Highlights of the week

05.03.2018 - 09.03.2018

EPP Group to discuss innovation in Spain

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EPP Group to discuss innovation in Spain

EPP Group MEPs will meet next week in Valencia (Spain) to discuss innovation in the European economy, with special focus on agriculture. EPP Group Bureau Members will exchange views with experts and business representatives on Thursday and Friday. The Spanish Prime Minister and President of the Partido Popular (PP), Mariano Rajoy; the Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, Soraya Saénz de Santamaria; and the Spanish Minister of Defence and Secretary-General of the PP, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, will deliver speeches during the working sessions. EP President Antonio Tajani and the European Commissioners for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, and Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, will also feature at the event.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845372 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175372
  • Javier Jimenez Arbelo, tel:  +32 475 48 04 46
  • Pedro López de Pablo, tel:  +32 475 493 352

EP sends delegation to Slovakia after Kuciak murder

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EP sends delegation to Slovakia after Kuciak murder

An ad hoc delegation of the European Parliament will be sent to Slovakia for a fact-finding mission after the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak. Inge Gräßle will be part of the delegation on behalf of the EPP Group. The dates of the delegation visit are yet to be confirmed but it could be as early as Wednesday 7 March.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845868 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175868
  • Atilla Agárdi, tel:  +32 475 750 272

Empowering women and girls

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Empowering women and girls

Marking the International Women's Day that celebrates women's accomplishments and promotes global gender equality, EPP Group Women Committee Members will participate on Thursday at the Inter-parliamentary event on 'Empowering women and girls in media and ICTs: key for the future'. After the opening speech given by EP President Antonio Tajani, the guests and MEPs will discuss matters such as 'Empowering women and girls through digital inclusion' and 'Women shaping the media' with the Group's Spokeswoman on women's issues Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz and European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. These topics are of global importance as both the media and ICTs have considerable potential in the promotion of women's empowerment. On the same day, the EPP Group will also host an event organised by MEPs Marek Plura and Michaela Šojdrová called 'Powerful Ladies', with special focus on empowering women with disabilities.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845420 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175420
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  • Justine De Almeida, tel:  +32 2 2834742
  • Jean-Luc Feixa, tel:  + 32 477 680 090

Debating Christian cultural heritage protection

Debating Christian cultural heritage protection

As 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the EPP Group Working Group on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue will hold a seminar on Tuesday afternoon on the importance of Europe protecting Christian cultural heritage. Cultural and religious heritage has a universal value for people and societies. For the first time, in 2015, the European Parliament adopted a Report on an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe. The Report acknowledged that religious heritage constitutes an intangible part of European cultural heritage and that historical religious heritage must be preserved for its cultural value, regardless of its religious origins. The EPP Group is the leading political group which promotes interreligious understanding through regular cooperation with Churches.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845511 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175511
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  • Atilla Agárdi, tel:  +32 475 750 272

Western Balkans: digital economy, connectivity and roaming roadmap

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Western Balkans: digital economy, connectivity and roaming roadmap

EPP Group MEP Andrey Kovatchev, together with the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, will host a conference on Tuesday morning on the Western Balkans, focusing on the digital economy, connectivity and the roaming roadmap for this region. The Western Balkans are high among the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission allocates much importance to and puts lots of effort into the connectivity agenda in the region. The conference will also discuss the possibilities of decreasing high roaming charges in the region. Parliament's Vice-President Lívia Járóka will conclude the conference.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845662 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175662
  • Vladislav Panayotov Velev, tel:  +32 484 199 498

Chairman’s Agenda

EPP Group February Plenary Briefing

Chairman’s Agenda

Mon: CSU Party Presidency meeting, Munich

Tues: Discussion event with Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Group Leader of the Greens in the German Bundestag, Representation of the State of Hessen, Brussels

Weds-Fri: Meeting of the EPP Group Bureau in Valencia, Spain, with the participation of Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy, Commissioner Phil Hogan, EP President Antonio Tajani and others

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

Press Conferences


Press Conferences

Tuesday @ 10.30 hrs: Sven Schulze on the indexation of child benefits in the EU

Friday @ 11.00 hrs: Pre-session briefing


13.09.2018 - 12:40

Dual Quality Products: what you see is what you should get

The European Parliament today proposed concrete measures to solve the problem of quality differences between products sold under the same brand and...
Copyright law, defending consumers, State of the Union, Future of Europe
13.09.2018 - 12:30

Copyright law, defending consumers, State of the Union, Future of Europe

The European Parliament has approved legislation to help online content creators earn their fair share through a stronger EU copyright law. It also...
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12.09.2018 - 13:31

EPP Group leads EP in protection of independent journalism

The European Parliament stands behind journalists, creators, authors, publishers and legitimate copyright right-holders. This is the outcome of today...
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12.09.2018 - 13:03

Stopping terrorists' access to financing

The EPP Group insists on improved controls of cash at Europe's external borders to fight the financing of terrorism and organised crime. The...