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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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Turkey & Europe flags
20.06.2017 - 09:43

Call for the suspension of Turkish EU accession talks

"A close and privileged relationship between the EU and Turkey is in the interest of both sides. But this can only be realised if it is based on human rights, the respect of the fundamental freedoms, democratic values and the rule of law....
Helmut Kohl
16.06.2017 - 19:50

EPP Group mourning Helmut Kohl

"I am shaken and deeply saddened by the death of Helmut Kohl. Kohl shaped my political generation, he inspired us with his tireless work towards a united Germany and Europe living in peace and freedom. With his conviction and determination, he...
Cargo Ship
15.06.2017 - 12:46

Better prevention and handling of accidents at sea

An agreement was reached last night on improved digital registration and safety inspections for ferries and ships. The EPP Group warmly welcomes the compromise as it makes sea travel safer and significantly reduces administrative procedures by...
Apple iPhone 6s plus with Airbnb application on the screen.
15.06.2017 - 10:46

Europe should not leave the sharing economy to the US

The collaborative economy is developing fast and Europe should not leave the opportunities of this digital revolution to the US. The sharing economy has meant EU citizens can now enjoy lower prices, greater choice and tailored services, like...
Employment, Job, Search
15.06.2017 - 10:02

EPP Group backs revised EU Blue Card for qualified workers

Today, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted a new law on the Blue Card working permits for highly-qualified non-EU nationals. The revised EU-wide rules for issuing Blue Cards which will...
business statistics in blue - white chart with a blue arrow going up
15.06.2017 - 09:24

EFSI supported more than 420,000 small businesses

“The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is at the heart of the Juncker Investment Plan, has delivered the expected results and has largely exceeded expectations as regards SME investments," stated the EFSI Co-Rapporteur...
photo of person holding a smartphone
15.06.2017 - 09:01

A European success: end of roaming benefits 500 million

As of today, roaming charges in the EU will disappear. Spanish MEP Pilar Del Castillo, who negotiated the historic agreement on behalf the European Parliament, said “the elimination of roaming charges for voice calls, text messages and data is...
Womens day
14.06.2017 - 13:19

Gender pension gap: something's not right

"The gender pension gap between men and women is up to almost 40% in Europe. It is obvious that something isn’t right! Dealing with this unacceptable situation, we experience a deep unfairness towards all women who, when retiring, lose...
glass globe in hand
14.06.2017 - 13:14

Europe's answer to America First: partnership, cooperation

“Climate change is a reality. It is coming. It will be big and dramatic and we can only try to limit it,” said Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, during a debate in plenary on the Paris Agreement....
Picturesque patchwork quilt farmland aerial view over fields rural villages
14.06.2017 - 13:06

Greening of CAP: imported protein feed not desired solution

"The European Commission's proposal of prohibiting the use of plant protection products on ecological focus areas is not environmentally-sound", said Albert Deß MEP, the EPP Group’s Spokesman in the European Parliament...
Climate change
14.06.2017 - 12:52

Climate Change: Europe unites behind Paris deal

Europe unites against US pulling out of the climate change accord, says Paris Agreement will survive Trump The European Parliament today adopted legislation implementing its 2030 emissions reduction targets for the agriculture, transport,...
European energy efficiency classification
13.06.2017 - 12:46

Energy Efficiency Label: popular colour scheme revamped

From green to orange, through to red. This is the colour scale of the established energy label for easy consumer orientation in assessing the energy efficiency of household appliances. Despite the great popularity of the stickers, the European...
Reporting standards
12.06.2017 - 09:05

Tax Transparency: Socialists discriminating against EU firms

EPP Group wants multi-national companies to disclose profit shifting to low tax countries Dariusz Rosati MEP, the EPP Group's negotiator on new tax transparency rules for multi-national companies, has accused European Socialists of...
Priorities for the European Parliament
07.06.2017 - 14:47

Terrorism: EPP and ALDE Groups want a special committee

The Chairmen of the EPP and ALDE Groups want to set up a special committee in the European Parliament as soon as possible to examine what is needed to improve Europe's anti-terror cooperation. EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber said: "We...
Anaconda, polish helicopters
07.06.2017 - 11:58

Countdown to a Common European Defence Union has begun

"Action is needed instead of words. If we want to protect the EU and its citizens we have to act now and start implementing already-agreed plans making Europe autonomous in terms of defence", said Michael Gahler MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on...

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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),...