Press Releases - 2004
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UKIP must believe Ukrainian elections were free and fair - 2nd December 2004
The United Kingdom Independence Party has voted against a resolution in the European Parliament supporting the Ukrainian people and calling for free and fair elections.
France and Germany Must Get Behind NATO in Iraq - 17th September 2004
The European Parliament has voted through a resolution on Iraq which focuses on the humanitarian and security situation. With elections due in January 2005 the current instability in Iraq continues to cause doubts as to whether these can still go ahead.
Meeting with Gadaffi means world is safer place - 27th April 2004
Today marks the historic occasion of the first visit to Europe by Colonel Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi for 15 years. This comes after Colonel Gaddafi's admissions over Libya's nuclear weapons programme and their negotiations with the West to re-join the International Community.
Pakistan Deserves Recognition For Improvements In Human Rights - 21st April 2004
The European Parliament has voted to ratify the trade agreement between Pakistan and the EU. Pakistan's 3rd Generation Co-operation Agreement with the EU included controversial human rights clauses which some MEPs considered as sufficient reason to suspend the agreement.
Reports of the E.P. on the Direct Budgetary Assistance to the Palestinian Authority - 2nd April 2004
The Working Group report into alleged abuse of EU funds paid directly (a sum of €246 million over two years) as cash aid to the Palestinian Authority which was set up by the European Parliament, has been published. But it has not conclusively established if any money has actually been diverted to terrorist groups or fraud.
Fight against terrorism is Europe's greatest challenge - 31st March 2004
Following the arrest of several people in London on anti-terrorist offences, there have been calls for more co-operation between nation states across Europe and the world in the fight against terrorism.
EU should attack the terrorists, not attack the United States - 10th March 2004
The United States was slammed today by Members of the European Parliament for its handling of the detainees in Guantanamo Bay. The Andreasen Report says the United States is breaking the Geneva Convention, and that the treatment of detainees will bring dire consequences for relations between the US and EU. It also criticises President Bush's military order of November 2001 regarding the detention and treatment of "certain non-citizens" in the war against terrorism.
Report on choking incidents does not tell whole story - 26th February 2004
Following further evidence of choking incidents, Dr Charles Tannock MEP today called on the President of the Parliament to publish the report commissioned by the STOA Panel on the risks of inedibles in confectionery products, and urged the Commission to carry out a comprehensive survey to examine the true picture of choking incidents in the EU.
Alternative Hearing at The Hague - 24th February 2004
Alongside the Israel barrier case being heard at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a tribunal will take place of victims of Palestinian terrorism and their relatives today. Eighteen Israelis will give evidence at the hearing, organised by the CIDI, the Israel Centre of Information and Documentation.
EU Plans For A Security Council Seat - 29th January 2004
Moves to give the EU a permanent seat on the UN Security Council were approved in the European Parliament today shortly before the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, addressed MEPs.