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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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justice
13.07.2017 - 12:11

PiS government has crossed the red line of the rule of law

Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, and Esteban González Pons MEP, EPP Group Vice-Chairman in charge of Legal and Home Affairs, reacted today to the vote on the reform of the judiciary which took place in...
word budget
12.07.2017 - 14:58

EU Budget 2018: Council is cutting its own credibility

“The Council’s position on the EU Draft Budget 2018 is in contradiction to its own political commitments. Member States are proposing indiscriminate, mechanical cuts to the very priorities that they put forward at the beginning of the...
EU and Ukraine
12.07.2017 - 12:17

EU-Ukraine cooperation must be ambitious

"The EU and Ukraine must deepen cooperation and build a successful relationship. With an Association Agreement that is fully effective from September, a free trade area yielding results and with visa-free travel beginning, the EU and Ukraine...
Border Entry / Exit signage between UK and France
12.07.2017 - 10:58

Entry-Exit System to prevent use of false identities

A new electronic Entry/Exit System registering all non-EU citizens arriving in the Schengen area was approved today by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. The Committee confirmed a political...
EUROCORPS' soldiers do a military simulation on the ground with chariot, trucks, guns, weapons and some wounded soldiers
11.07.2017 - 11:39

Funding security forces in third countries

Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee gave the green light today for strengthening the security and defence capacities of partner countries by adopting a legislative report revising the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace. The...
photo of application icons
10.07.2017 - 14:21

EPP Group on copyright: fair remuneration for creativity

The EPP Group has adopted its common position on the proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. “We expect the file to raise profound debates in the months to come so our Group has held multiple meetings over the past...
two police officers doing a traffic control
06.07.2017 - 13:18

EP approves establishment of special committee on terrorism

On the initiative of the EPP, ECR and ALDE Groups and with the support of an overwhelming majority (527 votes in favour, 73 against, and 36 abstentions) in the House, the European Parliament today decided to set up a special committee on terrorism....
West African market scene
06.07.2017 - 12:21

€44 billion to fight root causes of migration

Members of the European Parliament gave the green light today for the European Fund for Sustainable Development, an EU scheme of €3.3 billion worth of loans and guarantees aimed at mobilising €44 billion in private investment in risk areas...
Close up view of the mid section of a person reading by Braille
06.07.2017 - 12:21

More access to books for visually impaired persons

The EPP Group today backed new EU legislation that will facilitate the access of blind and visually impaired people to books and other printed materials. The goal of this new Regulation, established in the Marrakesh Treaty signed in 2016, is to...
Asian Business Team
05.07.2017 - 17:34

EU-Japan trade deal: we chose free trade over protectionism

“The EU and Japan are leading the way: free trade instead of protectionism. This agreement brings new jobs, more growth and greater wealth to both sides without touching our high standards in Europe”, said Daniel Caspary MEP, EPP Group...
Turkey & Europe flags
05.07.2017 - 15:29

Suspend accession talks if constitutional reform's unchanged

“The Turkish government has deceived its own citizens. The constitutional changes are incompatible with the Copenhagen Criteria which is the non-negotiable basis for membership of the European Union. We consequently call to formally suspend -...
Courtroom detail
05.07.2017 - 12:28

Historical step to protect taxpayers’ money

“An historical first step towards the harmonisation of criminal law on crimes committed against the EU budget was taken today when the European Parliament adopted the Directive on the Protection of the Union's Financial Interests (PIF)...
Dissidents want only freedom
05.07.2017 - 12:26

EU-Cuba Agreement: opportunity for a democratic transition

The EPP Group today backed the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Cuba, underlining that it must lead to a democratic transition in the country and should effectively contribute to the improvement of human rights. The...
Palm growing from pile of euros
04.07.2017 - 13:57

Fight tax avoidance without discrimination against Europeans

The EPP Group welcomes the outcome of today's vote on new tax transparency rules for multi-national companies. "We want transparency. We want to shed light on the unfair profit shifting practices of certain companies. We are fighting tax...
EU and Ukraine
04.07.2017 - 13:04

Ukraine: by easing trade we support a pro-European Ukraine

“This is the next sign, after the visa liberalisation, that the European Union wants a pro-European Ukraine and will facilitate this difficult path”, said Jarosław Wałęsa MEP commenting on today’s vote granting Ukraine temporary...

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Successful financial plans
23.10.2017 - 16:56

Social Pillar: preparing EU social security for tomorrow

"Today, the European Institutions took a step forward to grant all Europeans equal access to the job market, fair working conditions and...
Give young farmers a better chance to fight desertification
19.10.2017 - 17:00

Give young farmers a better chance to fight desertification

With a dramatically ageing farming population, Europe needs to provide more help for young farmers to become the future of agriculture. At the...
Young agricultural worker posing in a cowshed
19.10.2017 - 16:36

EPP Group supports young farmers

The 4th edition of the European Congress of Young Farmers took place at the European Parliament in Brussels on October 18 and 19, in the context of a...
Security concept
19.10.2017 - 11:09

ePrivacy and digital innovation must be in balance

ePrivacy is crucial in the digital era we live in. Any regulation in this area needs to be pro-innovation and future-proof. The compromise package on...

Highlights of the week

23.10.2017 - 27.10.2017
State of the Union debate

Brexit on the agenda for EU leaders

On Wednesday, MEPs will debate the results of the European Council of 19-20 October which focused on migration, defence, foreign affairs and...
Justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

Shadows over media freedom in Malta

Following the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and upon the request of the EPP Group, MEPs will debate the protection...
Protests in Venezuela

Decision on the 2017 Sakharov Prize finalist

On Thursday, the Conference of Presidents will elect the winner of this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The EPP Group (together...