Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Press Releases - 2005

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Romanian adoption ban casts shadow over latest accession report - 15th December 2005
Romania's ban on international adoptions casts a shadow over today's vote in the European Parliament on the country's EU accession process, Charles Tannock MEP, UK Conservative foreign affairs spokesman, said today.

MEPs highlight poor human rights record in former Indochina - 1st December 2005
MEPs today voted in favour of a tough resolution highlighting the abuse of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, the three countries making up the former Indochina. The resolution, which was co-authored on behalf of the EPP-ED by Charles Tannock, calls on authorities in these countries to take action to improve the situation, and asks the Commission and Council to increase diplomatic pressure.

Goal of EU membership is incentive for reform for neighbouring states - 29th November 2005
The EU must provide the incentive of future membership of the Union for neighbouring European countries if relations with such countries are to be effective and successful, Dr Charles Tannock MEP said today as MEPs on the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee approved his report on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

MEPs' condemnation of Iranian president is too little too late - 16th November 2005
Plans for a hard-hitting resolution on Iran's human rights record and alleged nuclear proliferation have been watered down by MEPs in an attempt to appease the regime, Conservative foreign affairs spokesman in the European Parliament Charles Tannock MEP said today.

Conservative MEP "pleasantly surprised" after monitoring Azerbaijan vote - 7th November 2005
A Conservative MEP monitoring parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan said today that he and other MEPs involved were "pleasantly surprised" at the conduct of polling which they observed during Sunday's vote.

Chinese dissidents tell MEPs about repression and human rights abuses - 19th October 2005
A former senior diplomat and a secret police officer who defected from China this year have today been giving MEPs an inside view of China's hostility towards the pro-democracy movement, abuse of human rights and intelligence network.

European Parliament must stop turning a blind eye to Iran - 13th October 2005
MEPs must take a tougher line against Iran's nuclear weapons programme and not rule out options available to prevent nuclear proliferation based on dogma, Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative foreign affairs spokesman in the European Parliament, said today.

MEP calls for Islamic radical to be banned from EU - 12th October 2005
Conservative foreign affairs spokesman inthe European Parliament and London MEP Charles Tannock has asked theBritish government - which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union - to consider an EU-wide ban on extremist Qatar-based Islamic cleric Sheikh Yussuf al-Qaradawi.

British presidency rules out progress on EU diplomatic service - 12th September 2005
The UK presidency of the EU has ruled out any progress towards the creation of an EU diplomatic service - a key part of the EU constitution - during the rest of the year following a question tabled by Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative foreign affairs spokesman in the European Parliament.

Time to get tough on Chechen government-in-exile - 2nd September 2005
The British and Danish governments should take action against members and supporters of the Chechen government-in-exile following the appointment of terrorist and self-confessed mastermind of the Beslan massacre Shamil Basayev as first deputy prime minister, Charles Tannock MEP said today.

MEP's intervention persuades Spain to act against terrorist TV - 14th July 2005
The Spanish Government has blocked transmission of Hezbollah TV channel al-Manar after the intervention of Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative foreign affairs spokesman in the European Parliament.

Conservative MEPs express outrage at Lib Dem's "civil war" remark - 13th July 2005
Conservative MEPs said a comment by Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne that the London bombings amounted to "civil war" were highly inflammatory and unhelpful.

Bangladesh: concern at growing radicalism - 15th June 2005
Conservative foreign affairs spokesman in the European Parliament, Charles Tannock MEP, today expressed his concern at growing religious intolerance in Bangladesh, but commended the government for cracking down on militants.

EU diplomatic service means constitution by stealth - 26th May 2005
A vote by the European Parliament in favour of an EU diplomatic service - a provision made in the European Constitution, which has yet to be ratified by more than half of EU Member States - is another example of the EU adopting the Constitution by stealth, Charles Tannock MEP, the Conservative foreign affairs spokesman in the European Parliament, said today.

EU fundamental rights agency will duplicate work of other bodies - 28th April 2005
A proposed new EU fundamental rights agency would waste millions of pounds of British taxpayers' money and duplicate the work already carried out by NGOs and other existing bodies, Conservative Foreign Affairs spokesman in the European Parliament, Charles Tannock MEP, said today.

Conservatives welcome EU green light to Romania - 13th April 2005
Romania's accession to the European Union in 2007 will finally restore the country to the family of free democratic nations from which it was forcibly excluded following the post-1945 division of Europe, Conservative Foreign Affairs Spokesman in the European Parliament, Dr Charles Tannock MEP, said today.

EU must demonstrate its commitment to Human Rights in China - 15th March 2005
Charles Tannock MEP, Vice-President of the Human Rights Sub Committee of the European Parliament, believes it is essential that the contract between 'New Tang Dynasty Television' (NTDTV) and 'Eutelsat' is renewed. It must happen without any Chinese political interference and with strong resistance by the EU to commercial threats by the People’s Republic of China.

Nigeria must hand over tyrant Taylor - 24th February 2005
Following a European Parliament debate and a meeting with UN-convened Deputy Prosecutor for the Special Tribunal in Sierra Leone, Desmond De Silva QC, to discuss the case of war criminal Charles Taylor, Dr Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative Foreign Affairs Spokesman in the European Parliament said the following

Conservative MEP Welcomes Yushchenko Visit To Strasbourg - 23rd February 2005
Dr Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative Spokesman on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament, has today welcomed the visit to the Parliament of President Yushchenko of Ukraine.

Viktor Yushchenko deserves Nobel Peace Prize - 3rd February 2005
Dr Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative Foreign Affairs Spokesman in the European Parliament, has written to the Nobel Foundation to propose the candidature of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Conservative MEP condemns Government appeasement of Castro - 31st January 2005
Dr Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative Spokesman on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament, has today condemned the British Government for supporting a change in EU policy towards Fidel Castro.

EU should put ban on Hezbollah, says Conservative MEP - 27th January 2005
Speaking in a debate in the European Parliament on the situation in the Middle East, Dr Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative Spokesman on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament, said:

The EPP-ED Group welcomes the result of the Palestinian elections - 10th January 2005
The EPP-ED Group was represented by nine of its Members as part of the European Parliament delegation observing the Presidential elections in the Palestine. The Members welcomed the conduct and outcome of the fair and free elections that took place yesterday, 09 January 2005. The Palestinian people have many reasons to be proud of this democratic process which could serve as a lesson to other Arab countries.

Conservative MEP pledges support for aid for tsunami victims - 3rd January 2005
Conservative Foreign Affairs Spokesman in the European Parliament and Founder of the Friends of India in the European Parliament, Dr Charles Tannock MEP, has today written to the Indian Ambassador to the EU pledging support for the victims of the tsunami disaster.