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Social security proposals will create loopholes & leave the system open to abuse & fraud

Proposals that would allow cross-border workers in the EU to choose where they claim social security benefits have been opposed by ECR MEPs today.

11 December 2018

ECR

2015 NEWS

2015
ECR rapporteur convinces the European Parliament not to revise the nature directives

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has supported the call of MEP Mark Demesmaeker (N-VA / ECR) to oppose a revision of the EU’s nature directives.

22 December 2015

EU Data Protection package is an improvement, but work needed to ensure it does not harm small busin

The new data protection legislation will be put to a vote today in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee. Timothy Kirkhope, the ECR Group's lead negotiator on the package, will support the agreement on the regulation and the directive, but now believes the European Commission has some work ahead to ensure business is clear on its rights and responsibilities under the new regime.

17 December 2015

Cheaper TVs, video game consoles, IT and hospital equipment on the way thanks to world trade deal

An agreement finalised last night at the WTO, which will see cheaper high tech products on our shelves by removing tariffs, has been welcomed by ECR trade spokesman Emma McClarkin MEP.

17 December 2015

Kamall: on today’s summit: no easy answers to Europe’s many challenges

There are no easy answers or simplistic responses to the many challenges mounting in the EU such as the migrant crisis, terrorism and the UK renegotiation, Syed Kamall MEP, ECR leader, said yesterday in a speech on today’s summit.

16 December 2015

Kirkhope: enforce the rules on Europe’s borders before demanding more shared sovereignty

EU countries should offer help to those countries facing major migratory flows, but it should also enforce the rules already in place before proposing more sovereignty be pooled under the border guard proposal being published today.

15 December 2015

Tošenovský: Binding targets in the Energy Union report undermine the whole concept

The EP adopted its stance on the Energy Union.

15 December 2015

The week ahead 14th - 17th 2015

14th - 17th 2015. EU summit. Energy Union. Sakharov Prize. EU-China relations. COP21. Economic and Monetary Union.

14 December 2015

Lewer: We must ensure that religious freedom is never undermined

ECR MEP Andrew Lewer has used UN Human Rights Day to reiterate calls for the protection of religious freedom around the world.

10 December 2015

“If you pay for content, you should be able to access it on holiday”

If somebody has paid for an online movie, sports or television subscription in one EU country, they should be able to access it when travelling to another, according to ECR MEPs Angel Dzhambazki and Daniel Dalton.

9 December 2015

The week ahead 30th November – 4th December 2015

30th November – 4th December 2015. Circular economy. Terrorism, Europol and PNR.

30 November 2015

Syed Kamall on the Paris attacks: You can attack us. You can injure us. But you will never break us.

This morning the European Parliament held a debate on the 13th November attacks in Paris.

25 November 2015

EU budget for 2016 throws money at challenges, rather than trying to solve them

MEPs have today approved the final agreement on the EU budget for 2016 following negotiations between the parliament and EU governments. The budget will be increased by 1.8 percent in payments but 6.7 percent in the EU’s commitments.

25 November 2015

Socialist MEPs vote to increase landfill

The European Parliament has put aside scientific evidence and asked the European Commission to stop any recycling of PVC in Europe that might contain a plasticiser known as DEHP, despite evidence from EU experts that the substance poses minimal risk to public health.

25 November 2015

The week ahead 23rd-27th November 2015

23rd-27th November 2015. Terrorism. Valletta Summit and G20 meeting. Taxation. 2016 Budget. Steel.

23 November 2015

The week ahead 16th - 20th November 2015

16th - 20th November 2015. Tax. Steinmeier. Ethics in business.

18 November 2015

ECR Group holds its Autumn University to generate new ideas for reform

The ECR Group is meeting with experts, think tanks, Ministers and others in London this week for its first ‘Autumn University’ aimed at generating new ideas for EU reform.

18 November 2015

Syed Kamall reaction to Paris attacks

Responding to the attacks in Paris on Friday night, Syed Kamall MEP, leader of the ECR Group in the European Parliament, said: “The ECR group stands with the people of Paris today".

14 November 2015

Statement of the Chair of Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Anna Fotyga, Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence stated: “I am deeply shocked by the dreadful terrorist attacks in France.

