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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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Savings
30.05.2017 - 16:41

Commission draft EU budget for 2018 reflects our priorities

The European Commission today proposed a draft budget that takes into account the EPP Group’s political priorities, adopted by a large majority in plenary in March: jobs and growth, and the security of EU citizens. “I particularly...
Visa Stamps
30.05.2017 - 12:25

EURODAC fingerprinting database to fight irregular migration

EU legislation on an improved fingerprint database of asylum seekers, EURODAC, was approved today by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. EURODAC will now allow Member States to store and search for...
Surfing on the Internet
30.05.2017 - 10:57

WiFi4EU: developing internet access everywhere in the EU

Last night, negotiators from the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council reached an agreement to launch the WiFi4EU initiative. It aims at bringing high-quality wireless internet access to at least 6000-8000 local communities and has a...
Traffic on multiple lane highway
18.05.2017 - 11:10

Drivers and jobs at the heart of road transport reform

The road sector is suffering from a lack of inter-operability of tolling systems, a lack of cross-border infrastructure investments and unfair competition. In a Resolution to be voted in the European Parliament today, the EPP Group calls on the...
Smiling young man with mobile phone and bag
18.05.2017 - 11:01

Digital Single Market: don't miss your favourite show abroad

The European Parliament will take another step towards achieving the Digital Single Market. The plenary will vote on a deal with the Council regarding a Regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market....
Bullet holes in a front windshield
17.05.2017 - 15:01

EPP Group welcomes signing of revised Firearms Directive

"We have strengthened security in Europe without restricting citizens' freedom," said Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP, EPP Group negotiator on the Firearms Directive, while attending the LEX signing ceremony of the Firearms Directive in...
Ukrainian passport
17.05.2017 - 14:59

Finally, visa-free travel to EU for Ukrainians

Ukrainians will be able to travel visa-free to most of the EU about a month after the final signing of the Regulation in the European Parliament today. This is the result of a long process successfully completed by members of the EPP Group....
Global Finance
16.05.2017 - 14:17

ECJ clarifies competences and strengthens EU trade policy

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled on the division of competences in the bilateral trade agreement between the EU and Singapore. Most of the competences, such as transport, sustainable development and intellectual property rights, which...
Man reaching into empty pocket
16.05.2017 - 12:50

Leaking VAT system must be fixed

The leaking VAT system must be quickly and efficiently fixed, says Julia Pitera MEP, Rapporteur on the 2015 report on the 'Protection of the EU's financial interests - fight against fraud' that was voted today at the European Parliament...
business statistics in blue - white chart with a blue arrow going up
16.05.2017 - 11:29

EFSI 2.0: a better investment plan for Europe

The European Parliament’s Budgets and the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committees have approved by a large majority the extension of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to 2020 and the reinforcement of the guarantee that will...
Brexit
12.05.2017 - 09:28

Brexit: 78% in EU think first aim should be to protect EU27

For 78% of EU citizens, the primary objective for Brexit negotiations should be to protect the interests of the remaining EU27, while 22% want the focus to be on building a new economic relationship with the UK, giving it special privileged...
Industrial Laborer
11.05.2017 - 11:15

New EU anti-dumping methodology must be adopted quickly

“The Council is back on track in fighting unfair trade practices by third countries. Crucially, the new methodology stands on a solid legal basis and is fully compatible with WTO law”, says Daniel Caspary MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in the...
Mariya Gabriel MEP
10.05.2017 - 12:32

Mariya Gabriel: a strong voice for Bulgaria in Europe

"I would like to warmly congratulate our colleague Mariya Gabriel on her designation as Bulgarian candidate for the European Commission and to congratulate PM Boyko Borissov on his judicious choice," said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the...
Tony Blair
04.05.2017 - 12:58

EPP Group to meet Blair, Barnier on Brexit in Ireland

Brexit and negotiating objectives will top the agenda of an EPP Group Bureau meeting in Co Wicklow, Ireland on 11-12 May, hosted by the Leader of the Irish (Fine Gael) Delegation, Seán Kelly MEP. "Given the unique position of Ireland and...
Hand Choosing an E-Book vs. Paper Books from a Bookshelf
03.05.2017 - 11:13

E-books and online newspapers to become cheaper

Favourable tax treatment for e-publications important boost to EU e-commerce Electronic books which are downloaded on Kindle or other e-readers, and publications such as online newspapers will soon cost significantly less. The European Parliament...

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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...
International Travel
19.10.2017 - 09:07

ETIAS: closing the information gap on arrivals in the EU

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which assesses possible security risks of visa-free travellers to the EU, was...

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...