Highlights der Woche

Highlights der Woche

European Council conclusions

Brexit

European Council conclusions

The Chairman will take the floor during the key debate on the conclusions of the last European Council meeting. On 29 April, the EU Heads of State and Government determined their common guidelines for the upcoming Brexit negotiations. The EPP Group’s position is fully in line with the guidelines: we first negotiate the divorce, then we talk about the future treaty. It is clear that a country leaving the EU cannot get a better deal than an EU Member State.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845890 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175890
  • Marion Jeanne, tel:  +32 479 840 293

Portability of online content services

Copyright

Portability of online content services

MEPs will discuss the agreement with the Council regarding a Regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market. This is another step towards achieving the Digital Single Market. Consumers will be guaranteed access to their domestic subscription for online music, film or sport broadcast services when travelling to another Member State on a temporary basis. The vote is scheduled for Thursday at noon.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845390 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175390
  • Marek Hannibal, tel:  +32 475 753 048

Leaking VAT system must be fixed

Taxes

Leaking VAT system must be fixed

The Report on the protection of the EU's financial interests (PIF Report) from the year 2015 will be voted on on Tuesday in plenary. Parliament's Rapporteur, EPP Group MEP Julia Pitera, calls on the European Commission to quickly fix the leaking VAT system that causes a loss of tax revenues in the EU. Pitera also calls on the Commission to continue its efforts in simplifying EU legislation.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845386 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175386
  • Pete Pakarinen, tel:  +32 470 830 213
  • Agata Byczewska, tel:  +32 473 841 093

EU strategy for Syria

Persecution of religious minorities

EU strategy for Syria

MEPs will debate the situation in Syria on Tuesday, a few weeks after the gas attack in the area of Idlib. The EPP Group strongly condemns the continued violations and abuse of human rights, particularly by the Syrian regime, and calls for the cessation of all hostilities, a halt to sieges and full, unhindered, countrywide humanitarian access. The EPP Group believes that there can only be an end to the war through a political transition process.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845852 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175852
  • Agata Byczewska, tel:  +32 473 841 093

Situation of Christians in the Middle East

Persecuted Christians in the Middle East (2011)

Situation of Christians in the Middle East

MEPs will debate on Tuesday and vote on a Resolution condemning ISIS/Daesh's continued attacks on Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, the Middle East's largest Christian community. “The fact that ISIS views Copts in Egypt and churches as 'legitimate targets' in its genocidal war against the 'infidels and tyrants' should alarm the rest of the world and lead to joint action from the EU and from the global community”, says Lars Adaktusson MEP, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845155 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175155
  • Agata Byczewska, tel:  +32 473 841 093

Steps to reduce food waste

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Steps to reduce food waste

Around 88 million tonnes of food worth about €143 billion is wasted every year in the EU. Besides being an ethical and economic issue, wasting food also harms the environment since it depletes it of limited natural resources. The EPP Group takes the issue of dealing with food waste very seriously. If we manage to reduce food waste, we keep our environment safe and we save money too. The debate will take place on Monday.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845409 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175409
  • Marta Osojnik, tel:  +32 473 625 868

EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020

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EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020

In this age of digitalisation, the electronic accessibility of public authorities is a logical development which offers citizens and companies a wide range of benefits. The Commission's Action Plan, presented in April 2016, aims at modernising public administration and reducing bureaucratic hurdles. "The Internet is part of our everyday life, which is indispensable. The EPP Group therefore supports the digitalisation of public administration and a more viable public sector in the Member States", says Sabine Verheyen, author of the European Parliament Report on the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020. She also points out that because of the lack of digital literacy, offline services need to remain unchanged.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845299 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175299
  • Thomas Bickl, tel:  +32 478 215 372

Road transport in the EU

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Road transport in the EU

On Thursday, the Parliament will adopt a Resolution anticipating the long-awaited legislative proposals of the mobility package due to be presented by the European Commission at the end of the month. The package is crucial for the competitiveness, efficiency and fairness of Europe's transport sector and will provide a much-needed long-term strategy. The EPP Group insists that the proposals be judged by their positive impact on job creation, their support for the position of SMEs and their drivers, and to improve the overall efficiency of the sector. EPP Group Transport and Tourism Spokesman Wim van de Camp said: "We need to be more ambitious when it comes to securing a level playing field between countries by stepping up the enforcement of European road transport laws, ending the fragmentation and complexity of Europe's toll systems and providing a clear framework of rules to support technological developments like connected and automated driving. Also, we will need to review the driving times and rest periods of drivers and road safety measures to better protect drivers and give them more flexibility while on the road."

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845298 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175298
  • Dirk Gotink, tel:  +32 488 46 53 43

Extending the EU's investment plan

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Extending the EU's investment plan

The Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs Committees will jointly vote on the extension of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is at the heart of the Juncker Investment Plan, on Monday in Strasbourg. The EFSI co-rapporteur, José Manuel Fernandes MEP, said: "EFSI has so far mobilised more than €180 billion in investment and supported more than 400,000 small and medium-sized enterprises. It has helped create jobs and has contributed to growth. Now, we want to extend its duration until 2020 which should mobilise private and public investment of €500 billion over the whole period. We also want to reinforce the European Investment Advisory Hub in order to improve the geographic distribution of projects, ensure their quality, as well as to establish investment platforms to facilitate the financing of smaller projects."

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845165 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175165
  • Francisco Correia Da Silva, tel:  +32 470 830 567

The situation of the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya

Refugee camp on Lesbos, Greece

The situation of the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya

On Tuesday, MEPs will discuss the situation of the Dadaab (Kenya) refugee camp, a refugee complex set up to provide shelter for those fleeing persecution, violence and instability in East Africa, most notably from the war in Somalia. Established in 1991 as a temporary solution for 90,000 people, the camp today hosts around 260,000 people, most of them under 18 years old. In May, the Kenyan Government announced its decision to close it. While understanding Kenyan concerns that led to this decision, the EPP Group points out that the instability in the region will not allow the refugees to return home. A sustainable, safe programme of returns should be put in place alongside efforts to increase security and establish long term socio- economic development in the region. We call on the EU to re-double its efforts and play a mediator role in the region in order to solve the economic, political, and environmental and security problems which are the root causes of the refugee situation.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845248 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175248
  • Agata Byczewska, tel:  +32 473 841 093
  • Vladislav Panayotov Velev, tel:  +32 484 199 498

Chairman's Agenda

Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group

Chairman's Agenda

Tuesday: Press conference on the EPP Group's priorities, Strasbourg

Friday: School visits in Bavaria

Friday-Saturday: CSU Party Bureau meeting in Schloss Schwarzenfeld

  • Marion Jeanne, tel:  +32 479 840 293

Press Conferences (15-19 May)

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Press Conferences (15-19 May)

Tuesday @ 11.10 EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber Plenary Briefing

Wednesday @ 10.30 Anna Záborská MEP, Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP and Heinz K. Becker on the International Day of Family & EU policies

Wedensday @ 15.00 Lefteris Christoforou MEP on 'Priorities of the Agenda'

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