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Trash
18.04.2018 - 12:18

Circular Economy - making the most of waste

The circular economy means that we need to change our thinking from the ‘buy-use-throw away’ model to a more sustainable culture. The life cycle of a product needs to be planned from the manufacturing until the end of its use, and...
European Commission
18.04.2018 - 12:14

Commission must review its rules for nominations

“The European Commission should review its administrative procedure for the appointment of senior officials to ensure transparency, integrity and equal opportunities by the end of the year”, said Inge Gräßle MEP, Chairwoman of...

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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...
Online shopping with digital tablet
06.02.2018 - 12:12

End to unjustified blocking of online cross-border sales

The European Parliament today voted to get rid of one of the major obstacles to the Single Market: unjustified geo-blocking when buying online. The new rules forbid discrimination on the grounds of nationality, residence or place of establishment...
World glove on The field
06.02.2018 - 11:57

ETS reform crucial for transition to low-carbon economy

The reform of the Emissions Trading System (ETS) will be crucial to achieve the EU’s CO2 reduction goals. It creates a Modernisation Fund to help the EU’s Central European Member States to upgrade their energy systems and an Innovation...
Bitcoins
29.01.2018 - 14:46

Transparency against terror financing and tax evasion

New money laundering rules also apply to virtual currencies "It will get much tougher to remain unseen when doing shady financial transactions. With this decision, Europe's financial system will become more transparent", explained...
Courtroom detail
25.01.2018 - 17:32

We will continue to defend the rule of law in Malta

After today’s debate and remarks by the Maltese Minister of Justice, the need for reforms to protect the rule of law in Malta is evident more than ever. The EPP Group will continue to insist that politicians who are found to be involved in...
Gavel and european union flag
25.01.2018 - 11:44

EU Criminal Records System to log crimes by non-EU nationals

The EU already shares data on EU citizens who have committed crimes. Police and judges, however, lack information on crimes committed by third-country nationals around the EU. Today’s vote in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home...
Plenary vote
23.01.2018 - 10:56

EP reduces size after Brexit

Today, the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee voted on 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...
Kids
18.01.2018 - 11:27

Cross-border divorces: focus on the interest of the child

“Besides placement in a foster family or care institution, judges should have the possibility to entrust a child to other members of the family or relatives with whom a child has established relations. Siblings should not be divided. In cases...
EU - Russia
17.01.2018 - 15:10

Preventing Russian interference with European elections

“The great battle of disinformation is already happening and is being fought on digital platforms. But it's a battle we're already late in preparing for. Disinformation and propaganda campaigns are a threat to the security of Member...
Enlargement
17.01.2018 - 13:28

It’s either an ambitious Europe or no Europe at all

Speaking in plenary today during the debates with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, highlighted the main challenges ahead in the European...
Containers
17.01.2018 - 12:21

EP aims to stop misuse of exported European dual-use tech

"Export controls on dual-use items must be strict and proportionate. In the vote today, we are focusing on stricter control for the goods with the largest human rights risks while making it simpler to export products with lesser risks, such as...
Climate change
17.01.2018 - 11:54

Ambition and flexibility for renewables and energy savings

”The creation of an Energy Union in Europe to provide citizens and businesses with secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy for the future is an important EPP Group priority. This is why we believe that ambitious, yet realistic and...
fishing ship
16.01.2018 - 13:20

We want simpler and regionally-adapted rules for fishermen

The European Parliament today adopted new rules to simplify and regionally adapt the current measures fishermen use to catch fish, while ensuring the conservation of fishery resources. Over the past few years, the legislation which aims at...
Climate change
11.01.2018 - 10:17

Energy future: households to consume and produce energy

The EU’s prosperity and global relevance over the coming decades will depend on our ability to innovate. An energy system is the bloodstream to many of our activities. Moreover, innovation in clean energy will be of vital importance....

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Shame on them: fighting dual-quality products in EU
25.04.2018 - 15:10

Shame on them: fighting dual-quality products in EU

MEPs are calling for a crackdown on producers of everything from food to cosmetics to baby products that are selling varying quality at different...
Refugees Continue To Land On Lampedusa Island
25.04.2018 - 12:01

Clear asylum rules guarantee protection for those in need

The common procedure for granting asylum in the European Union - voted upon today in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee - is a...
Woman with cancer wearing scarf
25.04.2018 - 09:32

EPP Group to double EU spending on cancer

The EPP Group wants to double EU spending on cancer research by 2024, committing itself to fighting cancer. The biggest group in the European...
Row of parked cars
25.04.2018 - 09:18

EU should act against mileage tampering on second-hand cars

Today, the European Parliament’s Transport Committee called for resolute action from the European Commission against mileage fraud in Europe....

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23.04.2018 - 27.04.2018
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Towards new rules on the posting of workers

Members of the Employment Committee will vote on the final agreement between the Commission, the Parliament and the Council on the revision of the...
Flowers and car

Action needed to combat mileage fraud in Europe

The Transport Committee will demand action from the European Commission on mileage fraud in Europe on Wednesday. In cross-border car sales, research...
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Dual quality products in the Single Market

As a consumer in the EU, you have the right to be treated equally with others. A high-level conference to discuss the discriminatory practice of dual...