European Parliament News

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

Brexit negotiators warned to take care over cyber-security

06-Jul-2016 @ 15:30

A leading UK MEP has urged Brexit negotiators to seek to retain British involvement in EU cyber security networks and protect critical infrastructure from hackers.

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New air pollution limits could prevent thousands of premature deaths

01-Jul-2016 @ 14:30

Ambitious targets to reduce air pollution and cut premature deaths by around 50 per cent have been provisionally agreed by the EU.

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Conservatives give cautious welcome to EU draft budget

30-Jun-2016 @ 16:30

The EU's draft budget for 2017 has received a cautious welcome from Conservative MEP Richard Ashworth.

Published today by European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, the draft recommends a 1.7 per cent increase in commitments to €157.7 billion and a 6.2 per cent fall in payments to €134.9 billion.

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Kamall: The EU and UK now need to look to the future

28-Jun-2016 @ 13:45

Speaking in a European Parliament debate this morning on the outcome of the UK Referendum, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, Leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, said:

“The British people have spoken. Whatever our personal views, we should now all respect the democratic will of the British people work together and move on.

EU Referendum Result Statement

24-Jun-2016 @ 01:00

Reacting to today's referendum result Ashley Fox, Leader of the UK Conservatives in the European Parliament, said:

"The British people have spoken. Now we must carry out their wishes.

Conservative MEP welcomes European Court ruling on benefits

14-Jun-2016 @ 01:00

The European Court of Justice has ruled today that Britain has a right to protect its public finances from benefits tourism by imposing tests on EU citizens moving there and claiming benefits.

Conservative Employment Spokesman in the European Parliament, Anthea McIntyre MEP welcomed the ruling, which rejected a challenge from the European Commission. They had questioned whether the UK's decision to introduce a “right to reside” test for a number of social security benefits such as Child benefit, Child Tax Credit and Income Support was discriminatory. However, the court today upheld the UK's argument that non-active people coming to the UK must have sufficient resources to not become a burden on the UK's social security schemes.

Conservative MEPs condemn McDonnell's support for giving away UK tax powers

07-Jun-2016 @ 01:00

Conservative MEPs have confirmed their support for European Commission proposals to tackle corporate tax avoidance and condemned Labour for backing the handover of tax powers to Brussels.

We must help Africa to stem the flow of migrants, says Conservative report.

07-Jun-2016 @ 17:45

Securing peace and stability in Africa is crucial to dealing with the flow of refugees and economic migrants into Europe, a Conservative report approved by the European Parliament today makes clear.

Conservative report says all farmers must benefit from technological advances

07-Jun-2016 @ 17:30

Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre has secured European Parliament approval for a report calling for the greater use of technology in agriculture.

Dalton: Sharing economy needs clarity to grow in Europe

02-Jun-2016 @ 16:30

New guidelines for start-ups like Uber and AirBnB published today by the European Commission generally move in the right direction towards providing start-ups and their customers with more clarity on their rights and obligations.

Kamall: London football team's Brussels mission spreads the anti-terror message

01-Jun-2016 @ 17:15

"This is a cross-Channel show of unity - a celebration of the power of sport to change young lives and confound the extremists."

Conservative MEP proposes £1.5 billion boost for North Sea oil and gas industry

31-May-2016 @ 11:45

A change to EU law is being proposed which could boost the North Sea oil and gas industry by as much as £1.5 billion over ten years.

Conservative Energy spokesman Mr Duncan MEP wants to close a loophole in the Emissions Trading System (ETS), the EU’s flagship climate change policy, which forces oil and gas operators to buy emission permits for the electricity they generate offshore.

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EU criminal records system upgrade approved by MEPs

30-May-2016 @ 17:30

An upgrade of the EU's system for exchanging criminal records is a step closer after the European Parliament's home affairs committee approved the draft plans.

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McClarkin: SMEs could benefit from EU/Mexico trade talks

30-May-2016 @ 15:30

Today's announcement of talks to update and extend the EU's trade deal with Mexico has been welcomed by Conservative MEPs.

Conservative MEPs re-ignite e-cigarette debate

27-May-2016 @ 13:00

Conservative MEPs are taking steps to re-open the debate on restrictive new EU rules covering the sale of e-cigarettes.

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MEPs adopt sensible resolution on EU-US data flows and Privacy Shield

26-May-2016 @ 16:00

The European Parliament has today adopted a resolution that will give businesses and individuals clarity over the flow of transatlantic data, Conservative shadow rapporteur Timothy Kirkhope MEP, said after the vote.

The parliament was giving its opinion on the recent agreement of 'Privacy Shield' between the EU and USA, replacing the old 'Safe Harbor' agreement, which had been struck down by the European Court. Privacy Shield imposes strong obligations on US companies to protect EU citizens' personal data, with requirement for strong monitoring and enforcement of these protections by US authorities, working with European data protection authorities.

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Tear down these artificial EU trade barriers, urges Conservative MEP

26-May-2016 @ 15:00

A new approach is needed to remove obstacles to trade that still exist across the EU, according to Conservative MEP Dan Dalton.

New rules should underpin, not undermine, the digital economy say Conservative MEPs

26-May-2016 @ 11:00

Plans to force online retailers to open their websites to customers across the EU could reduce consumer choice, Conservative MEPs have warned

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EU commission must not resort to digital protectionism over Netflix

19-May-2016 @ 13:30

Next week the European Commission is set to publish a revision of its Media Services Directive, which is expected to include a requirement for Netflix and other on-demand services to devote at least 20 per cent of their content to European works.

Conservative MEP urges action to save Battle of the Somme re-enactment

13-May-2016 @ 11:00

Conservative MEP Vicky Ford is going into battle on behalf of British enthusiasts who fear being stripped of their trusty Lee Enfield rifles at a major re-enactment of the Battle of the Somme.

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