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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

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2016 NEWS

2016
Syed Kamall New Year’s message

In his New Year message, European Conservatives and Reformists group leader Syed Kamall MEP has warned that failing to respond to people’s concerns risks them voting for extremist parties, and the ECR intends to use the opportunity of 2017 to chart a new course for the EU that offers tangible solutions.

31 December 2016

Merry Christmas from the ECR Group

On behalf of all the MEPs and staff in the ECR Group, we miss you a very merry Christmas. We’ll be back on New Year’s Eve with a message from our Chairman, Syed Kamall.

25 December 2016

MEP’s back emergency brake measures to combat security threats and unfounded asylum applications

Today the European Parliament, with the support of the ECR group, approved a new suspension mechanism for its visa policy.

15 December 2016

Conservative MEP secures backing for ambitious climate change report

British Conservative MEP Ian Duncan’s ambitious revisions to the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) have cleared a significant hurdle.

15 December 2016

Summit number 45 since 2010 - will this one take the EU in a new direction?

Ahead of the EU summit tomorrow, European Conservatives and Reformists leader Syed Kamall MEP said that leaders should not pass up the opportunity to finally begin to take the EU in a new direction that addresses their legitimate concerns.

14 December 2016

Time for the Europeans to commit to more NATO - not set up their own army

Speaking in the European Parliament today (14 December), Commission president Juncker called for a “high level of ambition” when the European Council discusses security and defence tomorrow afternoon. He wants the EU to be responsible for the protection of its citizens and “not just to be a soft power”.

14 December 2016

The European Parliament puts extra pressure on Norway to lower its customs duties

Today, parliamentarians backed a resolution by the ECR group to remind Norway to comply with EU rules and cut down custom duties.

14 December 2016

“Terrorism and security: what EU can learn from Israel” - conference at the European Parliament

The European Christian Political Movement (ECPM) in collaboration with the European Coalition for Israel (ECI) organised a conference on “Terrorism and Security: What EU can learn from Israel” at the European Parliament on Thursday 8 December.

9 December 2016

The week ahead 12th - 16th December 2016

12th - 16th December 2016. European Council. Railway reforms. Visa Liberalisation Suspension Mechanism. Helga Stevens. MEPs will debate the outcome of the Slovak Presidency. Deep sea stocks. Fishing in the Skagerrak. Emissions trading.

9 December 2016

The European Commission will have an insight into intergovernmental energy agreements

On Wednesday, 7th December, the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the mechanism for information exchange in the area of energy agreements between EU Member States and third countries.

8 December 2016

ECR Delegation to Egypt - security, Christian rights and growth

The ECR Enlarged Bureau travelled to Cairo, Egypt, from 6-9 December 2016.

8 December 2016

EU Commission finally shows some green credibility

The European Commission has decided to reaffirm the European nature protection laws and hereby follows the recommendations of ECR MEP Mark Demesmaeker, who reacts with great relief: “During many months, the Commission refused to take a clear stance on this matter.

7 December 2016

Kamall: will EU leaders listen to the latest wake-up calls?

Comment from Syed Kamall MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists leader, in response to Sunday’s Austrian election and Italian referendum results.

5 December 2016

The week ahead 5th - 9th December 2016

5th - 9th December 2016. Firearms. Emissions Trading Scheme. Sakharov nominee Mustafa Dzhemilev. Localisation of data hearing. By Africa, For Africa.

5 December 2016

Deal struck on mandatory checks for EU citizens and third country nationals

Soon all EU citizens and non-EU nationals will be systematically checked when entering or leaving the EU. New legislation agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on Monday aims to strengthen the EU’s internal security.

5 December 2016

Koelmel: lack of vision and inconsistencies in EU budget 2017

ECR Spokesman on Budgetary Affairs in the European Parliament Bernd Kölmel MEP criticised the EU budget 2017 adopted today for its lack of visionary new highlights and considers it merely a continuation of the past.

1 December 2016

Europe and US reconcile strong anti-terror approach and respect for privacy

The European Parliament has today approved an agreement between the EU and the US on the exchange of personal data to combat terrorism and organized crime.

1 December 2016

Stevens welcomes ‘true contest’ for EU Parliament President

Candidate for the Presidency of the European Parliament, Helga Stevens MEP, has welcomed the decision of Gianni Pittella and ‘potentially’ of Guy Verhofstadt to enter the race.

30 November 2016

Van Orden responds to the European Defense Action Plan

In response to today’s release by the Commission of their new European Defence Action Plan Geoffrey Van Orden MBE MEP had the following to say:

30 November 2016

Swimburne: Central counterparties legislation must not pass on risk to European investors

Today the European Commission released legislation concerning recovery and resolution of Central Counterparties (CCPs).

28 November 2016

This week in Brussels - 28th November - 2nd December 2016

The EU budget 2017 MEPs will vote on the agreement with the Council on the EU budget for 2017. ECR budgets spokesman Bernd Koelmel believes the agreement sees inadequate priorities being set for the budget. Read his comment here.

28 November 2016

Kamall & Stevens: Schultz’s departure should signal a rethink in the grand coalition stitch up

ith the announcement that Martin Schulz will leave the European Parliament, European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group leader Syed Kamall and ECR candidate to replace Schulz as parliament President Helga Stevens have called on the parliament to use the opportunity to rethink how it works, and especially how the ‘Grand Coalition’ operates.

24 November 2016

Ambitious targets to reduce air pollution and cut premature deaths from poor air quality

Ambitious targets to reduce air pollution and cut premature deaths from poor air quality were given the final sign off in Strasbourg today.

