European Parliament News

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

4 Things We’ve Done To Improve Animal Welfare

18-Jul-2018 @ 12:00

In the European Parliament, Conservative MEPs have been leading efforts to improve animal welfare and protect the world’s wildlife for future generations. Here are just four things we’ve done:

Vote puts EU-US data privacy agreement at risk

05-Jul-2018 @ 14:00

Irresponsible vote threatens future of EU-US privacy agreement

MEPs back plan to end ‘ghost fishing'

20-Jun-2018 @ 11:00

A new plan to protect our seas from 'ghost fishing' has been overwhelmingly backed by the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee today.

Rohingya: The EU must turn words into action

14-Jun-2018 @ 12:00

The European Union must turn talk into action and begin providing practical assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, MEPs were told today. 

MEPs call for close security relationship with UK

13-Jun-2018 @ 13:00

In a vote today MEPs agreed on “the need for the EU to ensure a close security and defence relationship with the United Kingdom after Brexit”. The call, contained in a report on EU-NATO relations, was welcomed by Conservative Defence and Security spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden, who commented: 

Trump/Kim summit will be judged by what comes next

12-Jun-2018 @ 10:00

Conservative MEP Nirj Deva, who for the past 30 months has been engaged in behind the scenes negotiations to defuse tensions between the North and South Korea, hailed today's historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Irresponsible and unrealistic vote threatens future of EU-US privacy agreement

12-Jun-2018 @ 09:00

MEPs call for suspension of the agreement unless the US complies with the agreement by September.

MEPs must separate fact from fiction on pesticides

07-Jun-2018 @ 16:00

The European Parliament's temporary committee on pesticides must take a common sense approach to regulation if it is to make a useful contribution, a leading member said.

Ashley Fox: Research is too important to play politics with

07-Jun-2018 @ 15:00

The EU is being urged to act quickly and formalise the UK's post-Brexit involvement in the bloc's scientific research programme.

Conservative Industry and Research Spokesman Ashley Fox MEP was speaking following publication of details of how the Horizon Europe scheme will operate from 2021. The UK receives the largest share of grants from the current programme and today's document leaves the door open for it to continue participating after Brexit.

Single seat: France should open talks, not resort to the courts

05-Jun-2018 @ 13:00

France should engage in constructive discussions to end the European Parliament's costly treks to Strasbourg, not rely on the courts to obstruct change, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said today.

EU must follow UK ban on ivory trade

05-Jun-2018 @ 10:00

The EU is being urged to follow the UK's lead and introduce a near total ban on the sale of ivory.

EU should "lead by example" in response to US tariffs

31-May-2018 @ 20:00

Tariffs on EU steel and aluminium will fail to address global overcapacity and cost European citizens and businesses, says Conservative Joint International Trade spokesman Emma McClarkin MEP.

Responding to the White House's decision to impose tariffs Miss McClarkin said: "I am extremely disappointed that both the EU and the US did not find a permanent deal to exempt European businesses from the tariffs on steel and aluminium.

EU must not ban theatre stage lighting

31-May-2018 @ 14:00

European officials should extend stage lighting's exemption from energy efficiency rules or risk forcing theatres to close, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox warned today.

The European Parliament backed Mr Fox's amendment calling for the Commission to exclude tungsten, arc and LED lamps used for stage lighting from the EU's efficiency rules because there is no alternative available for local theatres or performance venues.

MEPs urge Iran to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

31-May-2018 @ 12:00

A motion calling for Iran to immediately release the jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been backed today by the European Parliament.

Labour and SNP vote is a betrayal of UK fishing communities

30-May-2018 @ 15:00

Labour and SNP MEPs today ignored the interests of British fishermen and backed an attempt by the European Parliament to keep the UK inside the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) post-Brexit.

Conservative MEPs hail steps to protect North Sea fish stocks

29-May-2018 @ 13:00

Measures approved today have been hailed by Conservative MEPs as a major step forward in securing the long term sustainability of North Sea fish stocks.

The European Union's North Sea Plan, which was passed by a large majority in the European Parliament, is expected to come into force this summer. It sets limits on fishing quotas to avoid them exceeding levels regarded as sustainable by the latest scientific research.

EU must see if GDPR works before legislating again

25-May-2018 @ 09:00

The EU must adopt a wait and see approach after the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) before introducing further legislation, Daniel Dalton MEP said today.