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Anaconda, polish helicopters
19.06.2018 - 10:11

A long-overdue €500 million upgrade of EU defence

“It is high time that the European Union steps up its game on defence and develops a truly common approach. Member States are used to working together on a country-by-country basis on defence issues, but in the current state of world affairs,...
Isolated Airplane
12.06.2018 - 12:56

European aviation standards ready for the 21st century

Today, the European Parliament finally adopted a long-awaited reform of European aviation rules, through the mandate of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The vote gives the European aviation authorities powers to certify all safety-related...

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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...
justice
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...
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...

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21.06.2018 - 14:25

EPP Group wants black list of uncooperative companies

Offshore legal services provider Appleby and Baker McKenzie refuses to appear in Tax Evasion Committee "The lack of cooperation by certain...
Empowering Europeans’ petition drives
21.06.2018 - 10:45

Empowering Europeans’ petition drives

In a bid to help citizens petition the EU for legislation, a European Parliament committee has approved a plan to overhaul the European Citizens...
MEPs in Legal Affairs Committee back new copyright legislation
20.06.2018 - 16:15

MEPs in Legal Affairs Committee back new copyright legislation

In a vote in the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, MEPs have backed new EU copyright rules that are better adapted to the digital...
Cow eating grass
20.06.2018 - 16:02

Reducing risks of antibiotic resistance for humans

"This is a big step for public health. We will reduce the consumption of antibiotics in farm animals, which are an important source of...

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25.06.2018 - 29.06.2018
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EPP Group prioritises fight against cancer

The EPP Group will hold a conference discussing solutions in the fight against cancer. Cancer is one of the main health challenges many Europeans...
Facebook

Facebook under scrutiny once again

After the hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and the first hearing within the LIBE, AFCO, JURI and ITRE Committees, a second hearing will...
Flag of Hungary

Situation in Hungary

Members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will vote on the Report on the situation in Hungary. The vote will take place on...