Legal Affairs

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"We need to act calmly but also be decisive in our actions", said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament,...

Protect creativity without creating borders

The EPP Group has always defended a balanced approach on copyright and considers that it is the only way to ensure the interest of both the creators...

Happy young woman taking a selfie photo in Paris

Media reports about the freedom of panorama - a provision in copyright law that permits taking pictures, video footage or other images of buildings...

Earphones on a CD

The Legal Affairs Committee in the European Parliament approved today an implementation report on the Copyright Directive. The EPP Group’s...



The Committee on Legal Affairs is responsible for the interpretation and application of European law and compliance of European Union acts with primary law. It also interprets international law in so far as the European Union is affected. Among its other prerogatives, the Committee also adopts measures concerning judicial and administrative cooperation in civil matters and deals with environmental liability and sanctions against environmental crime.


Press Release
01.12.2016 - 12:06

Commissioners’ behaviour needs to be irreproachable

“The College of Commissioners is a group of top European Union officials. It is not surprising that any information about Commissioner activity outside his or her mandate provokes strong...
Therese Comodini Cachia MEP
29.11.2016 - 17:32

Copyright reform: why, how and for whom

Digital technology has radically changed the way creative content is produced, distributed and accessed. The EU needs modern copyright rules fit for a Digital Single Market. The Commission's...
Therese Comodini Cachia MEP and Pavel Svoboda MEP
Press Release
13.09.2016 - 13:29

21st century copyright for authors and consumers

“Copyright is not a barrier for creative and cultural content to thrive online. We are prepared to lead the debate in the European Parliament and we will seek to make the new proposal clear and...
Press Release
13.04.2016 - 15:15

Trade secrets: protecting business and fundamental liberties

"This report on trade secrets offers concrete solutions for fighting industrial espionage, whilst guaranteeing freedom of expression and information - starting with the freedom of the press and...
Press Release
28.01.2016 - 09:46

Trade Secrets: protecting business and fundamental freedoms

"Today's vote sends a strong signal: the agreement reached in Trialogue on trade secrets is well balanced and represents a great step forward for European firms, while preserving the...
Mobility concept
Press Release
16.12.2015 - 17:34

Data Protection Package: finally an agreement!

A great day for European citizens and for the European economy Following lengthy negotiations, an agreement on the Data Protection Package has been reached in trilogue. The result will be voted on...


Past Events

Good Administrative Behaviour
01.07.2015 - 14:30

Good Administrative Behaviour

Article 41 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the Union enshrines a legally-binding "right to good administration". As a follow-up to...
Lawyer with documents
11.01.2012 - 14:30

EPP Group Hearing on "The European Trademark System in the 21st Century"

Since the beginning of the European Community undistorted competition has been amongst the goals listed in the objectives of the EC Treaty. This...


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