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13.9.2017.
With little progress in the Brexit talks, EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier says the second phase of negotiations focusing on a trade accord and other future ties may not begin until early next year. The rights of millions of EU and UK citizens remains the top priority, Barnier says, speaking at the European Parliament’s Pan-European Working Group. The working group’s Chair, Paul Rübig of the EPP Group, says with Brexit, there is worry about the stability of internal UK relations after Brexit, regarding Northern Ireland and other UK members.

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Ending geo-blocking: win-win for all
6.2.2018.

Ending geo-blocking: win-win for all

The European Parliament has given its final approval to legislation that will bar online companies from blocking consumers based on nationality or location. The EPP Group’s Róża Thun, author of the legislation, says it’s another step in opening up Europe’s Digital Single...
EPP Group MEPs debate the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP)
31.1.2018.

EPP Group MEPs debate the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP)

Europe’s population is ageing with people living longer and having fewer children. With less money coming into the state pension pot and greater demands on that same pot of money, there may well be a shortfall.The EPP Group has organised a hearing to debate the European Commission’s...
Emissions trading reform to fight climate change
29.1.2018.

Emissions trading reform to fight climate change

The European Parliament is set to give its final approval next month to a revamped Emissions Trading System. The EPP Group’s Ivo Belet, a member of the Environment Committee, says the ETS will sell carbon allowances in order to put a price on carbon and finance Europe’s drive towards a...
Revamped Europass to help Europeans train and work across the EU
23.1.2018.

Revamped Europass to help Europeans train and work across the EU

The European Parliament’s Education and Employment Committee has approved an agreement to revamp the Europass, a kind of online European Union CV, to help Europeans find jobs and get training in EU countries.The file now moves to the European Parliament for its approval in plenary and to EU...
Seizing terror and criminal assets across EU
11.1.2018.

Seizing terror and criminal assets across EU

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee has approved legislation to block terrorists’ access to financing, sending the dossier to plenary next week. The EPP Group’s Shadow Rapporteur Salvatore Pogliesi says the EU-wide legislation, based on an...
Kebab ban rejected, saving jobs, businesses
13.12.2017.

Kebab ban rejected, saving jobs, businesses

The European Parliament has rejected a bid to outlaw phosphates in frozen kebab meat, pending a study in 2018 by the European Food Safety Agency. The EPP Group’s Renate Sommer argued that banning phosphates in kebabs was unjustified, since the food additive is used in other foods as well.
Common EU defence, economy, Erasmus
6.12.2017.

Common EU defence, economy, Erasmus

The 26th European summit between EPP Group MEPs and MPs lent its support to the PESCO common defence initiative. They also discussed Brexit, improving Europe’s economy, and a reinforced Erasmus youth study programme.
Ending geoblocking to boost digital single market
5.12.2017.

Ending geoblocking to boost digital single market

The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee has approved a Parliament/ European Council/ Commission agreement on legislation to ban geoblocking on digitally sold goods and services within the EU. The legislation, authored by the EPP Group’s Rosa Thun, does not include videos...
EU Civil Protection Mechanism to become mandatory
23.11.2017.

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 Protection Mechanism mandatory. Paulo Rangel, an EPP Group Vice-Chair, says the system is cost-effective in helping countries deal with disasters by...
Improving contract law for digital content and copyright law for broadcasts in the EU
21.11.2017.

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. In committee, they also agreed to new rules on the use of copyright and related rights for online transmissions and retransmissions of TV and radio...

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Ioannis Zografos
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