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.

 

Freedom, security and justice

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What we believe in

Freedom of expression
10.03.2016

Position paper on media freedom and pluralism in the digital era

Civic engagement, informed citizenship and the fundamental right to freedom of expression and information can, in any democracy, only be guaranteed through media freedom and pluralism. The EPP Group recalls its commitment to the provisions of the...
Belgian soldiers
02.10.2015

Towards a European Defence Union

Security for all, or not at all The security environment which surrounds the EU is volatile, complex and uncertain. To the south and east, Europe is facing an arch of instability. The expected ring of friends has become a ring of fire. In the...
Security concept

EPP Group key priorities on data protection

Digitalisation is changing our lives faster than any other technical revolution has done before. It affects our social and working life, our communication, competitiveness, property rights, fundamental rights and privacy. EU citizens are sharing...
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18.05.2015

Time for action on migration

Any approach to migration must be holistic. Every aspect must be considered as part of an all-encompassing strategy with the principle of concrete solidarity at its centre. In 2014, more than 276 000 irregular migrants arrived in the EU, an...
Germany Raises Security Level
28.04.2015

Coordinating responses to the ‘foreign fighter’ threat and tightening border controls

Coordinating the immediate response to the growing ‘foreign fighter’ threat To effectively tackle this growing threat, the Member States must harmonise their immediate response and approach to foreign fighters. The EPP Group is...
Muslim rebel
28.04.2015

Cooperation with third countries, regional and global actors

The EU, USA and Canada (and to a lesser extent Australia and New Zealand) have all observed the worrying trend of home-grown terrorism and violent radicalisation; transatlantic cooperation with these countries is therefore vital. The EPP Group...
Muslim militants
28.04.2015

Preventing radicalisation and intensifying the de-radicalisation process

The question of how to de-radicalise and integrate disaffected persons is one of the key focuses of our strategy. There is a growing awareness of the need for coordinated Internet monitoring as extremists are using this free space to spread their...
German Federal Police Test New Biometric Border Control
28.04.2015

We stand behind the EU's counter-terrorism measures and tools

The EPP Group has always advocated for an EU PNR (Passsenger Name Record) system as a valuable tool, alongside a comprehensive set of other measures, that can be used to combat terrorist threats to domestic security. The number of radicalised...
Je suis Charlie

Protection and support of victims of terrorism in Europe and worldwide

The EPP Group has continuously fought for specific focus to be given to the needs of victims of terrorism, to protect their dignity and security and to help delegitimise and deglamorize terrorism. Structures and organisations for the protection...

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CETA
20.09.2017 - 10:42

Europe leads on rules-based trade: CETA comes into force

Following seven years of negotiations, the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will provisionally enter into force tomorrow. "The...
Euro symbol in the magnifying glass
14.09.2017 - 12:41

EPP Group deplores attempts to keep NGO financing secret

In a vote today the EPP Group rejected attempts to keep NGO financing a secret. Hiding behind calls for transparency in this House, the Greens and...
State of the Union, Fipronil scandal, Turkey, Venezuela
14.09.2017 - 12:00

State of the Union, Fipronil scandal, Turkey, Venezuela

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed plans to strengthen the EU27 as Brexit...
Germany Raises Security Level
14.09.2017 - 11:06

Committee on terrorism: new European approach to security

The new European Parliament Committee on Terrorism (TERR), initiated by the EPP Group, met for the first time today. It will have one year to assess...