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.

 

EU as a global player

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What we believe in

European Union
15.02.2017

Making Europe fit for the 21st century

1. Why do we need Europe? We wish to secure our European way of life. Europeans are afraid of losing control and a say in their daily lives because they are facing unprecedented challenges. Some of these challenges have technological or...
Mediterranean
14.07.2016

Position Paper on the Mediterranean

Stability in the Mediterranean region means stability for Europe The EU Global Strategy and the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy offer a unique opportunity to rethink the EU's policy on the Mediterranean. The EPP Group has pleaded...
Gas

The External Dimension of Energy Security

Objectives Our goal is to ensure higher security of external energy supplies for the European Union. The European Union imports 53% of its overall energy consumption. Besides the existing necessity for more competitiveness, increased energy...
Global Finance
08.07.2015

Fair international trade for growth, jobs and democracy

Free trade and globalisation have significantly improved living standards and reduced poverty in the EU and around the world. They create economic growth and jobs and strengthen political and economic relations with third countries. We seek to...
Women with laptop and international flags
08.07.2015

A transparent, multilateral approach to international trade

We want to take citizens on board Globalisation and open markets have significantly improved living standards and reduced poverty in the EU and around the world. We therefore ask all stakeholders to develop a better communication strategy on the...
Transatlantic relations between EU and US

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

We want to strengthen the transatlantic bond The United States is the EU’s key strategic partner. We share common values of democracy, human rights and rule of law as well as strategic interest in mutual prosperity and security. The...
Global Business people team
08.07.2015

Our commitment to free and fair trade and sustainability

The EU is at the forefront of world trade liberalisation. This is demonstrated by our numerous trade partnerships worldwide. We take stock of our economic relationships to date and recognise their divergent characteristics; while in recent years...
Global connections
08.07.2015

Preventing unfair trade practices and the need for a modern European System of Investor Protection

We want effective trade defence instruments Further trade liberalisation still requires an ability to prevent unfair trading practices in our markets. We therefore regard Trade Defence Instruments (TDI) as an appropriate component of the EU...
Businesspeople Holding Up a Globe
08.07.2015

Reciprocity and fairness in trade

We want positive reciprocity in international public procurement markets We regret that the large degree of openness of the EU public procurement markets at all levels of government is in many cases not matched by the same access for EU suppliers...
Ukrainian Businessman holding business card with Ukraine Flag
08.07.2015

Calling for deeper trade relations with our neighbours

We support deeper trade relations with our partners in the Eastern Neighbourhood We are aware of the challenges and importance of the creation of a stable, democratic and prosperous Eastern European Neighbourhood. We support DCFTAs offering our...

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