14 November 2015

Cameron sets out a reform list that works for all of Europe

Responding to David Cameron’s letter setting out proposals for EU reform ahead of a British in/out referendum, Syed Kamall MEP, Leader of the ECR in the European Parliament, said: “This process is about more than one letter".

10 November 2015

Court of Auditors report: 21 years and counting

The Court of Auditors gave its verdict on the 2014 accounts, saying that the level of payments made in error was 4.4 percent, compared with last year’s level of 4.5 percent.

10 November 2015

Directions for European Energy Union agreed today in Brussels

The European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) voted today in Brussels on European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) MEP Marek Gróbarczyk’s report ‘Towards a European Energy Union’.

10 November 2015

The week ahead 9th-13th November 2015

9th-13th November 2015. Valletta summit. Energy Union. Draghi and Djisselbloem. EU electoral law. Court of Auditors. 4th railway package.

9 November 2015

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi on shortlist for Sakharov Prize

Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for his publications on the weblog ‘Free Saudi Liberals’, has been nominated for the 2015 Sakharov Prize.

15 October 2015

ECR supports reallocation of resources to tackle Europe’s refugee and asylum crisis

The European Parliament has today voted in favour of reallocating resources in the EU budget to help manage the refugee crisis.

14 October 2015

Support from Germany on EU reform

The British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, Open Europe Berlin and PWC AG commissioned the opinion research institute, Forsa Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung und statistische Analysen, to perform a representative survey on the current political developments in the EU, seen from Germany.

14 October 2015

MEPs back ECR’s call for greater role for national Parliament’s to end EU democratic deficit

European Conservatives and Reformists Legal Affairs Spokesman Sajjad Karim has used his annual report on subsidiarity to push for a greater role for national parliaments in the EU’s law-making process.

13 October 2015

The week ahead 12th-16th October 2015

12th-16th October 2015. EU summit. Sakharov Prize. Family businesses. Prevention of radicalisation. Visa Information System. Subsidiarity.

12 October 2015

Europa/Mattarella. Fitto e Sernagiotto: bene Mattarella, riflessioni sagge.

Dichiarazione congiunta di Raffaele Fitto e di Remo Sernagiotto, membri della delegazione italiana nel Gruppo ECR dei Conservatori e Riformisti europei.

12 October 2015

Legutko to Hollande and Merkel: The EU is 28 countries, not two

The EU needs less self-adoration and more ‘fresh air, clarity and fairness’, the first Vice-President of the ECR group Ryszard Legutko said today in a debate with President Hollande and Chancellor Merkel.

7 October 2015

Safe Harbour ruling highlights the need for an international framework for data

The European Court of Justice’s decision to rule the US Safe Harbour agreement invalid highlights the need for the adoption of a clear international framework for data.

6 October 2015

Ford: European car makers need to regain consumers’ trust

Transparency, accountability, enforcing the rules and modernising standards: that is the recipe needed now to help re-establish consumer trust in European car manufacturers, set out by the chairman of the European Parliament’s internal market and consumer protection committee, Vicky Ford MEP, today.

6 October 2015

The week ahead 5th - 8th October 2015

5th - 8th October 2015. Hollande and Merkel. Volkswagen and other diesel cars. Migrant and refugee crisis. Syria and Libya.

5 October 2015

A Peace Treaty – The first step to peace on the Korean Peninsula

Following a recent high level visit to Seoul and a meeting in Brussels with the representatives and diplomats of North Korea, Nirj Deva MEP announced during a visit to Washington DC that it is time to sit down and write a peace treaty between the two Koreas.

2 October 2015

Emma McClarkin MEP visits WTO ahead of finalisation of major trade deal

Conservative Member of the European Parliament, Emma McClarkin, has this week visited the WTO in Geneva to highlight the importance of ratifying a major trade deal focussing on the streamlining of customs procedures across the world.

2 October 2015

ECR delegation visits Bulgaria

A delegation from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group is visiting Sofia today and tomorrow (30.09-01.10) by invitation of the two Bulgarian MEPs of the ECR group in the European Parliament Nikolay Barekov and Angel Dzhambazki. The purpose of the meeting, led by the Vice-Chairman of the group and former rapporteur for the accession of Bulgaria to the EU, Mr Geoffrey van Orden, is to become better acquainted with the Bulgarian political and economic situation.

