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12.04.2016 - 13:30

Asylum: European Parliament shows the way forward

The European Parliament today overwhelmingly approved a Report co-authored by EPP Group MEP Roberta Metsola on an all-encompassing approach to migration. Significantly for frontline Member States, the Report calls for the "country of first...
Tax Haven
12.04.2016 - 12:32

EPP Group welcomes law proposal to increase tax transparency

EPP Group wants strong parliamentary investigation into Panama Papers. "Country-by-country reporting alone does not fix the problem." The EPP Group has welcomed today's law proposal by the European Commission to have multi-national...

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Piggy bank saving electricity and heating costs
24.05.2016 - 11:54

Energy savings: keep the targets realistic

“Important progress has been made in energy savings in the European Union, but we must be careful not to hold the banner up so high that we lose our footing on solid ground”, said Markus Pieper MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur,...
Flag of Belarus
17.05.2016 - 10:38

Belarus: same opportunities for opposition key for relations

“Granting equal access to parliamentary elections for the representatives of the political opposition is the precondition for restoring parliamentary contact between the EU and Belarus”, stated Members of the European Parliament Sandra...
Eye dropper filling test cup with blue medicine
13.05.2016 - 12:16

Limiting exposure of workers to cancer chemicals crucial

Today, the European Commission has put forward a law protecting workers from being exposed to cancer-inducing chemicals in the workplace. The EPP Group Coordinator of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, David Casa MEP, welcomed this...
Milk pot farmer hand cow in meadow
12.05.2016 - 12:50

Labelling of foodstuffs: No to protectionism

The European Parliament called for mandatory country-of-origin labelling for milk and "lightly-processed" milk and meat products today. The EPP Group is against such unrealistic and populist demands. "The price pressure on farmers...
fishing ship
12.05.2016 - 12:25

EU consumers need to know what fish they are eating

"The resolution adopted by the European Parliament today is a clear signal to the European Commission and to European consumers: we need more transparency and traceability in product labelling of fisheries and aquaculture products at retail...
hands, Global Peace and Security
11.05.2016 - 19:03

We deplore Commission delaying EU position on 2030 Agenda

Ahead of the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) meeting, the EPP Group calls on the Foreign Affairs Council to adopt a coherent and common EU position on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable...
Europe/China
10.05.2016 - 12:39

MES for China: no green light without conditions

The EPP Group has called on the European Commission to strengthen an effective trade defence instrument to guarantee the protection of EU industry from dumped imports from China. The Group's Resolution stresses that as long as China does not...
Pope Francis
06.05.2016 - 16:04

Pope Francis awarded Charlemagne prize

"Awarding the Charlemagne Prize to Pope Francis sends an important signal. In these times, when many citizens in Europe are looking for direction and the European Union is facing essential challenges, His Holiness transmits a message of unity...
Visa Stamps
04.05.2016 - 13:46

Visa liberalisation and EU asylum rules

“There must be no watering down of the rules on visa liberalisation for Turkey and thus it is hard to understand why the Commission is now proposing visa liberalisation despite Turkey not meeting all the criteria”, said Manfred Weber MEP...
Refugees Continue To Land On Lampedusa Island
04.05.2016 - 12:59

Overhaul of EU asylum rules long overdue

Today, the European Commission announced an overhaul of the European Common Asylum system which will now have to be decided by the European Parliament and EU governments. The EPP Group has been calling for these changes for a year now. The EPP...
European union puzzle game
04.05.2016 - 12:05

Western Balkans: towards a European future

The 5th EPP Group Conference on the Western Balkans gathered EPP political leaders from the region and the EU to enhance political dialogue on how to speed up the process of reforms which are crucial for EU accession. "The candidate and...
two police officers doing a traffic control
28.04.2016 - 16:14

Combatting terrorism: major boost for European police agency

Today, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee approved a new EU law which will strengthen Europol in the fight against terrorism and organised crime. Rapporteur Augustín Diaz de Mera MEP expressed...
Modern high speed train
28.04.2016 - 12:43

Step closer to final conclusion of 4th Railway Package

The European Parliament voted by a large majority today in favour of cutting bureaucracy, improving safety standards and harmonising the different railway systems in Europe. By adopting these 'technical pillar' laws, a new step was taken...
Euro symbol in the magnifying glass
28.04.2016 - 12:40

EU spending 2014: more focus on results

The European Parliament Rapporteurs for the 2014 budget discharge, EPP Group MEPs Marian-Jean Marinescu, Claudia Schmidt and Markus Pieper, have asked for more focus on the results of EU spending and call on the EU accountants to provide better and...
Turkey & Europe flags
28.04.2016 - 12:17

EU-Turkey Agreement: no watering-down of visa rules

“The EU-Turkey agreement is proof that Europe works and that Europe can bring results despite the criticism from various sides”, said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, during the debate on the legal...

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Piggy bank saving electricity and heating costs
24.05.2016 - 11:54

Energy savings: keep the targets realistic

“Important progress has been made in energy savings in the European Union, but we must be careful not to hold the banner up so high that we...
Terrorism
24.05.2016 - 11:30

The Fight Against Online Radicalisation

Hardly a week goes by without news of a terrorist atrocity that has been averted or, worse, committed. In Arab countries such as Yemen, Algeria,...
Drone
20.05.2016 - 10:35

Regulation for innovation

Can we boost innovation through regulation? Although it sounds oxymoronic, the answer is yes. While regulators cannot create innovation themselves,...
Flag of Belarus
17.05.2016 - 10:38

Belarus: same opportunities for opposition key for relations

“Granting equal access to parliamentary elections for the representatives of the political opposition is the precondition for restoring...

Highlights of the week

23.05.2016 - 27.05.2016
Blue puzzle on Euro currency

Single Market Strategy - new impetus for SMEs

On Thursday, the European Parliament will vote on the Single Market Strategy during the mini-Plenary. The European Commission presented the strategy...
The light of the world in a lightbulb

Towards a more efficient use of energy and energy savings

On Tuesday, a Report on the Energy Efficiency Directive spearheaded by EPP Group MEP Markus Pieper will be voted on in the Committee on Industry,...
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EU-US Privacy shield

The EU-US 'privacy shield', meant to replace the Safe Harbour Agreement, is a proposal that would put in place a framework regulating the...

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25.05.2016 - 16:30

The alarming situation and persecution of Aramean Christians

Aramean Christians in Iraq are being persecuted by ISIS. In Iraq and Syria, most of what Christians have built in...