23 November 2016

ECR MEP Helga Stevens calls for better statute for sign language interpreters in Europe

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a resolution which calls, among other things, for a better statute for sign language interpreters in Europe

23 November 2016

European Parliament adopts MEP Fotyga’s Report

Today in Strasbourg MEPs voted in favour of Anna Fotyga’s (ECR, PL) report on EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties. 304 voted in favour, 179 against.

23 November 2016

Left attempt to jeopardise the CETA agreement failed

By a large majority, MEPs rejected motion calling for the deal, known as CETA, to be referred to the European Court of Justice for an opinion on its compatibility with EU treaties. If approved, the move could have stopped the deal being introduced for up to two years

23 November 2016

Van Orden: European Defence Union plays into Russia’s hands

Calls by MEPs today for the creation of a European Defence Union (EDU) are playing into the hands of Russia, according to Conservative Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden MEP.

22 November 2016

Kamall: Time for a new EU relationship with Turkey based on honesty

Speaking in the European Parliament this afternoon, Syed Kamall MEP, Leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, called for the EU to have a new and more honest relationship with Turkey.

22 November 2016

New conflict minerals regulation to ensure household items do not support war

ECR Group negotiators managed on Tuesday to finally secure a well-balanced approach towards preventing trade of certain minerals that might fund conflict in high risk zones around the world.

22 November 2016

Five questions for Julie Girling on air quality and emissions ceilings

Julie Girling is leading legislation through the European Parliament that is part of a ‘Clean Air package’. The new directive sets targets for national emissions reductions from 2020 through to 2030.

21 November 2016

This week in Strasbourg - 21st - 24th November 2016

EMISSIONS AND AIR POLLUTION Proposals to reduce the number of premature deaths from air pollution are set to be implemented when the parliament votes on legislation steered through by ECR MEP Julie Girling.

18 November 2016

EU-Budget negotiations: ECR-Group bemoans unwillingness to save money

Bernd Koelmel, budgetary spokesman of the ECR Group in the European Parliament today criticised the European Institutions’ unwillingness to save money and an inadequate priority setting in the decisions made on the EU-budget for 2017.

17 November 2016

New registration system to reinforce security for European citizens

Today, the European Commission has proposed a new mandatory registration system for non-EU citizens wishing to travel to Europe. The ETIAS, EU Travel Information and Authorisation System, will largely be based on the American system (ESTA) and applies to travelers who are not subject to a visa requirement.

16 November 2016

EU needs to take the initiative to ensure we ‘think small first’ when legislating

With small businesses acting as the engines of job creation across Europe, more attention needs to be paid to the impact that EU and national legislation has on small business growth.

16 November 2016

This week 14th - 18th November 2016

EU Budget 2017 The 21 day period in which the parliament and EU governments must conclude negotiations on the 2017 EU Budget expires this week.

14 November 2016

‘Long overdue’ horse welfare proposals launched by Conservative MEP

New guidelines to improve the welfare of the EU’s 7 million horses and donkeys have been unveiled by Conservative MEP Julie Girling.

8 November 2016

This week 7th - 11th November 2016

This week in the European Parliament, MEPs are meeting in their respective committees with a number of items to debate and vote upon.

7 November 2016

Evzen Tosenovsky: Space strategy as an opportunity for our citizens and businesses

Czech MEP Evžen Tošenovský considers the Space strategy, released by the European Commission on Wednesday, October 26th, as a strong signal for Europe to benefit from its space programmes Galileo and Copernicus.

28 October 2016

2016 Sakharov Prize awarded to two survivors of ISIL

The European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents has awarded the 2016 Sakharov Prize to two Yazidi survivors of ISIL, Nadia Murad Basee & Lamiya Aji Basha.

27 October 2016

Ryszard Czarnecki: The Council ought to be transparent and fully accountable for funds

Today, the European Parliament (EP) has unanimously adopted Ryszard Czarnecki’s report on discharge for the European Council and Council for 2014, with 615 votes in favour, 0 against and 0 abstention.

27 October 2016

Kamall: The EU Summit was marked by gridlock, and inaction has consequences

This morning, the European Parliament debated the outcome of last week’s EU summit with European Council President Tusk and European Commission President Juncker.

26 October 2016

EU Bio security strengthened after MEP’s pass Conservative MEP’s report

Bio security across the EU will be strengthened after a report by Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre was approved today by the European Parliament.

26 October 2016

EU-Budget 2017: ECR Group criticise shotgun approach

ECR Spokesman on budgetary affairs Bernd Koelmel from the German party Alliance for Progress and Renewal sees a lack of

26 October 2016

European Parliament adopts Tomasz Poreba’s report

Today the European Parliament approved Tomasz Poręba’s report on infrastructure in Eastern Europe. It is the first document which deals with this problem in such complex way.

25 October 2016

CETA: Europe’s free trade agenda on life support

Responding to the news that the Canadian government has walked away from talks aimed at salvaging the EU-Canada trade agreement, CETA, Syed Kamall MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists group leader in the European Parliament, said:

21 October 2016

The week ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament - 24th - 28th October 2016

European Council MEPs will debate the outcome of last week’s EU summit with the council and commission presidents. ECR Leader Syed Kamall will lament the gridlock of the meeting on several critical areas.

21 October 2016

Strenghten sanctions as part of a stronger and more consistent strategy towards Russia

The Minsk Agreements have become a clear condition for any debate on a possible lifting of sanctions against Russia. Russia has continued its aggression in Ukraine and has not yet fulfilled its part of the Minsk Agreements. The situation calls for a debate on the role of sanctions towards Russia.