30 September 2015

Cameron’s Italian allies launch their manifesto

A new political party came of age in Rome yesterday, pledged to support David Cameron’s efforts to reform the European Union and Britain’s relationship.

20 July 2015

Girling: Unreasonable targets could derail agreement on clean air rules and penalise farmers

ECR MEP Julie Girling, leading on air quality for the European Parliament, has criticised moves by left wing and liberal MEPs to undermine efforts to reach an achievable deal on new air emissions rules by voting through unrealistic targets.

15 July 2015

Boost in the Fight Against Terrorism as EU Passenger Records Agreement Back

A critical EU counter-terror system is a step closer to reality after a committee of MEPs today gave MEP Timothy Kirkhope’s proposals their backing.

15 July 2015

Cautious welcome for EU energy ‘summer package’

Today the European Commission presented a series of proposals as part of their long term Energy Union strategy.

15 July 2015

Kamall: listen carefully, you’ll hear the sound of a can being kicked further down the road

European Conservatives and Reformists Group leader Syed Kamall MEP responded to the news that negotiations have agreed on measures that will allow the opening of negotiations for another Greek bailout.

13 July 2015

13th – 17th July 2015 – Brussels

PNR, Air quality and Asylum relocation.

13 July 2015

Legutko to Tsipras: who and what are we trying to save? There will be some casualties

Group Vice-President of European Conservatives and Reformists Group Ryszard Legutko responded to this morning’s debate with Alexis Tsipras.

8 July 2015

McClarkin: TTIP support a much-needed boost for businesses and consumers

European Conservatives and Reformists trade spokesman Emma McClarkin has welcomed today’s vote in support of the proposed EU-US trade agreement, known as TTIP.

8 July 2015

Roberts Zīle: the Latvian Presidency helped move Europe into a New Direction

Today in Strasbourg Latvian Prime Minister Mrs. Straujuma spoke in front of the European Parliament completing the Latvian Presidency.

7 July 2015

Dairy sector in crisis: European Parliament calls for urgent measures

The European Parliament has today adopted a report by European Conservatives and Reformists Agriculture spokesman James Nicholson MEP calling for immediate action to address the crisis in the dairy sector.

7 July 2015

Remo Sernagiotto MEP joins the ECR Group

MEP Remo Sernagiotto has today joined the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group , Europe’s fastest-growing force calling for EU reform. The news comes after Mr Fitto launched a new Conservative and Reformist movement in Italy that will mirror the ECR message of stimulating economic growth through lower taxation and helping enterprises to grow and create jobs , particularly by cutting bureaucracy.

7 July 2015

6th July – 9th July 2015 – Strasbourg

Greece, TTIP, EU Presidency: From Latvia to Luxembourg, Copyright, EU agenda on security and recent terror attacks, EU Dairy sector and Srebrenica.

6 July 2015

Syed Kamall: The Greek people have torn the euro’s sticking plaster from the wound

European Conservatives and Reformists Group chairman and Conservative MEP for London, Syed Kamall MEP responded to the Greek referendum.

5 July 2015

Mobile roaming to end in 2017, but telecoms agreement puts spam blockers at risk

Mobile phone roaming will end in July 2017 and will be significantly cut next summer in an agreement on telecoms laws reached last night between MEPs and representatives of EU governments.

30 June 2015

Dalton: Deal on seal trade ban will protect Inuit way of life and meet WTO rules

The European Conservatives and Reformists have backed a deal on the future of the EU’s ban on the trade of seal products.

26 June 2015

A fresh start for the Europe-India relationship

Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, the Speaker of the Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha, led a group of Indian MPs to the European Parliament on 23/24 June. This was the first such visit in nearly two decades. The visit was prompted by an invitation delivered in March by Geoffrey Van Orden MEP, chairman of the delegation for relations with India, on behalf of the President of the European Parliament.

26 June 2015

Kamall on the June summit: Europe needs solutions not more sticking plasters

Ahead of the June EU summit, the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, Syed Kamall MEP, has called for EU leaders to seek genuine solutions rather than applying more expensive sticking plaster.

24 June 2015

Ashworth: EU Investment Fund could help but there is no substitute for structural reform

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group voted in favour of an initiative that seeks to turbo charge investment in Europe’s economy, but such a scheme will be pointless unless countries continue structural reforms that their economies need, ECR shadow rapporteur Richard Ashworth MEP, said today.

