European Parliament News

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

Two Conservative MEPs appointed to European Parliament's new pesticides committee

16-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Conservative Agriculture Spokesman Anthea McIntyre MEP and colleague Daniel Dalton MEP have been appointed to the European Parliament's special committee on pesticides.

Conservative MEPs oppose European Union "tax trespass"

15-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Measures which would reduce the ability of Member States to set their own corporate taxes have been strongly opposed by Conservative MEPs.

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg today they voted against proposals to introduce an EU Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB). This would bring together the earnings firms make across the bloc and distribute tax revenues based on where revenue is generated.

"Rohingya refugees need help now. Countries must honour their pledges"

15-Mar-2018 @ 10:00

Time is running out for countries to make good on their pledges to help Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar before the monsoon season arrives, a Conservative MEP warned today.

Speaking after visiting refugee camps in Bangladesh, Baroness Mobarik said it was not acceptable that 40 per cent of the initial $83 million promised by the international community to the UNHCR had still to be donated. Tomorrow the United Nations is expected to call for hundreds of millions of dollars more to be made available to deal with the humanitarian crisis.

Tariffs are not the answer to global oversupply of steel

14-Mar-2018 @ 10:00

The UK must protect its industry from President Trump's steel and aluminium tariffs, Emma McClarkin MEP told the European Parliament today.


Ashley Fox: "We have a shared interest in getting Brexit right."

13-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Only a lack of political will and imagination will stop Britain forging a new, mutually beneficial relationship with the European Union, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said today.

Speaking as the European Parliament debated the future EU/UK deal, Mr Fox said it was overwhelmingly in the interests of both sides to have the freest trade and the closest possible security relationship.

Ashley Fox welcomes Tusk's call for an ambitious free trade deal

07-Mar-2018 @ 15:45

Responding to the European Council's draft negotiating guidelines, published today, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said:

"Donald Tusk's draft guidelines leave scope for negotiation and I am pleased to hear him echo the UK's desire to strike 'an ambitious and advanced' free trade agreement.

Ashley Fox: "The EU must now join us in positive talks"

02-Mar-2018 @ 15:00

Responding to the Prime Minister's Mansion House speech today, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said:

“The Prime Minister has today clearly laid out the UK’s position, adding significant detail to her previous speeches in Lancaster House and Florence.

Conservative MEPs intervene to defeat threat to UK spirit industry

02-Mar-2018 @ 09:00

An EU attempt to allow a waste product from beer making to be used in whisky and other spirits has been defeated following the intervention of Conservative MEPs.

UK producers feared Scotch whisky's reputation for quality would have been damaged by a rule change enabling alcohol from de-alcoholised beers to be included in spirits. Currently manufacturers must use agricultural raw materials only.

More EU action urged to tackle terrorist funding

01-Mar-2018 @ 13:00

Cutting off funding to extremist groups is a key tool in the fight against terrorism, Conservative Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Tannock told MEPs today.

He was speaking as the European Parliament approved a raft of proposals, which Conservative MEPs helped shape, aimed at starving jihadist radicals of crucial finances.

Conservative MEPs back crackdown on terrorist funding

21-Feb-2018 @ 12:00

Conservative MEPs have helped shape proposals to cut the flow of money to jihadist radicals.

Conservative MEPs help defeat EU attempt to control time

08-Feb-2018 @ 13:00

Conservative MEPs today helped thwart attempts by the European Parliament to scrap the twice yearly clock change.

A call to discontinue the current system, which sees the clocks advanced an hour across the EU on the last Sunday in March and turned back on the last Sunday in October, was defeated.

Kamall: EU must address its "shocking" lack of racial diversity

07-Feb-2018 @ 15:00

The EU has been urged to put its house in order and address a "shocking" lack of racial diversity in the European institutions.

Speaking today in a European Parliament debate on rising socio-economic inequalities, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, pointed out the EU was still often accused of being a rich white man's club.

Van Orden: We must support Zimbabwe if free and fair elections are assured

07-Feb-2018 @ 12:00

Speaking in the European Parliament's debate on Zimbabwe Geoffrey Van Orden MEP said the international community should give the country every support if free and fair democratic elections are assured.