20 October 2016

ECR gathers artists and streaming platforms to discuss fees

Anneleen Van Bossuyt, ECR and Flemish N-VA Member of the European Parliament, today organized a debate on the fees artists receive from streaming services such as YouTube or Spotify.

20 October 2016

The week ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament 17th - 21st October 2016

Gas ECR industry coordinator Zdzisław Krasnodębski is hosting a hearing on “The Northern Gate. New Competitive Natural Gas Sources for Europe”, with the participation of European Commissioner for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, and Mr Piotr Naimski, Polish Government Plenipotentiary for the Strategic Energy Infrastructure.

17 October 2016

ECR Weekly: Stop wildlife trafficking

Wildlife trafficking is a serious form of organised crime that needs to be stopped. Watch Emma McClarkin MEP and Mark Demesmaeker MEP explaining what can be done.

14 October 2016

Conservatives welcome adoption of the committee’s opinion on emission trading scheme reform

Hans-Olaf Henkel, Member of the European Parliament (ECR), Vice-Chairman of the ITRE-Committee and shadow rapporteur on the review of the European Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), welcomed the adoption of the Committee’s opinion on ETS reform, in which he played a major role.

13 October 2016

EU Court of Auditors 2015: Improvements but now is the time to go for a clean bill of health

The European Court of Auditors published today its annual report.

13 October 2016

European Parliament Committee adopts Zdzislaw Krasnodebski’s report

European Parliament Committee adopts Zdzisław Krasnodebski’s report on intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy.

13 October 2016

EU-Budget 2017: ECR Group criticises overflowing intended expenses of the European Union

Spokesman on budgetary affairs of the ECR group, Bernd Koelmel (Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch), criticised the European Parliament’s general lack of willingness for cuts in the 2017 budget during today’s votes of the EU budget committee.

11 October 2016

Vague EU regulation contributed to chaos in emission measurement

Ekhard Zinke, president of the Kraftfahrtbundesmt (KBA, Federal Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Drivers) confirmed during a hearing of the Committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector, that the ban of controversial switch-off devices was not clearly formulated in the mentioned EU regulation.

11 October 2016

ECR Nominee for the Sakharov Prize, Mustafa Dzhemilev, has made it to the shortlist

Today the committees on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights and Development in the European Parliament have voted on the shortlist of nominees for this year’s Sakharov Prize.

11 October 2016

The week ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament 10th -14th October 2016

Energy Union The industry committee will vote on several proposals making up the ‘Energy Union’ package, including a proposal being steered through by prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski, the ECR coordinator in the committee, which provides for an exchange mechanism related to energy agreements made between EU countries and non-EU countries.

11 October 2016

Be aware of Russian and ISIS propaganda, warn foreign affairs MEP’s

“Hostile propaganda and disinformation directed against our societies by both Kremlin and non-state actors such as ISIS/Daesh is a fact. In order to counter it effectively, we first need to be able to fully identify them,” said rapporteur Anna Fotyga (ECR, PL).

11 October 2016

The situation in Calais needs action, MEP’s say

The situation in Calais needs action, MEP's say

6 October 2016

ECR Group nominates Flemish MEP Helga Stevens for EU Parliament President

The European Conservatives and Reformists group has just nominated the Flemish MEP Helga Stevens (N-VA) as their candidate for the European Parliament presidency.

4 October 2016

Measures to prevent another emissions scandal unveiled by MEP

A new EU vehicle testing system aimed at preventing any repeat of the VW emissions scandal has been unveiled by Conservative MEP Dan Dalton

1 October 2016

The Week Ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament 3-6th October 2016

3-6th October 2016. European Council. Situation in Calais. Sakharov Prize. Syria.

30 September 2016

Path clear to ratify UN Paris Agreement in the European Parliament

Julie Girling MEP responds to news that the EU’s Environment Council has reached agreement on the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

30 September 2016

Ukraine celebrates 25th anniversary of independence in the European Parliament

To mark the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence this year, an art exhibition of Ukrainian artist, Ivan Marchuk, has been displayed in the European Parliament.

28 September 2016

EU budget 2017 – EP Budget Committee approves ECR’s proposal to support victims of terrorism

Bernd Koelmel (ALFA), spokesman on budgetary affairs of the ECR group criticises lack of willingness for budget cuts

28 September 2016

The Week Ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament 26th – 30th September 2016

26th – 30th September 2016. European Council spending. 2017 EU budget. Car type approval. Events.

26 September 2016

Ryszard Czarnecki: Lack of cooperation is a negative sign to the citizens of the Union

Ryszard Czarnecki: Lack of cooperation of the European Council and the Council with the discharge authority is a negative sign to the citizens of the Union

26 September 2016

Conference: European day of safe birth and motherhood

Every pregnant woman hopes for a healthy baby and an uncomplicated pregnancy.

22 September 2016

Deaf people to descend on Brussels to make a noise about sign

Next week, over 1,000 people from across the EU will descend on the European Parliament chamber to demand better recognition of sign language, and to raise awareness of how sign language interpreters are often an afterthought compared to spoken language interpretation across many public institutions, including the EU.

22 September 2016

MEP Halla-aho: “One part of the failure is the lack of an effective returns policy”

The European Parliament’s plenary voted today in favour of a new European unitary travel document that will make it easier to return people whose asylum application has been rejected.