24 June 2015

Tannock calls for immediate release of former Maldivian President

Following the transfer of former President Nasheed to temporary house arrest for medical treatment, Dr Charles Tannock MEP once again calls on the Maldivian Government for his full release.

23 June 2015

22nd – 26th June 2015 – Brussels

European Council, European Fund for Strategic Investment, EU economic governance, Indian delegation and Forced Labour.

22 June 2015

Denmark elections further boost support for EU reform

The election of the ‘blue bloc’ to lead Denmark signals further support for parties that openly backed ECR inspired reforms during their election campaign.

19 June 2015

Roberts Zile welcomes informal deal on the technical part of the 4th Railway Package

Yesterday night European Parliament and the Council reached an informal deal on so-called “technical pillar” of the 4th Railway Package, containing directives on safety and interoperability, and the regulation on the European Railway Agency (ERA).

18 June 2015

Kirkhope: threats and recriminations will not solve Europe’s migrant crisis

EU Home Affairs Ministers meet in Luxembourg to discuss plans to deal with the EU’s migrant crisis.

16 June 2015

Bernd Lucke on the review of the economic governance framework

The ECR members of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee voted today against a report on the review of the economic governance framework: stocktaking and challenges presented by French Socialist MEP Pervenche Beres.

16 June 2015

Dalton: It’s time for real reform to end FIFA corruption

European Conservative and Reformists MEPs are leading calls for a proper clean-up of football’s world governing body, following months of damning allegations about corruption.

15 June 2015

15th – 19th June – Brussels

Cloning, Draghi, Corporate taxation, Copyright, Economic governance, CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery in the North Sea and Waterloo.

15 June 2015

Egetko to Tsipras: Who and what are we trying to save? There will be some casualties.

Collaboratively underwhelm worldwide growth strategies through collaborative systems.

11 June 2015

McClarkin: Socialists have failed to deliver TTIP vote

The European Parliament’s President has – hours before the plenary vote – sent the report on the EU-US trade and investment partnership back to the trade committee after the socialist group descended into chaos over the line it would take.

9 June 2015

8th – 11th June 2015 – Strasbourg

TTIP, Shareholders rights, Energy security, FIFA, Russia and Syed Kamall press briefing.

8 June 2015

Macron and Gabriel’s socialist vision of a centralised EU is a fast train to Europe’s demise

The vision for a political union within the EU and especially the eurozone – set out by the French and German economy ministers in several publications – will undermine Europe’s economic competitiveness and is not wanted by many other euro nations, Sander Loones MEP of the Flemish N-VA said today.

4 June 2015

The agreement on new rules on animal health in the EU is ready

During the concluded negotiations of the trilogue involving the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission an agreement in the field of animal health has been reached.

3 June 2015

1st – 5th June 2015 – Brussels

TTIP’s benefits for Small and Medium Enterprises, EU budget policy, Alcohol interlocks and drink driving, Better regulation and subsidiarity and PNR.

1 June 2015

European Parliament sends a strong pro-TTIP message

The European Parliament has sent a welcome strong message that all issues are open to negotiation between the EU and USA as it seeks to find agreement on a game-changing trade and investment partnership.

28 May 2015

New centre right force launched in Italy

A new centre right force with an eye on the future is emerging in Italy under the leadership of new ECR MEP Raffaele Fitto. Yesterday at a conference in Rome, European Conservatives and Reformists Group leader Syed Kamall and Vice-President Geoffrey Van Orden supported the new movement that aims to offer an alternative in Italy’s centre-right politics.

27 May 2015

Tax transparency, yes; harmonisation, no

The European Commission must not use concerns over aggressive tax planning as a cover for resurrecting plans for a move towards harmonisation of Europe’s corporate tax base, Morten Messerschmidt MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists MEP, said today.

27 May 2015

EU 2016 budget is a step in the right direction

The European Commission’s publication of a draft budget proposal for 2016 represents a step toward ECR key priorities of seeking to do more with less, reprioritising the budget towards areas that deliver economic development, and reduce the EU’s payments gap.

27 May 2015

Kirkhope: Commission proposals on resettlement will not fix migrant crisis

Timothy Kirkhope MEP, ECR Home Affairs Spokesman, has warned that plans to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU countries will not help to tackle the source of Europe’s migration crisis.

