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Modernisation of European copyright rules

Protect creativity without creating borders

Modernisation of European copyright rules

The Legal Affairs Committee will vote on new copyright rules on Tuesday regarding the online transmission and retransmission of TV and radio programmes. The EPP Group is defending a line that would balance the interests of internet users and will protect the European film industry at the same time, as for the EPP Group, cultural diversity and creativity in Europe are core values that must be safeguarded. A general application of the Country of Origin principle as proposed by the Commission would negatively affect all types of content - international, European and independent local productions - and threaten cultural diversity. The EPP Group therefore seeks a solution to promote cross-border online services for news and current affairs programmes.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845390 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175390
  • Marek Hannibal, tel:  +32 475 753 048
  • Meike Bogdan, tel:  +32 473 850 507

Contracts for the supply of digital content

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Contracts for the supply of digital content

Members of the Legal Affairs Committee and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will vote on Tuesday in a joint meeting on new rules that concern the business-to-consumer contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services, preventing the rise of divergent national rules that would hamper cross-border trade, consumer confidence and the growth of the Digital Single Market. The new legislation will cover, for example, the conformity of the supply of digital content or digital services, the remedies and their hierarchy, and the burden of proof.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845302 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175302
BRU: +32 (0)2 2845771 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175771
  • Marek Hannibal, tel:  +32 475 753 048
  • Kaja Sorg, tel:  +32 476 541 013

Providing legal certainty for banks and investors

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Providing legal certainty for banks and investors

As part of a package of legislative proposals aimed at reducing risks in the EU banking industry, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will vote on Tuesday on the agreement with the Council on the Directive on the ranking of unsecured debt instruments in insolvency proceedings (bank creditor hierarchy). "This proposal will improve the resilience of European banks and bring our legislation into line with new prudential international standards", said EP Rapporteur Gunnar Hökmark MEP.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845822 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175822
  • Lina Stenlund, tel:  +32 485 911 164

Common Agricultural Policy: mid-term reform

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Common Agricultural Policy: mid-term reform

The Agriculture Committee will vote on Wednesday on the simplification of the mid-term reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) through the so-called Omnibus Regulation. The main aims of the EPP Group are the simplification of EU farming policy, boosting farmers’ bargaining power and better equipping them to face risks. "We have achieved a much-needed breakthrough to better safeguard farmers through strengthening farmers' position in the food supply chain and a far-reaching standardisation of our farming policy", said Rapporteur Albert Deβ. The agreement between the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament should enter into force at the beginning of 2018.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845231 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175231
  • Meike Bogdan, tel:  +32 473 850 507
  • Pete Pakarinen, tel:  +32 470 830 213

Better rules to facilitate fishermen's jobs and protect the environment

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Better rules to facilitate fishermen's jobs and protect the environment

MEPs in the Fisheries Committee will vote on Tuesday on new rules to simplify the current technical measures the fishing sector has to comply with, aiming at minimising unwanted catches. The goal of this legislation is also to protect marine ecosystems and to ensure the conservation of fishery resources. The new rules will include technical measures applying to all EU waters and also regional measures which would be different for seven EU sea basins including mesh sizes, selectivity of fishing gears, closed or restricted areas and real time closures. The Parliament will soon open negotiations with the Council of the EU to reach a final agreement.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845237 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175237
  • Jean-Luc Feixa, tel:  + 32 477 680 090
  • Javier Jimenez Arbelo, tel:  +32 475 48 04 46

Increasing EU support for the beekeeping sector

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Increasing EU support for the beekeeping sector

Despite invasive alien species, bee diseases and imported honey falsely labelled as European, European beekeepers have managed to double honey production over the last 15 years. As the EU support has not risen enough, the Report on the EU apiculture sector, to be voted on next week in the Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, is calling for a 47.8% funding increase for national beekeeping programmes. In his Report, Hungarian MEP Norbert Erdős also calls for a new direct support scheme from the Commission.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845716 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175716
  • Pete Pakarinen, tel:  +32 470 830 213

Discussing land transport consequences of Brexit and the Mobility Package

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Discussing land transport consequences of Brexit and the Mobility Package

Next week, the Transport Committee will organise several hearings on highly relevant and sensitive topics. On Wednesday morning, the Brexit consequences for rail and road transport will be discussed with experts and stakeholders from these sectors. In the afternoon, the Transport Committee will continue with its hearing on the social and market aspects of the Mobility Package with the input of business representatives from all over Europe. These discussions will particularly focus on cabotage, driving and resting times and the posting of workers proposals of the European Commission. Following up on the Mobility Package discussions, EPP Group members Wim Van de Camp, Andor Deli and Elżbieta Łukacijewska will host an open debate on Thursday afternoon with key players from the European transport scene on the practical aspects of the legislative proposals for transport companies.

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

Chairman's agenda

EPP Group Plenary Briefing

Chairman's agenda

Saturday: CSU Party Presidency meeting

Monday: speech at a meeting on regional EU funding, Deggendorf, Germany; meeting with Lower Bavarian businesses concerned by Brexit

Tuesday: visit to The Hague: meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, CDA Chairman Sybrand Buma and with other representatives from the Dutch Government, Parliament and Constitutional Court

Wednesday: meeting with Fine Gael local politicians, Brussels

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

Press Conferences

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Press Conferences

Monday @ 11:00 - Briefing on the parliamentary agenda

Flooded house in flood waters
23.11.2017 - 15:09

Better response to and prevention of natural disasters

Today, the European Commission presented its ideas to reinforce Europe's ability to deal with natural disasters. ‘rescEU’ is an EU...
EU Civil Protection Mechanism to become mandatory
23.11.2017 - 10:45

EU Civil Protection Mechanism to become mandatory

Spurred by deadly wildfires in Portugal and flooding in Eastern Europe, the European Commission is proposing to make the EU’s voluntary Civil...
Young plant
22.11.2017 - 10:10

Omnibus: much-needed adjustments to EU farming policy

The much-needed adjustments of the mid-term reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) through the so-called Omnibus Regulation are on their way...
Improving contract law for digital content and copyright law for broadcasts in the EU
21.11.2017 - 17:45

Improving contract law for digital content and copyright law for broadcasts in the EU

In committee, MEPs have approved a new law creating an EU-wide standard set of contract rules for digital content provided by businesses to consumers...