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Brexit Direction Sign
12.10.2017 - 17:10

Brexit talks: UK government must get a grip on exit bill

There is growing unease in the EPP Group in the European Parliament on the progress in the Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK: "I welcome the fact that further progress has been made in the fifth round of the Brexit...
Real Estate Market
11.10.2017 - 10:32

Energy-saving buildings good for the climate and your wallet

"Europeans and their buildings must contribute to a sustainable European energy system. To do so, we must give our citizens the right tools and incentives to make their buildings more energy efficient. It will benefit individual households...

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Europe/China
03.10.2017 - 15:26

Chinese dumping: new instruments to protect EU industry

"We need to protect our European industry. The jobs of hundreds of people are being endangered due to unfair trading practices. We won’t stand by idly while our market is being flooded by products made in third countries", said...
Fiber Optic cables
02.10.2017 - 20:03

New telecoms rules make for faster internet, fiber and 5G

Investments in ‘Fiber to the home’, high-capacity 5G networks and no more extra fees on intra-EU calls. These are all elements in the updated basic rules for telecom companies - the so-called European Electronic Communications Code....
Courtroom detail
28.09.2017 - 10:54

European Public Prosecutor: plugging the €600 million hole

The EU loses around €600 million a year to fraud in EU funds. These crimes are not properly investigated due to the lack of cross-border definitions and cooperation of Member States. With the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO...
Money Stacks on Bills
28.09.2017 - 10:09

EU spending: delays in payments must be fixed

The European Court of Auditors today presented its annual report on how EU money was spent in 2016. German EPP Group Member Joachim Zeller, Spokesman for the European Commission discharge for 2016, underlined the serious consequences of the delays...
27.09.2017 - 15:49

Schengen needs strong external borders to be effective

“In times of crisis, we have seen that there are certain aspects of Schengen that must be improved, and introducing new safeguards while allowing Member States the possibility to introduce longer temporary internal border controls as an...
European Ideas Network
26.09.2017 - 16:48

EIN Summer University to discuss stability in Mediterranean

The 16th annual gathering of the European Ideas Network (EIN) will take place in Rome, Italy, from 27 to 29 September, with European politicians, businessmen, academics, policy-makers and opinion-shapers debating solutions for ensuring security and...
CETA
20.09.2017 - 10:42

Europe leads on rules-based trade: CETA comes into force

Following seven years of negotiations, the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will provisionally enter into force tomorrow. "The deal marks a milestone in EU-Canada relations and the EU's trade policy. The Agreement is the...
Euro symbol in the magnifying glass
14.09.2017 - 12:41

EPP Group deplores attempts to keep NGO financing secret

In a vote today the EPP Group rejected attempts to keep NGO financing a secret. Hiding behind calls for transparency in this House, the Greens and the Left in the European Parliament wanted to prevent shedding light on the use of EU taxpayers'...
Germany Raises Security Level
14.09.2017 - 11:06

Committee on terrorism: new European approach to security

The new European Parliament Committee on Terrorism (TERR), initiated by the EPP Group, met for the first time today. It will have one year to assess how counter-terrorism policies and tools can be improved at European level. Arnaud Danjean MEP,...
In the forest
13.09.2017 - 12:59

LULUCF: MEPs back forest accounting rules

The European Parliament today voted in favour of a legislative proposal, land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), which will contribute to fighting climate change. The proposal, under which Member States have to ensure a balance of CO2...
Earthquake in Amatrice
13.09.2017 - 12:33

Today, the heart of Europe is beating in Italy

In plenary today, the European Parliament approved the biggest-ever mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF), providing €1.2 billion in financial assistance to Italy following the devastating earthquakes that recently hit the...
business statistics in blue - white chart with a blue arrow going up
13.09.2017 - 11:50

EFSI 2.0 to mobilise €500 billion for investment in EU

After the seventh and final negotiating round, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a political agreement on the extension of the duration of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) until 31 December 2020, and...
Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament
13.09.2017 - 11:16

We must assert and defend the European way of life

“Today, it is about the self-assertion of this continent. Today, we must defend Europe’s identity. Today, we must defend the European way of life in a world that is changing rapidly”, said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP...
Financial Pie Chart - Euro
12.09.2017 - 15:33

EU Budget 2018: Council cutting jobs and growth

"The EU Budget for next year that I am proposing is a true budget for jobs, growth and security. It will strengthen our economy and increase the safety of European citizens. We can only achieve this by investing in research, innovation,...
Fist of anger man and crying woman sitting. Domestic violence
12.09.2017 - 13:11

Zero tolerance for violence against women

"The time has come to move from words to action! Too many women and girls are still being harassed, abused and raped in Europe in public places, at home and now even on social media. It is time to give a voice to those women and girls to break...

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Daphne Caruana Galizia
17.10.2017 - 15:25

Daphne Caruana Galizia: EPP Group calls for full inquiry

"The murder of prominent investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta is tragic proof that the concerns regarding the...
worker
16.10.2017 - 17:51

Breakthrough in EU legislation on posting of workers

“Today, after 18 months of intensive negotiations, we have set up a common position on the posting of workers with clear rights for the more...
Brexit Direction Sign
12.10.2017 - 17:10

Brexit talks: UK government must get a grip on exit bill

There is growing unease in the EPP Group in the European Parliament on the progress in the Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK: ...
Making online shopping easier with fair shipping prices
12.10.2017 - 16:15

Making online shopping easier with fair shipping prices

The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has approved legislation that would require more transparency and closer regulatory oversight of...

Highlights of the week

16.10.2017 - 20.10.2017
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Towards better protection for posted workers

Members of the Employment Committee on Monday will vote on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive spearheaded by Elisabeth Morin-Chartier...
Syrian Refugees

Solidarity and flexibility should be core in granting asylum

The reform of the Dublin System which sets the rules for granting asylum in Member States will be voted on by the Civil Liberties Committee on...
Travel

New system to strengthen Europe's border security

The Civil Liberties Committee will vote on Thursday on 'Establishing a European Travel Information and Authorisation System' (ETIAS),...