European Parliament News

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

Baroness Thatcher: tribute from Conservative MEPs' leader Richard Ashworth

08-Apr-2013 @ 16:0

Baroness Thatcher: tribute from Conservative MEPs' leader Richard Ashworth Richard Ashworth, leader of the UK's Conservative MEPs, today said: "Baroness Thatcher was an inspiration to a generation. "Her vision and leadership almost single-handedly transformed a dysfunctional economy. In alliance with President Reagan she helped re-shape our world. "What is more, she taught Britain to have a pride in itself once again.

Fresh evidence of FTT damage

03-Apr-2013 @ 13:0

New research on the potential impact of  the EU's planned Financial Transactions Tax is further evidence that the move is ill-conceived and will create unintended damage.

Battle lines drawn to resist fresh EU budget cash grab

27-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

Conservative MEPs today pledgedto fiercely resist a bid by The European Commission to add an extra €11.2bn tothe EU budget for 2013. 

Transparency and flexibility are keys to audit reform

26-Mar-2013 @ 15:0

Reform of Europe's auditrules must encourage much greater transparency and openness as well as betterquality of audit, a conference in the European Parliament heard today.

Welcome for green-city challenge

26-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

Scots Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson todaywelcomed Glasgow's nomination as a contender city to be Europe's annual greencapital.

EU 'sanctions' on Mugabe's inner circle to be relaxed

22-Mar-2013 @ 14:0

Following what southern African observers have described as a 'peaceful and credible' referendum on Zimbabwe's Constitution, there are now moves to lift the EU 'restrictive measures' on most of the Mugabe supporters that had previously been banned from Europe and had their assets frozen. Only 10 individuals (from the 91 previously banned) and two companies will remain on the list.

EU ban on deep water trawls will harm Scottish fishing industry, says MEP

21-Mar-2013 @ 16:0

Struan Stevensonhas responded to yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament’s EnvironmentCommittee  to ban deep water trawling at depths below 200 metres saying thatsuch a move would seriously harm the Scottish fishingindustry.

Conservative negotiator vows to resist "misdirected" proposals on fund-manager bonuses

21-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

The European Parliament's Economic and Monetary AffairsCommittee today approved by a small majority plans to cap the bonuses earned byinvestment fund managers.

Spotlight thrown on protectionist Russian import ban

21-Mar-2013 @ 12:0

The controversial issue of a planned Russian import ban on agricultural goods was raised today by Conservative MEP Robert Sturdy today inthe European Parliament in Brussels.

Conservatives condemn "wrongheaded" proposal to cap fund-manager bonuses

19-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

An EU plan to extend bonus-capping powers into the field of investment management has been condemned by Conservative MEPs

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.