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Press releases

Construction worker doing measuring
21.03.2018 - 15:09

Services e-card: EPP Group calls for holistic approach

Simplifying the provision of services for SMEs in the Single Market is one of the most important priorities of the EPP Group. However, the Commission proposal establishing a European Services e-card and the related administrative facilities did not...
EU puzzle
21.03.2018 - 12:30

Align European semester with national budget cycles

In order to better coordinate economic policies, the European Semester should be aligned with the budgetary calendars of national parliaments, say MEPs in a Report aimed at increasing national parliaments’ involvement in European decision-...
Tax evasion
21.03.2018 - 11:37

EPP Group wants to tax digital business where the user is

Commission initiative comes one week after Parliament's proposal to tax tech giants The EPP Group in the European Parliament welcomes today's legislative proposals to tax digital tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Spotify. "...
gas pipe line
21.03.2018 - 10:48

Gas pipelines coming into EU have to comply with EU rules

"Far too often, gas supply has been used as a political weapon. We cannot ‘disarm’ the impure intentions of others but we can arm ourselves with full legal clarity and consistency of existing legislation. This is what our Energy...
Isolated Airplane
20.03.2018 - 09:36

EU reinforces protection for home-grown airlines

The Transport Committee has voted by a strong majority in favour of a new trade defence instrument to protect European airlines from unfair competition from abroad. EPP Group Rapporteur Markus Pieper said: "The new regulation - Safeguarding...
Cropped image of female nurse injecting male patient at hospital
20.03.2018 - 09:36

MEPs warn EU countries to fight anti-vaccination trend

Vaccine hesitancy in Europe is growing. EPP Group calls on Member States to stop the trend. Today, Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee are to call on Member States to adopt a more active approach towards combating...
Bright Yellow Hardhats - closeup
19.03.2018 - 21:19

Towards better rules for companies and posted workers

"This agreement reflects the social, economic and political reality of the European Union. It provides a clear direction towards a more social Europe, with fairer competition between companies and better rights for workers,” said...
Olive oil
15.03.2018 - 09:49

Spanish olives under US attack

In January, the US Department of Commerce imposed an unjustified anti-dumping customs duty on Spanish olives of more than 17.13 %, following a countervailing duty established in November 2017 of 4.47%. The European Parliament votes today on a Motion...
14.03.2018 - 16:10

Protection of journalists equals freedom and good governance

Investigative journalists are of crucial value to society as they reveal bad administration, fraud, corruption and other types of mismanagement of taxpayers’ money. Following the brutal murder of Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, the EP...
High voltage post
14.03.2018 - 12:45

Greens jeopardise key infrastructure energy projects

Statement by Krišjānis Kariņš MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in the European Parliament’s Industry Committee, after the vote in Plenary on the objection to the Union list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI). “I’m glad...
Industrial Laborer
14.03.2018 - 12:02

Trade: let's talk about the actual problem - China

"We are united as Europeans and want to take a united stance when it comes to addressing US tariffs and customs duties on steel and aluminium. The trade measures taken by the US against the EU are not justified in our view. Which security...
Social media web sites
14.03.2018 - 10:50

We urge Finance Ministers: stop blocking harmonised tax base

European Parliament first EU Institution to adopt concrete plan to tax digital giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon "National Finance Ministers cannot ignore that a majority of citizens wants to tackle the problem of multi-national...
word budget
13.03.2018 - 15:24

We want a budget that reflects European citizens' needs

“The MFF should reflect EU priorities, respond to the aspirations and concerns of EU citizens, demonstrate EU solidarity and its readiness to strengthen competitiveness, security and sustainability, as well as social, territorial and economic...
13.03.2018 - 11:55

UK red lines have consequences

“Brexit is bad for all of us. The negotiations are now about limiting the damage”, said Elmar Brok MEP, EPP Group Brexit Spokesman and Member of the EP’s Brexit Steering Group, in the plenary debate this morning on the future...
Working with virtual screen
08.03.2018 - 10:24

FinTech: enabling European innovators to stay in Europe

“We have seen it too many times. European start-ups choose to leave for the US because it is easier to grow their businesses there. Today’s Commission proposal on crowdfunding platforms is an initial step to change this. By not having to...