Labour MEPs Have Achieved Much in the European Parliament But the Best Is Yet to Come

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

It's only by having a strong Labour voice, as part of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament that we can hold the Commission to account effectively on issues like Greece.

EU Budget Explained: Expenditure and Contribution by Member State

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

There are in fact two types of EU budgets. There is the long-term budget, known as the multi-annual framework, which establishes the annual spending limits. This is negotiated ever seven years. There is also the annual budget, which sets out in more detail how the EU should spend its budget over the coming year.

New European Commission: Upcoming Laws That Will Affect Your Life

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

MEPs will take a close look at the plans and amend or even reject them as necessary. They will also critically follow the negotiations for all trade agreements as these will also need to be approved by the Parliament.

Rejecting Oil Baron Canete as Climate Commissioner Should Be Common Sense

Keith Taylor | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Tonight at the European Parliament there will be a vote on whether Miguel Arias Canete, nicknamed "Senor Petrolhead" by the Sunday Times, will be accepted as the new EU commissioner for Climate and Energy. To cut a long story short, Canete has long embedded family ties with the oil industry so if common sense were to prevail, he would not be appointed.

EU: How the UK's Next Commissioner Will Be Appointed

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The name raised a few eyebrows in Brussels when he was announced as the nominee for the UK's spot in the European Commission. Lord Jonathan Hill of Oareford, the leader of the House of Lords, is little known abroad and his appointment is far from guaranteed as he will be subjected to a careful vetting process over the coming months.

How the Next European Parliament Is Taking Shape

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Over the coming months, the Parliament will play a key role in setting the EU's course for the next five years as it conducts hearings of prospective commissioners and must approve the new European Commission as a whole.

Ned Simons

Tory MEPs Told To 'Take Responsibility' For Party In North Of England | Ned Simons | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics

Conservative MEPs need to pull their weight more in the North of England to fight voter "ignorance" about the party in the region, a Tory MP has said....

Europe: A Manual for Change

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Austerity or investment, more or less migration, putting the brakes on Brussels or expanding Europe... The economic crisis over the last few years has caused many people to question what should happen next.

The European Union: Who Are You?

Liam Beattie | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Liam Beattie

For the past nine months I've been living within the EU bubble in Brussels. The city is full of lobbyists, politicians and the odd ego so it's almost identical to what we see back home in Westminster. The European Parliament and UK Parliament may be miles away in geography; they are also hugely separated in terms of our understanding of how each functions...

Lampedusa: A Turning Point for Europe's Migration Policy

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The more than 360 people drowning off the Lampedusa coast on 3 October were not the first to die while traversing the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life, nor unfortunately were they the last. Just over a week later another 38 people died when their vessel experienced difficulties.

European Parliament Calls for New Rules to Stop Employers Exploiting Young Trainees

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

They are meant to give young people a taste of work, but traineeship are fast becoming a necessary, if poorly rewarded, precondition to launching their careers. Work placements are often abused as a form of cheap labour, with youngsters being given no training and little or no pay and sometimes being given simple, menial tasks like photocopying and making tea that do not make use of their skills and education. The European Parliament has now called for an end to this exploitation.

How the European Parliament Will Make Sure the EU's 28th Commissioner Is Up to the Job

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

On 1 July the European Union will become a little more populous, a little bit bigger and hopefully a little bit better. On that day Croatia will defy current pessimism about the EU to become the latest member state.

Socialist MEPs Claim Victory Over UK In Fight To Cap Bankers' Bonuses

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics

The leader of Europe's Socialist MEPs today hailed a victory over the UK in the battle for new laws capping bankers' bonuses. The UK Government was...

'We Need Answers Before This Becomes A Chaotic Moment In EU History'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK

Britain's Euro MPs have given a resounding thumbs down to the raid on saving accounts agreed by Cyprus. There were warnings the controversial move ...

Size Does Matter: Cutting Back the Number of MEPs

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The limits of the European Parliament are currently being debated by MEPs. After Croatia joins the EU in July, the number of seats will go up to 766, a number that will have to be brought down to 751 for the 2014 parliamentary elections, in line with Lisbon Treaty rules.

MEPs Sounded Out Over Anti-traffic Noise Plan

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Noise is one of the scourges of modern life and one of the main causes is traffic noise. Research by the European Environmental Agency shows that half of the people living in urban areas suffer from unbearable traffic noise.

MEPs Cost £1.79m A Year Each, Three Times The Cost Of Westminster MPs

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK Politics

MEPs cost £1.79m a year, compared to MPs who cost £590,000 and peers who cost £130,000, figures published by the government reveal. On Wednesday...

Sharks Deserve Better Protection From Cruel Finning

Mark Jones | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

Shark finning is a highly unsustainable practice. By discarding the body and just landing the fins, boats can catch many of the highly profitable shark fins at each outing. The practice threatens shark populations and jeopardises the balance of marine ecosystems.

Making Sure the EU's Long-term Budget Adds Up

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Setting a budget is a difficult exercise at the best of times. Even when money is plentiful, it is never unlimited, so tough choices have to be made. Now imagine 27 countries, all with their own of difficulties and preferences, having to decide about billions of euros for a seven-year period in the midst of the biggest economic crisis since the great depression.

International Day of Democracy: For the People, by the People

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Idiōtēs was how people in ancient Greece contemptuously referred to those who had no interest in politics, a word that has evolved into the modern word idiots.

A New Take on Creating Legislation

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

If two heads are better than one, a million must be a veritable diamond deposit ready to be extracted. Starting this month the EU will be mining ordinary people for ideas on new legislation.

We Need to up our Game Towards the New EU Directive on the Sexual Abuse of Children

John Carr | Posted 27.12.2011 | UK
John Carr

What we used to refer to as a proposal for a directive on combatting child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography is now a finished item. Well more or less. It went through the European Parliament in Strasbourg earlier today, unamended.