European Parliament News

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

Deva: "Parliament must fully embrace the future of development"

24-Apr-2017 @ 18:30

The European Parliament's Development, Budget and Foreign Affairs committees have voted for a new direction for development funding by creating a public-private partnership with the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD).

Conservative Development Spokesman, Nirj Deva MEP’s call for a partnership with the private sector for development funding was backed last year by the European Commission and the Parliament. Unfortunately although today's vote endorses the idea, Conservative MEPs could not support it overall as it does not focus spending on projects that have market value.

Ashley Fox MEP's statement on May's call for a General Election

18-Apr-2017 @ 12:30

 Reacting to Theresa May's decision to call a General Election on June 8, Ashley Fox, leader of Conservatives in the European Parliament, said:

Bashir: The suffering of stateless people cannot be denied

11-Apr-2017 @ 10:00

Today the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee backed Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir's call to end statelessness that leaves millions vulnerable to persecution.

"We need a good agreement, not a good fight"

05-Apr-2017 @ 10:30

Britain and the EU must work together to shape a close new relationship that works in the interests of all citizens, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox told the European Parliament today.

European Parliament approves measures to prevent another car emission scandal

04-Apr-2017 @ 13:00

Today the European Parliament backed new measures that will ensure vehicles continue to meet emissions and safety standards once out of the showroom.

The revised market surveillance rules aim to prevent another vehicle emissions scandal and restore consumer confidence in the car market. They place obligations on Member States to properly test the cars on their country’s roads and put in place oversight at all stages of the process.

Conservative MEP Daniel Dalton, who led the plan through the Parliament said: “Today’s vote will begin to restore confidence in our testing systems and in our car manufacturers.

“This new system replaces one which was at best patchy and at worst ineffective, allowing the car emissions scandal to be undetected for so long. Any manufacturer who wants to try and cheat the system are now very likely to be caught with the combination of these new measures, combined with the real driving emissions tests for new cars passed by the European Parliament last year.”

Under the new measures, Member States will be required to test 20 per cent of the car models on sale in the country each year. These will be of various ages to ensure that the vehicle still meets minimum standards while in use.

The report also introduces greater oversight, with Member States having to submit their surveillance plans to the European Commission for approval and an independent review system being created. The Commission will be able to undertake its own testing when necessary, issue recalls and levy fines on manufacturers in the event of failures.

West Midlands MEP Mr Dalton added: “These new rules make sure that the cars on our roads are as safe and as clean as manufacturers claim them to be. They leave us in a strong position to enter trilogue talks with the European Commission and Council."

Conservative MEP Vicky Ford, who chairs the Internal Market Committee, welcomed the Parliament’s approval.

She said: “These reforms will restore consumer trust when buying a car; the single largest purchase most people ever make. They mean we can now detect if a car isn't meeting standards once on the road and allow us to hold manufacturers to account."    

"Achieving this deal was no small feat and it is significant that it was led by a British negotiator. I hope that the new relationship between the UK and the EU post Brexit will enable continued practical co-operation on issues of this nature."

MEPs vote to curb unsustainable palm oil production

04-Apr-2017 @ 13:00

Conservative MEPs backed plans to encourage the sustainable production of palm oil to tackle deforestation and climate change, that were passed by the European Parliament today.

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Verhofstadt frightened of offending Spain over Gibraltar

31-Mar-2017 @ 11:00

European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt has been accused of appeasing Spain by excluding references to Gibraltar from the Parliament's draft Brexit resolution.

Article 50: It's time to begin shaping our future

29-Mar-2017 @ 13:15

Responding to today's submission by the Government of Article 50, triggering the start of negotiations over the UK's departure from the EU, Ashley Fox, leader of Conservative MEPs in the European Parliament, said:

Kamall: We need to ensure both the EU and UK thrive post-Brexit

29-Mar-2017 @ 13:00

Following the submission of Article 50 today Syed Kamall, Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said:

 

Trade policy must tackle corruption to end wildlife crime – McClarkin

28-Mar-2017 @ 15:00

Emma McClarkin MEP is calling for future trade deals to include anti-corruption provisions to stop the money laundering and criminal activity associated with the illegal wildlife trade.

