16 Mar 2017

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Today the European Parliament welcomed the reform progress in Montenegro as part of the country’s path towards EU accession. The recognition by the EU comes at an important time for Montenegro, which is most likely to join NATO this spring. Recent attempts by pro-Russian politicians in Montenegro to plan an unauthorized referendum to stop the […]

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16 Mar 2017

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European Conservative and Reformist Group (ECR) MEPs have helped shape a new regulation to stop the financing of armed groups through trade in minerals. Initial discussions pushed for a de facto embargo on high risk areas that could have forced some mines to close, throwing miners out of work. Conservative MEPs negotiated a more balanced […]

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15 Mar 2017

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The European Parliament has today adopted a resolution on the planned German road toll system that in its original form would have allowed German drivers to deduct whatever they paid in road tolls from their vehicle tax bills. Members have called on the Commission to reveal all details of the back-room deals made between Jean-Claude […]

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15 Mar 2017

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Speaking in the future of Europe debate in Strasbourg, ECR Group Vice Chairman Raffaele Fitto argued that the EU has become too centralised and distant from its citizens. He insisted that the EU needs to radically change direction and become more flexible and transparent. Mr Fitto said: “Politicians can be divided into two categories. Those […]

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14 Mar 2017

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Today, the European Parliament has debated on and adopted a number of proposals to establish a more sustainable waste policy. MEP Mark Demesmaeker, who was the ECR shadow rapporteur on these proposals, is pleased with the results of the vote: “Finally, it looks like Europe is dispensing with a linear consumption model in order to […]

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14 Mar 2017

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New firearms legislation which imposes restrictions on the type of guns used in the Paris terrorist attacks has today been steered through the European Parliament by European Conservative and Reformists Group MEP Vicky Ford. Revisions to the EU’s Firearms Directive mean that guns converted to fire blanks will in future be licensed under the same […]

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14 Mar 2017

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Measures to improve the welfare of millions of horses and donkeys across the EU have been approved today by the European Parliament. The proposals from European Conservative and Reformists Group MEP Julie Girling were passed by a large majority and cover animals used in a broad range of activities, from farming to tourism. They include: * […]

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14 Mar 2017

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Conservative development spokesman Nirj Deva MEP is calling for emergency action from the international community to combat a spiralling humanitarian crisis as drought conditions worsen across Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Mr Deva has spoken to Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator for the United Nations, who estimates that unless […]

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14 Mar 2017

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The EU’s new approach to development is predicted to produce “a plethora of trade deals” in the coming years. ECR MEP Nirj Deva said the use of EU development funding to leverage private sector finance and expertise through involvement in public-private partnerships and by helping small businesses bring projects to market, would boost the economies […]

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10 Mar 2017

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IMPROVING THE CARE OF HORSES Parliament will vote on a report from ECR MEP Julie Girling setting out a package of measures to improve equine welfare. Mrs. Girling’s report includes recommendations on responsible breeding, donkey milk farming and increased inspections of farms. The report also reiterates previous parliament calls on the commission to table science-based […]

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