European Parliament News

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

EU Fisheries Council delivers a positive result for UK fishermen

14-Dec-2016 @ 10:30

Conservative Fisheries spokesman Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed the results of the annual fish quota talks in Brussels which today delivered increase in quota for many key stocks for the Scottish fleet.

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Firearms trilogue: Statement by Parliament’s lead negotiator

06-Dec-2016 @ 11:30

Following a fourth round of three-way talks between Parliament, Council and Commission (trilogue) on the revision of the EU firearms directive, Conservative MEP Vicky Ford, on behalf of the European Parliament’s negotiating team, issued the following statement:

“There has been an agreement in principle between the Council and Parliament on the key issues. We now need to see the consolidated text and discuss the details with COREPER [EU member states’ permanent representatives] and with our political groups in the Parliament.

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EU-Norway fish talks: Norwegian negotiators outfox EU

05-Dec-2016 @ 14:00

Conservative Fisheries spokesman Ian Duncan MEP has criticised the EU for buckling to Norwegian demands over access to North Sea fisheries.

The outcome of the annual EU-Norway fish quota talks sees an increase in Norwegian quota for blue whiting next year, with no corresponding uplift for UK fishermen. Despite internal opposition from the UK and Ireland, the European Commission has signed a deal that gives 110,000 tonnes of blue whiting to Norway, increasing their access to Scottish waters.

However, there is better news on North Sea cod, with the EU quota increasing by 16.5%. The North Sea whiting quota rises by 17% and saithe by 53%. The final total allowable catch for North Sea herring represents a 7% decrease, while North Sea haddock will fall by 45%. However, the cut in quota for haddock is viewed as less drastic as fishermen are only expected to catch about 63% of the available quota for 2016.

Scotland MEP Mr Duncan said: "This is a mixed bag for Scottish fishermen, who have worked tirelessly to restore stocks to healthy levels.

"The Commission position over blue whiting is quite frankly baffling. However, what this shows is the strength of Norway as a negotiator outside the EU. In the coming years it will be the UK, Norway and the EU who will decide who can fish in the North Sea, and Norway has given us a shining example of how to strike a deal without the shackles of negotiating as one of 27.

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Conservatives condemn Labour bid to block Ghana trade agreement.

01-Dec-2016 @ 16:15

Conservative MEPs have backed a trade agreement which will boost economic growth in Ghana and protect jobs.

But they condemned an unsuccessful attempt by Labour MEPs to block the deal, accusing them putting ideological concerns ahead of the needs of Ghanaians.

Van Orden responds to European Defence Action Plan

30-Nov-2016 @ 18:30

In response to today’s release by the European Commission of its new European Defence Action Plan, Conservative Security and Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden MBE MEP said:

“I have a fundamental problem with the whole concept of this Action Plan. The institutions consistently state that, in accordance with the treaties, that defence is a Member State competence, and yet at every turn we find them trying to 'communitarise' defence. This Action Plan is a clear example of this competency creep.

Progress made on revising EU's firearms directive

30-Nov-2016 @ 13:00


Negotiators are closing in on a balanced revision of the EU Firearms Directive, according to Conservative MEP Vicky Ford.

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New air pollution targets will reduce premature deaths

23-Nov-2016 @ 13:00

Ambitious targets to reduce air pollution and cut premature deaths from poor air quality were given the final sign off by the European Parliament today.

The National Emissions Ceilings directive (NEC), which has been steered through the European legislative process by Conservative MEP Julie Girling over the last three years, sets the upper limits per Member State for five key pollutants.

Conflict minerals regulation ensures household items do not support war

23-Nov-2016 @ 11:45

Conservative MEPs have helped secure a well-balanced approach towards preventing trade of certain minerals that might fund conflict in high risk zones around the world.

While the EU is working on a system that would encourage importers not to use minerals that are likely to finance conflicts, the Left originally pushed through a mechanism that would have a de facto embargo effect on conflict regions, leading to the possible closure of mines and denying innocent miners and their families of their livelihoods, while not having any significant effect at reducing conflict.

Conservatives condemn Labour threat to EU-Canada trade deal.