Simpler energy labelling agreed for household products

23-Mar-2017 @ 16:00

A revision of the EU's energy labelling scheme has been agreed following late night talks in Brussels.

The current confusing system which includes A, A+, A++ and A+++ ratings will revert back to the original A-G scale, making labels much easier for consumers to understand. Under the existing rules a washing machine, for example, can be rated as A class but be in the fourth best category, with A+++ being the most efficient.

EU-Japan deal could restore EU's credibility as a trading partner

21-Mar-2017 @ 16:00

Today's commitment between the EU and Japan to reach a speedy conclusion to trade talks is a positive step in the EU restoring its credibility following the delays in the EU-Canada trade deal.

The commitment was made by all parties when the Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk met Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, today in Brussels. As negotiations enter their fourth year, both expressed hopes to conclude talks by the end 2017.

European Conservative and Reformist Chairman, Syed Kamall MEP, who is following the agreement as shadow rapporteur, said: “I welcome the today's commitment from both parties to speed up these talks.

“On the EU side, the world watched as the EU-Canada agreement was thrown into doubt at the eleventh hour. This is the EU’s opportunity to demonstrate once more that it is a capable trade partner, open to the world, and able to ratify ambitious, encompassing deals.

"On the Japanese side, now is the time for them to demonstrate a real commitment to a partnership with the EU and a willingness to engage fully over the negotiating table.

"Today’s events are a good start, but let’s get this agreement signed and bolster both Japan and the EU’s reputation.”

Together the EU and Japan’s economies account for more than a third of the world’s GDP. As a highly developed economy and a major global trading nation and investor, Japan is an important partner for the EU.

Dr Kamall MEP, Conservative MEP for London, added: “As a major investor in EU countries and consumer of our goods and services, it is vital that the EU signs a free trade agreement with Japan. Completing this agreement will mean more jobs, lower prices and economic growth. I welcome this commitment, but from both sides, we don’t need more words - what we need now is get on, finish the negotiations and sign the agreement.”             

Conservative MEPs back action to tackle rogue traders

21-Mar-2017 @ 15:15

Steps to improve cross-border co-operation in tackling rogue traders have been supported today by Conservative MEPs.

The European Parliament's Internal Market Committee approved a report updating the EU's Consumer Protection Co-operation Regulation, in particular to take account of the new challenges presented by international online transactions.

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EU response to African drought a “drop in the ocean”

17-Mar-2017 @ 01:00

The EU is scaling-up its response to famine and drought in the Horn of Africa after Conservative development spokesman, Nirj Deva MEP, called for urgent action from the international community.

European Parliament welcomes Montenegro’s steps towards EU membership

16-Mar-2017 @ 01:00

 Today the European Parliament welcomed the reform progress in Montenegro as part of the country’s path towards EU accession.

New measures will tackle trade in conflict minerals

16-Mar-2017 @ 13:00

 Conservative MEPs have helped shape a new regulation to stop the financing of armed groups through trade in minerals.

Glyphosate ruling should end hysteria and provide certainty for farmers

15-Mar-2017 @ 17:00

Glyphosate ruling should end hysteria and provide certainty for farmers

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Urgent action needed to combat spiralling humanitarian crisis - Deva

15-Mar-2017 @ 10:00

Conservative development spokesman Nirj Deva MEP is calling for emergency action from the international community to combat a spiralling humanitarian crisis as drought conditions worsen across Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

This is a chance to improve the lives of 7m horses and donkeys

14-Mar-2017 @ 14:00

Measures to improve the welfare of millions of horses and donkeys across the EU have been approved today by the European Parliament.

The proposals from Conservative MEP Julie Girling were passed by a large majority and cover animals used in a broad range of activities, from farming to tourism. They include:

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EU backs plan for all shareholders to be given the right to vote on company directors’ pay

14-Mar-2017 @ 13:30

The European Parliament has passed plans to give all shareholders the right to vote on company directors’ pay, bringing the EU in line with UK shareholders’ rights.

The UK Government has already introduced reforms giving shareholders the power to challenge what they regard as excessive pay. This vote brings the EU in line with the UK by granting shareholders the right to vote on their company's remuneration policy.