European Parliament News

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

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.

Fighting crime and terror at a Europe-wide level

05-Feb-2013 @ 16:0

A senior Conservative MEP welcomes today plans for new European measures to combat money-laundering and fight terrorism within the EU.

Kirkhope raises profile of internet safety campaign

05-Feb-2013 @ 15:0

Timothy Kirkhope MEP today voiced wholehearted support for Safer Internet Day 2013, as part of his ongoing campaign to protect children from online predators.

Callanan: President Hollande has shown Europe its future if it reverts to socialism

05-Feb-2013 @ 1:0

Speaking in a keynote debate with French President Francois Hollande this morning, European Conservatives and Reformists group leader Martin Callanan MEP thanked the socialist leader for showing the rest of Europe the future it could have if it follows him down the road of greater centralisation, higher taxes and rigid labour markets.

Swinburne: Derivatives vote was for democracy and accountability

05-Feb-2013 @ 12:0

A leading Conservative MEP on the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee today expressed her satisfaction after the committee accepted her recommendations to reject potentially damaging proposals for regulating so-called over-the-counter derivatives trading.

Chichester welcomes "beefed up" cyber defences

01-Feb-2013 @ 17:0

A senior Conservative MEP today welcomed a comprehensive package of improvements to Europe's cyber-security operations, approved during detailed negotiations in Brussels.

Conservative MEPs hear of optimism in Somalia

01-Feb-2013 @ 10:0

Nirj Deva MEP, Conservatives spokesman on international development in the European Parliament chaired a meeting in Brussels with Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia.