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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...

Press releases

EPP Group Bureau Meeting Valencia
06.03.2018 - 10:26

EPP Group to discuss innovation in Valencia

The Bureau of the EPP Group will meet on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 March in Valencia (Spain) to discuss innovation in the European economy, with special focus on agriculture. The EPP Group considers that the EU needs a wake-up call on innovation in...
Young woman in a train station
05.03.2018 - 11:35

Mariya Gabriel to present roadmap to end roaming in Balkans

The European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will present a roadmap for lowering roaming charges in the countries of the Western Balkans at an EPP Group Conference hosted by Andrey Kovatchev MEP and European Parliament...
British Pound map
01.03.2018 - 10:12

EPP Group wants to look into post-Brexit tax competition

Burkhard Balz MEP: The age of national egoism in tax policy must come to an end/Questions to Slovak authorities on murder of journalist Jan Kuciak "Parliament’s new tax committee will look into Britain's post-Brexit role in tax...
A bee on a flower
01.03.2018 - 09:57

Safeguarding European honey production

Determined measures are needed to safeguard European honey production, according to EPP Group MEP Norbert Erdős whose Report on the prospects and challenges of European apiculture is voted today in plenary. "The cornerstone of the Report is...
euro coin
28.02.2018 - 16:12

EPP Group backs crisis-proof Euro

At its meeting today, the Members of the EPP Group adopted the Group 's Position Paper on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union. "The positive economic developments in the Euro area show that the EPP political family was right in...
Man voting on elections in Europe
23.02.2018 - 17:59

People should know who can become the Commission President

"Europe should not be an elite project. It must become more of a project for the people again. This is why we need more democracy and transparency in the European Union. The 2014 lead candidate process was an important step towards that end....
22.02.2018 - 11:39

End rebate logic - we all benefit from EU budget

“The EU budget must be strengthened without penalising taxpayers. Post-2020, we have to stop rebates, compensations and end the logic of ‘juste retour’ and ‘I want my money back’”, stated José Manuel...
Online shopping with digital tablet
22.02.2018 - 10:10

Shop like at home

Whether buying online or offline from another EU Member State, European consumers will in the future be entitled to a harmonised level oF protection in case of faulty goods. This is the main achievement of the law on contracts for the online and...
Social media web sites
21.02.2018 - 17:41

Parliament pushes forward with plan for digital tax

On the initiative of the EPP Group, the European Parliament is the first EU Institution to come forward with a concrete plan to tax digital giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon. "Without Europe-wide rules on how to tax digital...
High voltage post
21.02.2018 - 11:43

Creating a true EU electricity market to benefit consumers

“We want to do away with heavy state subsidies and instead let the market do the job of supplying industries and households with affordable and secure energy inside the EU”, said the EPP Group Spokesman in the Industry Committee, Kri...
Black quadcopter drone in sky
21.02.2018 - 10:33

EU kicks off defence industry investments with 500 million

“Increased EU cooperation in the defence industry will strengthen the competitiveness of the EU defence industry on a global scale. It will also strengthen our capability to defend our countries and citizens, improve our strategic autonomy,...
Protests in Venezuela
08.02.2018 - 12:22

Venezuela: elections must be fair and free

“We have to raise our voices to denounce further attempts to undermine sovereignty and fixed elections that don’t even fulfil the minimum democratic standards and will only worsen the political, humanitarian and human rights situation...
07.02.2018 - 15:01

Romanian Socialists won elections, not power over judiciary

The attempts of the Romanian Government to silence the judiciary and favour corruption over justice will be debated by the European Parliament today. It is time for the EU to stand by tens of thousands of Romanians protesting against the worst rule...
MEPs vote
07.02.2018 - 13:07

EPP Group votes down transnational lists

MEPs today approved the new distribution of the European Parliament’s seats for 27 Member States, after the UK’s departure, for the next legislative mandate from 2019-2024. The new agreement cuts 46 seats from the European Parliament...
Man voting on elections in Europe
07.02.2018 - 12:12

Spitzenkandidaten: an election, not a selection

Speaking in plenary in Strasbourg today, Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, made an appeal to the Heads of State and Government to support the principle of lead candidates for the post of European Commission...



Protecting the rights of victims of terrorism in the EU
22.03.2018 - 13:30

Protecting the rights of victims of terrorism in the EU

The European Parliament’s Special Committee on Terrorism held a public hearing on the rights of victims of terrorism. In 2016 and 2017,...
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...
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...
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...

Highlights of the week

26.03.2018 - 28.03.2018
European Commission

Commission discharge 2016

"The European Parliament should not play small-time political games with the Commission discharge and stop talks about postponing its approval...
Engineer in nuclear power station

Work-related cancers: approving stringent prevention measures

Members of the Employment Committee will vote on Tuesday on the proposal regarding the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to...