European Parliament News

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

Senior MEP urges: Make sure online child abuse is reported

18-Mar-2013 @ 16:0

Today theInternet Watch Foundation launched its Annual Report, which revealed child sexual abuse content as a top onlineconcern.

Nicholson: Pressure for ever-cheaper food is behind horse scandal

15-Mar-2013 @ 15:0

Two key factors have helped create Europe's horse-meat scandal, senior Northern Iraland MEP James Nicholson said today.

Gender scheme will lead to ridicule

15-Mar-2013 @ 15:0

EU proposals for tackling gender stereotyping risk bringing the whole issue of women's rights into disrepute, Conservative MEPs are warning.

Fresh thinking required on Korea crisis

14-Mar-2013 @ 8:0

Bold new thinking is required to solve the looming nuclear crisis in North Korea, a senior MEP said.

Charles Tannock, Conservative spokesman on foreign affairs in the European Parliament, said efforts should focus on persuading the Democratic Republic Republic of Korea (DPRK) to sign the international nuclear comprehensive test-ban treaty and ultimately to unify peacefully with its neighbour South Korea.

EU budget: MEPs must never be allowed to raise their own taxes

13-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

The European Union's political elite must forget once and for all the idea of so-called "own-resources" tax-raising powers, Conservative MEPs cautioned today.

Better spending and better policies will lead to growth at EU and national level

13-Mar-2013 @ 12:0

MEPs today debated Thursday's economic-orientated EU summit, as well as the agreement on the EU's seven-year budget, with European Commission President Barroso and the Irish Presidency. European Conservatives and Reformists group chairman Martin Callanan said that when it comes to both the EU budget and national spending, the answer is not more taxpayers' money, but better policies that stimulate growth from successful business.

Fight against hatred must keep on

12-Mar-2013 @ 16:0

Yorkshire Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope today called upon the European Union to carry on campaigning in the fight against racism, xenophobia and hate crimes.

New disputes framework will boost trade and help consumers

12-Mar-2013 @ 15:0

Conservative MEPs today welcomed new measures approved by the European Parliament to create a simple, speedy and inexpensive framework for solving disputes over online sales and trade across the EU.

Tories lead push to endorse budget agreement

11-Mar-2013 @ 16:0

Conservative MEPs will this week lead the drive to secure European Parliament backing for David Cameron's historic deal on the EU's long-term budget.

Commission must heed this cry for help from small businesses

07-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

The EU must offermore than warm words to address the deep concerns of small businesses overBrussels red tape, Conservative MEPs cautioned today.

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.