A reform agenda for Europe's future

The European Union is facing enormous challenges after the European elections. Millions unemployed, increasing migration levels, tough global competition and measures to overcome the crisis are coupled with a loss of trust in the ability of politics to deliver solutions.

The EPP Group in the European Parliament and its governments have led the reforms allowing the European Union to overcome the immediate crisis. We now want to equip the EU with a successful reform agenda for Europe's future, to enable it to meet the challenges ahead by improving Europe's competitiveness for more growth and jobs as well as regaining the trust of its citizens.

These are our priorities for this 5-year legislative term.

 

Economic recovery and jobs

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What we believe in

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06.10.2016

The future of cohesion policy

INTRODUCTION Why do we need cohesion policy, now and in the future? The EPP Group backs cohesion policy as a structural policy promoting growth and economic development across all EU regions, in line with the objectives of the Europe 2020...
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09.06.2016

Statement on the Crisis in Agriculture

The EPP Group in the European Parliament is by far the strongest defender of the interests of European farmers. During the last reform of the CAP, it was the EPP Group that ensured a substantial EU agriculture budget. We continue to stand up for a...
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09.03.2016

Cologne Declaration on Competitiveness

Jobs and growth are created by private initiatives, by innovative entrepreneurs and start-ups. Politicians promising otherwise only prepare the ground for populists. While the EU and national governments can only set framework conditions, this task...
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04.02.2016

Position Paper on the MFF Mid-Term Review & Revision

The purpose of this position paper is two-fold: firstly, to identify the legal framework and political context in which the MFF (Multi-annual Financial Framework) mid-term review/revision will take place; and secondly, to set out the position of the...
Simplified rules, less bureaucracy
16.12.2015

EPP Group position paper on Performance-Based Budgeting

General introduction The EU budget is an investment budget. About 90% of EU resources are spent on policies and programmes that benefit citizens in the Member States. In the current climate of limited budgetary resources, the Union has to do more...
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EPP Group Position Paper on Taxation

EPP Group priorities on tax: Taxes must be paid in the countries where the actual economic activity and value creation takes place, or, in the case of indirect taxation, where the consumption takes place. We welcome the application of the...
Protect creativity without creating borders
18.11.2015

EPP Group Position Paper on Copyright

The EPP Group has always defended a balanced approach on copyright and considers that it is the only way to ensure the interest of both the creators and the consumers by preserving the sustainability and diversity of the European creative and...
Climate change

The EPP Group's climate and energy policy

Challenges Energy is one of the key elements which drives the European economy. Our goal is to ensure a steady and sustainable supply of energy at a reasonable cost to our businesses and households. The world as a whole, including the EU, is...
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Consumers in the digital economy

We believe that consumers need to be at the heart of the Digital Single Market. With consumer spending accounting for approximately 56% of EU GDP, we need to enable consumers to benefit from the choices of a functioning and diversified Digital...
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Intellectual property rights, copyright and content

Businesses rely on the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). Consequently, infringements of these rights on a commercial scale must be combatted by civil enforcement procedures to allow creators, inventors and other rights holders to...

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Improving contract law for digital content and copyright law for broadcasts in the EU

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