European Parliament News

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

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.

The EU accelerates moves towards an EU army

04-Jul-2017 @ 18:00

The EU is now accelerating its moves towards an EU Army, building on the European Commission’s Reflection Paper on the Future of European Defence.Speaking in the European Parliament today, UK Conservative Defence Spokesman, Geoffrey Van Orden MEP, commented:

“Mrs Mogherini, the putative EU Foreign & Defence Minister, talks as if we are all starting from scratch on defence and it’s now all up to the EU. While her colleagues deny the ambition for an EU Army, she talks as if it already exists, referring to the activities of “men and women in EU uniform under the EU flag.

New rules to improve global tax transparency

04-Jul-2017 @ 12:00

Conservative MEPs have welcomed new legislation that aims to tackle corporate tax avoidance by large multinationals in the EU.

Syed Kamall's statement on today's start to Brexit negotiations

19-Jun-2017 @ 12:00

As negotiations begin today on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union Syed Kamall, Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said:

“The start of negotiations today is important for both the UK and the EU. A calm, constructive, and cooperative approach to talks is what will bring about the most progress in the coming weeks and months.

Ashley Fox MEP welcomes today's start to Brexit negotiations

19-Jun-2017 @ 09:00

Ashley Fox, leader of Conservative MEPs in the European Parliament, welcomes today’s start to Brexit negotiations.

He said: “Today the UK Government begins negotiating our departure from the European Union.

EU must encourage digital innovation, say Conservative MEPs

16-Jun-2017 @ 12:00

Supporting the growth of online platforms in Europe is the aim of proposals published today by Conservative MEPs.

Good news for travellers as roaming charges end today

15-Jun-2017 @ 09:00

Good news as roaming charges end across the EU today. Conservative MEPs, who have strongly supported this move in the European Parliament, welcome the end to shock phone bills for people travelling to other EU countries from the UK.

Karim: Bangladesh must do more to protect garment workers

14-Jun-2017 @ 14:00

Rights for Bangladesh's 4.2 million garment workers must improve if the country is to maintain its tariff-free access to the EU, Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim warned today.

Making it easier to buy energy efficient appliances

13-Jun-2017 @ 15:15

Consumers will find it easier to choose energy efficient products such as cookers and fridges under new EU labelling rules supported today by Conservative MEPs.

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.