European Parliament News

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

Backing for plan to tackle wildlife trafficking

24-Jan-2017 @ 14:15

Proposals by Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin on how trade policy to be used to tackle wildlife trafficking cleared an important hurdle today.

McClarkin: CETA deal a landmark for free trade

24-Jan-2017 @ 13:45

Conservative International Trade spokesman Emma McClarkin MEP has welcomed a vote which moves the landmark EU-Canada trade deal a step closer to implementation.

Ms McClarkin said today's approval by the European Parliament's International Trade Committee would help restore the EU's reputation as a reliable trading partner after the deal, known as CETA, was held up by socialist politicians in the Belgian region of Wallonia.

"This is one of the highest quality agreements ever negotiated and clearly highlights the benefits of free trade, " she said.

"PM has ensured everyone now knows where we stand" – Ashley Fox

17-Jan-2017 @ 17:00

Ashley Fox, leader of Conservative MEPs in the European Parliament, welcomed Theresa May's speech.

He said: "The Prime Minister has today laid out clearly and firmly how Britain will approach negotiations over our departure from the EU.

EU cloud computing initiative should learn from UK

12-Jan-2017 @ 18:30

Ambitious plans to make the EU a global leader in cloud computing are being jeopardised by a failure to take a market-led approach.

Conservative Industry spokesman Ashley Fox said a non-legislative report agreed today by the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee failed to send a clear message to the European Commission that its top-down policy was not the best way to drive innovation.

Commission's data package does not go far enough.

10-Jan-2017 @ 18:00

New European Commission proposals designed to free up the EU's data economy do not go far enough, according to Conservative MEP Vicky Ford.

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Drax biomass go-ahead welcomed by Conservative MEP

19-Dec-2016 @ 15:30

Today's decision by the European Commission to approve support for the conversion of a unit at Drax Power Station in Yorkshire from coal to biomass has been welcomed by the local Conservative MEP.

Conservative MEP secures backing for climate change report

15-Dec-2016 @ 13:15

Conservative Energy spokesman Ian Duncan's ambitious revisions to the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) have cleared a significant hurdle.

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Bashir: Violence and discrimination against the Rohingyas must end

15-Dec-2016 @ 13:00

Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir has stepped up his campaign to help millions of stateless people who often face violence, discrimination and are denied access to work and healthcare.

The Yorkshire and Humber MEP, who earlier this month published a report urging more help for stateless individuals, was the lead negotiator for today's European Parliament debate on the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. The Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted people in the world and have been stateless since the Burmese nationality law was introduced in 1982, denying them citizenship. In recent weeks the Burmese military has intensified its crackdown on the Rohingya living in Rakhine state, where most of them live.

Summit number 45 since 2010 – will it set the EU on a new course?

14-Dec-2016 @ 13:45

Ahead of tomorrow's EU summit, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said that it should not pass up the opportunity to finally begin taking the EU in a new direction.

Time for Europeans to commit to NATO, not an EU army

14-Dec-2016 @ 13:15

Speaking in the European Parliament today, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for a “high level of ambition” when the European Council discusses security and defence tomorrow afternoon. He wants the EU to be responsible for the protection of its citizens and “not just to be a soft power”.

Consservate Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden MEP commented:

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.

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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.