27 May 2015

25th – 29th May 2015 – Brussels

TTIP, Bank structural reform, EU budget, G7 debate, European Fund for Strategic Investment, EU-China, PM of Tunisia, Muslim communities in Europe, Cyrillic alphabet and Drop box screening.

26 May 2015

Raffaele FITTO

European Conservatives and Reformists Italy

26 May 2015

Syed Kamall congratulates Andrzej Duda on Polish Presidential win

The Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group in the European Parliament has congratulated ECR MEP Andrzej Duda on his win in Poland’s Presidential Election.

25 May 2015

Sound sense on conflict minerals, not grandstanding

Eye-catching headlines are no substitute for sound legislation and a measured approach, ECR MEPs warned in Strasbourg today as the parliament voted on the issue of so-called conflict minerals.

21 May 2015

MEP Roberts Zīle welcomes Commission’s infringement case on the German Minimum Wage law to the trans

On May 19th The European Commission decided to launch an infringement procedure against Germany, concerning the application of the Minimum Wage Act to the transport sector which previously has raised alarm and widespread protests among industry and EP members including ECR transport committee coordinator Latvian MEP Roberts Zīle who also has strongly opposed this act.

21 May 2015

Hans-Olaf Henkel on the new organization of the scientific chief advisory board

The ECR Group acknowledges the increasing need for evidence-based policy-making. However, we have doubts about the effectiveness, efficiency and independence of the new system which is to be put in place in autumn 2015. There are already extensive institutional structures for scientific advice in place, for instance, the Joint Research Centre or Horizon 2020, which can be more beneficial, if strengthened in their capabilities.

20 May 2015

Migration in the Med: assistance, yes; compulsion, no

Saving lives in the Mediterranean, addressing human trafficking, and stabilising the EU’s external border need strong EU cooperation, but creating a system of compulsion is not sustainable, Timothy Kirkhope MEP said today in a debate on the EU’s migration policy.

20 May 2015

EU better regulation package: positive step forward

The Commission’s proposal for a ‘Better Regulation Package’ is a very positive step in the right direction. In many areas it responds to the ECR’s calls for cutting red tape, promoting competitiveness and listening to voice of small business. We have concerns in some areas, for example in the Regulatory Assessment Board and disappointment at missed opportunities, for example in giving proper scrutiny to social partner agreements and in setting targets for burden reduction, Anthea McIntyre MEP, said today.

20 May 2015

ECR plays a leading role in supporting the rights of persons with disabilities

Today, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution regarding how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is being implemented on the ground ahead of the only UN review of the EU in this parliamentary term.

20 May 2015

Spotlight on Europe’s dirty money

New anti-money-laundering legislation voted through the European Parliament today aims to shine a light on areas where criminals launder dirty money, but cut the red tape and inflexibility of current laws in place, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, one of the parliament’s lead members on the new law, said this afternoon.

20 May 2015

Raffaele Fitto joins ECR Group

MEP Raffaele Fitto has today joined the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group, Europe’s fastest-growing force calling for EU reform. The news comes as Mr Fitto launches a new Conservative and Reformist movement in Italy that will mirror the ECR’s message of stimulating economic growth through lower taxation and helping enterprises to grow and create jobs, particularly by cutting bureaucracy.

19 May 2015

18th – 22th May 2015 – Strasbourg

Migration, Better regulation, Conflict minerals, VATmess, Money laundering, Rights of persons with disabilities, Common Security and Defence Policy, Amber alert for missing children and Syed Kamall’s monthly press briefing.

18 May 2015

Kirkhope: Binding EU quotas will not solve migration problems

Timothy Kirkhope, ECR home affairs spokesman, has warned that the European Commission’s proposals issued today on the introduction of migrant quotas will not solve Europe’s migration crisis.

13 May 2015

11th – 15th May 2015 – Brussels

Migration, Rural jobs, UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and Russia and the EU’s Eastern Partnership.

11 May 2015

Syed Kamall: David Cameron has a clear mandate to call for EU change

The leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, Syed Kamall MEP, has congratulated the Conservative Party on its anticipated win in the General Election and said the Conservatives now have a mandate to push for change in the EU ahead of a promised referendum in 2017.

