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Anaconda, polish helicopters
19.06.2018 - 10:11

A long-overdue €500 million upgrade of EU defence

“It is high time that the European Union steps up its game on defence and develops a truly common approach. Member States are used to working together on a country-by-country basis on defence issues, but in the current state of world affairs,...
Isolated Airplane
12.06.2018 - 12:56

European aviation standards ready for the 21st century

Today, the European Parliament finally adopted a long-awaited reform of European aviation rules, through the mandate of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The vote gives the European aviation authorities powers to certify all safety-related...

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Traffic on multiple lane highway
12.06.2018 - 10:50

First step towards limiting CO2 emissions from trucks

Trucks emit more than 40% of Europe's road transport emissions, yet until now, unlike cars, they didn't have caps on CO2. The European Parliament is today expected to confirm an agreement reached last March between the three Institutions...
Security concept
12.06.2018 - 09:33

European SMEs will lose out if Privacy Shield is abolished

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted an own-initiative Report yesterday condemning the EU-US Privacy Shield as dysfunctional and unsecure. Axel Voss MEP, the EPP Group’s Spokesman on...
DiscoverEU
11.06.2018 - 17:53

DiscoverEU: applications open tomorrow

Are you an 18 year-old European citizen who would like to get a sense of the beauty and diversity of our continent? From this Tuesday 12 June at 12.00 hrs until Tuesday 26 June at 12.00 hrs you can apply for one of the 15,000 free travel passes that...
Satellite In The Ray Of Light
07.06.2018 - 13:19

Horizon: bigger research budget welcome but €120bn needed

“Today’s proposal on the EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, the successor to Horizon 2020, strikes the right tone. An increase in the budget to €100 billion is not only welcome, but also necessary to secure Europe...
Ukraine
06.06.2018 - 15:33

Further EU assistance lies now in hands of Ukraine

On Tuesday, the EPP Working Group on Foreign Affairs debated the EU's Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) for Ukraine ahead of a plenary vote next week. Following that, several key spokespeople on Ukraine from the EPP Group made the statement...
Fiber Optic cables
06.06.2018 - 08:24

New telecoms rules: no more excessive fees, faster internet

“The roll out of very fast fibre networks in the EU Member States is crucial for delivering better and faster internet and 5G mobile networks for people and businesses. The new co-investment model we agreed on will encourage the private sector...
truck
04.06.2018 - 18:45

Fair and free competition on Europe’s highways

Members of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee today voted for a comprehensive reform package on social and market aspects in road transport. MEPs voted, among other matters, to apply posting rules to national transport operations (...
Smart TV
04.06.2018 - 16:57

Free flow of non-personal data

The European Parliament today took the first steps towards establishing the fifth freedom in the EU - the free flow of data. The free movement of non-personal data will expand the existing four freedoms and therefore broaden EU freedoms in the...
Study Days in Munich
31.05.2018 - 12:32

EPP Group to meet in Munich on 6-8 June

A year ahead of the next European elections, Members of the EPP Group in the European Parliament will gather in Munich, Germany, from 6 to 8 June 2018 for the Group’s Study Days. The aim of the meeting is to take stock of the EPP Group...
Flooded house in flood waters
30.05.2018 - 15:15

No EU country will be left alone to face natural disasters

European Parliament to back renewed European Civil Protection Mechanism The European Parliament is expected to back a renewed and improved EU Civil Protection Mechanism, first established in 2013 to help Member States to deal with natural and man...
Travel
30.05.2018 - 14:56

Citizenship for sale undermines efforts to tackle corruption

The European Union cannot, on the one hand, pledge to fight corruption, abuse and money laundering, and on the other hand, allow schemes such as the Golden Visas and the sale of the EU citizenship with no genuine link to Member States. Speaking...
justice
30.05.2018 - 13:37

Victims of crime lack protection, despite EU law

Member States are not doing enough to protect victims of terrorism and other serious crimes, including domestic abuse, despite existing EU law having obliged them to put common minimum standards in place. Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio MEP...
Jaromír Štětina MEP and Arkady Babchenko
30.05.2018 - 13:26

We are relieved that Arkady Babchenko is alive

“We learned with great relief that Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who was presumed assassinated in Kiev yesterday, is alive. This is the best news we have heard today. We will continue to follow the explanations from the Ukrainian...
Financial Pie Chart - Euro
30.05.2018 - 13:22

MFF: what kind of EU does the Council want

“We cannot breach the principle of solidarity. We are concerned that the European Commission’s proposal weakens the main EU solidarity policies. Nobody can explain a 45% cut in the Cohesion Fund for the poorest Member States. Nobody can...
Containers
30.05.2018 - 13:21

New anti-dumping laws tackle unfair trade more effectively

"To safeguard the free and rules-based trading system we stand for, we have amended the current anti-dumping and anti-subsidies regulations to become more suitable to today's global trading environment. Together with the new anti-dumping...

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Apple Inc.
21.06.2018 - 14:25

EPP Group wants black list of uncooperative companies

Offshore legal services provider Appleby and Baker McKenzie refuses to appear in Tax Evasion Committee "The lack of cooperation by certain...
Empowering Europeans’ petition drives
21.06.2018 - 10:45

Empowering Europeans’ petition drives

In a bid to help citizens petition the EU for legislation, a European Parliament committee has approved a plan to overhaul the European Citizens...
MEPs in Legal Affairs Committee back new copyright legislation
20.06.2018 - 16:15

MEPs in Legal Affairs Committee back new copyright legislation

In a vote in the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, MEPs have backed new EU copyright rules that are better adapted to the digital...
Cow eating grass
20.06.2018 - 16:02

Reducing risks of antibiotic resistance for humans

"This is a big step for public health. We will reduce the consumption of antibiotics in farm animals, which are an important source of...

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EPP Group prioritises fight against cancer

The EPP Group will hold a conference discussing solutions in the fight against cancer. Cancer is one of the main health challenges many Europeans...
Facebook

Facebook under scrutiny once again

After the hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and the first hearing within the LIBE, AFCO, JURI and ITRE Committees, a second hearing will...
Flag of Hungary

Situation in Hungary

Members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will vote on the Report on the situation in Hungary. The vote will take place on...