22-Nov-2016 @ 16:30

Conservative MEPs have condemned a Labour attempt to delay implementation of the landmark EU-Canada trade deal.

The European Parliament will tomorrow vote on a motion calling for the deal, known as CETA, to be referred to the European Court of Justice for an opinion on its compatibility with EU treaties. If approved, the move could stop the deal being introduced for up to two years.

Van Orden: European Defence Union plays into Russia's hands.

22-Nov-2016 @ 12:00

Calls by MEPs today for the creation of a European Defence Union (EDU) are playing into the hands of Russia, according to Conservative Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden MEP.

The European Parliament has approved a report urging the European Council to take the lead in shaping an EDU to provide greater structured, permanent military co-operation, binding commitments and an EU-wide system for the movement of defence personnel and equipment.

Five questions for Julie Girling on her air quality report

21-Nov-2016 @ 18:30

Conservative MEP Julie Girling is leading legislation through the European Parliament this week that is part of a ‘Clean Air package’. The new directive sets targets for national emissions reductions from 2020 through to 2030. MEPs will vote on the law this week and beforehand we caught up with Mrs Girling about what the new law means for the air we breathe, and what effects it could have.

Agreement edges closer on EU Firearms Directive

17-Nov-2016 @ 16:00

Good progress is being made on agreeing revisions to the EU's Firearms Directive which are being steered through the European Parliament by Conservative Internal Market spokesman Vicky Ford.

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MEPs must address Somaliland's independence claim

16-Nov-2016 @ 18:00

The European Parliament should be ashamed of its failure to consider Somaliland's claim to be recognised as an independent state, a high level hearing heard today.

EU task force backs UK's Groceries Adjudicator system

16-Nov-2016 @ 17:00

New EU-wide proposals to help farmers secure a better deal for their products feature support for a system pioneered in Britain.

Long awaited findings from the European Commission's Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) highlight the value of independent national adjudicators. The UK Government appointed a Groceries Code Adjudicator in 2013 to regulate the relationship between supermarkets and their suppliers and AMTF chairman Cees Verman visited Britain to see the scheme in operation at the invitation of Conservative Agriculture spokesman, Richard Ashworth MEP.

Brexit minister to hold regular meetings with Conservative MEPs

15-Nov-2016 @ 01:00

Minister for Exiting the European Union David Jones said today he wanted to hold regular meetings with Conservative MEPs as the Brexit process moves forward.

"Long overdue" horse welfare proposals launched.

08-Nov-2016 @ 15:00

New guidelines to improve the welfare of the EU's 7 million horses and donkeys have been unveiled by Conservative MEP Julie Girling.

Ashworth: Georgieva is a class act who will be missed in the EU

31-Oct-2016 @ 13:45

Responding to news that EU Budgets Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has decided to resign from the European Commission to take a post at the World Bank, Conservative Budgets spokesman in the European Parliament, Richard Ashworth MEP, said: "Kristalina Georgieva is a class act and the EU's loss will be the World Bank's gain.

CETA: Conservatives welcome agreement but regret delay

27-Oct-2016 @ 13:30

Responding to the news that the Belgian government has finally reached an agreement on the CETA EU-Canada trade deal, Conservative International Trade joint spokesman Emma McClarkin MEP said: "It makes you wonder why they dragged this out so long. Justin Trudeau could have been in Brussels signing this agreement today with fanfare. Instead he has cancelled his trip with a bad taste in his mouth.

"The credibility of the EU on global trade deals is in tatters following this debacle. CETA is one of the highest quality agreements ever negotiated, with a country that has values and standards very similar to our own. Other countries will now ask whether it is worth the time and effort conducting such deals with the EU. We need to show them that the EU can be a reliable trade partner."

EU budget increase is unnecessary and unacceptable

26-Oct-2016 @ 15:45

Extra spending on areas such as security, agriculture and the migrant crisis can be accommodated without increasing the overall European Union budget, Conservative MEPs insist.

UK bio security strengthened after MEPs pass Conservative report.

26-Oct-2016 @ 14:00

Britain's bio security will be strengthened after a report by Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre was approved today by the European Parliament.