15 September 2016

European Parliament throws out standards that would hit high street investors

The European Parliament has rejected – for the first time – a set of technical standards that could have hurt high street investors.

14 September 2016

Kamall: Same old mantra from Juncker fails to recognise the warning signals across Europe

In today’s State of the Union debate in the European Parliament, European Conservatives and Reformists Group leader Syed Kamall MEP warned European Commission President Juncker that he had an opportunity to listen to the warning signs across Europe and alter the EU’s direction, yet instead we saw the same mantra as before.

14 September 2016

Juncker supports private sector role in international development

A conference could be staged in the New Year and talks started with private investors following the announcement today by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker of an investment plan for Africa.

13 September 2016

Bernd Kolmel: The ECR Group propose to cut the EU budget by up to 750 million euros

ECR Group budgets spokesman Bernd Kölmel has introduced comprehensive proposals for reform of the EU budget on behalf of the Group.

9 September 2016

European Court is irresponsible to strip bare a critical counter-terror deal

The European Court of Justice’s adviser has delivered an irresponsible piece of advice that would strip the EU-Canada counter-terror Passenger Name Records (PNR) agreement of most of its value.

8 September 2016

Mark Demesmaeker MEP on political prisoners of Russia

Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia are still a fact. The tensions between Russia and Ukraine and between Russia and the West have not disappeared even though all eyes are currently fixed on the situation in Turkey and the flows of refugees into the Western world.

8 September 2016

Kamall: All 751 MEP’s must decide the Parliament’s Brexit Negotiator

After European Parliament President Martin Schulz today tried to appoint the leader of the fourth largest group in the parliament as the institution’s only Brexit negotiator, the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Syed Kamall MEP said:

8 September 2016

MEP’s from across Europe discuss security and #EUReform in Rome

MEPs from the third largest group in the European Parliament are in Rome to discuss European security and much-needed reform and decentralisation of the EU. The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group is holding its ‘Autumn University’ under the invitation of the Conservatori E Riformisti party, led by Raffaele Fitto MEP.

7 September 2016

The week ahead in Brussels - 5th - 9th September 2016

ECR Autumn University  The ECR Group will hold its second Autumn University meeting, with discussions focusing on ‘Security for Europe’. The Autumn University was set up by Chairman Syed Kamall, arguing that to change the EU needs new ideas to be put on the table. The conference in Italy brings together MEPs with academics, think tanks, Italian experts and others to discuss a number of themes and ideas.

5 September 2016

MEP committee pushes for veto on proposed standards that would hit high street investors

Poor technical standards that could hurt high street investors have been rejected today by the European Parliament’s economics committee.

1 September 2016

Hans-Olaf Henkel (ALFA/ ECR): Verheugen bends and admits his mistake

During the hearing of the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector, former European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry Günther Verheugen conceded that the ban of defeat devices had not been defined precisely enough.

30 August 2016

The week ahead in Brussels: 29/8 – 2nd September 2016

29/8 – 2nd September 2016. Verheugen gives evidence. Terrorism discussion. Packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs). Białowieża Forest. Lucke debate with Varoufakis on the Euro.

29 August 2016

Stevens: EASO needs strengthening, but extra resources must be efficiently spent

A delegation from the European Parliament’s home affairs committee visited the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Malta to discuss the way forward.

20 July 2016

Nicholson: short term dairy packages are not enough

Another aid package is, at best, putting off the inevitable for many dairy farmers according to Northern Ireland MEP Jim Nicholson.

18 July 2016

ECR MEP Pirkko Ruohonen-Lerner was elected as Vice-chair to the Panama Papers Inquiry Committee

ECR MEP Pirkko Ruohonen-Lerner (FI) was elected yesterday as Vice-Chair of the Panama Papers Special Committee of the European Parliament.

14 July 2016

Henkel: Committee of Inquiry into EMIS hampered by overeager parliamentarians

During the hearing of the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS), ALFA MEP and ECR spokesman Hans-Olaf Henkel warned of the committee’s misuse as “Spanish Inquisition” against the European automotive industry.

14 July 2016

ECR MEP Jussi Halla-aho proposes new European travel document

The European Parliament’s home affairs committee voted today in favour of the creation of a new European travel document that will make it easier to return people whose asylum application has been rejected.

12 July 2016

Bernd Kölmel considers idea of eurozone budget absurd!

In the presence of five EU-finance ministers, ALFA MEP Bernd Koelmel, spokesman on budgetary affairs of the ECR-group, harshly criticised plans to create a common eurozone budget during a hearing in the budget committee concerning the so-called fiscal capacity of the European Parliament on Monday evening.

12 July 2016

Kamall: congratulations to Theresa May

European Conservatives and Reformists group leader Syed Kamall MEP has offered his congratulations to Theresa May on the likelihood that she will take over from David Cameron as British Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party.  

11 July 2016

Disabled people in Europe should not be treated as second class citizens

Flemish MEP Helga Stevens’ report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been approved with an overwhelming majority in the European Parliament.

8 July 2016

The Week Ahead in Brussels: 11th-15th July 2016

11th-15th July 2016. Firearms. Migrant returns. Emissions. Capital markets and Fintech. Eurozone budget.

8 July 2016

The Week Ahead in Strasbourg: 4th-8th July 2016

4th-8th July 2016. European Council. Dutch and Slovak Presidencies. European Border Guard. Work Programme 2017. Combating Terror. UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

5 July 2016

After the UK referendum, saying ‘we continue anyway’ is not a good enough response

The European Parliament has debated the recent EU summit, and the British referendum on EU membership.

