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Kebab
13.12.2017 - 09:49

Hands off the kebab

EPP Group to do everything in its power to avoid European 'kebab ban' Today, the European Parliament will decide on whether to give the green light or not to the European Commission's proposal to authorise the use of phosphates in...
Engineer sitting at control panel of nuclear power station
12.12.2017 - 16:29

Europeans expect more foreign policy and defence cooperation

“Permanent Structured Cooperation should be funded from the EU budget whereas Federica Mogherini needs to assume her responsibility as Vice-President of the European Commission and needs to oversee the establishment of a Directorate-General on...

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EU and Ukraine
04.07.2017 - 13:04

Ukraine: by easing trade we support a pro-European Ukraine

“This is the next sign, after the visa liberalisation, that the European Union wants a pro-European Ukraine and will facilitate this difficult path”, said Jarosław Wałęsa MEP commenting on today’s vote granting Ukraine temporary...
Simone Veil
30.06.2017 - 12:26

Simone Veil: a life dedicated to peace and hope

“It is with great emotion that I have learned that Simone Veil has passed away. I wish to pay tribute to this major figure in European politics whose countless campaigns in France and in the European Parliament pushed citizens’ rights...
Enlargement
28.06.2017 - 17:37

Future of EU money: quick decision is needed

Today, the European Commission presented the last of the 5 reflection papers following the White Paper on the Future of Europe. It provides five basic options for the future of the EU finances, which are based on the White Paper’s five...
Hand with remote control on the conditioner
22.06.2017 - 15:18

EPP Group further commits to fighting climate change

European Parliament to ratify an amendment which will extend the Montreal Protocol and ultimately reduce 70 billion CO2-equivalents by 2050 Today, the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment further committed to climate...
token gesture
21.06.2017 - 15:31

Europass: popular CV system revamped

“With more than 60 million CVs, Europass is one of the most successful and cost-effective initiatives of the past ten years. It must be our main goal to support educational and working mobility in Europe in the best way possible. This is why...
Satellite In The Ray Of Light
21.06.2017 - 10:13

EU space endeavour will put more jobs on the ground

“Space is everywhere and concerns almost all public policies. It is a strategic domain. We have to therefore guarantee independent access to space for Europe. It is a major step to achieve a resilient European security and defence policy...
Dissidents want only freedom
20.06.2017 - 11:46

Human rights crucial to evaluation of new EU-Cuba agreement

The EPP Group today recalled that the new agreement between the EU and Cuba on the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement should contribute to the improvement of the situation and respect for human rights and must lead to a democratic...
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...

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Brexit, Sakharov Prize, EU investment, Kebab ban defeated
14.12.2017 - 12:15

Brexit, Sakharov Prize, EU investment, Kebab ban defeated

At its final plenary of 2017, the European Parliament approved a Resolution on the Brexit talks, backing the move to phase 2 but insisting on...
Child abuse
14.12.2017 - 12:09

EU states not doing enough to fight sexual abuse of children

The European Parliament adopted a Resolution today tabled by Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP calling on Member States to take concrete measures to stop...
Tax evasion
13.12.2017 - 14:09

Fight against tax evasion must be key task for EU

Left tried to hijack Panama report to harm honest taxpayers and EU economy "The fight against tax evasion, tax crime and tax avoidance must...
Kebab ban rejected, saving jobs, businesses
13.12.2017 - 14:00

Kebab ban rejected, saving jobs, businesses

The European Parliament has rejected a bid to outlaw phosphates in frozen kebab meat, pending a study in 2018 by the European Food Safety Agency....

Highlights of the week

11.12.2017 - 15.12.2017
Brexit Direction Sign

Brexit negotiations

The key debate on Wednesday will focus on the Brexit negotiations and preparations of the next Council meeting. "We will only accept a...
Protesters in Venezuela

2017 Sakharov Prize Award

The 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be awarded to the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela during the ceremony in Strasbourg on...
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Common Agricultural Policy: mid-term reform

A debate on rules to simplify EU farming policy, boost farmers’ bargaining power and better equip them to face risks will take place on Monday...