8 May 2015

Digital Single Market strategy: Must keep focus on opportunities and break down barriers

Vicky Ford MEP, who chairs the European Conservatives and Reformists Group’s DSM policy group, responded to the European Commission’s much-expected launch of its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy today.

6 May 2015

ECR launches new Policy Group on Subsidiarity and Localism

“Pooling the experience of local and regional government mandate holders so as to enable a wide discussion on relevant EU reform issues”

5 May 2015

ECR Digital Single Market policy group publishes discussion paper

Ahead of the European Commission’s publication of its Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy on Wednesday, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group’s DSM Policy Group has published a discussion paper with ideas and suggestions for inclusion in the document. The paper has been submitted to Commission Vice-President Ansip.

4 May 2015

4th-8th May 2015 – Brussels

Tax committee and French Finance Minister.

4 May 2015

Ryszard Czarnecki: European institutions do not control their finances in a proper way

The European Parliament postponed granting discharge to the Council and the European Council. “Once again we see lack of readiness to cooperate with the European Parliament. The Council has to participate in good will in the annual procedure of granting discharge”, said the EP Vice-President.

30 April 2015

Kamall: The EU needs to answer tough questions to resolve Med disasters

Speaking in a debate in the European Parliament on last week’s EU summit, European Conservatives and Reformists Group leader Syed Kamall said that EU leaders have taken an important step forward, but serious questions must be answered both to stabilise the region, process applications, discourage people from making the journey, and target people traffickers.

29 April 2015

27th – 30th April 2015 – Strasbourg

European Council on the Mediterranean, Security Strategy, Budget discharge and Biofuels.

28 April 2015

Yes to cutting plastic bag use. No to bad legislation

EU rules aimed at cutting down on plastic bag use – adopted by the European Parliament today – seek to achieve the right aims, but fail to put in place legislation that is clear, enforceable and workable, according to Julie Girling MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists Group environment spokesman.

28 April 2015

ECR home affairs spokesman sets out EU Security Strategy priorities

Ahead of today’s European Commission announcement of an updated EU Internal Security Strategy, European Conservatives and Reformists Group justice and home affairs spokesman Timothy Kirkope MEP has published a list of priorities that the ECR Group will pursue in the parliament’s recommendations for inclusion.

28 April 2015

ECR MEP heads off “crazy” regulation of washing up gloves and umbrellas

Meddling EU plans to regulate everyday household items such as umbrellas and washing up gloves in the same way as industrial safety equipment have been blocked.

24 April 2015

ECR group calls for re-establishing the no-bail-out-clause

Following a proposal by the AfD-Chairman Bernd Lucke and in light of the upcoming Four-Presidents-Report, the ECR Group adopted a common position paper on the future of the European Monetary Union. Considering the fact that all fiscal rules (set in the Treaty of Maastricht and the Stability and Growth Pact) have never been enforced, the group calls for re-establishing the no-bail-out-clause. This is the only incentive compatible mechanism to guarantee national responsibility for economic and fiscal policy.

23 April 2015

20th-24th April 2015 – Brussels

European Fund for Strategic Investment, Personal Protective Equipment, Eurozone crisis, Religious Freedom in Iran and The Yoga Way.

21 April 2015

EU Investment Fund must be allocated independently and boost, not harm, funding for science

Plans to create a fund that seeks to unlock and leverage private investment in Europe’s economy have been voted on by a joint meeting of two committees in the European Parliament today, with European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group MEPs seeking to ensure the money goes towards projects that are economically viable rather than politically expedient.

20 April 2015

Kirkhope on the latest Med tragedy: EU needs to work together to find solutions

ECR Group home affairs spokesman Timothy Kirkhope responded to the tragic news that 700 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

19 April 2015

Bio-fuels compromise safeguards jobs and investment

ECR MEPs today backed a compromise agreement on the future of biofuels which they hope will allow greater certainty and security for companies and workers involved in the fledgling energy sector.

15 April 2015

Google case shows that the Commission has finally woken up

Morten Messerschmidt MEP who authored the European Parliament’s recent annual Competition report responded to the EU’s announcement that it has sent a statement of objections to Google for allegedly abusing its market position.

15 April 2015

New approach to end global poverty

Today the European Parliament has backed proposals to create new innovative ways to mobilise private capital in the fight against global poverty as part of a broader approach to development.

