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11.07.2017.
European Finance Ministers including Germany's Wolfgang Schaeuble joined MEPs to call for more action to fight tax avoidance. They came to lend their support to the European Parliament's Special Committee investigating the Panama Papers scandal. Committee Chair Werner Langen of the EPP Group stated that more transparency, including an EU-wide Common Corporate Consolidated Tax Base, would help national governments fight the loss of up to 70 billion euros annually from tax avoidance.

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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...
Young MEPs and MPs consider how to counter populism in Europe
09.11.2017.

Young MEPs and MPs consider how to counter populism in Europe

A Young Parliament Members’ European Forum on 7 and 8 November brought together MEPs and MPs from across Europe. How to tackle the threat posed by extremist forces on the left and the right to European unity was a key issue during the forum. On the second day they signed a resolution...
Lessons from history: preventing the rise of undemocratic and extremist forces in our societies
07.11.2017.

Lessons from history: preventing the rise of undemocratic and extremist forces in our societies

The House of European History hosted a debate on 7 November 2017 to mark 100 years since the Russian Revolution. At the time it looked like a hopeless putsch by a small group of ideological extremists but the result was a totalitarian communist regime that annihilated millions of people. MEPs...
Giving Schengen databank muscle to secure borders
07.11.2017.

Giving Schengen databank muscle to secure borders

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs approved reports on three pieces of legislation calling for greater access and use of the Schengen Information System to track down criminals, terrorists and migrants who are denied asylum. EPP Group MEPs Carlos...
EPP Group seeks to improve EU rules for posted workers
24.10.2017.

EPP Group seeks to improve EU rules for posted workers

The European Commission has proposed a revised version of the Posting of Workers Directive. The aim is to improve EU rules for workers who are temporarily posted abroad.   Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, an MEP from the EPP Group, drafted a report on the Directive and will take part in...
Give young farmers a better chance to fight desertification
19.10.2017.

Give young farmers a better chance to fight desertification

With a dramatically ageing farming population, Europe needs to provide more help for young farmers to become the future of agriculture. At the European Parliament, the EPP Group’s Fourth European Congress of Young Farmers highlighted the need for the Common Agricultural Policy to provide...
Improving the emergency services for EU citizens
18.10.2017.

Improving the emergency services for EU citizens

The EPP Group hosted a cross-party event in the European Parliament in Brussels at which MEPs met representatives from the emergency services from across the European Union. The aims of the event included raising awareness about Europe’s single emergency number (112) and discussing how to...
Making online shopping easier with fair shipping prices
12.10.2017.

Making online shopping easier with fair shipping prices

The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has approved legislation that would require more transparency and closer regulatory oversight of parcel delivery prices. The aim is to make shipping more competitive and encourage consumers as well as businesses to shop cross-border online, giving...
EPP Group asks EU Member States to boost services sector
28.09.2017.

EPP Group asks EU Member States to boost services sector

The services sector accounts for as much as 2/3 of the European Union’s economy. But it’s underperforming because of barriers making it harder for businesses to set up or expand into other EU countries. The European Commission has come up with proposals to reduce these barriers,...

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Ioannis Zografos
Managing producer EPP TV; Communications Strategy