Highlights of the week

08.10.2018 - 12.10.2018

More rights for passengers travelling by rail

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More rights for passengers travelling by rail

Delays, missing information, barriers for disabled travellers: railway passengers should be better protected no matter where they travel in the EU. The European Parliament’s Committee for Transport and Tourism will vote on Tuesday on proposals modernising European rail passenger rights. The rules will apply throughout Europe. The EPP Group will fight for a balanced result taking into account the interests of consumers and the needs of the EU railway branch.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845516 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175516
  • Hanna Vauchelle, tel:  +32 489 391 366

Plastic pollution: we need innovative models

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Plastic pollution: we need innovative models

The Environment Committee will vote on Wednesday on new rules determining how to reduce the impact of single-use plastics on the environment. Single-use plastics such as lightweight bags, plastic cutlery, cigarette filters and similar, most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, constitute 70% of all marine litter items. The EPP Group believes Europe needs to take the lead in finding innovative models to replace the destructive ones which are polluting our planet.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845320 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175320
  • Marta Osojnik, tel:  +32 473 625 868

Sakharov Prize 2018: EPP Group backs Oleg Sentsov

Oleg Sentsov

Sakharov Prize 2018: EPP Group backs Oleg Sentsov

On Tuesday, the Foreign Affairs Committee together with the Development Committee and in cooperation with the Subcommittee on Human Rights, will vote on the shortlist of three candidates for the 2018 Sakharov Prize. The EPP Group nominated Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov who was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for 'plotting terrorist acts' against the Russian 'de facto' rule in Crimea.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845261 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175261
  • Agata Byczewska, tel:  +32 473 841 093
  • Vladislav Panayotov Velev, tel:  +32 484 199 498

Facebook scandal: data breaches must stop


Facebook scandal: data breaches must stop

Cambridge Analytica and the recent security breach of millions more accounts have undermined the privacy of European citizens and compromised their trust in the safety of the data Facebook stores about them. It is time that Facebook finally lives up to its promise, takes the necessary measures to prevent more breaches of European citizens’ data and makes the public understand how this data is used. This is what we are asking for in a draft Resolution summarising a series of debates between the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and Facebook representatives. The Report will be voted on by the Committee on Wednesday.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845302 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175302
  • Hana Bambasová, tel:  +32 484 278 754
  • Matthew Bonett, tel:  +32 476 890 558

Western Balkans: assessing the progress

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Western Balkans: assessing the progress

The Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss on Monday and vote on Tuesday on the European Commission’s progress reports on the Western Balkan countries Albania, Montenegro, FYROM, Serbia and Kosovo. All of them have EU aspirations and the reports are part of the path towards the European Union. Although all of the countries have advanced in the implementation of desired reforms, there is still work to be done.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2838130 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175130
BRU: +32 (0)2 2845662 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175662
  • Vladislav Panayotov Velev, tel:  +32 484 199 498

Reducing world poverty through technology

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Reducing world poverty through technology

The EPP Group believes that digitalisation and technological innovation are strong drivers of sustainable development and inclusive growth, with a huge potential to reduce poverty, create jobs, increase competitiveness and even facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance. Therefore in the Report authored by Bogdan Wenta MEP which will be voted on in the Development Committee on Tuesday, we call on the European Commission and the Member States to ensure sufficient funding to streamline digital technologies into all aspects of development policy. The Report is also a follow-up to the Commission's document released last year entitled Digital4Development: mainstreaming digital technologies and services into EU development policy, and the announcement of the European Commission’s strategy on mainstreaming digitalisation into EU development policy.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845190 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175190
  • Constantina Voutounou, tel:  +32 486 046 168

Press Conferences (8-12 October)

Business conference

Press Conferences (8-12 October)

Monday @11.00: Briefing on parliamentary agenda  


Boy drinking water from bathroom faucet
23.10.2018 - 17:21

Safe and cheap access to water for all Europeans

When we turn on the tap, we rarely think about where the water comes from, or where it goes afterwards. Water seems limitless, and we often forget it...
Boy drinking water from bathroom faucet
23.10.2018 - 13:24

Safe and cheap water for everyone

EU listens to people's concerns in first ever Citizens’ Initiative Right2Water "The way we use water defines the future of humanity...
Smart Borders
23.10.2018 - 09:09

Functioning and safe Schengen area requires clear EU rules

Schengen is one of Europe’s success stories but further action is needed to ensure that the freedom of movement is not put at risk. A report...
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22.10.2018 - 19:01

Erasmus+: EPP Group proposes concrete steps for programme

Today, the European Parliament’s (EP) Culture and Education Committee presented its draft Report on the Erasmus+ Programme authored by Milan...