14 April 2015

New EU law empowers consumers to avoid conflict-supporting mineral exports

The ECR Group in the European Parliament has today supported a certification system that would encourage importers not to use minerals that are likely to fund conflicts, such as in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

14 April 2015

ECR MEPs at female politics summit in Ethiopia

MEPs Julie Girling, Rikke Karlsson, Helga Stevens and Jana Žitňanská joined more than 400 female members of Parliaments and Governments at the Women in Parliaments Global Forum Summit 2015 this week at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

30 March 2015

23rd – 27th March 2015 – Brussels

Smolensk, European Council, Draghi, Taxation and European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership.

25 March 2015

Syed Kamall: EU leaders should not duck the tough calls

The March 2015 EU summit was meant to demonstrate the strength and resolve of the EU. Instead it demonstrated a weakness of will, Syed Kamall MEP, leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said today in a debate with Council President Tusk and Commission President Juncker.

25 March 2015

On taxation, sunlight is the best disinfectant, not EU harmonisation

Responding to European Commission proposals for a Tax Transparency Package published today, European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) MEP Morten Messerschmidt said that greater transparency is required to ensure competition, but the latest announcement must not be a prelude to further efforts to harmonise taxation at the EU level.

18 March 2015

On taxation, sunlight is the best disinfectant, not EU harmonisation

Responding to European Commission proposals for a Tax Transparency Package published today, European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) MEP Morten Messerschmidt said that greater transparency is required to ensure competition, but the latest announcement must not be a prelude to further efforts to harmonise taxation at the EU level.

18 March 2015

Brussels, 16th-20th March 2015

European Council, TTIP, Ukraine

16 March 2015

Step up efforts to combat child abuse online, MEPs say

The European Union needs to seriously step up its effort to tackle online child sexual abuse, by providing enforcement authorities with stronger tools and more resources, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists Group home affairs spokesman, said today as the European Parliament adopted a call for increased effort.

11 March 2015

Duda: The EU needs an energy policy that will make use of sources available today

The EU’s energy policy should seek to make use of energy sources that are available now in order to ensure the economy can grow, Andrzej Duda MEP said today in a debate with President Juncker ahead of an EU summit on energy and foreign affairs later this month.

11 March 2015

Google case and Luxleaks feature in European Parliament’s annual competition report

The European Parliament has today adopted a report by European Conservatives and Reformists MEP Morten Messerschmidt on EU Competition Policy, including the EU’s competition investigation into Google, and the ongoing investigation surrounding tax practices in certain EU states.

10 March 2015

Juncker uses current crisis to push for an EU Army

In an interview in German newspaper ‘Welt am Sonntag’, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called for an EU Army ‘to collectively take on Europe’s responsibilities the world.’

9 March 2015

9th – 13th March 2015 – Strasbourg

Russia – Boris Nemtsov, Ukraine and European Council, European semester, Competition Policy, Vehicle dimensions, Interchange fees, King Abdullah of Jordan and Child abuse on the internet.

9 March 2015

Gróbarczyk: Commission must not miss opportunity to establish a real energy union

An EU energy union should be seen as an historic opportunity for the EU to build a real energy policy that respects both national sovereignty whilst almost promoting solidarity, diversification and boosting domestic production, Marek Gróbarczyk MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists Group energy spokesman, said today.

25 February 2015

Revised Passenger Name Records proposal published

A revised proposal for an EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) system has been published today by the parliament’s lead member Timothy Kirkhope.

24 February 2015

23rd – 27th February 2015 – Brussels

Passenger Name Records, Ukraine, European Council debate and Energy Union.

23 February 2015

MEP in Eastern Ukraine ‘shocked’ by violations of Minsk II ceasefire

A Flemish MEP in the Debaltseve region of Eastern Ukraine has spoken of his shock at the level of aggression he witnessed by Russian backed military forces, despite a ceasefire agreement that was supposed to enter force last weekend.

18 February 2015

Hill takes aim at obstacles to growth in Europe’s capital markets

Proposals published by European Commissioner Jonathan Hill today are forward looking and seek to remove barriers to developing a vibrant capital market in Europe, Kay Swinburne MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists’ economics spokesman, said today. However, she warned that the commission’s proposals lay down the gauntlet for industry to take up the challenge of creating products that will get capital flowing throughout the EU.