5 July 2016

Beefed-up European Border Guard should play key role in limiting asylum flow to Europe

The European Parliament just adopted with a strong majority the proposal for a new European Coast and Border Guard.

4 July 2016

Kamall: London football team’s Brussels mission spreads the anti-terror message

This is a cross-Channel show of unity – a celebration of the power of sport to change young lives and confound the extremists.”

1 July 2016

MEP Bernd Koelmel: EU Budget 2017 leads into the right direction

Alfa MEP and budgetary spokesman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, Bernd Kölmel, sees the draft EU Budget of 2017 presented by EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva today as overall positive.

30 June 2016

Internet voting and the 2019 European elections

Today at 15.00 ECR MEP Monica Macovei is organising in the European Parliament, together with ETTW (Europeans Throughout The World), a public hearing on Internet voting and the possibility for expats to use this system as a pilot for the European elections in 2019.

29 June 2016

Kamall: The EU and UK now need to look to the future

Syed Kamall MEP comments on post-Brexit future.

28 June 2016

ECR Group: United in demanding radical change in EU

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group met this morning to discuss the outcome of the U.K. referendum.

28 June 2016

Britain votes to leave: we must respect their decision

Commenting on the decision of the British people to leave the EU, Syed Kamall MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists group leader and London MEP, said:

24 June 2016

EU Commission acknowledges the private sector’s key role in development aid

Following Nirj Deva, Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the South East’s, report on the Private Sector and Development, the European Commission has undertaken a fundamental shift in its approach to development aid, recognising the private sector as a key actor in the future of international development efforts.

21 June 2016

Systematic checks are crucial element of the counter-terrorism agenda

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament adopted today by a large majority a proposal for a Regulation, which will oblige member states to perform systematic checks on all persons, both EU citizens and third country nationals, when entering and exiting the external borders of the European Union.

21 June 2016

In Brussels on the upcoming NATO Summit

Ahead of the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, the Brussels-based New Direction Foundation organised a conference and report on the key challenges in terms of security and defence. The main speakers at the event were NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz.

16 June 2016

‘Painfully slow’ progress being made against French and German transport minimum wage

European Conservatives and Reformists MEPs have welcomed the European Commission’s decision to send a first warning to France, and further warnings Germany over laws that require foreign hauliers to be paid French and German minimum wage when they drive through these countries.

16 June 2016

Clearer energy labelling to return after ‘common sense’ vote

Indecipherable energy labels for electronic goods are set to become a thing of the past after a committee of MEPs voted to go back to a previous, clearer, energy labelling system.

14 June 2016

EU firearms law: MEPs to debate details

Members of the European Parliament’s Internal Market committee are expected to debate amendments to the EU’s Firearms Directive this Tuesday.

13 June 2016

Anna Fotyga MEP: Terrorism cannot be justified by any reason or ideology

Following the terrorist attacks that have taken place in recent weeks, Anna Fotyga, Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence stated:

9 June 2016

Roberts Zile MEP in an open letter: Juncker´s planned meeting with Vladimir Putin is a mistake

European Commission President Juncker’s planned meeting with Vladimir Putin at the latter’s pseudo Davos-style conference is a mistake ahead of a critical decision on whether to renew EU sanctions against Russia.

9 June 2016

Tax: Anti BEPS plan must not turn in an anti-business plan

A large majority of MEPs have voted in favour of a report on the ‘anti base erosion and profit shifting’ (BEPS), which should have focused on artificial fiscal constructions that lack any commercial justification.

8 June 2016

Agreement on the expansion of trade in information technology products (ITA)

Professor of Economics and ALFA MEP Joachim Starbatty welcomes the landslide approval of the European Agreement on Information Technology (ITA) revision in today’s European Parliament plenary session.

8 June 2016

Cautious optimism over European Commission plan to work with African and Middle East nations

The European Commission today presented a new immigration proposal which intends to provide financial support to link the main African and Middle Eastern transit countries to two conditions

7 June 2016

Conservative report says all farmers must benefit from technological advances

Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre has secured European Parliament approval for a report calling for the greater use of technology in agriculture.

7 June 2016

We must help Africa to stem the flow of migrants, says Conservative report

Securing peace and stability in Africa is crucial to dealing with the flow of refugees and economic migrants into Europe, a Conservative report approved by the European Parliament today makes clear.

7 June 2016

The European Parliament adopted Edward Czesak’s report on unfair trading practices

Today, MEPs voted for Edward Czesak’s report on unfair trading practices in the food supply chain.

7 June 2016

EU’s border agency beef-up approved by MEP committee

A strengthening of the EU’s FRONTEX border agency has been approved by the home affairs committee of the European Parliament.

31 May 2016

Helga Stevens MEP: Implementation of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

A large majority adopted the report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs last night.

31 May 2016

McClarkin: SMEs could benefit from EU/Mexico trade talks

Today’s announcement of talks to update and extend the EU’s trade deal with Mexico has been welcomed by ECR MEPs.

30 May 2016

EU criminal records system upgrade approved by MEPs

An upgrade of the EU’s system for exchanging criminal records is a step closer after the European Parliament’s home affairs committee approved the draft plans.

30 May 2016

Tear down these artificial EU trade barriers, urges ECR MEP

A new approach is needed to remove obstacles to trade that still exist across the EU, according to ECR MEP Dan Dalton.

