

Labour's bid to stifle charity with EU red tape

06-Feb-2013 @ 13:0

Conservative MEPs today opposed a bid by the Labour Party to create European regulation which would control the way businesses help good causes and local charities.
They rejected a report drafted by Labour MEP Richard Howitt calling for legislation forcing businesses to disclose details of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.

Conservative welcome for fisheries reform and end to discards

06-Feb-2013 @ 13:0

Struan Stevenson MEP, Conservative spokesman on fisheries and senior vice-president of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee, welcomed today's historic vote in Strasbourg for wholesale reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy.

Callanan: EU will miss opportunity to fundamentally reform spending

06-Feb-2013 @ 13:0

Speaking this morning in a debate with European Commission President Barroso on tomorrow's EU summit, European Conservatives and Reformists group leader Martin Callanan MEP lamented that any deal reached this week on the EU's budget will pass up the opportunity to fundamentally reform the spending priorities of the EU.