Highlights of the week

18.06.2018 - 22.06.2018

Copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Copyright in the Digital Single Market

On Wednesday 20 June, Members of the Legal Affairs Committee will vote on the long-awaited Copyright Directive. The EPP Group seeks a balance between the right holders and artists and internet users on the other side. The aim of the Directive is to adapt copyright rules to the new realities of the 21st century. The EPP Group is of the opinion that platforms who develop their commercial activities on uploaded creative content need to fairly remunerate the creators. In this respect, quality journalism in Europe is also to be maintained by protecting the legal certainty of the publishers against some news aggregators that use the content of press publications without contributing to sustaining the investments in their creation.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845302 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175302
  • Marek Hannibal, tel:  +32 475 753 048

€500 million towards stronger EU defence

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€500 million towards stronger EU defence

An increase in cooperation in the defence industry and strengthening the competitiveness of the EU defence industry are core priorities. On Tuesday, the deal with the Council to allocate €500 million in 2019 and 2020 to the European Defence Industrial Development Programme will be confirmed in the Industry Committee. It is a completely new programme aimed at cross-EU country development of EU defence capabilities, for instance drones for military use or a European cyber defence mechanism. In the future, increased pan-EU cooperation in the big weapons systems - aircraft, battle tanks, and navy ships - could and should be foreseen.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845952 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175952
  • Lars Ole Løcke, tel:  +32 470 474 838

Veterinary medicinal products


Veterinary medicinal products

On Wednesday, the Environment Committee will confirm the agreement on veterinary medicinal products reached between the European Parliament, Commission and Council in June. Amongst others, the agreement provides for solutions limiting the processes in human bodies in which bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. "The fight against antibiotic resistance, a real scourge for public health, begins on breeding farms", says Françoise Grossetête MEP, the EPP Group’s negotiator on the file, explaining that the misuse of antibiotics in animal healthcare is one of the causes of antibiotic resistance in people.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845952 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175952
  • Marta Osojnik, tel:  +32 473 625 868

European Citizens' Initiative

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European Citizens' Initiative

The Constitutional Affairs Committee will vote on improvements to the European Citizens' Initiative, used by EU citizens to invite the European Commission to propose a legislative act. The aim is to make the instrument easier to use. EPP Group György Schöpflin MEP is the Rapporteur.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845884 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175884
  • Lina Stenlund, tel:  +32 485 911 164

Chairman's Agenda

Manfred Weber

Chairman's Agenda

Tuesday: Conference of Presidents in Vienna - meetings with members of the Federal Government, with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and President Alexander Van der Bellen

Thursday: attending the 100 year anniversary reception of Bavaria, Metten

Friday: attending the Europaforum Kommunalpolitik, Deggendorf, Germany; speech and panel discussion at Bavarian Business Association, Munich

Sunday: CSU Party event, Pocking, Germany

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

Press conferences (18-22 June)

Business conference

Press conferences (18-22 June)

Monday @ 11.00 Briefing on the parliamentary agenda

Tuesday @ 12.30 Rosa Estaràs Ferragut MEP, Esteban González Pons MEP and others on “The situation of women detained against their will in Saharawi camps”

  • Pedro López de Pablo, tel:  +32 475 493 352


EU trade relations, tackling migration, civil aviation safety
14.06.2018 - 12:00

EU trade relations, tackling migration, civil aviation safety

During the latest plenary session, MEPs debated EU trade relations, how to tackle migration and new civil aviation safety rules. The EPP Group...
Climate change
14.06.2018 - 10:44

Renewables deal win for affordable, climate-friendly energy

"The agreement to boost renewables in the energy mix to 32 percent at EU level by 2030 will help us provide secure, affordable and climate-...
13.06.2018 - 18:32

Tax transparency: Member States need to end stalemate

"The EPP Group wants multinational companies to disclose profit shifting to low-tax countries. For that, EU Member States need to end their...
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13.06.2018 - 18:01

Securing professions in the EU

“The EU Single Market will benefit from the new Directive which lays down specific criteria that Member States have to consider when conducting...