26 May 2016

New rules should underpin, not undermine, the digital economy

Plans to force online retailers to open their websites to customers across the EU could reduce consumer choice, ECR MEPs have warned

25 May 2016

Russia frees Ukrainian pilot Savchenko following a prisoner swap

Local media confirm that Ukrainian pilot, Nadiya Savchenko, has now been swapped for the two Russian prisoners,Yevgeny Yerofeyev, and Alexander Alexandrov, held by Ukraine.

25 May 2016

Statement on the latest events in Georgia

Statement from Anna Fotyga MEP on events in Georgia.

24 May 2016

EU commission must not resort to digital protectionism over Netflix

Next week the European Commission is set to publish a revision of its Media Services Directive, which is expected to include a requirement for Netflix and other on-demand services to devote at least 20 percent of their content to European works.

19 May 2016

Open letter to the Governments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Poland

Open letter to the Governments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Poland

19 May 2016

Richard Sulík: We need to take further action on the controversial German law on minimum wage

Slovak ECR Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Richard Sulík, prepared two letters regarding the controversial law on minimum wage in Germany (MiLoG).

12 May 2016

Nord Stream 2 pipeline will increase dependence on Russian gas

Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski MEP warns that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will harm Europe’s security.

10 May 2016

EU must retain power to impose anti-dumping measures

The EU must retain the power to take “timely, necessary and effective” action against anti-competitive practices as it shapes future trade arrangements with China, an ECR MEP insisted today.

10 May 2016

Tomasic: communities need more help to use EU funds for local projects

Local communities now have more power over spending EU regional funds, but they need more support to make use of it, according to a report drafted for the European Parliament by Croatian MEP Ruza Tomasic.

10 May 2016

Kirkhope: many concerns still remain on Turkish visa liberalisation

After the European Commission published its assessment of Turkey’s progress towards visa liberalisation, European Conservatives and Reformists home affairs spokesman Timothy Kirkhope said:

4 May 2016

EU’s Dublin proposals fail to learn from the mistakes of the past

The European Commission is right to maintain the basic Dublin principles but it must stop pushing the already failing relocation system, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists home affairs spokesman, said today.

4 May 2016

Anna Fotyga protests decision allowing sanctioned Russian officials access to the EP

ECR chair of the European Parliament’s Security and Defence subcommittee Anna Fotyga has co-written an open letter criticising the decision to allow two Russian officials allowed on an EU sanctions list access to the European Parliament

2 May 2016

European Parliament backs railway sector reform along with the new “Zīle-Matīss Regulation”

New legislation approved by the European Parliament on Thursday regarding Europe’s railway reform will allow improvements to security and interoperability of railways in the European Union and cut costs.

28 April 2016

Kölmel: A separate budget for the Euro countries will provoke divisions

Bernd Kölmel, spokesman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) in the Budget Committee and MEP within the ALFA Delegation issued a statement today, in which he warned against the recent idea of a separate budget for the Euro-countries, as was recently proposed by the Christian Democrats (EPP) and the Socialists (S&D) in the European Parliament.

27 April 2016

Opponent in the east, friend of the north: EU appoints Russia to partner in the Arctic

Despite the tense relationship between the EU and Russia, the EU regards Russia as an important ally in the Arctic.

27 April 2016

Committee backs ECR MEP’s plan to tackle growing threat of plant pests

An ECR MEP’s drive to protect gardens, farmland and the countryside from deadly plant diseases took a big step forward today.

26 April 2016

Too many obstacles to EU trade, MEPs say

A committee of MEPs has today lamented that far too many obstacles exist to trading across the bloc.

21 April 2016

Virtual currencies find support in the European Parliament

Ulrike Trebesius MEP on innovation in the financial technology sector.

21 April 2016

Henkel: “The JRC calls itself a research institute, but it looks like a bureaucratic authority”

Hans-Olaf Henkel MEP comments on the Joint Research Centre.

20 April 2016

New plans to close firearms loopholes unveiled by ECR MEP

Legal controls on blank firing guns, basic standards for firearms storage, mandatory medical checks for licence holders and tighter controls on the sale of ammunition are being proposed in an attempt to close loopholes in European gun laws.

20 April 2016

EU Passenger Name Records directive finally takes off

An EU law allowing the collection and sharing of flight passenger data – to detect terrorist and serious criminal activity – finally took off today after five years of talks between MEPs and European governments.

14 April 2016

Kamall: We need to tackle terrorism at various levels

The European Parliament debated counterterrorism and Syed Kamall MEP, ECR group leader, argued that the answer is not only international cooperation, or military and intelligence cooperation that matter.

13 April 2016

Glyphosate: European Parliament votes for seven year approval

The European Parliament has voted to support extending approval for glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer.

13 April 2016

Priorities, not wish lists, needed for a truly ‘holistic’ approach to the migrant crisis

The European Parliament has today adopted a set of recommendations for what it calls an ‘holistic’ approach to the migration crisis, but in reality the recommendations adopted represent a ‘lowest common denominator’ of what the left and the right can agree.

13 April 2016

Passenger Name Records: It’s now or never, lead MEP says

The European Parliament has this afternoon debated tomorrow’s vote on a new EU Passenger Name Records directive, seen as a critical tool in the EU’s counter-terrorism efforts.

13 April 2016

Tomasic: Protect coastal fishing and bring new life to coastal regions

The European Parliament has backed proposals that would ensure small scale fishermen and coastal communities are strengthened.

12 April 2016

Liberal group again threatens to derail Passenger Name Records

The Liberal Group in the European Parliament could yet again seriously postpone if not kill the adoption of the critical EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) proposal after its lead MEP tabled an amendment that – if adopted – would send the whole agreement back to the negotiating table.

