European Parliament News

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

Conservative call for action on statelessness

13-Jun-2017 @ 13:00

Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir's call to end statelessness in South & South East Asia received overwhelming support in the European Parliament today.

The vote comes as the situation for the world's largest group of stateless people, the Rohingyas, worsens and pressure builds for Myanmar to allow a UN fact-finding mission into the country to investigate abuses. Mr Bashir's report calls on the international community, including the EU and UN, to do more to put an end to the denial of citizenship rights in the world's most problematic region for statelessness, South and South East Asia.

Future of European Defence proposals undermine NATO

07-Jun-2017 @ 16:00

Responding to the European Commission’s Paper on the Future of European Defence, Conservative Defence & Security Spokesman, Geoffrey Van Orden MEP, said: “The European Commission’s proposals show once again that the EU is on an ego trip, motivated by its own ambitions rather than security needs.

The bogus link between foreign policy and domestic terrorism

31-May-2017 @ 14:00

Mr Van Orden, a former senior British military officer, said: “If you are constantly being told that the British state is deliberately attacking innocent Muslim women and children, it would not be surprising if you became angry. But this narrative doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. It is false.

Breakthrough for online TV and music subscribers

18-May-2017 @ 12:00

Subscribers to services such as Sky Now TV and Netflix will soon be able watch programmes while abroad following a vote today backed by Conservative MEPs.

Ashley Fox: Let's work together to build a new relationship

17-May-2017 @ 10:00

The European Union should not seek money from Britain during the Brexit negotiations simply to cover its own budgetary failures, UK Conservative delegation leader Ashley Fox told MEPs today.

Strong response needed to LGBTI persecution in Chechnya

15-May-2017 @ 15:00

Persecution of gay men in Chechnya must be met with a strong response from the European Union, Conservative MEPs insist.

Conservative MEPs' bid to change "confused" broadcasting rules.

13-May-2017 @ 11:00

European Parliament proposals to revise TV broadcasting rules could weaken consumer protection, threaten freedom of speech and increase red tape, say Conservative MEPs.

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Court opinion poses threat to Uber and Airbnb

11-May-2017 @ 11:45

The future of internet-based services such as Uber and Airbnb has been thrown into doubt by an opinion issued today by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

New tool to protect bees should be rolled out across Europe

10-May-2017 @ 16:00

A new website currently being used in Britain which allows farmers to warn beekeepers when they spray insecticide could help protect bees across Europe.

Digital Single Market is central to our future prosperity.

10-May-2017 @ 15:15

Conservatives have cautiously welcomed proposals today to further prioritise the development of the Digital Single Market (DSM).

Member States must have zero tolerance on child sex abuse images

04-May-2017 @ 16:00

Conservative MEP, Emma McClarkin, is calling on EU Member States to follow the example of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) in the UK to best eliminate child sexual abuse imagery online.

Thumbs up for the collaborative economy

04-May-2017 @ 14:00

The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee has approved a report on the Collaborative Economy, including amendments to support innovation and increase consumer choice.

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Syed Kamall's response to Commission's Brexit directives

03-May-2017 @ 14:00

Responding to European Commission's proposed negotiation directives, European Conservatives and Reformists Group Leader, Syed Kamall, said:

"We need a more honest relationship with Turkey"

26-Apr-2017 @ 16:30

A new relationship is needed with Turkey that is based on co-operation, not the distant goal of European Union membership, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall told the European Parliament today.

Conservative MEPs vote against new Netflix content quotas

25-Apr-2017 @ 13:00

European Parliament proposals on revised TV broadcasting rules could stifle consumer choice, increase red tape and threaten freedom of speech, say Conservative MEPs.

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Asparagus mission hears MEP's plea to keep protection for unique foodstuffs

25-Apr-2017 @ 13:00

New British laws mirroring the EU's protection for unique regional foodstuffs could give an ongoing boost for our producers post-Brexit, MEP Anthea McIntyre said today.

Miss McIntyre said adopting the EU's Protected Geographical Indication system (PGI) into UK law would mean that specialist growers and processors could continue receiving protection for their goods to ban inferior copies from abusing their good name.

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: