European Parliament News

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

We must overcome difficulties and implement CETA, says Conservative MEP

24-Oct-2016 @ 18:00

The EU and Belgium must look at their political processes following the failure to agree the CETA trade deal with Canada by today's deadline, Conservative International Trade spokesman Emma McClarkin MEP said.

Rules to protect shoppers should be "clear and enforceable"

20-Oct-2016 @ 09:00

Shoppers should be provided with more information about special promotions as part of the current review of EU consumer legislation.

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Vicky Ford: Internal market benefits go beyond trade

20-Oct-2016 @ 15:00

The European Union must begin engaging with ordinary people if it is to rebuild trust in international trade deals and the Single Market.

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Simplify EU rules to reduce spending errors, says Conservative MEP.

13-Oct-2016 @ 12:00

 The Court of Auditors has today signed off the EU's accounts for 2015 but notes that the level of error in payments remained above target.

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EU students continue to be welcome at UK universities.

11-Oct-2016 @ 19:00

Britain's world class universities will continue to welcome EU students despite the Brexit vote, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox stressed today.