The Lisbon Treaty which came into effect in 2009 increased the relevance of the Parliament - it gave Euro-MPs
powers of co-decision with the EU Council of Ministers (the political heads of the member states) over many matters including reform of the Common Agricultural Policy - but did nothing to increase the relevance of UK Euro-MPs
in the Parliamentary process.
He said that the move follows a long running campaign backed by Lib Dem Euro-MPs
to get a better deal for consumers and will benefit local businesses, such as Amazon at Rugeley, who trade with EU countries.
IN reply to George Herschel's query on the EU Budget (Tuesday's Chronicle), although the total EU budget is to be reduced from that proposed by the secretariat, provided the left-wing majority of Euro-MPs
do not vote against it, the UK's contribution still has to be increased year on year thanks to the last Labour government accepting a revised calculation of the rebate originally negotiated by Margaret Thatcher.
have championed the use of smart meters because they help consumers not only reduce their energy bills at a time when their household budgets are stretched, but also reduce CO emissions, ensuring we all play our part in combating climate change.
are voting on these proposals without the benefit of an impact assessment.
But it was opposed by some Euro-MPs
as a flagrant breach of privacy laws.
The six Euro-MPs
elected for the region were Richard Corbett and Linda McAvan (Lab), Timothy Kirkhope and Edward McMillan-Scott (Con), Diana Wallis (Lib Dem), and Godfrey Bloom (UKIP).
Now a cross-party group of MPs is pressing for Westminster to be brought in line with Brussels, where British Euro-MPs
are due for an increase to pounds 72,000 next year.
urged a legal review of the situation and now the group have confirmed there is no good reason why the clergy should not have the rights in section 23 of the Employment Relations Act.
Philip Bushill-Matthews is objecting to Labour Euro-MPs
trying to take over the chairmanship of the EU public inquiry into foot and mouth disease.
want banks to make absolutely clear their justification for their charges, she insisted.
Eight years ago Euro-MPs
agreed to get rid of tobacco advertising in sport but had to get the plan past the EU's governing bodies.