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Euro Currency: Stacks of 5, 10, 20 and 50 euro notes piled together
12.09.2018 - 13:03

Stopping terrorists' access to financing

The EPP Group insists on improved controls of cash at Europe's external borders to fight the financing of terrorism and organised crime. The European Parliament today approved new regulations in this regard. New forms and means of financing used...
Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group in the EP
12.09.2018 - 12:39

State of the Union: we want a Europe of the people

“Europe is back. Europe is much more robust than four years ago. We overcame those tough times together. With your cool head, dear Jean-Claude Juncker, your determination and your sincere heart for Europe, you defended the unity of our...

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Photo of EU-US map
28.05.2018 - 20:03

Foreign investment: EPP Group protects EU companies

The EU is about to put in place a mechanism to screen foreign investments. “Almost all EU partner countries already have a filtering mechanism. If the EU wants to maintain a favourable environment for investment, which is a source of growth,...
Traffic on multiple lane highway
24.05.2018 - 09:50

Road charges: fair charging for better roads

The European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee voted today to phase out Eurovignettes for heavy goods vehicles and vans and for interoperability of road tolling systems throughout the EU. The vote is the first in a series of big...
Security concept
23.05.2018 - 17:25

Privacy Shield needs to be improved, not abolished

The EU-US Privacy Shield offers legal certainty in free trade and the protection of data; jeopardising it now would be a step back for European businesses and citizens. However, as the European Commission has also underlined in the past, there is...
EUROCORPS' soldiers do a military simulation on the ground with chariot, trucks, guns, weapons and some wounded soldiers
23.05.2018 - 10:53

€500 million towards stronger EU defence

“We have taken a first and very important step to increase cooperation in the defence industry and strengthen the competitiveness of the EU defence industry by agreeing with the Council to allocate €500 million in 2019 and 2020 to the...
EIN Riga
22.05.2018 - 09:24

Lech Wałęsa to receive merit award from EIN in Riga

The annual gathering of the European Ideas Network (EIN) will take place in Riga, Latvia, from 23 to 25 May with European politicians, academics, policy-makers and opinion-shapers debating the most pressing issues currently faced by the European...
Nicole Fontaine EP President at a plenary session in Strasbourg on July 1999
18.05.2018 - 21:19

Passing of Nicole Fontaine: a militant of the European ideal

“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Nicole Fontaine, former President of the European Parliament. After Simone Veil, the first woman elected as President of the European Parliament, we have lost another politician...
traffic on german autobahn,european cars and trucks
17.05.2018 - 13:22

EPP Group in favour of capping CO2 emissions for trucks

EPP Group backs Commission’s proposal to cut CO2 emissions for trucks, but urges that we remain realistic The EPP Group in the European Parliament welcomes today's legislative proposal to cut CO2 emissions for trucks by 2030. "...
Freedom of expression
17.05.2018 - 09:53

Slovak police must immediately stop harassing journalists

EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber strongly condemns the behaviour of the Slovak police towards Czech investigative journalist Pavla Holcová. "I find it unacceptable that Slovak police require, under threat of a financial penalty,...
Firefighters rush
17.05.2018 - 09:39

No EU country should be left alone to face natural disasters

EPP Group backs new and improved European Civil Protection Mechanism to help Member States deal with natural disasters The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has voted in favour of the improved EU Civil Protection Mechanism,...
Wheat field against the blue sky
16.05.2018 - 11:51

Europe needs a strong farming policy

"New EU agricultural policy needs adequate funding and new methods to be efficient and sustainable. But let’s not fix it if it’s not broken!", said EPP Group Member Herbert Dorfmann MEP. "The basis of the new CAP must be...
Aerial view of London and the River Thames
16.05.2018 - 11:34

Brexit: no arbitrary decisions on British clearing houses

The EPP Group in the European Parliament does not want to require British-based clearing houses to relocate after Brexit, but wants more regulatory power over non-EU clearing houses if they clear transactions in Euros "If you want to do...
#DiscoverEU
03.05.2018 - 13:17

#DiscoverEU starts this year and this is just the beginning

“We did it! I am incredibly proud and happy that, this year, 20 to 30,000 18 year-old Europeans will receive a free Interrail pass to travel throughout Europe. It starts this year and this is just the beginning,” said Manfred Weber, EPP...
Protesters in Venezuela
03.05.2018 - 12:02

Venezuela: EU cannot recognise results of upcoming elections

“An early Presidential election has been called in Venezuela but the electoral process does not meet international standards. We cannot recognise this process nor the results of such an election. It will only worsen the political, humanitarian...
Business Data Analyzing
02.05.2018 - 15:18

MFF: a good starting point for discussion

"The money that is being used in the EU budget is money well-invested. It is about investing in the future, about showing solidarity, about shaping a good future for young Europeans. The Commission's proposal of a measured but ambitious...
Business conference
26.04.2018 - 17:17

Fit for the digital era - new audiovisual media rules

"With this negotiation result with the Member States, we have now finally established a fair, level playing field by adapting some important rules to internet media services which were formerly only applicable to traditional television",...

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Combines harvesting wheat
20.09.2018 - 10:37

Pesticides: science mustn't be guided by politics

In a draft Report released today, the EPP Group insists on a science-based approach towards pesticide authorisation. "We need to further...
pharmacy
13.09.2018 - 12:40

Dual Quality Products: what you see is what you should get

The European Parliament today proposed concrete measures to solve the problem of quality differences between products sold under the same brand and...
Copyright law, defending consumers, State of the Union, Future of Europe
13.09.2018 - 12:30

Copyright law, defending consumers, State of the Union, Future of Europe

The European Parliament has approved legislation to help online content creators earn their fair share through a stronger EU copyright law. It also...
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12.09.2018 - 13:31

EPP Group leads EP in protection of independent journalism

The European Parliament stands behind journalists, creators, authors, publishers and legitimate copyright right-holders. This is the outcome of today...

Highlights of the week

24.09.2018 - 28.09.2018
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Cohesion Policy after 2020

The EPP Group will hold a public hearing on 'Cohesion Policy post-2020: Investments and solidarity in the context of the new EU budget', on...
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2019 EU Budget Committee vote

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Budgets Committee will vote on the 2019 EU Budget, ahead of the vote scheduled for the October II plenary session. Jos...
A heap of old collectors and vintage coins

Stopping illegal trafficking of cultural goods

The black market of antiquities and cultural goods constitutes one of the most persistent illegal trades in the world. For the moment, there is no EU...