EU looks to fast track Ukraine trade deal despite warnings of ‘perceived provocation’ from UKIP

The EU International Trade Committee, INTA, has voted to fast track a free trade deal with Ukraine in a quick vote, despite warnings from UKIP MEPs that such a move could be perceived as provocative by Russia. Amjad Bashir and William Dartmouth led calls for the EU to show sensitivity due to tensions with Russia, warning that a rushed deal with the beleaguered state and her neighbours could be regarded as provocative by Putin.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 Written by: William Dartmouth Posted in: Press releases, 2014, Newsroom, September, International Trade , William Dartmouth

How do you plan to simplify visa procedures while guaranteeing Europeans’ safety?

How do you plan to simplify visa procedures while guaranteeing Europeans’ safety?

On September 3rd, the TRAN Committee welcomed the Italian Minister for Tourism, Mr Franceschini, to discuss the Italian Presidency priorities in the tourism sector, including its contribution to economic growth and jobs, as well as a single European brand for international tourists and high quality standards. Another key issue raised was the infrastructure to support the development of tourism, including intermodal transport.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 Written by: Peter Lundgren Posted in: Latest news, 2014, Newsroom, September, Transport and Tourism, Peter Lundgren

Cameron should not be supporting Tusk for EU Council President

Cameron should not be supporting Tusk for EU Council President

Present at the environs of the European Council today in Brussels, UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge said: “When David Cameron raised the scandal of the UK taxpayers being forced to fork out £55 million per year in child benefit to kids who live in eastern Europe, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in January, his comments were ‘unwarranted and unacceptable’.

Monday, 01 September 2014 Written by: Bill Etheridge Posted in: Bill Etheridge , Press releases, 2014, Newsroom, September

The European Parliament is beyond reform

The European Parliament is beyond reform

At the speed of a charging train, the votes follow one another thick and fast. “Amendment 5/1 - votes in favour, votes against, abstentions, carried. Amendment 5/2 - votes in favour, votes against, abstentions, rejected.” Each vote takes around six seconds. I’ve not yet seen a voting session with more than a hundred votes, but seasoned colleagues tell me that they once had to vote 900 times in three days. The average is somewhere around 500.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 Written by: Jonathan Arnott Posted in: Press releases, Budgets , Budgetary Control, 2014, Newsroom, August, Jonathan Arnott