Brexit, portability of online content, globalisation
18.05.2017 - 12:00
At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, MEPs debated the EU’s approach to the Brexit negotiations The EPP Group stressed that withdrawal discussions must come first and then partnership discussions afterwards. They also discussed a...
Traffic on multiple lane highway
Press Release
18.05.2017 - 11:10
The road sector is suffering from a lack of inter-operability of tolling systems, a lack of cross-border infrastructure investments and unfair competition. In a Resolution to be voted in the European Parliament today, the EPP Group calls on the...
Smiling young man with mobile phone and bag
Press Release
18.05.2017 - 11:01
The European Parliament will take another step towards achieving the Digital Single Market. The plenary will vote on a deal with the Council regarding a Regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market....
Visa-free travel for Ukrainians at long last
17.05.2017 - 18:00
Following a lengthy procedure during which Ukraine has put in place major reforms, the EU grants visa-free travel to Ukrainians.
Bullet holes in a front windshield
Press Release
17.05.2017 - 15:01
"We have strengthened security in Europe without restricting citizens' freedom," said Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP, EPP Group negotiator on the Firearms Directive, while attending the LEX signing ceremony of the Firearms Directive in...
Ukrainian passport
Press Release
17.05.2017 - 14:59
Ukrainians will be able to travel visa-free to most of the EU about a month after the final signing of the Regulation in the European Parliament today. This is the result of a long process successfully completed by members of the EPP Group....
Global Finance
Press Release
16.05.2017 - 14:17
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled on the division of competences in the bilateral trade agreement between the EU and Singapore. Most of the competences, such as transport, sustainable development and intellectual property rights, which...
Man reaching into empty pocket
Press Release
16.05.2017 - 12:50
The leaking VAT system must be quickly and efficiently fixed, says Julia Pitera MEP, Rapporteur on the 2015 report on the 'Protection of the EU's financial interests - fight against fraud' that was voted today at the European Parliament...
business statistics in blue - white chart with a blue arrow going up
Press Release
16.05.2017 - 11:29
The European Parliament’s Budgets and the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committees have approved by a large majority the extension of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to 2020 and the reinforcement of the guarantee that will...
16.05.2017 - 09:26
An EPP Group delegation to the 13th plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM) on 12 and 13 May 2017 in Rome garnered support for amendments "firmly condemning terrorist attacks and persecution...
12.05.2017 - 09:30
A poll conducted by RED C Research and Marketing, commissioned by the EPP Group, found that 78% of Europeans want the primary objective for Brexit negotiations to be protecting the good future of the remaining EU27, rather than building a new...
Press Release
12.05.2017 - 09:28
For 78% of EU citizens, the primary objective for Brexit negotiations should be to protect the interests of the remaining EU27, while 22% want the focus to be on building a new economic relationship with the UK, giving it special privileged...
Citizens’ rights a red line in Brexit talks
11.05.2017 - 18:03
At a European Parliament hearing, the Civil Liberties Committee discusses the Brexit negotiations with concerned citizens and civil society. Across party lines are calls to guarantee citizens’ rights as a red line in the talks, says the EPP...
Industrial Laborer
Press Release
11.05.2017 - 11:15
“The Council is back on track in fighting unfair trade practices by third countries. Crucially, the new methodology stands on a solid legal basis and is fully compatible with WTO law”, says Daniel Caspary MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in the...
EU common defence policy to face external threats
10.05.2017 - 12:45
A joint military command in Brussels is an important step towards establishing a European defence force and saving money through interoperability. The EPP Group’s Michael Gahler, spokesman on EU defence, also says the election of Emmanuel...


Highlights of the week

15.05.2017 - 19.05.2017

European Council conclusions

The Chairman will take the floor during the key debate on the conclusions of the last European Council meeting. On 29 April, the EU Heads of State...

Portability of online content services

MEPs will discuss the agreement with the Council regarding a Regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal...

Leaking VAT system must be fixed

The Report on the protection of the EU's financial interests (PIF Report) from the year 2015 will be voted on on Tuesday in plenary. Parliament...
Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP