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Anaconda, polish helicopters
30.11.2016 - 15:10

Defence Package: time to deliver, not to plan again

“There are many right proposals. The point is that we don’t lack plans but we have a deficit in implementing already-agreed decisions”, said Michael Gahler MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on Security and Defence, commenting on the Defence...
Climate change
30.11.2016 - 09:13

Energy Union: affordable energy for all is a main priority

“In Europe, we have high energy prices which hurt our businesses and competitiveness vis-à-vis other regions of the world. Removing existing barriers and market distortions in the electricity market to increase competition will get the...

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Germany Raises Security Level
05.12.2016 - 17:16

Anti-terror law: there is no freedom without security

Today, the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will vote on a new Directive about EU nationals who travel abroad for terrorism purposes, after the European Parliament and EU Ministers of Justice and Home...
justice
01.12.2016 - 12:06

Commissioners’ behaviour needs to be irreproachable

“The College of Commissioners is a group of top European Union officials. It is not surprising that any information about Commissioner activity outside his or her mandate provokes strong emotions among both national politicians and EU citizens...
EU Budget
01.12.2016 - 12:01

An EU budget 2017 built on citizens' priorities

“The EU budget for next year is successfully built on our EPP Group priorities for the benefit of our citizens”, highlighted Siegfried Mureşan MEP, the EPP Group negotiator for the EU Budget 2017, adding: “Since the beginning of...
Anaconda, polish helicopters
30.11.2016 - 15:10

Defence Package: time to deliver, not to plan again

“There are many right proposals. The point is that we don’t lack plans but we have a deficit in implementing already-agreed decisions”, said Michael Gahler MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on Security and Defence, commenting on the Defence...
Climate change
30.11.2016 - 09:13

Energy Union: affordable energy for all is a main priority

“In Europe, we have high energy prices which hurt our businesses and competitiveness vis-à-vis other regions of the world. Removing existing barriers and market distortions in the electricity market to increase competition will get the...
Woman using her cell phone
28.11.2016 - 15:01

Lower phone bills through new rules for telecom providers

Wholesale roaming markets: more competition will lower prices for consumers and SMEs "When we regulate how telecom providers bill roaming charges between each other, we must make sure that this leads to lower prices for consumers, both at...
Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group and Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
24.11.2016 - 12:36

EPP Group calls for political stability until 2019 elections

“On behalf of the EPP Group, I would like to sincerely thank Martin Schulz for his outstanding commitment to Europe”, said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group, following the announcement by European Parliament President Martin...
desktop calculator
24.11.2016 - 12:29

VAT: EPP Group wants to reform 'prone to fraud' system

Parliament adopts 'action plan': VAT should be paid where the consumer is "A clear call to EU Member States to fight VAT fraud resolutely and jointly", stated Werner Langen MEP, the EPP Group MEP who drafted the Report '...
Transatlantic relations between EU and US
24.11.2016 - 10:56

Umbrella Agreement: same rights for EU & US citizens

Today, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs gave the thumbs up to an agreement between the EU and the US on the sharing of data between the two continents in the area of law enforcement. The EPP Group...
Traffic on multiple lane highway
24.11.2016 - 09:51

Small transport businesses key to successful digital economy

"One of the big challenges for the future is to create a positive business environment for entrepreneurs in the collaborative economy. That’s why we are calling on the European Commission to present a road map on connected cars, and to...
Fist of anger man and crying woman sitting. Domestic violence
23.11.2016 - 15:41

Violence against women: the EU must not sit on its hands

“Violence against women is not a private issue. It is a serious crime and continues to be a huge problem in Europe. Too often, violence against women is tolerated and it is our responsibility to join forces to combat impunity and protect...
pipe throwing smog
23.11.2016 - 14:09

Better air quality for Europe

The European Parliament adopted new EU standards on national emissions today. "I am glad we have got new limits in place as from 2020 and 2030. The agreement between Parliament and Council provides for ambitious, but realistic standards....
London Skyline, Canary Wharf
23.11.2016 - 09:31

Do not penalise European banks over American banks

The EPP Group has warned against penalising European banks over American banks when implementing the new plans of the Basel Committee, the international banking standard-setting board, into EU law. “The methods to measure the risks proposed...
EPP Group October I Plenary Briefing
22.11.2016 - 18:02

EU-Turkey: accession negotiations should be frozen

“The EU needs to send a clear message to Turkey. For the EPP Group, accession negotiations should be frozen as they cannot continue under the current circumstances. Should Turkey reintroduce the death penalty, we need to make very clear...
Security and defence
22.11.2016 - 12:34

European Defence Union: EU must invest in its own defence

"We must build our own defence union", said Michael Gahler MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on the European Defence Union who shadowed the Report on the same issue adopted today in the European Parliament. The Report calls on Member States to...

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#DiscoverEU
07.12.2016 - 07:04

More than free train tickets: our Interrail proposal

There is more to this proposal than free train tickets. It is an investment in young people and in Europe’s future. It reinforces the main aim...
Germany Raises Security Level
05.12.2016 - 17:16

Anti-terror law: there is no freedom without security

Today, the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will vote on a new Directive about EU nationals who travel...
Make robotics work for us, with common EU policy
05.12.2016 - 15:00

Make robotics work for us, with common EU policy

With robotics and artificial intelligence becoming increasingly cross-border, the EU is debating the creation of a common policy on the technology to...
Green light to EU - US data criminal law sharing
01.12.2016 - 15:45

Green light to EU - US data criminal law sharing

The European Parliament today approved the agreement between the EU and the US on sharing data between the two continents in the area of law...

Highlights of the week

05.12.2016 - 09.12.2016
Stop Extremism

Stopping foreign fighters

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will vote on Monday on a new law regarding EU nationals who travel...
Single European currency decreasing

What laws for Uber or AirBnB?

The EPP Group will host a hearing on the collaborative economy on Wednesday. This new type of economy, sometimes called the sharing economy, is...
Erasmus+

Improving the efficieny of Erasmus+

Erasmus+, launched in 2014, is based on a long historical development of EU programmes in education and training and youth. The implementation Report...