12 April 2016

MEPs back moves to increase role of national parliaments

MEPs have backed measures increasing the role of national parliaments in EU law making.

12 April 2016

Van Bossuyt: Better regulation in an efficient Single Market

Tomorrow, the European Parliament will vote on ECR MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt’s report on better regulation in the internal market.

11 April 2016

Ryszard Czarnecki: EU institutions must work in a transparent way

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) voted in favour of three reports of Ryszard Czarnecki, ECR Group Coordinator in CONT on discharge 2014 for European Court of Auditors, European Ombudsman and European Council and Council.

8 April 2016

Euro realist MEPs of the ECR and other political groups discuss their views on the deficits of the E

At a joined conference organized by the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) and the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group (EFDD) as well as a Finnish MEP from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), euro realists from different political backgrounds discussed their views on the problems of the Eurozone.

8 April 2016

Halla-aho: Commission’s relocation scheme would result in catastrophe if ever actualised

Yesterday the European commission published its new communication concerning the new European asylum system which is meant to replace the partially suspended Dublin regulation.

7 April 2016

Vote on EU Passenger Name Records likely to happen next week

A long-awaited vote on the EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) legislation is likely to happen next week after months of delays.

7 April 2016

Kamall responds to Dutch referendum result

Syed Kamall MEP responds to the outcome of the Dutch referendum on the Ukraine Association Agreement.

7 April 2016

Hans-Olaf Henkel: “One week in California? This is not a travel agency!”

Hans-Olaf Henkel, European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) coordinator and shadow rapporteur for the inquiry committee on emission measurements in the automotive sector (EMIS), complained about the mission proposals put forth by his colleagues from other groups.

7 April 2016

Make the EU’s rules on asylum work better, rather than reinventing the wheel

The European Commission has today put forward two possible visions for the future of the EU’s Dublin regulation, which determines where asylum applications should be made.

6 April 2016

Trade is the top priority for EU-India Summit, says Conservative MEP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making his first visit to Brussels today for the first EU-India summit for four years.

30 March 2016

Kamall: Brussels attacks will never defeat our freedom

Syed Kamall MEP responds to Brussels attacks.

22 March 2016

MEP Demesmaeker condemns mock trial of Ukrainian pilot Savchenko

A Russian court has convicted the Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko for the death of two Russian journalists.

22 March 2016

MEPs adopt ‘lowest common denominator’ report on migration

The justice and home affairs committee of the European Parliament has today adopted a ‘lowest common denominator’ set of proposals on a ‘holistic’ approach to resolving the migration crisis, according to European Conservatives and Reformists shadow rapporteur, Helga Stevens MEP.

16 March 2016

EU Commission and Member States finally see state of crisis in agricultural industry

Jim Nicholson MEP comments on measures announced by the EU’s Agriculture Commissioner.

15 March 2016

International Trade agreements will benefit people on both sides of the Atlantic

Yesterday, the Committee on International Trade discussed the CETA trade agreement between the EU and Canada as well as taking stock of progress concerning the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

15 March 2016

McIntyre: Cutting red-tape for small businesses is vital for our competitiveness

Today the European Parliament voted for a new “Interinstitutional agreement” (IIA) on better law-making in the EU.

10 March 2016

Call for EU-wide support for Thalidomide victims

ECR MEPs are supporting calls for the creation of a framework to ensure Thalidomide victims across the EU receive similar levels of compensation.

10 March 2016

Kirkhope: Real solutions not false promises are needed to solve the migration crisis

Before the European Council of the 17th March, EU leaders need to ask themselves whether the proposed agreement with Turkey is really going to solve the migrant crisis, or whether it is committing the EU to an undeliverable plan at great cost for Europe, European Conservatives and Reformists home affairs Spokesman Timothy Kirkhope MEP has said.

8 March 2016

EU Posting of Workers proposals could create more confusion for businesses and workers

European Conservatives and Reformists group employment spokesman Anthea McIntyre has argued that revisiting the Posting of Workers directive is a mistake that risks adding more uncertainty and red tape to businesses.

8 March 2016

MEPs publish a blueprint for EU budgetary reform

The ECR Policy Group on Budgets has published a paper setting out reform proposals that would make the EU budget better able to meet the challenges of the future.

4 March 2016

Leftish group leaders refuse to vote on EU Passenger Name Records

Left wing leaders in the European Parliament are once again playing games with a crucial counter-terrorism agreement on Passenger Name Records (PNR), the European Parliament’s rapporteur Timothy Kirkhope has warned.

3 March 2016

Mark Demesmaeker vice-chair EP dieselgate committee: ‘Focus on full transparency and public health’

ECR MEP Mark Demesmaeker has been elected as vice-chair of the special inquiry committee to investigate failure to oversee emissions tests.

2 March 2016

“Don’t forget about Ukraine”

The Ukraine Week in the European Parliament from the 29th of February to the 2nd of March 2016 makes us aware that we should not forget about Ukraine.

2 March 2016

Oh Canada! Stalled EU-Canadian trade deal revived

The stalled EU-Canada trade deal has been revived following an agreement between both sides to overcome last-minute concerns regarding investment protection and investment dispute settlement, also allowing the final legal checks of the deal to have been concluded.

1 March 2016

Happy Grand Mother Marta’s day!

To celebrate the arrival of spring, ECR MEP Angel Dzhambazki has issued a message to mark a Bulgarian tradition of ‘Grand Mother Marta’ day.

