European Parliament News

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

MEPs urge Iran to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

31-May-2018 @ 12:00

A motion calling for Iran to immediately release the jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been backed today by the European Parliament.

Labour and SNP vote is a betrayal of UK fishing communities

30-May-2018 @ 15:00

Labour and SNP MEPs today ignored the interests of British fishermen and backed an attempt by the European Parliament to keep the UK inside the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) post-Brexit.

Conservative MEPs hail steps to protect North Sea fish stocks

29-May-2018 @ 13:00

Measures approved today have been hailed by Conservative MEPs as a major step forward in securing the long term sustainability of North Sea fish stocks. The European Union's North Sea Plan, which was passed by a large majority in the European Parliament, is expected to come into force this summer. It sets limits on fishing quotas to avoid them exceeding levels regarded as sustainable by the latest scientific research.

EU must see if GDPR works before legislating again

25-May-2018 @ 09:00

The EU must adopt a wait and see approach after the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) before introducing further legislation, Daniel Dalton MEP said today.

2019 EU elections vulnerable to Russian meddling

24-May-2018 @ 10:00

Next year's European elections are at risk of Russian meddling unless action is taken warns a senior Conservative MEP.

Kamall: Who needs Interpol when you have Mark Zuckerberg?

22-May-2018 @ 20:00

Commenting after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before MEPs in the European Parliament, ECR Group co-chair Syed Kamall said:

​Asia-Europe cooperation is more important than ever

18-May-2018 @ 17:00

The second Asia-Europe Political Forum (AEPF) concluded in London today by calling for cooperation between the two continents to tackle global problems such as climate change, disaster relief, major diseases and combating the pollution of our oceans. The forum, hosted by a senior Conservative MEP, brought together political party representatives from 22 countries across Asia and Europe.

Swinburne: To make a success of Brexit, we need a pro-business Welsh government

18-May-2018 @ 01:00

Wales risks falling behind after Brexit if the Welsh government doesn’t do more to support businesses, enterprise and boost competition the Welsh Conservative party’s conference heard today.

EU defence spending about integration, not military capability

04-May-2018 @ 13:00

A proposed 22-fold increase in the EU defence budget could mean less money being spent on key areas, Conservative Defence Spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden warned today.

Foster: "Cosmetic testing on animals must be banned worldwide”

03-May-2018 @ 01:00

Today Conservative MEPs backed a call for the EU to spearhead a global ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals.

Nirj Deva: An historic day in Korea, but patience is still needed

27-Apr-2018 @ 13:00

The Chairman of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula, who is engaged in behind the scenes negotiations to defuse tensions between the North and South, has welcomed today's landmark meeting between the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea.

New plan unveiled to end ‘ghost fishing'

24-Apr-2018 @ 14:00

A new plan to protect our oceans from ‘ghost fishing’ has been unveiled today by Conservative MEP John Flack.

New rules will prevent another Dieselgate scandal

19-Apr-2018 @ 13:00

Comprehensive measures to prevent a repeat of the Dieselgate scandal today secured final approval from MEPs.

Nirj Deva: North Korea may be ready to accept a nuclear freeze

18-Apr-2018 @ 09:00

A unique opportunity exists to take the first steps towards lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, according to the Conservative MEP involved in behind-the-scenes talks. Nirj Deva, Chairman of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula, believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be ready to agree a freeze on his country's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Deva: Prince Charles is the right person to lead the Commonwealth

17-Apr-2018 @ 09:00

Senior Conservative MEP, Nirj Deva, has rejected Kate Osamor MP's statement (Times 13th April) that Prince Charles should not succeed HM The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth as "preposterous". The Labour Shadow Development Secretary claims him undeserving of this role because he is “not level headed, nor assertive, nor thinks outside the box.”

Syed Kamall: Macron's proposals risk a return to a 1950s agenda

17-Apr-2018 @ 11:00

Emmanuel Macron's reform proposals risk returning the European Union to an outdated agenda of political integration, European Conservatives and Reformists group Co-chairman Syed Kamall warned today. Responding to the French President's address to the European Parliament, Conservative MEP Mr Kamall said that while agreeing on the need to shake up the EU, the ECR group could not support future plans for a bigger budget, harmonised corporate taxes, a unified social policy, a common asylum policy or a European minister of finance.

Kamall: Syria strikes necessary to reinstate international rules

16-Apr-2018 @ 17:00

Responding to President Tajani's statement to the European Parliament this afternoon on military strikes by the US, UK and France in Syria, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, Co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said:

EU follows UK with plan to protect farmers from unfair practices

12-Apr-2018 @ 13:45

Measures unveiled today by the European Commission to tackle unfair practices in the food supply chain are an important step forward, according to Conservative Agriculture spokesman Anthea McIntyre.

McClarkin: Time to tackle match-fixing

11-Apr-2018 @ 15:00

A major conference exploring how match-fixing in football can be ended warned that unless the practice was stopped fans and players would be “alienated”.

New consumer rights must be "effective, practical and proportionate"

11-Apr-2018 @ 14:00

Conservative Internal Market spokesman Daniel Dalton MEP today welcomed the European Commission's New Deal for Consumers.