European Parliament News

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

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.

Boycott urged over illegal pork

31-Jan-2013 @ 13:0

A leading MEP today urged consumers to boycott pork products which have not been produced to the same high welfare-standards used in Britain.

EU tackling terrorism at home

30-Jan-2013 @ 15:0

Tackling terrorism at the grass roots was the main agenda for a high level conference with EU officials, NGOs and Europe's home ministers yesterday. The European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom, hosted the meeting in Brussels and interior ministers from France, Spain, Norway, and Sweden highlighted the need to curb home grown extremism and terrorism.

Commission's "preposterous" quota claims debunked

25-Jan-2013 @ 13:0

The lead Conservative MEP on equality issues today poured scorn on a claim by the European Commission that its own actions were responsible for putting more women in top company boardrooms.

Wasted opportunity as CAP reforms turn the clock back

24-Jan-2013 @ 13:0

Long-awaited proposals to overhaul the European Union's much-criticised Common Agricultural Policy - which have been discussed and voted upon in minutiae by MEPs yesterday and today (Thursday) - represent a huge and regrettable wasted opportunity, a senior Conservative MEP said today.

McClarkin brings right balance to legislation on professional qualifications

23-Jan-2013 @ 15:0

Proposed legislation to allow key professional qualifications to be recognised across Europe will be more effective and less interfering thanks to the contribution of Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin.

MEP leader welcomes Cameron speech

23-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

Richard Ashworth, leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs, was in London today to hear PM Cameron's speech and hailed it a success.

"Disgraceful" waste of gender-equality agency

22-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

Marina Yannakoudakis MEP led calls in the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights Committee, where she is Conservative spokesman, not to approve the budget of the European Institute for Gender Equality. The institute, based in Vilnius, has a budget of €7 million and duplicates the work of Member States, the work of the Commission’s DG Employment, and another EU agency: the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Accession report praises Montenegro "good news story"

22-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

A report which could eventually pave the way for Montenegro to join the EU was approved by the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee today (Tuesday).

Trade broadside for Argentina from MEP McClarkin

18-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

Protectionist measures by South American countries such as Argentina were condemned in the European Parliament by Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin. The East Midlands MEP intervened during a debate on the progress of an EU trade agreement with the Mercosur bloc to highlight discrimination against British companies because of tension over the Falkland Islands. Miss McClarkin told MEPs: "The potential benefits of an agreement between the EU and Mercosur are enormous, a combined market of 800 million citizens. However, it is regrettable that we now find ourselves no further forward almost three years down the line.

Call for ban on unfair single-bag flight rule

17-Jan-2013 @ 01:00

The "single bag" rule imposed by some airlines is unfair and undermines the competitiveness of regional airports, the European Parliament was told yesterday in a debate called by a Conservative MEP.

Tannock: Russia can be key to ending Syria conflict

17-Jan-2013 @ 8:0

Moscow must now offer action to solve the Syria crisis, not simply words, a senior Conservative MEP told the European Parliament.

CRA measures "a mixture of the unnecessary and the inadequate"

16-Jan-2013 @ 16:0

The European Parliament today (Wednesday) approved new legislation aimed at restricting the influence of Credit Ratings Agencies (CRAs). The new laws impose a rotation regime on certain categories of work and set a strict timetable for when and how often agencies may issue judgments of sovereign debt.

Callanan: Welcome for Irish Presidency's emphasis on growth, jobs and stability

16-Jan-2013 @ 13:0

European Conservatives and Reformists group leader Martin Callanan MEP has told the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he will have the ECR's support in delivering his EU Presidency priorities of making the Single Market go digital, opening access to finance for small businesses, and a trade deal between the EU and the USA.

Welsh Airport buyout fears raised in Strasbourg

16-Jan-2013 @ 12:0

Controversial proposals to take Cardiff Airport into public ownership have been criticised in the European Parliament as a potential misuse of taxpayers' money.

Tannock: Mali mission must succeed to prevent disaster

16-Jan-2013 @ 9:0

Mali's Al-Qaeda-backed violence is no Arab Spring - and its terrorists are no liberators, a senior Conservative MEP said today.

Conservatives condemn "socialist wish list" of redundancy rules

15-Jan-2013 @ 14:0

A raft of proposals which would make it much harder for companies to restructure their operations in difficult times has been adopted by the European Parliament today (Tues) in the face of resolute opposition from Conservative MEPs.

MEPs approve key strategy report on troubled Horn of Africa

15-Jan-2013 @ 13:0

A comprehensive strategic ground plan for tackling the Horn of Africa's political, humanitarian, criminal and security problems was approved today by the European Parliament.

Harbour: Jaguar Land Rover's vote of confidence in the West Midlands

14-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

The announcement today of investment by Jaguar Land Rover to create 800 jobs in Solihull was welcomed by West Midlands Conservative MEP Malcolm Harbour. He said: "This represents a huge vote of confidence for the skills and the hard-working outlook of the West Midlands people. "Equally it is a vote of confidence for the single market and Britain's place in it. "As chairman of the European Parliament's Single Market Committee I know what a powerful magnet access to the market can be for attracting strategic investment and creating high-skill, high-value jobs. Mr Harbour, a former motor-industry  executive with vast experience of the sector, concluded: "This is a good day for the West Midlands, for the UK motor industry and for Europe too."