1 March 2016

Free trade agreement with EU will strengthen Tunisia’s democratic process

The European Parliament has adopted a series of recommendations on trade negotiations that have begun between the EU and Tunisia.

26 February 2016

ECR MEPs to lead on EU migration and asylum reforms

ECR MEPs will lead on three major EU reforms proposed to help tackle the migrant and refugee crisis.

25 February 2016

Jens Stoltenberg: Dialogue is not a sign of weakness. Dialogue is a sign of self-confidence

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has emphasized the importance of NATO’s role in the current refugee crisis.

24 February 2016

“Help us improve EU firearms legislation”, urges Conservative MEP

Gun owners are being urged to engage positively with efforts to amend EU legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of terrorists’ hands.

23 February 2016

Tomasic: Action needed to protect coastal fishing

More action is needed to prevent the decline in coastal fishing.

17 February 2016

A new approach to ending global poverty secures MEPs’ support

A report laying out innovative new ways to mobilise private capital in the fight against global poverty was approved by MEPs today.

17 February 2016

Prof. Krasnodębski: Energy security package fulfils the idea of European solidarity

The European Commission today presented its energy security package.

16 February 2016

COMMISSION REPORT ON MIGRATINO SHOWS PROGRESS

Today the European Commission released its report on the implementation of the priority actions under the European Agenda for Migration for Italy, Greece and the Western Balkans as well a report on the implementation of the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan.

11 February 2016

Saudi government suggests Raif Badawi lashes could be stopped after MEP raises the case

MEP Mark Demesmaeker, the European Conservatives and Reformists’ (ECR) spokesperson on human rights, met the Saudi Minister of Justice, Dr. Walid bin Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Samaani.

10 February 2016

ECR MEP to lead on emissions scandal clean up

Mr Dalton, who represents the West Midlands region of the UK, has been appointed as the ‘rapporteur’ (lead MEP) on the so-called type approval proposals, which set out the technical and safety requirements a car must meet before it can be sold in the EU.

9 February 2016

Kamall: “It is hard to see how these are just British questions. These are matters that should benef

This morning the European Parliament debated the proposals of European Council President Donald Tusk for a new settlement for the UK in the EU.

3 February 2016

Welcome for vote to move vehicle emission tests out of the 1970s

MEPs today rejected an attempt to block the introduction of so called Real Driving Emissions (RDE) tests.

3 February 2016

ECR MEPs commend Nigerian President’s work to tackle Boko Haram

As the Nigerian President today arrives in Strasbourg today, two European Conservatives and Reformists MEPs have commended the work of the Nigerian Administration in fighting Boko Haram, and set out some of the extra work that Nigeria needs to carry out in protecting human rights and the victims of religious discrimination.

3 February 2016

McClarkin welcomes report into Trade in Services Agreement

Emma McClarkin MEP, Conservative spokesman for International Trade, today welcomed the adoption of a report containing the European Parliament’s recommendations to the European Commission on negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), while noting caution regarding some of the Parliaments demands.

3 February 2016

Kamall: Tusk’s proposals show progress is being made on the four ‘baskets’

Syed Kamall MEP responds to Tusk's draft proposals

2 February 2016

Demesmaeker calls for full implementation of nature laws and convinces European Parliament

A very broad majority of the European Parliament has just adopted the report of ECR MEP Mark Demesmaeker (N-VA) on biodiversity. Demesmaeker asks the European Commission not to revise the nature directives, but on the contrary to fully implement them.

2 February 2016

Commission proposals to tackle tax avoidance risk weakening EU competitiveness

There are some gaps in the international tax system that give multinational companies the ability to artificially shift profits from one country to another.

28 January 2016

Dieselgate: enforcement, yes; centralisation, no

The European Commission is right to look at better enforcement of rules to prevent a repeat of the Dieselgate scandal, but its proposals today risk becoming an unnecessary centralisation of power.

27 January 2016

McIntyre report shows the way forward for smart farming

Technological progress is the key to productivity and sustainability in agriculture, a new report to the European Parliament stresses.

26 January 2016

Deva: EU development funding has reached a “crisis point”

ECR Spokesman on International Development, Nirj Deva MEP, has launched a blistering attack on the European Commission over the way in which the EU carries out international development funding

25 January 2016

EU Army rears its head again – ECR opposes proposal for a European Defence Union

ECR MEPs have opposed a European Parliament resolution calling for integrated military forces (“permanent structured cooperation”), establishment of a permanent European Union military headquarters to plan collective defence, and movement towards a European Defence Union separate from NATO.

21 January 2016

Digital Single Market plans clear an important hurdle

CHANGES which will enable consumers to watch their favourite television programmes abroad and help businesses to sell their goods more easily online across Europe have received backing from the European Parliament

20 January 2016

EU Dublin regulation: reinvention of the wheel would be a recipe for chaos

Proposals to reform the EU’s Dublin Regulation should focus on helping to better implement rules in place, not to reinvent the wheel, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, said today as he sent a list of proposals for Dublin reform to the European Commission.

20 January 2016

Welcome for extension of EU criminal records system

Checking the criminal records of people entering the EU marks an important step in delivering more confidence in migration, and has long been called for by European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) MEP Timothy Kirkhope.

20 January 2016

Services agreement will boost exports whilst protecting public services

ECR MEPs have backed a report from the International Trade Committee establishing the Parliament’s position on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).

20 January 2016

Syed Kamall MEP: 2015 was a bad year for the EU. Will 2016 really be any better?

How many more years like 2015 can the EU cope with?

11 January 2016

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