21 Nov 2017

Category:News

ECR MEPs have backed moves to make news and current affairs programming more widely available across the EU. The draft legislation approved today by the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee would mean broadcasters could not stop viewers in one country from watching such programmes in another, so called “geoblocking”. However, damaging proposals to extend the […]

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21 Nov 2017

Category:News

Ahead of the EU-Africa Summit next week ECR MEPs have called today for the private sector to take a leading role in the EU’s development policy. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals face a funding gap of $2.5 trillion despite the $1.4 trillion already spent globally on foreign aid. The ECR Group believes that by using […]

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21 Nov 2017

Category:News

EU-wide rules protecting people who buy digital content across borders today cleared an important hurdle today in the European Parliament. The legislation will introduce safeguards for consumers purchasing a wide range of content, from music and video games to anti-virus software, from another EU country.  This should translate into increased consumer confidence in the European […]

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21 Nov 2017

Category:News

New rules that will stop online shoppers being discriminated against when they shop in another Member State have been welcomed by ECR Group MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt. The agreement, reached following late night talks between the European Parliament and Council, will put an end to so called ‘geo-blocking’ whereby online customers are prevented from purchasing […]

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20 Nov 2017

Category:News

Closing a criminal records loophole The European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) allows police and security organisations across the EU to quickly share details of offenders. However, it remains difficult to access information on the criminal records of third country nationals. A report by British ECR MEP Dan Dalton being presented to the LIBE Committee […]

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16 Nov 2017

Category:News

Links between New Zealand and the European Union will be strengthened following the approval  today by MEPs of a comprehensive partnership agreement. Piloted through the European Parliament by ECR Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Tannock MEP, the agreement formalises co-operation in a range of areas including trade, education, culture, climate change and counter terrorism. It will […]

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15 Nov 2017

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ECR Group MEP Amjad Bashir has secured an extraordinary debate in the European Parliament into the ongoing persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. The crisis, described by UK Prime Minister Theresa May as the “inhuman destruction of Rohingya people”, will be discussed by a full session of the Parliament on 12th December and a resolution for […]

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15 Nov 2017

Category:News

Updates to the way the EU calculates anti-dumping duties have been approved by MEPs today in the European Parliament. ECR Group Flemish MEP Sander Loones has welcomed the new rules which will help provide certainty to European industry and protect them from unfair trading practices that distort prices and competition. The proposal from the European […]

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14 Nov 2017

Category:News

Steps to improve co-operation between national consumer protection authorities have been backed by ECR MEPs today. The European Parliament approved new measures to ensure scams shut down in one country cannot simply be started again in another country by fraudsters. One example of a repeated illegal practice is the directory scam in which scammers demand […]

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10 Nov 2017

Category:News

New anti-dumping rules to provide clarity to businesses On Wednesday MEPs will vote to update the EU’s system of anti-dumping duties which will provide further clarity and protection to businesses. The proposal was triggered after China challenged the EU over its trade defence instruments at the WTO, claiming they had reached Market Economy Status in […]

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