Chairman of the Friends of Zimbabwe in the European Parliament, Mr Van Orden, was a leading campaigner against Mugabe's tyranny. He wrote to Emmerson Mnangagwa immediately before he became President, urging him to initiate the much-needed political, economic and social changes to set Zimbabwe on a fresh course.

MEPs are turning pesticides into a political football

06-Feb-2018 @ 12:00

The licensing of pesticides continues to be used as a political football following the establishment today of a special European Parliament committee.

Sitting for nine months, committee members will examine the scientific evaluation of glyphosate, the world's most commonly used weed killer which was relicensed for five years by the EU in December after months of uncertainty. They will also consider wider issues around the authorisation of pesticides.

Ground breaking ideas proposed to tackle poverty

26-Jan-2018 @ 01:00

A "do tank" to promote new ways of tackling poverty was amongst ideas floated at a high-level conference in London today.

New database will close a crime fighting loophole

25-Jan-2018 @ 11:00

New measures to improve the sharing of criminal records information between EU Member States strike the right balance between security and individual rights.

The legislation, which is being piloted through the European Parliament by UK Conservative MEP Dan Dalton, was approved today by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

It will establish a database of third country nationals whose criminal record details are held by an EU Member State. At present legal authorities across the EU exchange information via the European Criminal Records Information Service, but if, for instance, the UK were to arrest and prosecute an individual from outside the bloc they currently have no way of knowing if they might have a criminal record in Spain. The new database will close that loophole by providing details of where such information is held and identification details such as fingerprints and facial images.

Mr Dalton said: "The fast, reliable exchange of information is key in the fight against crime at all levels. This measure aims to make it harder for criminals to slip through the net.

"The inclusion of facial images on the database will improve the accuracy of searches and help prevent cases of mistaken identity.

"However, strong safeguards must be built in whenever personal information is held centrally. Therefore I have included guarantees that requests for correction and deletion are dealt with swiftly.

"I have also agreed that EU citizens holding dual nationality with a third country should not be included on the database to avoid creating two classes of EU citizenship."

The database will also provide criminal record checks when third country nationals apply for jobs working with children or vulnerable persons.

The legislation now moves into trilogue talks between the Parliament, the European Council and European Commission before being voted on by all MEPs.

Global summit explores grassroots solutions to poverty

23-Jan-2018 @ 11:00

A major conference exploring how grassroots projects can provide lasting solutions to world poverty is taking place in London on Friday.

Projekt Hansa launched to boost trade across northern Europe

23-Jan-2018 @ 10:00

Today Conservative MEP Rupert Matthews launched Projekt Hansa to promote trade, tourism and develop cultural links across northern Europe.

The new initiative builds on the legacy of the medieval Hanseatic League which established trade links across the British Isles, Scandinavia, northern Germany, and the Baltic.

Mr Matthews MEP, who chairs Projekt Hansa, said: "We are using an old idea to bring new life to northern Europe's trade and cultural connections which I hope will strengthen the economies of all our countries.

"As Britain leaves the European Union we will be seeking to build new trading alliances, expand our businesses and develop cultural links across the world. Fortunately, we have done this before, and the old Hanseatic League can act as a chart to guide us.

"Although we have largely forgotten the old league in the UK, for many of our neighbours it is still a vibrant part of their heritage and I believe it can help us boost the links between our countries today.

"Projekt Hansa will create a network of businesses across Europe, putting them in touch with trade experts and each other. Hand in hand with this will come a deeper understanding of our cultural connections as we involve communities and tourist bodies."

Projekt Hansa is a European Conservatives and Reformist (ECR) Group initiative, founded by Mr Matthews with the support of ECR MEPs from across northern Europe.

German ECR MEP, Ulrike Trebesius, said: "The Hanseatic League is an important part of Germany history. I am pleased to support an initiative that reinvents it for the 21st century to provide tangible economic and cultural benefits for all our countries."

Danish ECR MEP, Anders Vistisen, said: "Projekt Hansa is a very practical way of promoting links across northern Europe. Introducing Danish companies to businesses in, for instance, the UK or Germany can only be positive."

Projekt Hansa's first event will be held on the 15th February in Nottingham were local businesses will be encouraged to export and connected with trade experts.