European Parliament News

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

UK can replicate EU-Canada trade deal

20-Sep-2017 @ 01:00

A deal which is likely to form the blueprint for post-Brexit trade relations between the UK and Canada comes into effect tomorrow (21st September).

MEPs condemn the persecution of the Rohingya people

14-Sep-2017 @ 12:00

Conservative MEPs have secured the European Parliament's support for a cross-party resolution condemning the attacks against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

EU acts on fire safety in wake of the Grenfell disaster

13-Sep-2017 @ 19:00

A system for pooling information on fire safety and sharing best practice is being established by the European Commission in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Kamall: EU is sailing towards a European superstate

13-Sep-2017 @ 13:00

Responding to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the European Union speech today Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, Co-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group, said:

Girling: EU changes will threaten popular dieting products

13-Sep-2017 @ 13:00

Europe-wide changes that threaten the viability of some popular dieting products will go ahead after Conservative attempts to have the proposals scrapped were narrowly defeated today.

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'Optimistic diplomacy' is needed to solve Korean crisis

13-Sep-2017 @ 10:00

Conservative MEP Nirj Deva is calling on the international community to use "optimistic diplomacy" to defuse tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

Van Orden helps spearhead EU counter terrorism policy

12-Sep-2017 @ 13:00

Conservative Security Spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden has today been elected to join a small group of MEPs spearheading the European Parliament's response to the growing terrorist threat.

New Scottish Conservative MEP to take her seat

06-Sep-2017 @ 17:00

Baroness Nosheena Mobarik is to become the new Scottish Conservative MEP.

She will take a leave of absence from the House of Lords and assume the position with immediate effect.

EU migration policy must have public support

06-Sep-2017 @ 16:30

The EU will not solve the migration and asylum crisis by forcing reluctant countries to adopt rules they opposed from the beginning, according to Conservative MEP Syed Kamall 

Van Orden: EU defence report "ignores the impact of Brexit".

04-Sep-2017 @ 19:00

A new report recommending the EU "takes its destiny into its own hands" on defence sidelines NATO and totally fails to address the impact of Brexit, a senior Conservative MEP said tonight.

Girling: New EU rules will make losing weight more difficult

01-Sep-2017 @ 14:00

Specialist dieting products will become more expensive, less tasty and go off quicker after socialist MEPs blocked Conservative attempts to overturn new European Union rules.

It is feared that changes to so-called total diet replacement products (TDRs) will see people opt for self-led diets, which often do not meet basic nutritional requirements and rarely prove successful. Alternatively, dieters may buy similar products online from outside the EU which do not meet the union's high safety standards.

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Verhofstadt should stop acting above his pay grade on Brexit

30-Aug-2017 @ 17:45

Responding to this afternoon's appearance by European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt before the Parliament's Employment Committee, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said:

Ashley Fox: Customs proposals a good basis for "creative negotiation".

15-Aug-2017 @ 12:00

The UK Government's proposals for a future customs relationship with the EU are practical, achievable and allow room for "creative negotiation" according to Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox.

Deva: "The United Nations must do more to help develop Africa to stop mass migration."

19-Jul-2017 @ 14:00

Conservative Development Spokesman, Nirj Deva MEP, is calling for the UN to be inspired by the EU's work in Africa and do more itself to stop mass migration.

Backing for Conservative MEP's efforts to defuse the Korean crisis

11-Jul-2017 @ 18:15

Asia's main political parties have endorsed attempts by senior Conservative MEP Nirj Deva to kick start a Korean peace process.

The International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) pledged the support of 36 parties in 23 countries for efforts by the European Parliament's Delegation on the Korean Peninsula, which Mr Deva chairs, to work towards drafting a peace treaty.

Van Orden to co-chair Asia-Europe political forum

11-Jul-2017 @ 18:00

The first meeting of the Asia-Europe Political Forum (AEPF) has taken place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, at a time of high international tension in the region. It involved senior political party representatives from 19 Asian and nine European countries.

The Asian side has had a forum since 2000 when the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) was launched in Manila, Philippines by the major political parties from different countries in the region and with various ideologies, in order to promote cooperation and enhance mutual understanding and trust among Asian countries.

MEPs back Girling plan for tackling aviation carbon emissions.

11-Jul-2017 @ 11:00

International commercial flights should be granted a further exemption from the EU's carbon emissions controls, but only until 2021, MEPs agreed today.

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Use new ideas, not razor wire, to tackle migrant crisis

06-Jul-2017 @ 13:30

A new fund to boost private investment in developing countries and address the root causes of the migration crisis has been approved today by MEPs.

The European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) is a direct response to a report - Private Sector and Development - by Conservative Development spokesman Nirj Deva MEP, which was passed by the European Parliament last year.

Conservative MEPs welcome two new MEPs to the European Parliament

05-Jul-2017 @ 15:00

Two new Conservative MEPs have taken their place in the European Parliament. John Flack and Rupert Matthews officially became MEPs today after they were announced by the Parliament’s President.

John Flack joins the European Parliament as MEP for the East of England

Businessman Mr Flack will represent the East of England, replacing Vicky Ford after she was elected to the UK Parliament at last month’s General Election.

Ashley Fox: Travelling circus a symbol of all that's wrong with the EU

05-Jul-2017 @ 14:00

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani is being urged to intervene to help end the parliament's costly "travelling circus" between Brussels and Strasbourg.

The cross party Single Seat Group, headed by Conservative MEP Ashley Fox, wants Mr Tajani to raise the matter with the European Council, which would have to initiate the treaty change required to stop the monthly trips. Having two parliamentary seats costs EU taxpayers an estimated €114 million a year.