18 February 2015

European Parliament agrees to reach Passenger Name Records agreement this year

In a wide-ranging resolution on the EU’s response to the terror threat, a majority in the European Parliament has determined to reach an agreement on Timothy Kirkhope’s report on EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) before the end of the year.

11 February 2015

Kamall: EU informal summit will discuss threats

An informal meeting of EU Heads of Government will discuss the pressing threats facing the EU whether from radicals, on Europe’s borders, or the economic threats, Syed Kamall MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists Group Chairman said today in a debate in the European Parliament.

11 February 2015

MEP Demesmaeker (ECR) in a one-day hungerstrike in solidarity with Nadiya Savchenko

Nadia Savchenko is a Ukrainian MP and was arrested in June last year on Ukrainian territory and abducted by pro-Russian forces. Since then she remains locked up in a Russian prison.

9 February 2015

9th – 13th February 2015 – Strasbourg

Counter-terror and informal meeting of EU Heads of State and Government, EU economy, ISIL, Ukraine, Country of Origin labelling for meat

9 February 2015

ECR backs better labelling on processed food

The European Parliament today called on the Commission to introduce new measures to improve labelling on foodstuffs containing processed meat. The measures, if pursued by the European Commission, would oblige producers of processed products such as lasagne and cottage pies to give clear information on labels about the country of origin of the meat content.

6 February 2015

2nd – 6th February 2015 – Brussels

Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski, EU Own Resources and Joe Biden.

2 February 2015

Agreement reached to deliver EU fish discards ban

MEPs and EU Governments have reached an agreement on a simple set of rules that will allow the EU’s ban on fishing discards to be implemented whilst taking care to avoid extra burdens to Europe’s fishermen. The tough negotiations on landing obligations aim to deliver an end to the practice of throwing back dead fish as a result of Common Fisheries Policy quotas. With certain specific exemptions, fishermen would have to log and land everything they catch, providing valuable data on the state of local fish stocks.

29 January 2015

Greece elections put euro on a collision course

The leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, Syed Kamall, responded to the Greek elections.

26 January 2015

Quantitative easing kicks the Eurozone can further down the long road

European Central Bank quantitative easing is an experiment with more risks than benefits. The major risk exists in Member states putting off the critical reforms needed to make European economies more competitive, ECR MEP from Belgium Sander Loones, has warned.

22 January 2015

19th – 23rd January 2015 – Brussels

TTIP, FIFA reform and Threats on European Soil.

19 January 2015

Defence is another addition to the “EU reform” agenda

In debate today with EU Foreign Policy High Representative Mogherini on the main aspects and basic choices for EU Defence Policy and Foreign Policy, ECR Defence Spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden challenged the whole thrust of EU external policy.

14 January 2015

Welcome for EU governments’ support for Passenger Name Records agreement

The European Parliament’s lead member on proposals to use flight booking information, in the fight against terrorism, has welcomed support from EU governments today.

13 January 2015

European Parliament decides to instigate single seat treaty change

The European Parliament’s committee chairs have today agreed to the drafting of a new report that will instigate a change in the EU’s treaties, allowing MEPs the power to decide where they sit.

13 January 2015

9th – 13th February 2015 – Strasbourg

Counter-terror and informal meeting of EU Heads of State and Government, EU economy, ISIL, Ukraine and Country of Origin labelling for meat.

12 January 2015

Strong welcome from European Parliamentarians to new President of Sri Lanka

After an intensive and well-conducted election with strong participation from all regions of the country, albeit with some outbursts of violence, the Sri Lankan people have given victory to Maithripala Sirisena, the surprise challenger to the incumbent Mahindra Rajapaksa.

12 January 2015

EU-US trade negotiating documents highlight new spirit of transparency and the benefits of TTIP

Today’s publication of the EU proposals for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership underline not just the wide benefits of such a deal, but also the European Commission’s willingness to increase transparency surrounding the talks, according to Emma McClarkin MEP, eurorealist European Conservatives and Reformists Group trade spokesman.

7 January 2015

Kamall: We will never give in to terror and stand with the people of Paris

European Conservatives and Reformists Group Chairman Syed Kamall responded to today’s shootings at Charlie Hebdo in Paris,

7 January 2015

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